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  • RATHBONE FOLIO PRIZE SHORTLIST

    Posted on February 27 2020

    We're delighted to see recent PBS Wild Card Choice Vertigo & Ghost by Fiona Benson is on the Rathbone's Folio Prize shortlist 2020 which was announced in London last night. Fiona...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK

    Posted on February 27 2020

    From Road Trip by Marvin Thompson, PBS Spring Recommendation. Available to order here with your 25% PBS member discount.

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  • ROAD TRIP BY MARVIN THOMPSON

    Posted on February 27 2020

    Here's a sneak preview extract from Marvin Thompson's exclusive interview in the PBS Spring 2020 Bulletin. "I feel oddly compelled to explain why I choose Road Trip as the title...

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  • MEET MARVIN

    Posted on February 27 2020

    Their skin evoked Britain’s colonial past and something in me blew… We're delighted that our Spring Recommendations include Marvin Thompson’s debut collection Road Trip, which provides a refreshing perspective in a...

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  • SPRING COVER REVEAL: MEET THE ARTIST

    Posted on February 20 2020

    The Spring Bulletin has gone to press and we're delighted to reveal that our next cover artist will be PBS member Laboni Islam. Our members' poetry magazine, the PBS Bulletin, was recently...

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  • SOLAR CRUISE

    Posted on February 17 2020

    Here's a sneak preview from Claire Crowther's interview in the PBS Spring Bulletin. Join the PBS today to read the full interview. "Living with an experimental physicist is a permanent...

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  • MEET CLAIRE CROWTHER

    Posted on February 17 2020

    Solar Cruise is Claire Crowther's fourth collection and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Spring 2020. Her first collection, Stretch of Closures, was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Best First Collection...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK

    Posted on February 17 2020

    From PBS Spring Recommendation, Solar Cruise by Claire Crowther. Order here with your 25% off PBS Member discount.

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  • SCOTTISH SHOWCASE

    Posted on February 12 2020

      SCOTTISH SHOWCASE | 3RD APRIL | SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY By popular demand we're finally taking the PBS on tour to Scotland! Join us on the 3rd April at 7pm...

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  • MEET CAROLYN FORCHÉ

    Posted on February 12 2020

     Carolyn Forché is one of America’s most important contemporary poets – renowned as a ‘poet of witness’ – as well as an indefatigable human rights activist. Over four decades, she...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: THE LAST PUPPET

    Posted on February 12 2020

    'The Last Puppet' from PBS Spring Recommendation In The Lateness of the World by Carolyn Forché, published by Bloodaxe. Join the PBS as a Complete Member today for your copy or...

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  • CAROLYN FORCHÉ INTERVIEW

    Posted on February 12 2020

    Here's a sneak preview from Carolyn Forché's exclusive commentary on her PBS Spring Recommendation In The Lateness of the World.  "In the Lateness of the World was written over a period...

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  • LAST CHANCE FOR SPRING

    Posted on February 11 2020

    There are less than 3 days left to join the Poetry Book Society in time for the Spring Mailing featuring these incredible books. The mailing list cut off date is...

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  • SHARE THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE'S

    Posted on February 11 2020

    Poetry is a bridge between two people, so share the love this Valentine's Day! We're offering a free tote bag with every PBS gift membership. It's the perfect gift for...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: HOMIE

    Posted on January 28 2020

    From Homie by Danez Smith, PBS Spring Recommendation. Join as a Charter Member for your copy in the PBS Spring poetry parcel.

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  • DANEZ SMITH

    Posted on January 28 2020

    Read the full interview with Danez Smith, PBS Recommendation in our Spring Bulletin. Join the PBS today for your copy in the Spring book mail.  

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  • MEET DANEZ SMITH

    Posted on January 28 2020

    Check out PBS Recommendation Danez Smith performing from their Forward Prize winning poem in this video from Vintage publishing.

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  • HOMIE

    Posted on January 28 2020

    We're delighted that Homie by Danez Smith is a PBS Spring Recommendation. A mighty anthem about the saving grace of friendship, Danez Smith's highly anticipated collection Homie is rooted in their search...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: RENDANG

    Posted on January 22 2020

    Here's a sneak preview poem from RENDANG by Will Harris, PBS Spring Choice, published by granta books. Join the PBS today for your copy in the Spring book mail.  ...

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  • WILL HARRIS

    Posted on January 22 2020

    Here's a sneak preview from Will Harris' write-up. Read the full interview with Will Harris in the PBS Spring Bulletin.

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  • MEET THE SPRING CHOICE

    Posted on January 21 2020

    Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry...

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  • SPRING CHOICE: RENDANG

    Posted on January 21 2020

    In RENDANG, Will Harris complicates and experiments with the lyric in a way that urges it forward. With an unflinching yet generous eye, RENDANG is a collection that engages equally...

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  • RODDY LUMSDEN OBITUARY

    Posted on January 15 2020

    We were saddened to hear that the poet Roddy Lumsden passed away on Friday 10th January 2020, aged 53. Speaking at the T.S. Eliot awards on Sunday, Ian McMillan paid...

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  • ROGER ROBINSON WINS T S ELIOT PRIZE

    Posted on January 14 2020

    British-Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson has been awarded the T S Eliot Prize for A Portable Paradise, published by independent Peepal Tree Press. Roger Robinson is a writer and performer who...

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  • MEET THE NEW SELECTORS

    Posted on January 10 2020

      New Year, new PBS Selectors! We're excited to finally reveal our new PBS Selectors who will be joining us this year to read a wide selection of books and...

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  • MAKE 2020 YOUR YEAR OF POETRY

    Posted on January 07 2020

    Make 2020 your year of poetry! Join the PBS today for a whole year of poetry parcels featuring the very best new books. It's the perfect way to start your...

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  • MARY JEAN CHAN WINS THE COSTA PRIZE

    Posted on January 07 2020

    We're delighted that recent PBS Recommendation Mary Jean Chan has been awarded the Costa Book Award in the poetry category for her first collection, Flèche, which judges called a “staggeringly...

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  • T S ELIOT PRIZES THIS SUNDAY

    Posted on January 06 2020

      All ten shortlisted poets will be taking part in the fabulous T. S. Eliot Prize Readings at 7pm on Sunday 12th January in the Royal Festival Hall. Hosted by...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP WENDY ORR

    Posted on December 28 2019

    Last but certainly not least, Malika writes that runner-up Wendy Orr's found poem A Parliament of Members 'captured power dynamics inherent in patriarchy within Parliament. It is both a shape and...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP JS WATTS

    Posted on December 27 2019

    Malika comments that she was 'compelled by taunt, controlled verse paragraphs' in runner-up JS Watt's The Undertaker's Daughter.    The Undertaker's Daughter   I did not intend to follow him down...

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  • BOXING DAY BLUES? TREAT YOURSELF TO POETRY!

    Posted on December 26 2019

    Didn't get enough poetry this Christmas? Santa didn't get your letter, so why not join the PBS for a whole year of poetry books! Check out our PBS Gift Guide and...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP KATE POTTS

    Posted on December 26 2019

    'Bloom by Kate Potts pops with alliteration like: Blood-black clots, womb ends, blossom and stain. It makes surprising leaps as an ode to menstruation that is at one celebration, praise...

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  • MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TEAM PBS

    Posted on December 25 2019

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  • LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS

    Posted on December 24 2019

    Don't miss our incredible PBS Gift Guide with 25% PBS Member discount! Peruse through our poetic present ideas and get your orders in before the poetry postal elves leave at lunchtime...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP LEAH LARWOOD

    Posted on December 24 2019

    '‘Gold Divers’ by Leah Larwood feels mythical, fresh and strange. I was completely seduced by this epic and folkloric sequence.' - Malika Booker, 2019 Women's Poetry Competition Judge.    Gold...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP KATIE HALE

    Posted on December 23 2019

    'The way the syntax twists and turns like a river constantly expanding makes ‘A 17th Century Guide to Beauty in Virgina’ by Katie Hale elusive yet beautiful as a poem...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP CLAIRE DYER

    Posted on December 22 2019

    'There was a Walcott quality to the quiet poem ‘Like This’ by Claire Dyer, where language becomes a visual painting delicately capturing a sense of place.' - Malika Booker, 2019...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP NICOLA DALY

    Posted on December 21 2019

    Malika describe's Nicola Daly's runner-up poem The Woman Who Cut My Mother as a 'masterfully articulated poem of witness. It’s impact lies in the imagery: death mask moon, parcel of bones, and stranger...

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS #10

    Posted on December 20 2019

      Our fairtrade and organic cotton canvas bag is not only the perfect poetry accessory, it's also ideal for carrying plenty of poetry books. 25% off for members too!ORDER HERE...

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFT #9

    Posted on December 20 2019

      Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic celebrates the new Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's longstanding public engagement as a poet and the astonishing range of his talents.ORDER HERE

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFT #7

    Posted on December 20 2019

      The Winter Bulletin is a thing of beauty. Featuring exclusive interviews, reviews and poems, pick up a few extra copies to share with your friends this Christmas.ORDER HERE

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFT #5

    Posted on December 20 2019

      Described by the US Poet Laureate as “one of the most luminous and courageous voices”, Jericho fearlessly interrogates freedom, fatherhood and blackness.  Jericho claims “I want my poems to...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP MICHAELA COPLEN

    Posted on December 20 2019

    Malika writes of runner-up Michael Coplen: 'The use of strong enjambment in the poem ‘Fortress’... is impressive. Particularly the succinct couplets in the latter half of the poem, where the...

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS #4

    Posted on December 20 2019

    Fans of experimental and independent poetry, will love our PBS Winter Choice Split by Scottish-Mexican poet Juana Adcock. Split is at once playful, philosophical, angry, nuanced and ultimately transformative. ORDER HERE

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFT #8

    Posted on December 19 2019

    Our all time favourite, Faber's beautiful Poetry Diary features plenty of poems from over 90 years of poetry publishing history. The definitive diary for poetry fans everywhere!ORDER HERE

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  • QUOTE TOTE STOCKING

    Posted on December 19 2019

    Replace your traditional Christmas stocking with a PBS quote tote and fill it with plenty of poetry books! The poetry postal elves are here until Christmas Eve so hurry and...

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  • TOTES AMAZING

    Posted on December 19 2019

    We ❤️ these new limited edition #fairtrade #organic #oceanvuong quote totes. Modelled by our very own Rebecca @inpressbooks - beret sadly not included...#lastminutegiftideas #poetrygifts This fairtrade and organic cotton canvas bag is not only the perfect poetry accessory,...

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  • POETRY CHRISTMAS CARDS

    Posted on December 19 2019

    It's your last chance to give the most beautiful poetry Christmas cards this year. We absolutely love these One Plum Poem cards featuring Christina Rossetti's classic In the Bleak Midwinter.ORDER...

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