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  • #POETIPS 2019: ZOË BRIGLEY

    Posted on August 02 2019

    There's less than a month to go before the PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Prizes close on the 16th September so we're on a mission to inspire your writing with plenty...

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  • MEET OUR POET OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU

    Posted on August 02 2019

    A knife is pulled. An Uber driver is racially abused on the day of the Brexit referendum. A father bathes his son in ice water. A schoolboy drives a drawing...

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  • RECURRING PAYMENTS NOW AVAILABLE

    Posted on August 01 2019

    We're delighted to announce that we now offer a recurring payment option so you can avoid all the hassle with a simple annual auto-renewal. Whether you're a new member or someone renewing...

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  • WOMEN IN TRANSLATION MONTH AT THE POETRY BOOK SOCIETY

    Posted on August 01 2019

    The Poetry Book Society is celebrating Women in Translation Month throughout August. In the next four weeks, we want to highlight and show our support for the great work of...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: POETRY FROM INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

    Posted on August 01 2019

    If you didn’t know it, 2019 is International Year of Indigenous Languages. As literature is one of the many means which can help to raise awareness of traditions and cultural...

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  • #POETIPS 2019: ELISABETH SENNITT CLOUGH

    Posted on July 31 2019

        #PoeTips are back! This time bigger and better, with more advice from your favourite poets. This blog post is one of a series in which we interview poets...

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  • 2019 FORWARD PRIZES SUMMER BOOK CLUB BUNDLE

    Posted on July 25 2019

    This year the Poetry Book Society and the Forward Prizes are partnering to offer book groups across the country a huge discount on all ten fantastic poetry collections shortlisted for the Forward...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: POETRY FROM CHINA

    Posted on July 25 2019

    Following on from our previous posts exploring new languages using their own writing systems, today we’re focusing on poetry in translation from China coming out in summer 2019! Below are...

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  • HOW TO START WRITING POETRY

    Posted on July 25 2019

      So you want to write poetry, and don't know where to start. Well, you're in luck, because today we have a wonderful guest blog post for you, by the...

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  • #POETIPS 2019: REBECCA TAMÁS

    Posted on July 24 2019

        #PoeTips are back! This time bigger and better, with more advice from your favourite poets. This blog post is one of a series in which we interview poets...

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  • THE POETRY BEHIND CATS THE FILM

    Posted on July 19 2019

    Cats! Some are sane, and some are mad.Some are good, and some are bad . . .Have you seen the trailer for Cats the film? It's due out later this year...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: MORE POETRY FROM GEORGIA

    Posted on July 18 2019

    If you liked last week’s Translation Thursday blog about Georgian poetry in translation, you’ll be excited to know that we have more suggestions for you! Translations of poems by Diana...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: GEORGIAN POETRY IN TRANSLATION

    Posted on July 11 2019

    Having travelled – through poems and books – across languages and continents, let’s now start exploring new writing systems too… Today, our Translation Thursday blog’s country focus is Georgia, a...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE AUTUMN PAMPHLET CHOICE

    Posted on July 11 2019

    We're delighted to announce that the PBS Pamphlet Selectors Degna Stone and A. B. Jackson have chosen Curfuffle by Scott McKendry, published by The Lifeboat, as the PBS Autumn Choice! ‘This...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: POETRY IN TRANSLATION FROM NORDIC COUNTRIES

    Posted on July 04 2019

    After suggesting you London Book Fair 2019-inspired poetry titles in translation last March, we come back today with other book fairs-inspired recommendations – now more international than ever. After London...

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  • PBS MEMBERS RELEASE POETRY COLLECTIONS

    Posted on July 03 2019

    We were delighted to hear that Poetry Book Society members Nancy Gaffield and Hugh Dunkerley have had their works Meridian and Kin published earlier this year. It’s wonderful to find out that a...

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  • POET OF THE WEEK: LAYLI LONG SOLDIER

    Posted on July 01 2019

    The PBS Summer Special Commendation WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language...

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  • AUSTRIAN POETS IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION

    Posted on June 27 2019

    Last month we drew your attention to the big translation achievement by David Constantine and Tom Kuhn – The Collected Poems of Bertold Brecht (Norton, 2018), the most comprehensive English...

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  • WRITING TIPS - HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

    Posted on June 26 2019

    To celebrate National Writing Day, we’ve compiled a handy list of #WriTips to help you improve your writing. Keep reading if you want some writing advice to get you started!...

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  • WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR WON BY AILBHE DARCY

    Posted on June 26 2019

    Cardiff-based Irish poet Ailbhe Darcy has won the English Language Roland Mathias Poetry Award (the English language poetry category of the Wales Book of the Year Awards), in addition to...

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  • NATIONAL WRITING DAY POETRY PROMPTS

    Posted on June 26 2019

    Suffering from writer's block this National Writing Day? Don't worry, here at the Poetry Book Society we've been working hard to compile a list of writing prompts to get you back...

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  • ALICE OSWALD NEW OXFORD PROFESSOR OF POETRY

    Posted on June 25 2019

     Succeeding Simon Armitage, Alice Oswald has been announced as the new Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. The first woman to hold the position in its three-century existence, she was described...

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  • THE SUMMER VLOG IS LIVE

    Posted on June 21 2019

    PBS Vlogger-in-Residence Jen Campbell has been reading her way through our sensational PBS summer selections including Ilya Kaminsky's Deaf Republic, Vidyan Ravinthiran's The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here, Deryn Rees...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: TWENTIETH-CENTURY FRENCH POETS IN TRANSLATION

    Posted on June 20 2019

      We were very excited to see our PBS Bulletin in Shakespeare & Company last week!  Our Translation Thursday blog is back today, and, keeping to the French theme, we’d...

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  • ERIC GREGORY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

    Posted on June 20 2019

    The winners of the Eric Gregory Awards were announced at the 2019 Society of Author’s Awards night. The awards were presented by the poet and author Jackie Kay, who said:  “These...

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  • JERWOOD COMPTON POETRY FELLOWS 2019 ANNOUNCED

    Posted on June 20 2019

    The three recipients of the 2019/2020 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships have been announced: Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Anthony Joseph and Yomi Sode. They were selected from nominations, made by over 200...

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  • JOY HARJO FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN US POET LAUREATE

    Posted on June 19 2019

      Joy Harjo, a member of the Muskogee Creek nation, has become the United States' first Native American Poet Laureate. Announced today by Carla Hayden, Library of Congress librarian, the country's...

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  • POET ROBIN ROBERTSON WINS £25,000 WALTER SCOTT PRIZE

    Posted on June 19 2019

      Robin Robertson has been awarded the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the first Scot and poet winner in the award’s ten-year history. His book, The Long Take (Picador),...

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  • GRIFFIN PRIZE WINNERS 2019

    Posted on June 19 2019

      Following the Shortlist Readings in Toronto on June 5th, international and Canadian winners of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize have been officially announced. Encouraging excellence in poetry since 2000,...

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  • ANDREW MCMILLAN LONGLISTED FOR THE POLARI PRIZE

    Posted on June 19 2019

    Once again, our selectors have proven themselves gifted at spotting the best new collections! Recommended in Autumn 2018 by the PBS for its raw, intimate, and powerful poetry, Andrew McMillan’s Playtime has been...

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  • JAY G YING WINS POETRY BUSINESS PRIZE

    Posted on June 14 2019

    We're delighted to see our recent student poetry prize-winner Jay G Ying has been chosen as one of the winners for the Poetry Business' 2018/19 New Poets Prize by PBS Pamphlet...

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  • NEW BESPOKE VERSE & NATIONAL POETRY DAY COMPETITION

    Posted on June 10 2019

    Are you a hidden poet? According to the government’s Taking Part survey, 3.8% of the population write poetry – that’s two million people. Are you one of them? For the...

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  • LAUNCH OF THE WOMEN'S POETRY PRIZES 2019

    Posted on June 01 2019

      We're delighted to announce that submissions to the Women's Poetry Competition and Pamphlet Competition are now open! This is the second year we have partnered with Mslexia to bring...

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  • AUTUMN SELECTIONS

    Posted on May 30 2019

          We're so excited to announce our PBS Autumn 2019 Selections which will be mailed out to members in late August. Choice: Jericho Brown, The Tradition (Picador)Recommendations: Anthony Anaxagorou,...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: POETS FROM FINLAND

    Posted on May 30 2019

    Happy Translation Thursday to all our translation fans! To continue our journey across the world through poetry, today we want to put the spotlight on poets from Finland and cross-cultural...

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  • ALEN MESKOVIC AND FARUK SEHIC ARE COMING TO LONDON

    Posted on May 29 2019

    Interesting news for fans of translation! Bosnian authors Alen Mešković and Faruk Šehić are coming to London on 6th and 7th June 2019 for two days of events celebrating translation...

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  • VLOGGER IN RESIDENCE INTERVIEW

    Posted on May 23 2019

    PBS Vlogger in Residence Jen Campbell has just launched her debut poetry collection with Bloodaxe. The Girl Aquarium explores the realm of rotten fairy tales, the possession of body and the...

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  • FORWARD PRIZE SHORTLISTS ARE LIVE!

    Posted on May 23 2019

    Our PBS Selectors sure know how to spot the future prize winners and best emerging talent, their incredible track record of predicting the next big thing continues with at least 7 recent...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: GALICIAN POETRY IN TRANSLATION

    Posted on May 23 2019

    The PBS Translation Thursday blog returns with a language-specific focus! Today, we aim to highlight poetry by Galician authors. This regional language, mainly spoken in the Northwest of Spain, boasts...

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  • PBS POETS WIN PRIZES

    Posted on May 21 2019

    Our PBS Selectors sure know how to spot emerging talent... recent PBS Winter Choice Raymond Antrobus has been awarded the £30,000 Rathbone Folio Prize!  The Perseverance was chosen from a...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: LIEKE MARSMAN, TRANSLATED BY SOPHIE COLLINS

    Posted on May 16 2019

    The PBS Summer 2019 Recommended Translation is The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes by Dutch poet Lieke Marsman, translated by poet and translator Sophie Collins. A work of poetry,...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: POET AND TRANSLATOR IN CONVERSATION. AN INTERVIEW WITH LIEKE MARSMAN AND SOPHIE COLLINS.

    Posted on May 16 2019

    PBS Translation Members will soon be receiving the Summer PBS Recommended Translation. George Szirtes' choice for Summer 2019 is Lieke Marsman's very personal collection The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes,...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE NEW POET LAUREATE...

    Posted on May 10 2019

        We're delighted to announce that Simon Armitage will be the new UK poet laureate! The UK Poet Laureate is an honorary position appointed by the Queen and government. The origins...

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  • OXFORD PROFESSOR OF POETRY

    Posted on May 10 2019

    Three poets are in the running for the distinguished post of Oxford Professor of Poetry: Andrew McMillan, Todd Swift and Alice Oswald. The candidates include two recent Poetry Book Society Selections: Andrew McMillan,...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: JOIN US TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND POEMS OF BERTOLT BRECHT

    Posted on May 02 2019

    Join us tonight at the Northern Poetry Symposium to learn more about the life of the great German writer Bertold Brecht and how the socio-political developments of his time are...

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  • THE POETRY TRANSLATION CENTRE’S NEW WORLD POET SERIES

    Posted on April 25 2019

    The Poetry Translation Centre is pleased to announce its new ​World Poet Series. The four forthcoming attractively designed pocket-sized bilingual editions offer an unrivalled introduction to some of the world’s most...

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: PORTUGUESE-LANGUAGE POETRY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

    Posted on April 25 2019

    Let’s travel across the world (and through time) through the means of poetry – and, in this Translation Thursday Blog, through the means of language. This month, two pioneering women...

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  • SYMPOSIUM EVENING EVENTS

    Posted on April 23 2019

    For the first time ever, you can also get a combined daytime and evening ticket so that you can enjoy an evening of music and poetry at the Sage, after...

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