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  • POET OF THE DAY: ROY MCFARLANE

    Posted on October 19 2018

    Now more than ever, in Black History Month and beyond, Roy McFarlane’s second poetry collection, The Healing Next Time, is a timely and unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional...

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  • NO ONE IS AN ISLAND: MEET THE POETS

    Posted on October 19 2018

      The Poetry Book Society has joined forces with Time Productions and The Stationers Company to produce a spectacular performance at The Guild Church of Saint Martin within Ludgate. Taking John Donne's theme of...

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  • T S ELIOT SHORTLIST

    Posted on October 18 2018

    The T S Eliot Prize Shortlists have been announced! We're delighted to see PBS Recommendations and debut poets Hannah Sullivan, Fiona Moore, Phoebe Power and Zaffar Kunial on the shortlist...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: DEAR HEARING WORLD

    Posted on October 12 2018

    By Raymond Antrobus from the PBS Winter Choice The Perseverance, published by Penned in the Margins. PBS Members will receive their copy in mid November in our Winter mailing.

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  • MEET RAYMOND ANTROBUS: THE PBS WINTER CHOICE

    Posted on October 12 2018

      The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus, published by Penned in the Margins, is one of the year’s most highly anticipated debuts. His poems range across history and continents, operating in the spaces...

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  • PBS VLOGGER IN RESIDENCE CONTINUES FOR 2019

    Posted on October 09 2018

    We're delighted to announce that our incredible PBS Vlogger in Residence Jen Campbell will be continuing for another year! Jen's insightful video reviews of our seasonal poetry book selections have...

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  • HAPPY LIBRARY WEEK

    Posted on October 09 2018

      GET 10% OFF THE BEST NEW POETRY FOR YOUR LIBRARYIt's Libraries Week and we wanted to show all you lovely libraries how much we appreciate you by offering an...

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  • PBS AUTUMN SHOWCASE: 11TH OCTOBER, YORK

    Posted on October 08 2018

    Join us for a Northern Showcase at York University with three of our finest Autumn Selections, including debut poets Kit Fan (As Slow as Possible) and Zaffar Kunial (Us), alongside Kate...

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  • NO ONE IS AN ISLAND: WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

    Posted on October 08 2018

    We're delighted to be working with Time Productions and The Stationer's Company to co-produce this dramatic musical and poetic extravaganza on the 23rd November for our PBS Winter Showcase. The...

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  • WINTER SHOWCASE: NO ONE IS AN ISLAND

    Posted on October 08 2018

    BOOK HERE - TICKETS COST £15 FOR PBS MEMBERS

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  • MEET TEAM UNIVERSITY

    Posted on October 05 2018

      Poets from Northumbria, Newcastle and Teeside universities joined forces to bring poetry to the busy Newcastle Central Station and bus interchanges throughout National Poetry Day 2018 including NCLA poet...

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  • MEET THE NEW WRITING NORTH YOUNG WRITERS

    Posted on October 05 2018

    NEW WRITING NORTH YOUNG WRITERS: New Writing North's intrepid young writers performed powerful poetry across the metro for our National Poetry Day Takeover, tackling everything from mental health to LGBT...

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  • MEET THE WRITING SQUAD

    Posted on October 05 2018

    THE WRITING SQUADThe Writing Squad and Durham University SLAM team lead by Kym Deyn entertained the crowds from Haymarket metro to Newcastle Central station and even proclaimed poems across the Tyne on...

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  • INTRODUCING APPLES AND SNAKES

    Posted on October 05 2018

    MEET THE NATIONAL POETRY TEAMS... APPLES AND SNAKES Spoken word poetry pioneers Apples and Snakes wowed the crowds with their high energy, politically charged performances across the Newcastle metro including...

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  • NATIONAL POETRY DAY METRO TAKEOVER

    Posted on October 05 2018

    We had so much fun during our Metro poetry takeover across Newcastle for National Poetry Day. Here are a few photos from our incredible performance teams Apples and Snakes, New...

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  • WATCH JEN'S METRO POET IN RESIDENCE INSTA STORY

    Posted on October 05 2018

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  • ANTHEM OF THE NORTH - LEMN SISSAY

    Posted on October 03 2018

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  • ANTHEM OF THE NORTH - LEMN SISSAY

    Posted on October 03 2018

    Lemn Sissay Anthem of the North The North Star leads the way To the mountain top in awe That, my friend, is why they say Up up up… North And...

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  • 1 DAY TO GO TO NATIONAL POETRY DAY

    Posted on October 03 2018

    There's only 1 day to go before our National Poetry Day Metro Takeover! Join us at 1pm on the 4th October at Monument metro in Newcastle for the launch reading...

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  • NATIONAL POETRY DAY METRO TAKEOVER

    Posted on September 27 2018

      To celebrate National Poetry Day, the Poetry Book Society are joining forces with some of the most exciting new poets from local literary organisations to launch a major poetry takeover...

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  • NATIONAL POETRY DAY SCHOOLS OFFER

    Posted on September 27 2018

    ‘The Poetry Book Society is a great place for discovery… I wish my school library had offered me such poets‘ - Gillian Clarke, GCSE Syllabus Poet and Former National Poet of Wales...

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  • LIZ BERRY AWARDED WINTER PAMPHLET CHOICE

    Posted on September 26 2018

    Following hot on the heels of her Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, we're delighted to announce that Liz Berry's The Republic of Motherhood has been chosen as the PBS...

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  • THE AUTUMN VLOG IS LIVE

    Posted on September 25 2018

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  • RECOMMENDATION THE LONG TAKE ON MAN BOOKER SHORTLIST

    Posted on September 25 2018

    In our Spring 2018 Issue, we recommended Robin Robertson's The Long Take as one of the best poetry books of that quarter. The Long Take is an expertly realised long-form narrative poem, and so...

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  • DANEZ SMITH PERFORMS FORWARD PRIZE WINNING POEM

    Posted on September 21 2018

    Forward Prize winner Danez Smith performs an electrifying poem on Button Poetry Youtube channel from his collection Don't Call Us Dead. 

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  • FORWARD PRIZE WINNERS

    Posted on September 19 2018

         The Forward Prizes took place last night at the Southbank Centre in London, hosted by National Poetry Library's Director Chris McCabe and Bidisha, Chair of the judging panel which...

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  • FORWARD PRIZE TONIGHT

    Posted on September 18 2018

    Tonight is the Forward Prizes for Poetry - one of the biggest events in the poetry calendar and we can't wait! This year’s judging panel is chaired by writer, critic, broadcaster...

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  • FREE ENTRY DONATION

    Posted on September 14 2018

    Last year's 2017 Pamphlet Prize Bryony Littlefair is kindly donating 1 FREE ENTRY intended to help someone who is struggling to pay the £20 entry fee. For a chance to win this...

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  • MEET THE 2017 PAMPHLET WINNER

    Posted on September 14 2018

    It's the LAST DAY to enter the Mslexia & PBS Women's Poetry Pamphlet Prize, so here's our final instalment of our #poetips to inspire those of you who are still...

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  • LAST CHANCE TO ENTER WOMEN'S POETRY PRIZES

    Posted on September 14 2018

    Enter HERE for a chance to win £2000 or see your pamphlet published by Seren Books. Entries close MIDNIGHT today 14th September.

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  • LAST CHANCE TO ENTER MSLEXIA PBS WOMEN’S POETRY PRIZES

    Posted on September 11 2018

    This is the final week of the Mslexia PBS women’s poetry prize - time to get writing before the competition closes this FRIDAY 14th September! Don’t miss your chance to...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE WINTER SELECTIONS

    Posted on September 03 2018

    We're so excited to announce our truly sensational PBS Winter Selections, featuring an electrifying range of established voices from Kathleen Jamie, Carrie Etter, Chris McCabe, Roy McFarlane and John Agard to more emerging talents...

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  • NAVIAR HAIKU FEST - LONDON, 6TH OCT

    Posted on August 30 2018

    Navair records is a special music community and label, exploring the link between music and the poetic form of haiku. The third edition of the Naviar Haiku Fest, a day...

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  • POETIPS #6: ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU

    Posted on August 27 2018

    It's Bank Holiday Monday and what better way to spend it than writing some poetry and entering the Mslexia Women's Poetry Prizes! Today, our Wild Card Selector Anthony Anaxagorou shares...

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  • POETIPS 5: CARRIE ETTER

    Posted on August 20 2018

    Looking for some #MondayMotivation? Here's Carrie Etter's Top 3 PoeTips to get you writing! 1. Read outside your "comfort zone" to strengthen your understanding the possibilities of poetry and broaden your appreciation...

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  • INTRODUCING LOLA RIDGE

    Posted on August 20 2018

    We're delighted to present our Autumn Special Commendation, the collected early works of the lesser-known radical modernist poet Lola Ridge. This substantial volume by Little Island Press brings her fiery feminist poetry back...

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  • THE NEW HORIZONS COVER COLLECTION

    Posted on August 17 2018

    The New Horizons cover series is now complete, so you can collect all of four of our beautiful new-look PBS poetry magazines today! *** Each elegant PBS Bulletin is brim...

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  • AUTUMN IS COMING

    Posted on August 16 2018

    Our Autumn Selections are all here - what a spectacular array! The Autumn Bulletin has gone off to press and we can't wait to see it. Join today to get...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: KATE POTTS

    Posted on August 16 2018

    From Feral by Kate Potts, PBS Autumn Recommendation, available to order here.

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  • AUTUMN RECOMMENDATION: KATE POTTS

    Posted on August 16 2018

    Introducing our Autumn Recommendation, Kate Potts! Feral offers luminous despatches from the charged, porous boundary between ‘animal’ and ‘human’. They pull apart and remake definitions and categorisations of wildness and civilisation,...

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  • POETIPS #4: AMY KEY

    Posted on August 16 2018

    Are you struggling to keep the creative momentum going on your writing this summer? Need some more poetry inspiration? Throughout the Summer, our PBS poets are sharing their top tips to help...

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  • LATE SUMMER SALE: FREE BOOKS!

    Posted on August 13 2018

    The summer has flown by, and as a desperate bid to hold on to a bit of midsummer madness we're having a sequel sale to our 50% discount offer. From...

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  • COVE PARK: ARTIST RESIDENCIES ON LOCH LONG

    Posted on August 13 2018

    We've been working with Cove Park to provide an exciting residency for the winner of the Women's Poetry Competition! Cove Park is a centre providing accommodation and a creative space...

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  • POETIPS #3: SINEAD MORRISSEY

    Posted on August 13 2018

      There's still time to enter the Mslexia and PBS Women's Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions before the 14th September. We've enlisted some of our favourite PBS poets to share their...

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  • DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED

    Posted on August 10 2018

      The Durham Book Festival programme has just been announced and it looks bigger and better than ever! Running from the 6th to the 14th October, Durham Book Festival is...

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  • THE ILLEGAL AGE IS HERE

    Posted on August 10 2018

    Our PBS Choice, The Illegal Age by Ellen Hinsey, published by Arc has arrived!  Ellen Hinsey's new book-length sequence, The Illegal Age, is a powerful investigation into the twentieth-century's dark legacy...

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  • KATE POTTS: FERAL IS HERE

    Posted on August 09 2018

    The purrrfect #internationalcatday delivery! Our Autumn Recommendation Feral by Kate Potts is here. An innovative collection exploring the blurred boundaries between the humans and animals, wilderness and civilisation. Join the PBS...

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  • CAT-THEMED POETRY PICKS

    Posted on August 08 2018

    Get your paws on some of the best cat-themed poetry on international cat day! Felines provide an unusual muse for poets, but they can often be found padding their way...

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