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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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  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS #3

    Posted on December 19 2019

        Hong Kong born Mary Jean Chan fences between languages and cultures and the complexities of queer post-colonial life. The turbulent history of China and Hong Kong seeps into...

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS #2

    Posted on December 19 2019

    Next up in our last minute gift guide is... Denise Riley's Selected Poems is a fitting testament to a poet of immense musical gifts and formal skill. The perfect gift for...

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  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS #1

    Posted on December 19 2019

    Left your Christmas shopping too late again? We're rounding up a few of our PBS favourites for your last minute gifts. Although we can't guarantee Christmas delivery the postal elves...

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  • LORNA GOODISON WINS QUEEN'S GOLD MEDAL

    Posted on December 19 2019

    Many congratulations to Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison who will be awarded Her Majesty’s 2019 Gold Medal for Poetry, in honour of her thirteen poetry collections. The Queen will award the Gold Medal...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP BECKY CHERRIMAN

    Posted on December 19 2019

    Malika Booker describes Becky Cherriman's Surprise of Barn Owl as 'an address and advisory narrative poem that unfolds effortlessly from line to line. The poet’s eloquent verse paragraphs capture the impact...

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  • FESTIVE GIVEAWAY TIME

    Posted on December 17 2019

      As an extra special festive treat we're giving away a FREE copy of American Faith, the debut collection by Maya C Popa, to the first person to buy a PBS Gift Membership...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP CHARLOTTE BUCKLEY

    Posted on December 17 2019

    Cell of Phantoms by runner-up Charlotte Buckley is 'compelling, mysterious and enigmatic. The language is at once disturbing yet apt. I found myself hooked from the first line, At night,...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE SPRING PAMPHLET CHOICE

    Posted on December 16 2019

    We're delighted to announce our Spring 2020 Pamphlet Choice will be Requiem by Síofra McSherry, published by The Emma Press.  Based in Berlin, Síofra McSherry was born in Newry, Northern Ireland. She...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP PENNY BOXALL

    Posted on December 16 2019

    Our next runner-up is Penny Boxall with Advent. Malika describes this as 'both prayer and homage. Where couplets capture the interaction between a passenger and a cab driver. The mixture of...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #10: FABER 2020 POETRY DAIRY

    Posted on December 15 2019

    Bringing our Top 10 Poetry Gifts to a sensational end we have the ever beautiful Faber & Faber Poetry Diary 2020. The perfect gift for poetry lovers! The Faber poetry...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #9: FROST FAIR

    Posted on December 14 2019

    Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy enchants children in this snowy exploration of London's Great Winter of 1683. A spellbinding and magical story for budding poets, grandchildren and children alike. It is...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #8: CHILDREN'S LITERARY CHRISTMAS

    Posted on December 13 2019

    This exquisite Children's Literary Christmas Anthology is ideal for instilling a love of literature from an early age. The perfect poetry gift your children or grandchildren can treasure for ever! Immerse...

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  • FREE TOTE BAG FOR GIFT MEMBERS

    Posted on December 12 2019

    We're really excited to reveal our limited edition new tote bags featuring a stunning quote from the PBS & TS Eliot prize-winning poet Ocean Vuong. Our fairtrade and organic cotton bags are...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #7: A LITERARY CHRISTMAS

    Posted on December 12 2019

    This luxurious literary anthology of Christmas prose and poetry from the British Library, is a joy to behold. Full of wintry classics and all your favourites for the festive season. For as...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP MARLO BESTER-SPROUL

    Posted on December 12 2019

    Malika Booker highlighted the way Marlo Bester-Sproul's Therapy uses tightly controlled tercets to mirror the power dynamic of therapist and patient in this dark, compelling poem, drawing attention to particularly artful imagery...

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  • 30% OFF STATES OF THE BODY PRODUCED BY LOVE

    Posted on December 11 2019

    Time for another Christmas offer! To tie with today's festive feature on the occult lyricism of the 2020 Ignota Diary we're sharing the love with a huge 30% off States of the...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #6: IGNOTA DIARY

    Posted on December 11 2019

    And now for something completely different! One for the astrologically aligned, the Ignota Diary is a poetic and occult antidote to all the pre-Christmas madness and the perfect guide to...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP SUSAN UTTING

    Posted on December 11 2019

    Susan Utting's Reconstructing my Father's Mother was described by judge Malika Booker as 'illusive, strange and hypnotic. I was impressed by the way that the poet landed the poem on the last...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #5: POEMS FOR CHRISTMAS

    Posted on December 10 2019

    Time for us to reveal another festive beauty in our PBS Gift Guide. With these beautiful end papers and bookmark ribbons, this anthology of Poems for Christmas is as gifty...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP ISLE PEDLER

    Posted on December 10 2019

    The next poem featured amongst our runners-up is Haibun of the Remembered by Isle Pedler. Malika Booker comments: 'llse Pedler experiments with the traditional Japanese form, by expanding and changing its preoccupation...

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  • CLASS OF 2019: THE PBS POETS OF THE YEAR

    Posted on December 09 2019

      What a year it's been for poetry! We've been looking back at the incredible range of poets in the PBS Class of 2019. We're so proud that so many...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #4: GYLES BRANDRETH'S ANTHOLOGY OF POEMS TO READ, RELISH & RECITE

    Posted on December 09 2019

    Next up in The PBS Gift Guide's Top 10 Poetry Book Gifts for this Christmas is Dancing by the Light of the Moon by Gyles Brandreth. TV and radio star Gyles...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #3: CAROL ANN DUFFY'S COLLECTED POEMS

    Posted on December 08 2019

    The next gift in our Poetry Book Society Gift Guide is this beautiful hardback Collected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy celebrating her ten distinguished years as Poet Laureate. Perfect for...

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