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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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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER-UP SARAH WIMBUSH

    Posted on December 08 2019

    Our next runner-up is Sarah Wimbush, who previously won the 2016 competition. Malika writes that The Ring is 'an evocative playful portrait of a person, culture and lifestyle. Each line of...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE #2: SNOW POEMS

    Posted on December 07 2019

    The appeal of snow must have something to do with childhood – the excitement of waking up to a white world and placing our wellies into cold crunchiness. As adults...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER UP ELOISE BIRTWHISTLE

    Posted on December 07 2019

    We're very pleased to present runner-up Eloise Birtwhistle's Metastasis. Malika Booker writes: 'Eloise Birtwhistle describes nature and the seasons effortlessly, yet the title and use of adjectives like: heaves, bruise and...

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  • THE PBS GIFT GUIDE #1: CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

    Posted on December 06 2019

    This year we're presenting 10 carefully curated hand-picked poetry favourites in the PBS Poetry Gift Guide. First up it's Christmas Spirit, an anthology of poems to warm your heart by Candlestick...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: UNPUBLISHED POET PRIZE ERIN COPPIN

    Posted on December 06 2019

    Runner-up Erin Coppin received this year's special Unpublished Poet Prize for being previously unpublished at the point of submission.  Malika Booker described this piece as a 'sparse powerful poem that hinges...

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  • PBS GIFT MEMBERSHIP

    Posted on December 06 2019

    Treat your loved one to a whole year of poetry parcels this Christmas with PBS Gift Membership! Simply order a gift membership here and we'll send you a free poetry gift...

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  • THE PBS 2019 GIFT GUIDE

    Posted on December 06 2019

       Visit the PBS Gift Guide Collection and order all of these books with your 25% PBS Member discount.

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  • RAYMOND ANTROBUS WINS SUNDAY TIMES AWARD

    Posted on December 06 2019

      We're delighted to see that Raymond Antrobus, whose work we've championed since his 2018 PBS Choice, has won the 2019 Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year...

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  • SPRING 2020 SNEAK PREVIEW

    Posted on December 05 2019

    We're so excited to announce our Spring 2020 selections The PBS Choice goes to Rendang, the first full length collection by Will Harris and our Spring recommendations range from an...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: THIRD PRIZE ALEX TOMS

    Posted on December 05 2019

    The 3rd Prize in the Women's Poetry Competition was awarded to Alex Toms, judge Malika Booker commeting: 'The lyric’s power lies in the contrast between two voices, the mythical character...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: SECOND PRIZE JACQUELINE SAPHRA

    Posted on December 04 2019

    2019 women's poetry competition judge Malika booker awarded 2nd prize to 'Fishwife' by Jacqueline Saphra, saying: 'the second place poem is structurally composed around such visceral and guttural sonic quality,...

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  • WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED: FIRST PRIZE REGI CLAIRE

    Posted on December 03 2019

    We're delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition. We had some fantastic entries this year, our judge Malika Booker claimed: "The poems submitted were brave, experimental,...

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  • NEW WELSH AWARDS

    Posted on December 01 2019

      Our friends at New Welsh Review regularly feature lots of recent PBS Selections such as Zoë Brigley. We're delighted to see that they have announced their #NewWelshAwards 2020: Rheidol Prize...

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  • IN MEMORY OF CLIVE JAMES

    Posted on November 29 2019

    The Australian poet and critic Clive James sadly passed away aged 80 earlier this week. His latest poetry collections look back over an extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and...

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  • THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY! OUR ANTIDOTE TO BLACK FRIDAY

    Posted on November 27 2019

        Tomorrow is the commercial craziness of Black Friday so we're launching the perfect antidote to all that mindless consumerism with our very own Thoughtful Thursday! Instead of frantically purchasing pointless products, why...

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  • 2019 Costa Poetry Award Shortlist

    Posted on November 27 2019

     We're delighted to see two recent PBS recommendations Jay Bernard and Mary Jean Chan on the 2019 Costa Poetry Award shortlist.  Surge by Jay Bernard (Chatto & Windus) Flèche by Mary Jean...

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  • MEET THE ARTIST: WINTER BULLETIN

    Posted on November 18 2019

      We're delighted to reveal that our Winter Bulletin cover artist will be the poet Angela T Carr. Angela's mindful ink drawing 'Breath' will be gracing the cover of our Winter Bulletin....

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  • TRANSLATION THURSDAY: JAPAN FOCUS

    Posted on November 14 2019

    THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTHLast week, I followed the poet Bashō to Japan for a spot of momijigari - autumnal maple leaf viewing - tea and temples. Here are...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: FOR THE FLOODED

    Posted on November 14 2019

      Today's poem of the day is dedicated to all those who are flooded in the UK today. This extract from a longer sequence called Adda is taken from the eerily...

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  • NEW ISHION HUTCHINSON PAMPHLET ESSAY

    Posted on November 13 2019

        We're delighted to hear that our friends at NCLA have published this powerful pamphlet on Frederick Douglass, written by Ishion Hutchison, as part of a lecture originally delivered...

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  • TOP HALLOWEEN POETRY FOR 2019

    Posted on October 29 2019

    The evocative power of poetry is well-suited to the uncanny, the macabre, the gothic, and the unnerving. This year there's been some excellent offerings from the world of dark poetry,...

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  • CIARAN CARSON OBITUARY

    Posted on October 29 2019

    We were saddened to hear about the death of the poet Ciaran Carson, who came to the Newcastle Poetry Festival last year. Throughout his life Carson won several literary awards, including...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE WINTER PAMPHLET CHOICE

    Posted on October 22 2019

        We're delighted to announce our Winter 2019 Pamphlet Choice will be And They Are Covered in Gold Light by Amy Acre, published by Bad Betty Press. We're especially excited...

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  • FORWARD PRIZE WINNERS

    Posted on October 21 2019

    The Forward Prizes were announced last night at the Southbank centre to a packed audience in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. This year’s five-strong judging panel – included recent PBS  poets Tara...

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  • RAYMOND ANTROBUS' SHELFIE

    Posted on October 17 2019

    We loved this Waterstone's Shelfie video featuring recent PBS Choice Raymond Antrobus discussing his favourite poetry books from Kei Miller to Hannah Lowe's Chan. Don't forget PBS Members can order...

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  • T S ELIOT PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

    Posted on October 17 2019

    Our friends at the T S Eliot Foundation have announced the prestigious T S Eliot shortlist! We're delighted to see six recent PBS Selections on the shortlist this year, including...

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  • ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU'S WATERSTONES SHELFIE

    Posted on October 07 2019

    We were delighted to hear our PBS Wild Card Selector Anthony Anaxagorou give a shout-out to the Poetry Book Society in this Waterstones Shelfie on their youtube channel. Have a watch...

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  • HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY DAY

    Posted on October 03 2019

    Happy National Poetry Day fellow poetry fans! This year we’re celebrating in Oxford with a NPD PBS showcase featuring the incredible Anthony Anaxagorou and Mary Jean Chan. The event is...

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  • JEN CAMPBELL’S PBS AUTUMN VLOG

    Posted on September 30 2019

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  • PBS NATIONAL POETRY DAY SHOWCASE

    Posted on September 27 2019

    We're so excited to reveal the PBS is off on tour again and this year's National Poetry Day PBS Showcase will be held at Blackwell's Oxford featuring two poets who, in keeping...

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  • PUBLISHING IN TRANSLATION CONFERENCE

    Posted on September 26 2019

    PUBLISHING IN TRANSLATION CONFERENCE This week we're very sorry to say goodbye to our wonderful Translation Specialist Cristina who has done a brilliant job of showcasing the poetry in translation from across the...

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  • 1 DAY TO GO: WOMEN'S POETRY PRIZES

    Posted on September 15 2019

    It's the final push for your Mslexia & PBS Women's Poetry Prize entries. Here's last year's poetry prize winner Penny Boxall with her winning poem to inspire you! You can...

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  • 2 DAYS TO GO: WOMEN'S POETRY PRIZES

    Posted on September 14 2019

    There are only two days left to enter the PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Prizes! Today's #Poetips video reveal comes from the wonderful poet Kris Johnson. Here she is reading her poem...

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  • 3 DAYS TO GO: WOMEN'S POETRY PRIZES

    Posted on September 13 2019

    The final countdown is upon us. It's your last weekend to enter the PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Prizes. In today's video reveal we're in conversation with local Newcastle University...

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  • WINTER 19 SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED

    Posted on September 13 2019

    The Poetry Book Society (PBS) is delighted to announce that independent presses are leading the way in the PBS Winter 2019 Selections. For the first time, emerging Scottish publisher Blue...

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  • 4 DAYS TO GO: MSLEXIA & PBS PRIZES

    Posted on September 12 2019

    The countdown continues! There are only 4 days left to enter the PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Prizes! Today's top #poetips come from the Gold Medal Prize winner for Poetry...

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  • ZAFFAR ON RADIO 4

    Posted on September 12 2019

    Recent PBS Wild Card Choice Zaffar Kunial was on Radio 4's Today Programme this morning discussing his new cricket inspired pamphlet Six  and his exciting new role as Poet in Residence...

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  • FRANK ORMSBY NAMED IRELAND PROFESSOR OF POETRY

    Posted on September 12 2019

    FRANK Ormsby has been awarded the prestigious position of The Ireland Professor of Poetry by President Michael D Higgins.  Frank Ormsby is the eighth person to hold the three-year position which...

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  • 5 DAYS TO GO: SKY HAWKINS ON EDITING

    Posted on September 11 2019

    Only 5 days to go until the PBS & Mslexia #WomensPoetryPrizes close on the 16th September. Keep a look out on our social media and website for a daily video reveal...

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