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  • Announcing our Winter Guest Selection: Alarum by Wayne Holloway-Smith

    Posted on September 28 2017

                              masculinity as     our neighbour’s red and hairy knuckle                         masculinity as     my dad’s head knocked back                         as a small man cursing Our Guest Selector Andrew...

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  • Happy National Poetry Day!

    Posted on September 28 2017

    For National Poetry Day, we've been exploring the theme of freedom. Here are some of our freedom related favourites from the recent PBS Selections. Why not become a PBS member...

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  • The Forward Prizes for Poetry Winners

    Posted on September 22 2017

    We're delighted that two PBS selected poets were awarded the Forward Prizes for Poetry last night! PBS Summer Choice Sinéad Morrissey won the Forward Prize for Best Collection for On...

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  • Our Winter 2017 Pamphlet Choice: Guppy Primer

    Posted on September 19 2017

    Our Pamphlet Choice for our upcoming Winter 2017 Issue is Guppy Primer by Ruth McIlroy after a dream in which I was getting caught out leaving something innocuous        ...

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  • Announcing our Vlogger in Residence - Jen Campbell

    Posted on September 15 2017

    The Poetry Book Society is proud to present a new collaboration with the popular poet, writer and Vlogger Jen Campbell. Jen (and Lola!) will be providing a unique commentary on...

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  • Announcing our Spring 2018 Guest Selector - Kayo Chingonyi

    Posted on September 12 2017

    We're delighted to announce the appointment of our Guest Selector for Spring 2018 - Kayo Chingonyi! Kayo will be casting an expert eye over our Spring 2018 quarter submissions and...

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  • Forward Prizes for Poetry 2017 Awards Ceremony

    Posted on August 29 2017

    On 21st September at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre, Andrew Marr will be awarding the Forward Prizes as chairman of a judging panel which also includes poets Sandeep...

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  • Poem of the Week - Tara Bergin

    Posted on August 24 2017

      From our PBS Autumn Recommendation The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx by Tara Bergin, published by Carcanet Press. Order your copy here with 25% member discount. 

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  • Jorie Graham Wins Wallace Stevens Award

    Posted on August 23 2017

    Jorie Graham, the poet behind this year's Summer Recommendation title Fast, has just been awarded a lifetime achievement by the Academy of American Poets. The Wallace Stevens Award is given to...

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  • PBS & Friends Present: The Pop-Up Poetry Bookshop at Contains Strong Language

    Posted on August 22 2017

    Foyer of Hull College, Queens Gardens, Wilberforce Drive, Hull, HU1 3DG Thursday 28th September - Sunday 1st October BBC Contains Strong Language is the BBC's new national poetry and spoken word...

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  • Film Archive Highlight: Interview with Emma Jones

    Posted on August 16 2017

    An interview which is currently gaining attention on our YouTube channel is an interview with Emma Jones as part of Next Generation Poets. In 2014, the Poetry Book Society ran a...

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  • Announcing our Guest Selector for Winter

    Posted on August 16 2017

    We're delighted to announce our Winter Guest Selector - Andrew McMillan! Our new quarterly Guest Selector will offer a fresh perspective on the poetry scene and have free rein to...

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  • The Winter Selections are announced!

    Posted on August 15 2017

    We're absolutely delighted to give advance notice of our forthcoming Winter Selections, which will be mailed out in mid-November with the Winter Bulletin! Winter Selections (Oct, Nov, Dec) 2017  Choice...

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  • Flambard Poetry Prize 2017

    Posted on August 14 2017

    For the attention of our readers who also write poetry: Newcastle University's Centre for the Literary Arts has just announced the opening of their Flambard Poetry Prize to entries! We...

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  • The Autumn Bulletin is Here!

    Posted on August 14 2017

    The Autumn Bulletin has arrived! Copies will be on their way to all our members later this week, once we've received our Autumn books hot off the press. The Autumn...

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  • Poem of the Week - Michael Symmons Roberts

    Posted on August 13 2017

    The Future of Books Or this: some sci-fi aeon where a drilldraws out a deep core sample,a candy-stick of sands and clays,each civilisation - the gist of all its stories...

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  • Michael Murphy 2017 Shortlist Announced

    Posted on August 09 2017

    The Michael Murphy Memorial Prize is awarded to first books of poetry, the 2017 award covering publications in the years 2015 and 16 in Britain and Ireland. The overall winner...

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  • 30% off Summer Sale

    Posted on August 08 2017

    We wanted a land where we could watch the weather - see how one hill drew down the drapes of rain, and how another would flash its skin in a...

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  • Introducing our new PBS Book Selector Sandeep Parmar

    Posted on August 08 2017

    We're delighted to introduce our new PBS Selector for Spring 2018 onwards, Sandeep Parmar! Sandeep Parmar co-directs the University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing and is Senior...

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  • Poetry School Students - 20% Discount on PBS Membership

    Posted on July 28 2017

    We are delighted to announce that we have renewed our partnership with the Poetry School, offering all Autumn 2017 Poetry School students 20% off all levels of Poetry Book Society membership...

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  • Sneak Preview from our Autumn Choice - Mama Amazonica by Pascale Petit

    Posted on July 27 2017

    Published by Bloodaxe on the 28th September. Join the PBS today to get your copy hot off the press in our Autumn mail-out in mid August!

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  • National Poetry Day School Discount

    Posted on July 26 2017

    ‘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...

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  • PBS Judging Wordpool Illuminate Competition 2017

    Posted on July 26 2017

    We're delighted to be involved in the Wordpool Festival of Poetry's Illuminate Poetry Competition! All are welcome to submit poems on the topic of 'illuminate'; we’re looking for a unique...

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  • Eidolon by Sandeep Parmar Wins The Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection 2017

    Posted on July 04 2017

    Eidolon by Sandeep Parmar has been awarded the inaugural £5000 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize the UK’s first prize dedicated to second poetry collections. Published by independent press Shearsman, Sandeep Parmar’s Eidolon...

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  • Several Deer Wins the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection

    Posted on July 04 2017

    Several Deer by Adam Crothers (Carcanet) has been awarded the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection. The shortlist for this year’s Prize included:Claire Askew, This Changes Things (Bloodaxe)Adam Crothers, Several...

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  • Spotlight on the Summer Choice - On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey

    Posted on June 30 2017

    Because I can’t tightrope walk, or balance upside down on one hand, or even comfortably touch my toes, I celebrate such achievements in language suspended between the wheels and shafts...

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  • 2017 Cholmondeley Prize Winners Announced

    Posted on June 27 2017

    Caroline Bergvall, Sasha Dugdale, Philip Gross and Paula Meehan have been presented with the 2017 Cholmondeley Prize on 20 June. Funded by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966,...

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  • Inpress / PBS Secures ACE Funding Uplift

    Posted on June 27 2017

    INPRESS / PBS SECURES FUNDING UPLIFT FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND Inpress, the sales and marketing agency for independent presses who also recently acquired the Poetry Book Society is delighted to...

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  • Michael Longley Wins the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize

    Posted on June 27 2017

         Michael Longley, the distinguished Irish poet and much-acclaimed influence for many young poets, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize. Awarded to poets...

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  • Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize

    Posted on June 12 2017

    The Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for Second Collections shortlist has been announced! This year the judges are PBS Spring 2016 Choice Vahni Capildeo and Autumn 2017 Recommendation Tara Bergin. The...

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  • PBS Poets on the Forward Prizes 2017 Shortlist!

    Posted on June 12 2017

    We're delighted to see lots of PBS poets on the 2017 Forward Prize shortlists, including Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Sinead Morrissey's On Balance and Stranger, Baby by...

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  • Photos from the Northern Poetry Symposium

    Posted on May 22 2017

    Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Northern Poetry Symposium last week at Sage Gateshead and the PBS Presents Newcastle Poetry Festival showcase with Alice Oswald and Penelope Shuttle. We...

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  • PBS in the Press

    Posted on May 05 2017

    Thanks to David Whetstone at the Journal for this lovely article about the Northern Poetry Symposium and the Poetry Book Society's recent move to Newcastle. Pick up a copy of the...

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  • National Poetry Day 2017 - Get ready!

    Posted on May 01 2017

    This year the theme is Freedom and National Poetry Day will take place on the 28th September! National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity...

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  • Launching the Northern Poetry Symposium Programme!

    Posted on April 20 2017

    Here's a sneak preview of the Northern Poetry Symposium programme! Come and join us on the 9th May at Sage Gateshead to join the debate.

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  • Hollie McNish Wins Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

    Posted on March 30 2017

    Congratulations to Hollie McNish on winning the Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry with Nobody Told Me - Poetry and Parenthood! The prize was awarded last night by...

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  • World Poetry Day

    Posted on March 21 2017

    Happy World Poetry Day!  We're proud to represent so many incredible poets, publishers and translators worldwide. Our recent Choice books have included Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo and Hungarian poet George...

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  • Mother's Day Gift Subscriptions

    Posted on March 20 2017

    Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Why not give the gift of Poetry Book Society membership? Simply add Mother's Day to the notes at the checkout and we'll...

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  • 20% off PBS Membership for Poetry School Students

    Posted on March 17 2017

    We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with The Poetry School, offering all Poetry School students who book a Summer 2017 course an exclusive 20% discount on all categories of...

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  • The Northern Poetry Symposium | 9th May | Sage Gateshead

    Posted on March 10 2017

    To celebrate our first year in Newcastle, the Poetry Book Society presents The Northern Poetry Symposium with Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Sage Gateshead. Join us on the 9th of...

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  • Happy International Women's Day

    Posted on March 08 2017

    Happy International Women's Day! We've been celebrating by looking back at the wide range of incredible women's poetry collections in our recent PBS selections. Here are a few highlights:  Spring...

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  • Free Canvas Bag with Charter Membership Orders

    Posted on February 20 2017

    There's only one week left to take advantage of our special February offer! We're giving away one of our beautiful tote bags for #free with every new Charter Membership order...

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  • Valentine's Day Recommendations

    Posted on February 10 2017

    Loved up or love sick? Poetry is the perfect antidote!  For those of you who are lucky in love, why not give your Valentine a gift membership to the Poetry Book...

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  • Poetry Book Society Canvas Bags

    Posted on February 10 2017

    We're really excited to launch our first ever PBS / Inpress Canvas Bag! These elegant limited edition literary tote bags are perfect for transporting your growing PBS poetry collection. Ethically produced,...

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  • Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist 2017

    Posted on February 10 2017

    Great to see so many poets on The Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist this year! The prize is awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by...

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  • PBS Spring 2017 Selections

    Posted on January 30 2017

    We're very excited to announce our PBS Spring 2017 Selections! Full PBS Members will receive their copies of the Choice with the Spring Bulletin in late February / early March....

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  • The Winter Bulletin

    Posted on January 26 2017

    The PBS Winter Bulletin is here! Our winter issue is brim full of poems, interviews and reviews from our Winter Choice poet George Szirtes' Mapping the Delta (Bloodaxe), as well...

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  • T.S. Eliot Prize Shortlist

    Posted on January 11 2017

    The T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry has been running since 1993 in honour of T.S. Eliot's memory. This unique and highly sought after prize is awarded annually to the writer...

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