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EVENTS

POETRY COLLECTIVE at LONDON BOOK FAIR
10th-12th April (More information to follow)
Versopolis poetry platform and review presents a chance to see some of Europe's finest contemporary poets, representing the Bookfair's nation-in-focus, Lithuania, alongside the UK. Sasha Dugdale, Hannah Lowe, Aušra Kaziliūnaitė and Marius Burokas have built international reputations around their remarkable poetry and in this event, curated by SJ Fowler, the threads of their ambitious and insightful works will be drawn out further, when allied together. Versopolis is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU.
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OXFORD OUTBURST FESTIVAL
Pegasus Theatre,  Oxford Brookes University, 21st April at 7pm 
The Poetry Book Society is delighted to join forces with Oxford’s Outburst Festival to present the PBS Spring Showcase featuring two of the most exciting new debut voices on the poetry scene: Hannah Sullivan and Sophie Collins. The Poetry Book Society was founded in 1953 by T S Eliot to propagate the art of poetry and every quarter our expert selectors choose the best new poetry books. Join us for an unmissable evening celebrating the next generation of powerful new female poets.
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online arts quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in November 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Who Is Mary Sue? is her first poetry collection, published by Faber.
Hannah Sullivan lives in London and teaches modern English Literature at New College, Oxford. After reading Classics as an undergraduate, she received a PhD in English from Harvard in 2008 and taught at Stanford University in California for three years. Her first published poem appeared in P.N. Review in 1998 and so this debut has had a long genesis. Her academic book The Work of Revision was, in fact, a study of the complicated and indirect ways in which writers draft and revise. She is currently writing a book on free verse, funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Three Poems, published by Faber, is her debut collection.

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SAVE THE DATE

On the 3rd May 2018 we'll be co-hosting Crossings: Northern Poetry Symposium on the subject of Poetry in Translation  at the Sage Gateshead as part of the Newcastle Poetry Festival with Poettrios and Newcastle University. The day will feature a host of exciting poets, translators and speakers exploring everything from world poetry to translation processes and exiled voices. We'd love to see as many of PBS members as possible at the event. Last year's Northern Poetry Symposium was a huge success and we hope this year will be even bigger and better. Keep an eye on our Events page for more information soon.

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SINEAD MORRISSEY

PBS STANZA LECTURE

 8th March | 15:30 - 16:30

The Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Supper Room

We're proud to sponsor the 2018  StAnza Lecture this year with Forward Prize winner and PBS Summer Choice Sinéad Morrissey. Sinead will explore ideas of voice and authenticity in the work of a number of contemporary poets who are responding directly to trauma in their work. The lyric is traditionally understood as an utterance of both heartfelt and honest emotion, the conduit of an “I” voice engaged in an intimate conversation with a privileged reader and/or listener, and articulating itself, to intensifying effect, within the constraints of poetic form. She will question the extent to which this model of the lyric, particularly in relation to grief, holds “true”, via close readings of recent poems which foreground a complex “I” under duress.

Tickets are £4.50/£3.50 and are on sale now on the Stanza website.

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BOLTON UNIVERSITY PBS SHOWCASE

Michael Symmons Roberts & Karen McCarthy Woolf

24th April 2018 | 6.30pm

Bolton Central Library | Le Mans Crescent | Bolton | BL1 1SE | Free

English and Creative Writing at Bolton University are proud to partner again with Bolton Library and Museum Services for a new season of literary events. In April, Karen McCarthy Woolf will be reading from her latest collection, Seasonal Disturbances, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, alongside Michael Symmons Roberts, whose latest book, Mancunia, was shortlisted for the prestigious T. S. Eliot Prize.

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PAST EVENTS

INPRESS FESTIVAL OF PUBLISHING

Friday 26th January, 9:30-17:00

Friends House | Sarah Fell Room – 173-177 Euston Rd | London NW1 2BJ

The Inpress Festival of Publishing is a celebration of all things creative, with a practical twist. It is a showcase of the inventiveness, innovation, diversity and agility of independent publishers, and all those working in our industry. Designed to network and share ideas, the 2018 event themed ‘I Did It My Way’ is a day of presentations and panel events featuring experts ready to share their experiences and their discoveries. It is a chance to inspire and be inspired, to hone those schemes you’ve been nursing in a supportive and creative environment.

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NCLA PBS SHOWCASE

Pascale Petit & James Sheard

30th November 2017

Newcastle University

NCLA & The Poetry Book Society present an event with two Poetry Book Society Choice authors, Pascale and James, reading from their collections 'Mama Amazonica' and 'The Abandoned Settlements'. Tickets are available to purchase here.

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PBS WINTER LAUNCH PARTY

Poetry Society Cafe | 22 Betterton St | London | WC2H 9BX

Friday 8 December 2017, 7:00 pm  10:00 pm

The Poetry Society is delighted to join forces with the Poetry Book Society to celebrate the PBS Winter Selections.  Join us to launch a special edition of the PBS Winter 2017 Bulletin with a stellar performance from five internationally acclaimed poets: PBS Choice Sasha Dugdale, PBS Recommendations Paul Deaton, Tim Dooley, Ahren Warner and PBS Special Commendation Fleur Adcock.

 

Sasha Dugdale was born in Sussex. Between 1995 and 2000 she worked for the British Council in Russia, where she set up the Russian New Writing Project with the Royal Court Theatre. She currently works as a translator and consultant for the Royal Court and other theatre companies. She has published two collections of translations of Russian poetry and, with Carcanet, three collections of her own poetry, Notebook (2003), The Estate (2007) and Red House (2011). In 2003 she received an Eric Gregory Award. 

  
Paul Deaton was born in London and raised in Wales. He was runner-up in the Arvon International Poetry Competition 2010 and winner of the SaveAs Writers International Poetry Prize 2016. His work appears regularly in The Spectator, is included in York Notes for GCSE study guides and is featured in various magazines and anthologies including PN ReviewThe London MagazineThe Dark Horse. A novel started on his MLiTT at Glasgow University was recently finished. A keen runner, he has a first degree in psychology, works freelance in publishing and is a counsellor in training in Bristol. 
  
Ahren Warner’s first collection, Confer (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2013. He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2010 and an Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2012. His second collection, Pretty (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), was another Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as is his third collection, Hello. Your promise has been extracted (2017). He is Poetry Editor of Poetry London and Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Loughborough University, and currently lives in London.
  
Tim Dooley is a tutor for The Poetry School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster. From 2008 to 2017 he was reviews and features editor of Poetry London. He is co-editor (with Martha Kapos) of The Best of Poetry London (Carcanet, 2014). His first collection of poems, The Interrupted Dream, was published by Anvil in 1985. This was followed by the pamphlets The Secret Ministry (2001) and Tenderness (2004), both winners in the Smith/Doorstop-Poetry Business pamphlet competition. Tenderness was also a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Keeping Time (Salt, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was followed by Imagined Rooms (Salt, 2010). The Sound We Make Ourselves: Poems 1971-2016 was published by Eyewear in 2016. 
  
Fleur Adcock was born in New Zealand in 1934, she spent the war years in England, returning with her family to New Zealand in 1947. She emigrated to Britain in 1963, working as a librarian in London until 1979. In 1977-78 she was writer-in-residence at Charlotte Mason College of Education, Ambleside. She was Northern Arts Literary Fellow in 1979-81, living in Newcastle, becoming a freelance writer after her return to London. She received an OBE in 1996, and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2006 for Poems 1960-2000 (Bloodaxe Books, 2000).

Tickets are on sale here at the Poetry Society.

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POP UP POETRY BOOKSHOP

 PBS & Friends Present: The Pop-Up Poetry Book Shop at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival

Foyer of Hull College, Queens Gardens, Wilberforce Drive, Hull, HU1 3DG

Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October (times TBA)

BBC Contains Strong Language is the BBC's new national poetry and spoken word festival with coverage in national and local, radio and TV programmes. 

Over the four days, beginning on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September, Radio 1 Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 5 Live and 6 Music as well as Radio Humberside will be broadcasting live from festival venues in Hull along with BBC TV. 

The Pop-Up Poetry Bookshop is a four day book fair and exhibition space for all those involved in the promotion, creation and production of poetry. Celebrating the diversity and vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers large and small, niche and mainstream are invited to display and sell their works direct to the public at one of the most vibrant new poetry festivals in the UK.

The fair will take place in the foyer of Hull College, location of gala readings and live audience BBC broadcasts.

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DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

Poetry Book Society Showcase: Sinéad Morrisey, Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin 

Durham, Palace Green Library: Saturday 7th October, 4-5pm

Sinéad Morrisey, Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin will be giving readings from their work as part of the Durham Book Festival.

You can get more information and book tickets through clicking this link.

 

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PBS PRESENTS: CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

   

Sasha Dugdale and Sandeep Parmar

Cheltenham, Town Hall - Pillar Room: Friday 13th October, 4-5pm

Sasha Dugdale's Joy has been selected as our Winter Choice, and you can see her read here alongside one of our selectors, Sandeep Parmar, as part of Cheltenham's Literature Festival.

Tickets are available through this link from 30th August.

 

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FREE VERSE POETRY BOOK FAIR

 PBS Presents Karen McCarthy Woolf and Pascale Petit will be at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair on the 28th September, which you can read more about here.