Poetry Book Society Showcase at Durham Book Festival
Sunday 15th October | Durham Book Festival | Gala Studio | £8/£7/£5 (live-stream)
The Poetry Book Society is proud to present readings from three exceptional poets.
Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche (Faber, 2019), which won the Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize. They are currently a judge for the 2023 Booker Prize.
Kit Fan‘s third poetry collection is the Forward Prize-shortlisted The Ink Cloud Reader. His second collection As Slow As Possible was a PBS Recommendation, and his first collection Paper Scissors Stone won the Hong Kong University International Poetry Prize. His debut novel is Diamond Hill.
Jen Campbell is an award-winning poet and bestselling author from the North East. She has won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, an Eric Gregory Award, and the Spelt Poetry Competition 2022 for her poem ‘The Hospital Is Not My House’ from Please Do Not Touch This Exhibit. Jen’s event contribution will be via video.
Introduced by Alice Mullen, Poetry Book Society
Tickets available here.
PBS Autumn and Winter Showcase
National Poetry Day | Thursday 5th October 2023 | NCLA | FREE
The Poetry Book Society presents its Autumn and Winter Showcase with Jacqueline Saphra and Kostya Tsolakis reading and in conversation with Tara Bergin. Introduced by PBS Manager
Tickets for this FREE event will be available to book soon.
Jacqueline Saphra is a T.S. Eliot Prize nominated, award-winning poet, a playwright, editor, agitator, teacher and organiser. She is the author of ten stage plays, four chapbooks and five collections. PBS Autumn Choice, Velvel’s Violin is her deeply moving and political fifth
collection. Through its search for missing histories of the Jewish diaspora, the book is a call for empathy and a warning to a world where the legacy of the Holocaust echoes current narratives of prejudice, war, displacement and migration to speak of love, absence and survival.
Kostya Tsolakis is a London-based poet and journalist, born and raised in Athens, Greece. His first full collection of poetry,
Greekling (Nine Arches Press, 2023) is a PBS Winter Recommendation. A Warwick Writing Programme graduate, he is founding editor of harana
poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language. His debut poetry pamphlet, Ephebos, was published by ignitionpress in 2020.
His poems have appeared in fourteen poems, Magma Poetry,
Poetry London, The Poetry Review and Under the Radar, and
anthologies including 100 Queer Poems (Vintage, 2022).
Tara Bergin is a Senior Lecturer in Writing Poetry at Newcastle
NEWCASTLE POETRY FESTIVAL
11th-13th MAY 2023 | Outside of Northern Stage, Newcastle
The Poetry Book Society are delighted to be the official Newcastle Poetry Festival bookshop once again on the green outside Northern Stage at Newcastle University. Drop by the festival book tent for daily author signings and a chance to explore our extensive range of poetry books and pamphlets from a wide range of publishers with 25% off for PBS Members.
NCLA PBS SHOWCASE
**POSTPONED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION. NEW DATE TBC**
We're partnering with the wonderful NCLA at Newcastle University to present an in-person showcase with two of our amazing Selections: Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Jason Allen Paisant.
SANDEEP PARMAR AT KOLKATA POETRY FESTIVAL
Watch our Autumn Choice Sandeep Parmar discuss her new collection Faust and diasporic writing with Preti Taneja as part of the Kolkata International Poetry Festival here.
Don Paterson, Zaffar Kunial and Degna Stone
16th October, Time 3.30pm, Durham Book Festival, Gala Theatre - £8/7
We are delighted to present this event with Durham Book Festival, featuring Don Paterson, Zaffar Kunial, and Degna Stone.
Don Paterson was born in 1963 in Dundee, Scotland. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan. He is the author of seven books of poetry, and also works as a guitarist and composer. His Latest collection, The Arctic, is a PBS Autumn 2022 Recommendation.
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem, 'The Word'. His forthcoming collection, England's Green, is a PBS Autumn 2022 Recommendation.
Originally from the Midlands, Degna Stone is a poet and poetry editor based in north east England. They are co-founder and former Managing Editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine, a Contributing Editor at The Rialto, and an associate artist with The Poetry Exchange.
Don Paterson & Alycia Pirmohamed
6th October, 7pm, NCLA, Newcastle University Culture Lab - Free
We are delighted to present this event with the NCLA, featuring PBS Autumn 2022 Recommendation poets Don Paterson and Alycia Pirmohamed.
Don Paterson was born in 1963 in Dundee, Scotland. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan. He is the author of seven books of poetry, and also works as a guitarist and composer. His latest collection, The Arctic, is a PBS Autumn 2022 Reccomendation.
Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in the UK. Currently, she is the Junior Anniversary Fellow at IASH (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities), University of Edinburgh. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Liverpool, where she co-organised the Ledbury Poetry Critics programme. Alycia received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. In 2020, Alycia was the winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her forthcoming collection, Another Way To Split Water, is a PBS Autumn 2022 Recommendation.
15th- 17th JULY | SKYLINES FESTIVAL
Friday 15th - 17th July, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
We're delighted to be the official bookshop at Skylines Festival in Coventry this Summer, devised by Nine Arches Press and Writing West Midlands, with support from Arts Council England and the Belgrade Theatre. Highlights include a PBS Showcase with Hannah Lowe and Raymond Antrobus, plus performances from Moniza Alvi, Casey Bailey, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Alison Brackenbury, Rishi Dastidar, Rosie Garland, Roz Goddard, Hannah Lowe and John McCullough.
26TH MAY | Jane Burn & Jake Morris Campbell
Thursday 26th May, 7pm, Bottleworks Bookshop, Byker
Join us to launch two local poets' new collections in our pop-up bookshop in the Bottleworks Byker, Newcastle. Jake Morris-Campbell is from South Shields. Corrigenda for Costafine Town is his debut collection. He was selected as a BBC New Generation Thinker and regularly appears on Radio 3 programmes. Jane Burn is a poet and illustrator based in the North East of England. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies including Writing Motherhood (Seren),#MeToo (Fairacre Press) and The Anthology of Illness (The Emma Press and nominated for the Forward and Pushcart Prizes.
18TH- 31st MAY | BOTTLEWORKS BOOKSHOP
Join the Bottleworks Bookshop Launch Party at 7pm 18th May. Featuring readings by Linda France and Paul Summers at 8 Riverside Walk, Byker, NE6 1LX.
28th APRIL | WARSAN SHIRE & EMILY BERRY
7pm | NCLA Youtube | Free
Join us at the NCLA & PBS Spring Showcase, when we will hear from the Spring Choice poet Emily Berry and Spring Recommended poet Warsan Shire reading from their latest collections and in discussion with NCLA Research Associate Theresa Munoz and PBS Manager, Alice Mullen.
5TH MAY | EMERGENCY POETRY SUMMIT
Northern Stage | 10-5pm | £15 in person | £10 conc. | £5 online
After a two-year hiatus, the Newcastle Poetry Festival is back! Join the Poetry Book Society and NCLA on the 5th May for an Emergency Poetry Summit at Northern Stage. We’re reuniting the poetry community to review poetry's new normal, celebrate resilience and make the case for hope. Join us for an inspiring day of readings and reflections on covid to climate change, from 20 leading poets Imtiaz Dharker, Yomi Sode, Khairani Barokka, Romalyn Ante, Hannah Hodgson, Harry Josephine Giles, Jake Morris-Campbell, Don Jenkins, Rowan McCabe, Linda France, Jason Allen Paisant, Polly Atkin, Sylvia Legris, Rishi Dastidar, Jo Clement and Naush Sabah. In this age of emergency, we look to the poets to light the way!
5TH-7TH APRIL | LONDON BOOK FAIR
We're delighted to be curating Poets Corner with Inpress at London Book Fair again. Join us for an action packed programme of events from the 5th-7th April at Olympia showcasing poets from Prototype, Burning Eye, Mica Press, Arc, Arachne Press, Smokestack, Outspoken Press, Holland Park Press, Flipped Eye, Irish Pages, Knives Forks Spoons, Grey Hen Press and many more.
13th APRIL | LUCY MERCER & SYLVIA LEGRIS
13th April | 7pm | Granta Zoom
Join Granta and the Poetry Book Society for a zoom launch event with PBS summer selectees Sylvia Legris and Lucy Mercer. This unique one-off in-conversation event will launch our Summer ChoiceEmblem by Lucy Mercer and recommendation Sylvia Legris'Garden Physic.Join usto hear both poets reading from their collections and talking all things poetry and nature.
13TH MARCH | STANZA SHOWCASE
11.30am | The Cosmos Centre | St Andrews KY16 9LB | Tickets £3
Join us at Stanza Poetry Festival in St Andrews for the Poetry Book Society’s Spring Showcase to celebrate three astonishing new collections by Emily Berry, Fiona Benson and Will Alexander. The critically acclaimed LA-based poet Will Alexander will appear via Zoom to launch his first UK publication, Refractive Africa (Granta), a vital and searing work of diasporic witness. The Forward Prize winner Fiona Benson joins us live, reading fromEphemeron,her brave and blistering re-telling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur, and Emily Berry will tune in on Zoom from London to lead us into the half-lit world of dream and dawn in her PBS Spring Choice, Unexhausted Time (Faber). This promises to be an exhilarating tour of the Poetry Book Society Spring Selections from a stellar trio.
PAST EVENTS ARCHIVE
Join us for a Zoom version of the popular PBS Insta Live Book Club at Kendal Poetry Festival. PBS Book Selector and insta book club host Andrew McMillan will be joined by special guest Michael Symmons Roberts to discuss our Spring Recommendation RANSOM, Michael’s eighth collection of poetry. Michael Symmons Roberts is one of the UK's best loved lyric poets, always adventurous in his use of form and ambitious in his thematic concerns. In this new collection, ideas around liberty, limits and the word 'ransom' are examined, explored and interrogated. Find out more and book tickets here.
Don’t miss your chance to hear from two of the poetry world’s brightest new voices. Rachel Long is the leader of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour and joins us to read from her highly-anticipated debut, My Darling from the Lions, a vivid collection with a razor-sharp perspective on sexual politics and cultural inheritance. New Zealand poet Nina Mingya Powles ’ first full collection Magnolia dwells within the tender, shifting borderland between languages, and between poetic forms, to examine the shape and texture of memories, of myths, and of a mixed-race girlhood. Find out more here.
DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL: POETRY BOOK SOCIETY SHOWCASE
13th October, 12.30pm - 1pm | Durham Book Festival Online | Tickets: Free
The Poetry Book Society is delighted to present three thrilling new voices on the poetry scene: Bhanu Kapil, Rachel Long and Nina Mingya Powles. Join us for a thought-provoking lunch hour of cross-continental and multi-lingual poetry with a trio of PBS poets who fearlessly tackle gender identity, diaspora and displacement. These are three poets who speak to the current moment with their fingers firmly on the pulse – defiant, blazing and deeply entertaining. Find out more here.
MONTHLY INSTA LIVE BOOK CLUB PROGRAMME
We're so excited to reveal our first online book club #pbsonlinebookclub will launch 7pm next Wednesday 6th May on Instagram Live @PoetryBookSociety hosted by poet and PBS Selector Andrew McMillan & his poetic pug Patricia! Our first book club discussion will be the PBS Summer Recommendation Tongues on Fire by Seán Hewitt, so order your copy here with your 25% PBS member discount and tune into Instagram Live @PoetryBookSociety at 7pm 6th May to join the discussions.
LONDON BOOK FAIR **CANCELLED**
PBS Spring Showcase
10th March 2020, 10:00 - 10:45 Poets' Corner
The Poetry Book Society opens Poets’ Corner at London Book Fair with a showcase of two of their finest Spring Selections. Join us to celebrate the launch of Will Harris’ much anticipated debut collection RENDANG (Granta) and Hong Kong born Jennifer Wong’s Letters Home (Nine Arches Press). Tackling themes of migration, home and belonging, these are two of the most important new poets writing today.
10th March 2020, 16:00 - 17:00 Poets' Corner
Director of the Poetry School and the world's biggest eco-poetry prizes, Sally Carruthers joins spoken word poet Zena Edwards to discuss how poetry can tackle the current climate crisis. What is the role of poets and writers in the climate emergency and how can publishers think more sustainably? Alongside the discussions, Zena Edwards will perform her eco-poetry protest songs.
Poetry & Place
11th March 2020, 14:30 - 15:30 Poets' Corner
How can publishers think beyond the page? The Poetry Book Society, National Trust and Poetry Society join forces to discuss new poetry projects bringing places of historic or natural importance to life. Can site-specific poetry projects engage with communities and bring poetry to wider audiences? Julia Bird explores how Historic England and The Poetry Society projected poems onto St Paul’s Cathedral whilst Kiki Claxton will reveal the National Trust and Poetry Book Society’s exciting new eco-poetry commission.
SCOTTISH SHOWCASE | 3RD APRIL | SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY **CANCELLED**
By popular demand we're finally taking the PBS on tour to Scotland! Join us on the 3rd April at 7pm for our PBS Scottish Showcase at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. We hope to see plenty of our Scottish PBS members and poetry fans to celebrate this stellar line up: PBS Choice Juana Adcock and recent Recommendations Denise Riley and Charlotte Ansell. We're honoured to bring together one of the UK's finest contemporary poets, Denise Riley, with two of our most dynamic emerging poets. Juana Adcock's Split was described as "one of the most exciting debuts I've ever read" by our PBS Selector Sandeep Parmar and Charlotte Ansell's Deluge as a work of "unerring emotional honesty", so this promises to be a powerful trio. Tickets cost £8.
NATIONAL POETRY DAY SHOWCASE 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 with this year's theme, fearlessly speak the truth! PBS Autumn Recommendations Anthony Anaxagorou and Mary Jean Chan will perform poems from their new collections After the Formalities and Fleche at Blackwell's Oxford on Broad Street at 5.30pm on Thursday 3rd October. Both poets tackle identity, post-colonialism and these troubled times with clarity and courage. Join us for a sensational evening of poetry and truth to launch their debut collections and the PBS Autumn Bulletin. We hope to see lots of PBS Oxford members at the event to help us celebrate National Poetry Day in style!
The event is FREE and all are welcome. Simply register here.
HULL POP UP POETRY BOOKSTALL
he PBS is on tour over the next week, heading both North and South across the UK. We can't wait to be the official bookshop partner at the BBC Contains Strong Language in Hull this weekend. Contains Strong Language is the BBC’s national poetry and spoken word festival, with coverage on national and local radio and TV, spanning over 40 events over 3 days, 19 poets and artists both local, national and international. It is a partnership between the BBC, Wrecking Ball Press, Arts Council England, the British Council and the Makassar International Writers Festival. Tickets for free events are available from Hull Truck Theatre. We'll be there with an extensive range of poetry books from all the performers and many more. Find out more here.
PAST EVENTS ARCHIVE
13th March | 4-5pm
POET OF THE FAIR LAUNCH
Raymond Antrobus In Conversation
5pm | Drinks supported by Kickstarter
WRAP PARTY | 14th March | 4pm
Jane Yeh, Keiran Goddard & Inua Ellams
PBS AT WINCHESTER POETRY FESTIVAL | 6TH OCTOBER
To Stand Before
Vahni Capildeo, Ishion Hutchinson & Kathleen Jamie
7.30 - 9.00pm
Sensational, moving and finely-wrought poetry by acclaimed international poets including two recent PBS Selections Vahni Capildeo and Kathleen Jamie. In association with the Poetry Book Society at Winchester Discovery Centre Performance Hall. Tickets cost £11 Concs £10, Students £9. Book here.
PBS AUTUMN 2018 SHOWCASE
11th OCTOBER | YORK
Join us for a Northern Showcase at York University with three of our finest Autumn Selections, including debut poets Kit Fan and Zaffar Kunial, alongside Kate Potts.
Kate Potts’ debut pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. Her first full-length collection was Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Kate teaches poetry and creative writing for the University of Oxford, Middlesex University and The Poetry School, freelances as a mentor and editor, and works part-time for an independent publisher. She has been awarded two Arts Council England grants and a Hawthornden Fellowship. Her second collection Feral sets out to explore and trouble the boundary between “animal” and “human”.
Kit Fan was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK aged 21. He studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before completing a doctoral thesis on Thom Gunn at the University of York. As well as being a published poet, he also writes fiction. In 2017 he was shortlisted for The Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize for Duty Free and the TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize.
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak‘ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’.
PBS SUMMER SHOWCASE
AT THE SOUTHBANK
25th JULY | 7.30PM | SOUTHBANK CENTRE | LONDON
Tickets are selling out fast for the PBS Summer Showcase at the Southbank Centre. Join us on the 25th July from 7.30pm for a sizzling hot summer evening to launch our exciting new Summer Selections. Hosted by PBS Book Selector and Ledbury Forte Prize winner Sandeep Parmar, the event features readings by the PBS Summer Selections: our Wild Card Amy Key, Pamphlet Choice Mary Jean Chan and the winner of the PBS Student Poetry Prize, Jay G Ying. It's going to be a scorcher!
LEDBURY FESTIVAL 2018 STAND
We'll be at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July with a Poetry Book Society stand. Do drop by and say hi!
PBS STANZA LECTURE
SINEAD MORRISSEY 8th March | 15:30 - 16:30
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Supper Room
StAnza Poetry Festival | St Andrews
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.
SPRING 2017 SHOWCASE
OXFORD OUTBURST FESTIVAL
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.
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.
PBS AUTUMN SHOWCASE
Pascale Petit & James Sheard
30th November 2017
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.
PBS WINTER 2017 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.
Tickets are on sale here at the Poetry Society.
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.
DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL
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.
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.
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.