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.
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.
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.
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.
NCLA PBS 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 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 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.
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.
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.