25% off book orders for PBS members

4 Books & 4 Magazines a year



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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 National Poet of Wales

"The Poetry Book Society offers a rich selection of contemporary poetry in print that otherwise many of our students may not come across. In recent years the book choice has provided inspiration for students wanting to explore new work, find something to read out loud at poetry readings and events, or to use for coursework. It is crucial that young people are afforded the opportunity to explore new and established voices in poetry and the PBS acts as a knowledgeable and experienced guiding hand, enthusiastically pressing recommendations into our hands like a bookish friend. Our poetry section in the library is enriched and enlivened by the quarterly choices."

- Gareth Ellis, Whitley Bay High School Library Manager, longstanding PBS Members

PBS membership allows both students and teachers alike an ongoing dialogue with the best of contemporary poetry via the PBS quarterly recommendations. We have followed PBS for many years and regularly invite poets via their recommendations into our school for readings and workshops. They find these inspiring: simultaneously broadening and deepening.

- Peter Carpenter, Tonbridge School

"Like Audre Lorde had it: poetry is not a luxury. Poetry is essential. The PBS are fantastic and you’ll get to keep up with wonderful new books every year!"

- Jackie Kay, GCSE Poet

Poetry may be optional on the GCSE syllabus in future, but it's more important than ever that your students have access to the latest poetry books in their school library. We're offering 10% off our school memberships to help you start the new term with a well stocked secondary school or sixth-form library. Simply enter the code POETRYISNOTOPTIONAL at the checkout or contact nathaniel@poetrybooksociety.co.uk for an invoice.

Basic School Membership is ideal for secondary schools, sixth form colleges and academic institutions. It's the ideal way to introduce students to the very best new poetry and stock your English departments or libraries. Join today and inspire your students with a love of poetry with 4 poetry books and poetry magazines a year, teaching tips and attractive posters featuring poems from the Choice and Recommended collections.


  • Each quarter you'll receive the best new poetry book, the PBS Choice
  • Alongside expert teaching tips written by the poetry school expert, Julia Bird
  • Plus poem posters to help you deliver that perfect poetry lesson
  • The new look PBS Bulletin poetry magazine packed full of poems and interviews with major poets to inspire your students
  • 25% off all poetry book orders for the classroom or your school library

In addition to this all new members receive a welcome pack containing a FREE £10 voucher* for use on books on our website and our most recent PBS Bulletin.

*NB you can only use one discount code per transaction


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