Tue, 19/04/2011 - 08:35
Andrew Motion is to chair the judging panel for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2011, as the awards celebrate their 20th year.
The former poet laureate will be joined on the judging panel by historian Antonia Fraser, assistant books editor at the Daily Telegraph Sameer Rahim, poet and teacher Leonie Rushforth, and poet and...
Thu, 07/04/2011 - 09:04
Authors including Philip Pullman have warned the "biodiversity of poetry publishing in England" is in "jeopardy", following Arts Council England's funding cuts to poetry presses Arc, Flambard and Enitharmon.
In a letter in today's Times, the 16 signatories, including Pullman, poets George Szirtes, Kate...
Wed, 06/04/2011 - 09:37
Children's poetry is among the biggest losers in the children's literature sector following the recent cuts in Arts Council funding, it has emerged. As well as the Poetry Book Society (PBS) which has seen 100% of its funding cut, organisations Nawe (National Association of Writers in Education) and Windows Project, which took poetry...
Tue, 05/04/2011 - 08:27
The Poetry Book Society (PBS) is planning to "challenge" the claim by Arts Council England (ACE) that its reach was not as wide as other portfolio funding applicants'.
In a letter published in today's Times, George Szirtes, PBS president, and Mary Tapissier, PBS chair, said: "We must challenge the claim by the...
Mon, 04/04/2011 - 09:16
The Arts Council has defended its funding cut to the Poetry Book Society (PBS), claiming its "reach and distribution was not as wide or effective as other applicants'".
In a letter to the Times, Antonia Byatt, director of literature at Arts Council England (ACE), said ACE has "actually increased its investment in...
Fri, 01/04/2011 - 08:26
Nine of the UK's leading poets, including laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Blake Morrison and Don Paterson, have called for Arts Council England (ACE) to "urgently reconsider their decision" to withdraw funding from the Poetry Book Society (PBS). The ACE has scheduled a meeting with PBS board members for Monday [4th April].
Wed, 30/03/2011 - 16:10
The decision of the Arts Council to cease funding the Poetry Book Society has stunned many in the world of poetry—it has put in doubt the future of this much loved and unique organisation.
It also raises serious questions about the future of the UK's most prominent poetry award, the T S Eliot Prize, which is...
Fri, 07/01/2011 - 07:30
Poems by Keats, Hardy and Seamus Heaney are among those selected for a new collection of Poems on the Underground, marking 25 years of verse on display on the Tube.
The theme of this latest set is the value of the written word, with lines from John Keats' "Endymion", "Lines to a Movement in Mozart's E-flat...
Thu, 02/12/2010 - 07:30
American poet Elyse Fenton has won the £30,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize for her collection Clamor, the first poetry title to win the prize.
Clamor, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Centre, was written in part while Fenton's husband was deployed as a medic in Baghdad. Fenton was...
Wed, 24/11/2010 - 08:05
Royalty-free poetry publisher Forward Press has ceased trading. The Cambridgeshire-based company is expected to be put into liquidation on 29th November 2010.
Ian Walton, managing director, founded Forward Press in 1989. No one from Forward Press was available to comment.
Insolvency practitioner Ian Yerrill of Gerald Edelman...