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Poetry Society row continues as Palmer speaks out

A former director of the Poetry Society has said her resignation was caused by an "extraordinarily stubborn and ill-considered sequence of actions", as the fallout of a row involving the board and senior staff continues.

In an outspoken statement on her blog, Judith Palmer accused the society's board of trustees of trying to "deflect attention from their own evident bad practice" with "false" allegations about herself and Poetry Review editor Fiona Sampson, who have been said to have had a difficult working relationship.

Instead, Palmer said, it was an "extraordinarily stubborn and ill-considered sequence of actions" by the board that had led to her resignation in May, after which president Jo Shapcott and vice-president Gwyneth Lewis also resigned.

The board resigned en masse at an extraordinary general meeting held last week. The Arts Council has confirmed it is withdrawing the Poetry Society's quarterly grant until it has addressed ACE's concerns about its governance and leadership.