Duffy stages benefit for Poetry Book Society

Duffy stages benefit for Poetry Book Society

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has organised a benefit for the Poetry Book Society, which faces an uncertain future following the withdrawal of all its Arts Council funding.

The event, to be held at London's Institute of Education on Friday 3rd June, and filmed by Channel 4, will feature readings from a roster of poets including Elaine Feinstein, David Harsent, George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Christopher Reid.

More than 100 poets and over 40 publishers have signed letters to Arts Council England, asking the body to continue to support the Society.

The PBS was first established by T S Eliot and Sir Basil Blackwell, and was chaired by Philip Larkin in the 1980s. The benefit will take place at 7pm at The Logan Hall, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1. Minimum donation of £10 at the door.