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Next Generation Poets

Next Generation Poets Gala London event

The Next Generation Poets promotion has been running throughout the UK in 2004 and will carry on into 2005.  Celebrating the work of 20 of the most exhilarating voices of the last ten years, it will culminate in a gala London event on 28 November, which provides a one-off opportunity to hear some of the most interesting new voices of the last 10 years.  Read more

Poetry | Masterclass 3

Masterclasses from the 2005 London Book Fair

This Masterclass was chaired by Daisy Goodwin and the three poets on the panel were Fleur Adcock, Sophie Hannah and Christopher Reid.

The Masterclass went well and everyone wrote a poem to be considered by the group.

The poets had some interesting things to say about how to break into what many aspiring poets see as the closed world of poetry.  Read more

PBS Choice Reading

Poetry Book Society Readings

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Black and Asian poets

Calling all Black and Asian poets - your chance to make your views heard!

Arts Council England has just launched the first ever survey into publishing opportunities for black and Asian poets in the UK. The aim is to find out why, in a culture where black and Asian authors are topping bestseller lists, poets of the same background are failing to make an impact.  Read more

The Poetry Archive

The launch of the Poetry Archive

Last week saw the launch of the Poetry ArchiveOnline archive with recordings of over 130 living poets' voices, mostly from the UK; you can listen to excerpts on their wonderful site or go to to buy hour-long recordings on CD. a major initiative to record poets’ voices and to preserve their own readings of their work. The new website is at, where you can listen to the 80 poets who have so far been recorded by the Archive, now the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets read  Read more

2005 T S Eliot Prize Readings

The T S Eliot Prize 2005 Readings

Poetry lovers who are within reach of London can look forward to an annual treat in January. The poets shortlisted for the annual T S Eliot Prize for the best poetry collection published in the UK during 2005 will be reading on Sunday the 15th January.  Read more

Publishing your Poetry

Publishing your Poetry - brief guidelines from the Poetry Book Society

Reprinted by kind permission of the Poetry Book Society


The Poetry Book Society promotes contemporary poetry by selling the best new books at discounted prices to its members, rather than by publishing poetry or commenting on work submitted to us. However, we hope these guidelines may prove useful:  Read more

Advice for poets

What poets can do to develop their writing

Practical advice to develop links with publishers, reprinted from Free Verse: Publishing opportunities for Black and Asian poets.  Read more

Poetry Writers' Yearbook 2007

Poetry Writers' Yearbook Edited by Gordon Kerr

Newly published in October 2006, the Poetry Writers' Yearbook extends the highly successful formula of the long-established Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, offering the same essential reference material for poets.  Read more

T S Eliot Shortlist 2007

The 2007 T S Eliot Prize and Shadowing Scheme

The shortlist has just been announced for the 2007 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry, awarded by the Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at for the best new collection published in the UK and Ireland during 2007.

The shortlist is:  Read more

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