Click to view this email in a browser

tl.gif t.gif tr.gif

Hi everyone and welcome to your latest Poetry Society bulletin.

Annual General Meeting and other news

The Board of Trustees are aware of the statement from Judith Palmer and the petition to reinstate Judith as director of the Poetry Society, and are seeking to continue discussions with Judith.

Following the EGM on 22 July, Cary Archard, Edward Mackay and Robyn Marsack have agreed to be co-opted to the Board and will attend the next Board meeting on 4 August. The draft EGM minutes and appendices are now up on the Poetry Society website.

The AGM will be held on 14 September 2011 at 6.30pm; a venue will be announced very shortly. The timeline for the AGM is as follows:

By Thursday 4 August 2011: Formal AGM notice and nomination forms sent out to members by email and post and posted on Poetry Society website; plus request to RSVP to the Poetry Society to confirm attendance (for numbers).

Thursday 18 August 2011: Deadline for nominations to Council; to be returned to The Poetry Society by email or post.

By Friday 26 August 2011: Full agenda, candidates for nomination and proxy forms sent to members by email and post and posted on Poetry Society website.

Friday 9 September 2011: Deadline for proxy forms to be returned by post or email to The Poetry Society at Betterton Street.

Thursday 14 September: AGM, venue tbc, 6.30pm.

Laura Bamford, Acting Chair on behalf of the trustees

Greetings from Amanda Smethurst, Acting Director

The last few months have been a difficult time and all of us here at the Poetry Society have very much appreciated the concern and obvious affection members have demonstrated for the organisation throughout this time.

As well as using this opportunity to introduce myself, I also wanted to let you know that despite recent items in the media, step beyond the unassuming blue door at 22 Betterton Street (home of the Poetry Society) and what you'll find is "business as usual".

This isn't just a line to reassure. It can be seen in all the activities listed below, not just the regular events for this time of year but several exciting new additions - the National Poetry Competition winners are to be featured at Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Annual Lecture goes to Liverpool and the winning book from the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for Poetry Translated from a European Language into English will be featured at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

What has really impressed me in the short time I have been at the Poetry Society is how the staff's dedication and commitment to poetry, the Society and the members, has never been distracted by recent events. They remained focused and determined to ensure the programme of work is as vibrant and well planned as it always is. I am really looking forward to the rest of the summer, working with the Poetry Society to lay the foundations for a return to stability and, with the continued backing of ACE, the unveiling of many more imaginative, stimulating projects that are already in the pipeline.

T-minus 48 hours and counting: Foyle Young Poets closes for entries on midnight 31 July 2011

Foyle 2011 poster “The real trick of the poet is to pull out the beauty in a biscuit, or a random fact you learned about owls, an old postcard or the memory of a place you visited as a child and pin it down to paper so that other people can catch a glimpse of the same wonderfulness” 2010 Winner Fielding Ronshaugen

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is a chance for any young poet aged 11-17 to be discovered and accelerate their writing careers. Since it began 14 years ago the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has kick-started the careers of some of today’s most exciting young poets.


SLAMbassadors UK 2011 continues to gather pace – Joelle Taylor continues performing and leading workshops at festivals, schools and community centres with the help of some of the winners from the last 10 years of the competition.

For details on how to enter visit

The 2011 National Poetry Competition

National Poetry Competition
"We don’t need punch lines" says experienced competition judge George Szirtes in a new FREE download 'On Poetry Competitions' created by The Poetry School in association with the National Poetry Competition.

Visit The Poetry School website and click on the link on the homepage to read the whole download.

The National Poetry Competition 2011 is currently accepting entries. The closing date is the 31 October and this year’s judges are Colette Bryce, John Glenday and Jackie Kay. First prize is £5,000 and as a Poetry Society member your get your second entry free.

Enter the National Poetry Competition

Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

ted_hughes_poetry_Std_RGB x smallWe’ve been adding some exciting examples of new work to our Ted Hughes pages, with the aim of giving members an idea of the types of work they might like to recommend to the judges. So far our examples (which are by no means an exhaustive list of all the great and diverse work going on) include an audio/visual installation by Valerie Laws, a Simon Armitage radio show and a forthcoming verse play by Tony Harrison.

If you’ve got something you’d like us to add, visit the page to get in touch. The recommendation process will open later in the year, with forms mailed out with your autumn issues of Poetry Review and Poetry News. The £5,000 prize is awarded annually to a living UK poet, working in any form, who has made the most exciting contribution to poetry. Previously it has been awarded to Alice Oswald (2009) and Kaite O’Reilly (2010).

Visit the Ted Hughes Award page

The Poetry Society Annual Lecture, Liverpool

Members in the North West who didn’t get the opportunity to attend our Annual Lecture in Newcastle or London earlier in the year are in for a treat when C.K. Williams returns to the UK to deliver ‘On Being Old’ for the third and final time.

This year is the first that the Poetry Society’s Annual Lecture has taken place in other cities in addition to London. The Newcastle lecture was described by one member as “a vivid joy,” with another adding “I listened with wonder and awe, humbled by the presence of a fantastic orator and true poet.”

Thursday 13 October, 5pm
Kenneth Allott Lecture Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum University of Liverpool, Ashton Street L69 3DR


The lecture will also be printed in full in the autumn issue of Poetry Review.

Popescu Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the Popescu Prize for Poetry Translated from a European language into English Shortlist will be announced in early September.

The judges, Jane Draycott and Sasha Dugdale, currently have the enviable task of delving into over seventy titles that were submitted earlier in the year. See a list of the submitted titles here.

The £1,500 prize is awarded to a translator for a published collection of poetry translated from a European language into English. Formerly the European Poetry Translation Prize (1983-1997) the Prize was relaunched in 2003, and renamed in memory of the young Romanian translator Corneliu M Popescu, who died in an earthquake in 1977, aged 19.

Forthcoming Poetry Society events - far and wide

We hope there’s lots of free space in your diary, because you won’t want to miss out on our great programme of autumn events.

We’ll kick off by celebrating National Poetry Day at Southbank Centre on 6 October: National Poetry Day Live will again provide a London focal point for the day, with free events all afternoon featuring poets Simon Armitage, Michael Rosen, Jo Shapcott, Fiona Sampson, Glyn Maxwell, Imtiaz Dharker, and more to be confirmed.

Hot on the heels of this is the Annual Lecture in Liverpool on 13 October, followed by a reading by National Poetry Competition winners at Cheltenham Literature Festival on the 14th, and an event at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival on 5 November which will celebrate the wining book of the Popescu Prize.

Get 'Whacked'


To mark the occasion of the 2011 Poetry Society Annual Lecture, the Poetry Society has produced a SIGNED limited edition print of C.K. Williams’s tour de force poem ‘Whacked’.

Featuring striking woodcuts by the artist and Daily Telegraph political cartoonist Nicholas Garland, the edition was printed by Phil Abel of the distinguished letterpress studio, Hand & Eye, London. Set in Plantin on a 200gsm Fabriano paper, the print (folded to 297 x 200 mm) is published in an edition of just 450, making it an elegant and exclusive souvenir of the event, and the ideal gift for anyone with an interest in poetry.

The retail price to Society members is £8 (£12 to non members).

Buy 'Whacked'

Poetry Cafe, August

The latest events at the Cafe...

19 September: there are still places available on Carole Satyarmurti's Poetry Surgery.

August at the Cafe

2011 Stanza Poetry Competition

Carrie Etter (Small)
Theme: 'Breaking the Rules'
Judge: Carrie Etter
Closing Date: Friday 9 September 2011
An annual poetry competition exclusive to members of the Poetry Society who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza.

The theme is a balance to the 2011 National Poetry Day theme of 'games'. Forty lines maximum. No more than two poems per person. The winner will be published in Poetry News, the Poetry Society's members' newsletter, and on the Poetry Society website. The winner can choose between a free Poetry Prescription (an expert critique of up to 100 lines of your poetry) or 1 year’s free membership of the Poetry Society. Two joint Runners-up will be published on the website and featured in Poetry News. All three will receive a selection of poetry books. In addition, ten poems will be commended by the judge and published on the website. Full rules and entry details.
Fee: FREE. 

The winners will be announced on National Poetry Day and in Poetry News.

Find out more about the Stanza Poetry Competition

Poetry Society Stanza News:

Sunday 31 July, 16:30: BBC Radio 4 presents the first of a new series on poetry workshops. The first episode features the Poetry Society Stanza from Exeter.

London - North: Wednesday 24 August: Poetry in the Park. A prominade of Leyton Coronation Gardens, featuring poems on nature, summer, and the local environment. Plus music. 7.15 to 9.15pm. Each walk will last approximately half an hour so come and go as you please. Presented by Forest Poets. 

Spain: Courses at the Almassera Vella - spaces available on all courses.

For more details, or to find news from your local Stanza, visit the Poetry Society Stanza pages.

LIKE us on Facebook

Come and LIKE us on our new Facebook page and keep up with all the Poetry Society news. Try our poetry quiz based on the Visual Arts on our DISCUSSIONS page.

LIKE our Facebook page 


Royal Society of Literature events

Candia McWilliam: Memory and imagination, The Royal Society of Literature/Booker Prize Foundation, Saturday 24 September, Stockbridge Library, Edinburgh. Candia McWilliam will lead a three-hour masterclass for a maximum of 14 people. These may be established writers, or absolute beginners. Classes cost £30. Applications should email their name to Rachel Page, For more details:

William Boyd: Adapting words for the screen Saturday 5 November, Somerset House, London. William Boyd will lead a three-hour masterclass for a maximum of 14 people. These may be established writers, or absolute beginners. Classes cost £30. Applications should email their name to Rachel Page, For more details:

Special offer: The Globe Mysteries by Tony Harrison

GLOBE MYSTERIES A5_vAW-1 (Small) 2A cornerstone of English drama, brought to life in an expansive series of stories accompanied with vibrant music, song and dance. The Globe Mysteries is a heart warming celebration of humanity, storytelling and street theatre.

Poet and playwright Tony Harrison is best known for the poem V, the TV drama Black Daisies for the Bride and his versions of Oresteia and Hecuba.

Best available tickets £25 from 5 – 11 August.

Buy online using promotion code PCDWWJD or call the box office on 020 7401 9919 quoting the same.

The offer is strictly limited and subject to availability. Not in conjunction with any other offer.

Poetry in the news

Cardiff International Poetry Competition: Runners Up include Society members Nina Boyd, Mary O'Donnell, Lesley Saunders & Karen McCarthy Woolf.

Philip Gross: "I often think the best thing poets can do for poetry in schools is work with teacher".

Foward Prize shortlists: Best First Collection: PS members Rachael Boast, Judy Brown and Nancy Gaffield. Ahren Warner, John Whale and Nerys Williams also nominated.

Foward Prize shortlists: Best Collection: Geoffrey Hill, David Harsent, Sean O'Brien, John Burnside, Michael Longley, D Nurkse.

Foward Prize shortlists: Best Single Poem: Alan Jenkins and Jo Shapcott (both poems from Poetry Review), RF Langley and Sharon Olds.

In praise of the protest poetry of the Arab spring.

Poetry 'bomber' targets charity shops.

Society member Sarah Leavesley (aka Sarah James) wins 3rd prize in 2011 International Rubery Book Award.

Russian-born poet held in cell and deported from UK.

Heaney and Longley break charity shop record.

Bust of Tagore unveiled by Prince Charles.

Society members Gillian Andrews, Sarah Jackson, Jane McKie and Lydia MacPherson nominated for £5,000 Edwin Morgan prize. Jane Yeh also nominated.

£55m fund announced to help cultural organisations build endowments.

Society member Gillie Robic 3rd in South Bank Poetry competition; members Sarah Westcott & Suzanna Fitzpatrick commended.

Geoffrey Hill calls for education policy reverse.

Byron memorial book found in bring and buy sale.

Philip Gross wins CLPE award for children's poetry.

Click here for more on these, and other, stories

In your monthly E-Bulletin, we can include your event, poetry collection, or whatever else you'd like us to promote, as long as you can let us have a discount, or a special offer, we can pass on to your fellow Poetry Society members.

Interested? Contact me to discuss.

Until next month,

Paul McGrane
Membership Manager
The Poetry Society
020 7420 9881
bl.gif b.gif br.gif

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London, England WC2H 9BX

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.

Try Email Marketing with VerticalResponse!