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Online Poetry Book Group Launched

The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce that it has today launched a major new initiative, an online poetry-reading group, which will be open to everyone.  Using its new Poetry Bookshop Online , the reading group will be free to join and is aimed at a wide audience of poetry readers.  This new venture will enable the organisation to attract a whole new audience of poetry lovers to its new website.

Each month, The Online Poetry Reading Group will offer two Choices - these will be contrasting books, ranging across time and format to include a varied and more mainstream selection of poetry anthologies, single author collections and classics. Reading group members can enrol online and will be sent a monthly email announcing the new Choices. From this members can easily access the specially commissioned articles about the books.  The first two Choices will be Ruth Padel’s article on The Forward Book of Poetry 2011 and Gwyneth Lewis’s article on Seamus Heaney’s Human Chain. Reading Group members will be able to order the books (and any other books on the site) at a discount of 20% for seven days. The books will arrive in time for them to read them and join in the online discussion, which will start the following month.

The new Poetry Book Society website offers a haven for PBS members and it’s where you’ll find a new free PBS membership for students, the T S Eliot Prize with its Shadowing Scheme and new reading groups scheme and the Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition. The PBS is also the only poetry book club in the world and its new site will enable it to develop its proud tradition of offering the best new poetry chosen by its Poet Selectors, nearly 60 years after it was founded by T S Eliot and friends to ‘propagate the art of poetry’.

For further information please contact: Chris Holifield or David Isaac at the Poetry Book Society tel 020 7833 9247 email chris@poetrybooks.co.uk or david_isaac@poetrybooks.co.uk

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