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Poetry Archive publishes its 100th CD

The Poetry Archive, from The Poetry Book Society, has launched its landmark 100th recording by Nobel Prizewinning poet Derek Walcott.

The Poetry Archive is a unique project dedicated to bringing poetry to a wider audience and to recording today's poets for posterity. It has worked systematically to record the voices of living poets and to make them available though its website. The Archive believes that poets' own readings of their work offer a powerful source of insight, understanding and enjoyment. Its CD backlist includes work from Margaret Atwood, Charles Causley, Wendy Cope, Seamus Heaney, Jackie Kay, Christopher Logue, Edwin Morgan, Sean O'Brien, Don Paterson and Michael Rosen, to name just a few.

Now Walcott becomes the 100th poet to join what co-director Andrew Motion calls 'the world's most remarkable online collection of poets reading their own work: a treasure house of information, insight and pleasure'.

Reviewing the recording, Robert Minhinnick (who has also made a recording for the Poetry Archive) says: 'Derek Walcott is surely one of the finest poets in English of the twentieth and now twenty-first century. This is incredibly rich writing delivered without show or declamation. An essential recording.'

Poetry Archive CDs are only available for purchase through the PBS's online bookshop and from the PBS direct. The PBS has worked with the Poetry Archive since its launch in 2005 to bring the voices of living poets to as wide an audience as possible. The online Archive includes extracts from new 60-minute recordings by contemporary poets alongside historic recordings by poets from the past. It is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. It is run by a small staff, supported by a distinguished board of trustees and a panel of specialist advisers. It depends for its existence on funding from public bodies, charitable trusts and generous individuals. The money earned from sales of Poetry Archive CDs goes towards making more recordings.

Founded by T S Eliot and friends in 1953, the PBS is a unique poetry organisation which provides an international membership with its Selectors' choice of the best new poetry books. The Poetry Book Society runs the Poetry Bookshop Online a niche online poetry bookshop featuring the full range of poetry books available in the UK, which also sells the Poetry Archive CDs and SoundBlast performance poets' CDs. The PBS also runs the Children's Poetry Bookshelf and the Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition, and awards the annual T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.

CDs can be bought from the Poetry Bookshop Online

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