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October 14, 2010

The Poetry Book Society Launches Free Student Membership

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Tuesday 12 October 2010

Poetry Book Society


The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce that it has launched a free PBS student membership on its new website to persuade students to read more contemporary poetry by making the best new work available to them, and encouraging them to become lifelong poetry readers.

The PBS’s new membership scheme will enable students to get a free membership by enrolling online at, and sending a scanned proof of student identity. They’ll be able to log in and browse the online quarterly Bulletin available in the members’ area of the new site, and order books with their 25% members’ discount.

Student members will be alerted to the new Bulletin and will handle their membership by email. The PBS hopes they will welcome the simplicity of access and use that this new membership offers, as well as the fact that it’s free. The organisation will develop its new membership by offering lists of set texts and other tailored material for the student pages, and will provide a discussion forum online.

Our distinguished roster of ambassadors has endorsed our aims and they are generously lending their support to our new venture:

Carol Ann Duffy                              Andrew Motion

Maura Dooley                                  Douglas Dunn

Paul Farley                                      Mark Ford

Philip Gross                                    Bill Herbert

Jackie Kay                                        Andrew Lambirth

David Morley                                   Stephen Regan

David Roberts                                  Michael Schmidt

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The launch of the new, rebranded PBS site has enabled the PBS to recruit members and make it easy for existing members to renew their membership online. The organisation hopes to widen its recruitment to younger, more web-savvy groups and also to recruit more widely internationally. The new site will enable the PBS to support and promote its other projects and prizes, which include the T S Eliot Prize, with the announcement of the shortlist and its new reading groups’ scheme on 21 October.

The PBS has also just launched a new niche poetry bookshop,, the only one of its kind in the world, which will sell all the 90,000 poetry books and CDs available in the UK, including all the poetry titles in print and the Poetry Archive CDs.

Both sites will offer a constantly-updated stream of news, articles, poems, reviews, events and a mass of other poetry-related material.

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For further information please go to

or contact: Chris Holifield or Dave Isaac at the Poetry Book Society

tel 020 7831 7468 emails and


About the Poetry Book Society

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 has recently launched two new websites, an online bookshop (, offering 90,000 poetry books and CDs, including the Poetry Archive recordings and the SoundBlast performance poets’ CDs, together with a wide range of news, articles, reviews, information and events listings. The new PBS website,, has a special members’ section and houses the PBS’s projects, including the T S Eliot Prize and its Shadowing Scheme, and the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets, run in partnership with the British Library. The Society also runs the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf ( and the Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition (running until 18 October).

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