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Poetry Book Society

27th September 2017

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PBS membership allows both students and teachers alike an ongoing dialogue with the best of contemporary poetry via the PBS quarterly recommendations. We have followed PBS for many years and regularly invite poets via their recommendations into our school for readings and workshops. They find these inspiring: simultaneously broadening and deepening.’ – Peter Carpenter, Tonbridge School

To celebrate National Poetry Day, the Poetry Book Society is offering 10% discount on school memberships. The Poetry Book Society was founded in 1953 by T S Eliot to ‘propagate the art of poetry’ and we have been supplying schools with the best new poetry books ever since!

Poetry Book Society education memberships are the ideal way to stock your secondary school or sixth-form library with the latest poetry releases and accompanying teaching resources. Every quarter our expert selectors choose the best new poetry book, the PBS Choice, and four Recommendation books, including syllabus highlights such as Simon Armitage and Sinéad Morrissey.

Each book is delivered straight to your school, hot off the press, with expert teaching tips and posters to help you prepare the perfect poetry lesson. Members also receive a copy of the PBS Bulletin magazine, a treasure trove of sneak-preview poems and exclusive interviews with major international poets. What better way to inspire your students with a love of poetry on National Poetry Day and beyond?

Why not have a browse through our complete Bulletin archive from 2008 to 2016 to see the full range of recent PBS Selections and rich archive material? Vahni Capildeo’s 2016 piece on Measures of Expatriation about belonging and migration in Spring 2016 is particularly enlightening and Ocean Vuong’s piece on Night Sky With Exit Wounds which claims that ‘writing is a bridge between two people, a bridge made of language.’

You can also have a look at our Poetry Book Society poetry on film archive or our Youtube channel, featuring major poets such as Daljit Nagra and Sarah Howe for further inspiration.

We offer two tiers of Poetry Book Society membership for schools and libraries:

Education Membership includes 4 books and 4 Bulletin magazines a year. Each quarter, you receive the PBS Choice book, Bulletin, teaching tips and posters for only £52.20 a year (RRP £58).

Charter Education Membership includes 20 books and 4 magazines a year. Each quarter, you receive the PBS Choice book, FOUR Recommendation books, Bulletin, teaching tips and posters for only £162 a year (RRP £180)

Simply follow the links above to your chosen membership type at Poetry Book Society and enter the code POETRYBYHEART the checkout to claim your discount before the 31st October. We’ll also include a welcome pack containing the latest Choice, Bulletin, teaching resources and a canvas bag.

Follow the Poetry Book Society on twitter, facebook, Instagram and Youtube for daily poetry inspiration.


“The Poetry Book Society adds a personal touch to making innovative work by established poets, poetry in translation, and exciting new talent available as it emerges. PBS membership puts you in touch with the very pulse of the best creative work coming out now.” – David Whitley, University Lecturer in English, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University and Poetry By Heart judge.

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