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Poetry Book Society closure | 03-Jun-16

After 50 years, The Poetry Book Society has closed with all staff made redundant. 

Founded in 1953, the PBS was set up by T S Eliot and friends to 'propagate the art of poetry' by supporting readers and encouraging the sales of poetry books. Working as a book club, its members are a group of committed poetry readers who are offered a selection of the best new poetry collections of the quarter, chosen by the poet selectors.
Inpress, a not-for-profit organisation which supports independent publishers, will take over the running of the Poetry Book Society's book club and will continue to provide PBS members with the quarterly Selectors' Choice book of poetry and Bulletin. 

The management of the T S Eliot Prize will be assumed by the T S Eliot Foundation. The Prize, which has become one of most important in the poetry world, has long been funded by the T S Eliot Estate.

Noel Murphy, chair of the Poetry Book Society said, "As a very small charity, it has become increasingly hard for the PBS to maintain all of its activities, the book club, the T S Eliot Prize and its poetry tours.  After exploring all alternatives the Trustees have concluded that it would be in the best interests of all of our stakeholders and the poetry world in general if we transferred our most important activities to organisations better resourced than ourselves to support them over the long term.  On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank the staff of the PBS, Inpress, the T S Eliot Foundation and ACE for all of their efforts over the last few months to conclude this reorganisation."

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