Equal Opportunities Policy

The Poetry Business is committed to equality of opportunity and treatment both as a poetry publisher and an employer.

The Poetry Business seeks to support poets and poetry, with a sole focus on the quality of the work ? regardless of the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or sexuality of the writers.

In addition, our mission statement includes the aim of making contemporary poetry accessible and widely available, and we understand an aspect of this to be finding and nurturing quality writers from a diverse range of social backgrounds.

Ann Sansom, Director and Editor, has tutored a women's writing group for twenty years and, in collaboration with the Refugee Council, led writers' workshops for refugees.

We publish a number of writers of West Indian, Jewish and Irish descent, with all chosen purely on the strength of their work.

As an employer, we consistently provide equality of opportunity for promotion, training and financial reward to every member of our team, and request no information on race, ethnicity or religion prior to the interview stage of recruitment. Every member of the team is aware of ? and fully supports ? both the 1976 Race Relations Act and the Arts Council commitment to race equality.

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