Terms and Conditions of Friends Membership

When you become a Friend of The Poetry Business, you will receive the gifts and discounts specified here. You have the option of paying by cheque or PayPal. See below for the full terms and conditions.


Your Gifts and Discounts 

The North magazine

When you become a Friend, you will receive a subscription to The North. A subscription includes two issues of the magazine.

These will be sent to the delivery address you specified when you became a Friend. If you would like the magazine sent elsewhere, please contact us to let us know and we'll be happy to amend our records.

If you are already subscribed to The North when we receive your Friends subscription, we will just add two issues to your existing record. If you subscribed by PayPal and would like to cancel this (so that you don't have two subscriptions running concurrently), you can do so by clicking this link

You will also receive a free back issue of The North. Due to limited stock, we are unfortunately unable to offer a choice of issue.


Smith/Doorstop Books

As a new Friend, you will receive a free Smith/Doorstop book or pamphlet of your choice (subject to stock availability). If your specified title is not available, we will contact you to ask for your second choice or give you the option of waiting until your first choice is reprinted. A full list of Smith/Doorstop titles can be found in The Shop here.

You will also receive 20% of all Smith/Doorstop books and pamphlets that you order directly from us. At present, we are unable to authorise your discount when you buy from bookshops or Inpress Books (our reps). The discount can only be used by members. With the Friends discount, our £9.95 books will be available to you at £7.96 and our £5 pamphlets will cost £4.

To attain the discounted rate for online purchases, choose the books or pamphlets you would like, add them to your cart, and at the Checkout just enter your discount code we send you when you first become a member. For purchases by post, tick the appropriate box on the postal order form and ensure the order is in your own name and the delivery address is the same as the one we currently hold for you.


The Book & Pamphlet Competition

As a Friend, you will receive discounted entry to the Book & Pamphlet Competition. At present, the standard rate is £25 and the discounted rate is £20.

To take advantage of this discount, just tick the appropriate box on the online or postal entry form.


Writing Days

To claim your free Writing Day, just turn up on the day (dates listed here) and let us know you're a Friend. The Writing Days are hosted at our premises at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.



As a Friend, you are entitled to a 20% discount on the door price of any Poetry Business hosted reading. To claim your discount, contact us before the event to reserve your place (or take a chance and just turn up on the night) and let us know you're a Friend. All our readings will be posted on this website, and details sent out to our mailing list subscribers.




When you join the Friends scheme using the PayPal form on this site, you authorise PayPal to take the fee from your account on that same day of each year, on a recurring basis.

If you would prefer not to set up an ongoing subscription — or change your mind about being a member at any time — you can use the button below to end your membership.

Alternatively, you can cancel the arrangement by logging into your own PayPal account, locating the transaction and clicking 'Cancel'.



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