Poetry Business News

Oct 12, 2016

The Yorkshire Poetry Prize with guest poets John Foggin and Stuart Pickford

Friday 4th November | 7.30pm | The Art House, Sheffield


The Yorkshire Poetry Prize category honours the best single poem from a collection submitted to the Book & Pamphlet Competition by an entrant with a Yorkshire post code.


Oct 12, 2016

Yvonne Green will be reading on 30th November 2016 as part of Torriano Meeting House's Poetry Series. 

Oct 7, 2016

We'd like to let you know about some festival events featuring Poetry Business poets which are coming up over the next few months in Ilkley, Sheffield, Kendal and Nottingham. Details of all four festivals are available below. We hope you enjoy the festival season! 

Sep 29, 2016

NOTTINGHAM FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE – Voices of Jewish & Muslim Writers

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mercure Hotel – The George Suite

2 George Street 

Nottingham, NG1 3BP



Aug 25, 2016

Nigel Pantling's poem 'Striking the Deal' from his debut collection Kingdom Power Glory has been highly commended and included in the Forward Book of Poetry 2017.

You can read the full shortlist and buy the anthology on the Forward Prizes website

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Aug 12, 2016

We are very sorry to announce the death of the poet, publisher and musician, David Attwooll. David made many friends, which we know very well from our Writing School, where he was admired as an outstanding poet and was loved for his kindness, generosity and insight.  


David's pamphlet, Surfacing, won the Poetry Business Competition in 2012, judged by Simon Armitage, and the following year his poems were featured in Carcanet's Oxford Poets anthology.  Two Rivers Press brought out his first full-length collection, The Sound Ladder in 2015 (reviewed in the North by Noel Williams [link ?]).  Two Rivers had planned to publish a new collection for 2017, and the work on this will continue with the help of David's family and colleagues.  David was at the height of his powers, and his death is a great loss.  


Our heartfelt condolences to David's family.   




The drum also waltzes

 I.m. David Attwooll

With flam and paradiddle,

with words that jive,

he planted firm

the ladder to Port Meadow.

A welcome

that more than tolerated,

he Mingused and Maxed

into our caring,

left a beat for us to feel.


By Rod Whitworth

Jul 12, 2016

Wendy Klein enjoys a side-by-side look at two compelling but entirely different smith|doorstop books - 'Swimming with Jellyfish' by Stuart Pickford and 'Kingdom Power Glory' by Nigel Pantling. 

Read the review on the London Grip website here.


Jun 17, 2016

Poetry Reading & Performance

Friday 24 June, 6pm (free event, with refreshments)

York St John University, Quad West, Theatre 1 (QW007)

Jun 16, 2016
The Poetry Business 2015/2016 Book & Pamphlet Competition
Winner's Launch Reading

Saturday 18th June 2016
1pm - 2:30pm
The Jerwood Centre, Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
Join us to hear the poets reading from their winning collections this Saturday the 18th of June at The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere at 1:00pm. Entry is free. Further details of the event can be found on the Wordsworth Trust website here. 
Jun 8, 2016

Stuart Pickford, author of the recently published collection 'Swimming with Jellyfish' will be reading as part of York Explore's event 'Finding The Words' on 23rd June at York Explore, Library Square York on 23rd June 2016. The Event starts at 7pm. 

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