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Helen Cadbury

Posted by: katherine Category: General

                                               Helen Cadbury, novelist and poet and a good friend to many at the Poetry Business, sadly died of cancer on Friday 30th June with her family around her. Helen was very active on the arts scene in York, putting on plays, writing two very successful crime novels (and another to be published in September) and working on her finely crafted and moving poems which will be published by Valley Press on November 1st. Helen will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends in York and beyond. Details of funeral arrangements to follow. This poem is the last in Helen’s book. Please feel free to share it widely.   The Dance In the dream I am younger, the room is huge and I dance over a wooden floor. I do it often. It’s what I do. I have a huge room, as high as a church, to myself and I dance across its beautiful wooden floor again and again. When I wake the dance is still in me. It lightens my limbs moves me to the kitchen. The coffee brews on the hob and I dance back and forth from the table to the fridge and I am young again and again.     Helen Cadbury

The David Attwooll Memorial Fund

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A new fund has been set up by the family of the late smith|doorstop poet - David Attwooll, who sadly passed away in August 2016.    David's pamphlet, Surfacing , won the Poetry Business Competition in 2012, judged by Simon Armitage. David was also on the Poetry Business Writing School, where he was admired as an outstanding poet and was loved for his kindness, generosity and insight.   The David Attwooll Memorial Fund has been set up by David’s family with the aim to continue David’s legacy and promote new and/or young talent in the creative arts.   The Fund will grant the annual David Attwooll Award , for talented people to participate in Arvon Foundation’s poetry courses. The Award will be administered and reported on by the Arvon Grants Scheme, please see their website for more information: http://www.arvon.org   If income allows, the Fund will also support innovative collaboration between poets, writers, musicians, and artists.   If you wish to contribute, you can make a payment online to: sort code:              08 92 99 account number:   6582 2838 or write a cheque payable to: David Attwooll Memorial Fund, 90 Divinity Road, Oxford OX4 1LN   During April and May 2017, The Poetry Business will also donate all profits from sales of David’s pamphlet, Surfacing to The David Attwooll Memorial Fund . You can buy a copy of Surfacing here.

Call for Submissions – Poets Under 35

Posted by: katherine Category: General

Calling all poets under 35! We're putting together a feature for issue 58 of The North magazine of new and exciting poetry by poets under the age of 35. The submission window opens on April 1st 2017.

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We're hiring! Fundraising Co-ordinator job vacancy

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Fundraising Co-ordinator   Responsible to: Directors and Business Manager Responsible for: generating funds to support project activity for Arts Council England Funded project ‘Future Poetry’. This involves developing and managing relationships with commercial businesses and potential donors and research and applying for funding opportunities provided by trusts and foundations to achieve fundraising and income generation targets.   Freelance for 12 months with potential to extend position.  Hours of work:  part-time, 7.5 hours per week  Salary: £25,000 pro rata   Key responsibilities: • Liaise with tPB directors and Business Manager to discern which elements of Future Poetry have the potential to be funded by commercial sponsors and identify and approach appropriate sponsors with mutually interested customer base. • Develop and cultivate relationships with local businesses. Build on these relationships offering sponsorship opportunities. • Develop fundraising campaigns (of varying sizes and durations) linked to Future Poetry projects • Research funding opportunities from trusts and foundations and develop, write and submit applications to trusts and foundations working closely with the Business Manager.   • Generate funds to supplement and extend project activity for Future Poetry, such as reading tours, and longer-term build relationships with commercial sponsors who will support tPB on an ongoing basis, to help the organisation work towards sustainability. • Work alongside other staff to contribute to the development of The Poetry Business as a whole. Person Specification   Essential • Must have demonstrable experience of generating funds for a third sector organisation. • Able to communicate effectively in a variety of written and verbal formats. • Extensive experience of budgeting for projects. • Confident fluent communicator with excellent interpersonal skills. • Good understanding of relationship management with commercial sponsors.?   Desirable • Experience of fundraising for or working with literature organisations.   To apply: please e-mail a CV with covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to ellen@poetrybusiness.co.uk by midnight on Friday 31st March 2017.

The Laureate's Choice Poets in London

Posted by: katherine Category: General

Come and hear a rare reading from ALL FOUR of our 2016 Laureate's Choice poets: Geraldine Clarkson, Mark Pajak, Tom Sastry and..all the way from Dubai...Zeina Hashem Beck!    Friday 12th May, 19.30 start  The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road London  £5 entry includes 1/3 off all pamphlets BUY TICKETS HERE  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-laureates-choice-poets-in-london-tickets-32505828809    

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