Mar 26, 2019

Thank you to our supporters! Over 72% of our target amount raised in less than 24 hours!

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our fundraising campaign so far. We are overwhelmed by the generosity and kind words we have received from our readers, writers and supporters.

We are confident that we can build on this setback and move forward. In less that 24 hours, we are over 2/3 of the way to achieving our target. The money you have given so far will go into valuable writer development and publishing work that we have planned for spring and summer 2019, including:

- The editing and design work, and the print costs of our four 2017/18 New Poets Prize winning pamphlets, a debut full-length collection and a new pamphlet in July.

- The editing, typesetting and design work and the print costs of the summer issue of The North magazine – Issue 62.

- The continuation of our monthly Writing Days in Sheffield and Manchester over the Spring and Summer. including supporting the costs of the three different spaces to run these workshops.

- Cover marketing costs to ensure our new titles and activities reach wide audiences.

- Contribute towards core costs so that we have an office to work from, and a staff team to keep the business running day-to-day.

We should make clear that The Poetry Business would not be in the position it is today, with a dynamic and skilled staff team, publishing 25+ poetry titles a year, and running writer development workshops across the country if it wasn’t for the vital support of Arts Council England.

The project grant funding we have received from ACE since 2015 offers us a significant amount of flexibility to be inventive with the projects we deliver year on year, however, there are risks associated with being funded in this way, which have for the most part, benefitted us, allowing us to grow our programme and deliver new work, but these same risks have perhaps put us in a more vulnerable position at this point in time.

We're moving ever closer to our target of £14,000. Please continue to spread the word and help us to reach our goal!

Click here to visit our fundraising campaign page, and support us if you can, or help us to spread the word.

Warm wishes from all of us at The Poetry Business

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