The Poetry Business Partners

The Poetry Business works closely with a wide range of literary organisations, universities, schools and libraries. The following are a few of our current partners:

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) has been the primary sponsor of the Sheffield Poetry Prize category of the Book & Pamphlet Competition since 2008.

The University kindly provides financial and marketing support.



The Workers' Educational Association

The Workers' Educational Association is the UK’s largest voluntary-sector provider of adult education.

Ann Sansom has been a WEA tutor for 25 years, leading a very popular women writers' group in Doncaster for over two decades. The Poetry Business (working with Signposts) produced and marketed an anthology written by the members of the group, Above Rubies.


Signposts is a Sheffield-based literature organisation supporting writers through a programme of writing workshops, a website and writers' resource centres in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. It works with experienced writers, beginner writers and those who don't consider themselves as writers at all. It also writes, publishes and distributes The Inky: Writers Newsletter.

The Poetry Business has collaborated with Signposts on a number of projects, including working with the members of its "Sheffield Young Writers" programme (for example, tutoring a course at the Lumb Bank Arvon centre).


Off the Shelf Festival

The Off the Shelf Festival of Reading and Writing takes place in Sheffield every October.

Since The Poetry Business's move to Sheffield in 2008, we have provided readings and masterclasses as events in the Off the Shelf programme.




The Arvon Foundation

The Arvon Foundation runs a vibrant annual programme of weekly residential courses, open to the public, and tutored by leading writers in genres from poetry to fiction to script writing, at our secluded rural centres.

The Poetry Business works in partnership with The Arvon Foundation to provide advanced poetry writing residential courses.



The Writing Squad

The Writing Squad is a programme for emerging young writers, in which thirty writers work with each other and with professional tutors for two years. There is continued support after that, helping writers make their way in the profession. The Squad is also a support network for a growing community of young writers and producers in the north.

Peter Sansom is an Associate Tutor for the Writing Squad, and has been since the programme began.




The Saison Poetry Library

The Saison Poetry Library is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.

The Poetry Business has an ongoing contract with the Poetry Library to provide copies of all our publications. Early back issues of The North are also archived online at its Poetry Magazines website.

In addition, the Poetry Library played host to a special '25 Years of the Poetry Business' event in 2011, which comprised a reading and workshop at their venue.



The Sheffield Assay Office

There has been an Assay Office in Sheffield since 1773, when local silversmiths successfully petitioned Parliament for the right to assay silver in Sheffield.

To 'assay' means to test and assess the precious metal content of an item.

In 2011, the Poetry Business's 25th — or silver — anniversary, The Assay Office sponsored the Sheffield Poetry Prize, providing engraved silver bookmarks for the winners and the venue for their poetry reading.



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