The Poetry Book Society was founded by T S Eliot and friends in 1953. Today, it provides
"information, guidance and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for a wide-ranging
community of readers".
Members can buy poetry books online at a 25% discount from the Poetry Bookshop Online,
which aims to make available all 90,000 poetry books currently in print in the UK
plus a wide range of CDs, including those from the Poetry Archive which offers one-hour
recordings of over 130 poets reading their own work.
Every quarter Full members receive the PBS choice of the best new poetry . All members
receive a quarterly Bulletin, reviewing the PBS selectors' choices and including
the featured poets' notes on their own work.
The PBS Poetry Portal offers reviews, recommendations, interviews and discussions
on all things related to poetry. Its events database also provides details of poetry
events in the UK and Ireland.
The Poetry Book Society is hoping to persuade more reading groups to try poetry by
inviting them to tackle the short-listed books for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize.
Reading groups will be able to download selected poems from the PBS web site and
order books at a discount if they wish to read further.
Individual readers can also sign up for a weekly email covering the work of the short-listed
poets and keeping them up-to-date with news on the prize.
The BBC's poetry gateway - including the archive of Poetry Please.
In addition to a poetry database (searchable by subject as well as author and title),
Poetry Please carries interviews, recordings, profiles, writing advice, and details
of National Poetry Day and The Nation's Favourite Poet..The archive section draws
on 50 years of poetry on the BBC and includes interviews with John Betjeman, Philip
Larkin, W.H. Auden, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney.