Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Arts Council defends decision to cut funding for Poetry Book Society

4th April 2011

Arts Council England has defended its decision to cut funding for the Poetry Book Society (PBS).

Writing in a letter to The Times, the council's director of literature, Antonia Byatt, claimed the society's 'reach and distribution was not as wide or effective as other applicants'.

She said the Arts Council has actually chosen to increase 'its investment in poetry and poetry publishing', despite withdrawing funding for the PBS.

Byatt also wrote in her letter that the council hopes to continue its relationship with the society, which will receive funding for another full year.

'[We] will discuss with the PBS how we can ensure the important T. S. Eliot Prize continues,' she added.

The ex-chairman of the society, Desmond Clarke, lambasted the decision of the Arts Council to scrap the funding.

According to the Evening Standard, he said Eliot would have been 'horrified' the PBS, 'the organisation that he himself was instrumental in founding', would not receive funding from next year.

He called it a 'very sad story for poetry lovers'.

Latest Blog
Romancing the Silver Screen
27/07/2017

Jenn Bennett explores the role of the movies in her own life and in her new YA novel, Alex Approximately.

From Page to Stage - Adapting The Hunting of the Snark
24/07/2017

Garry McQuinn, Producer of The Hunting of the Snark, which opens this week at London's Vaudeville Theatre, describes the journey from page to stage.

#FoylesFive: Celebrating Beer
23/07/2017

Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco. To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd