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Carol Ann Duffy to fight PBS funding cuts

1st June 2011

Carol Ann Duffy is to host a poetry benefit evening in a bid to raise funds for the Poetry Book Society (PBS), after the organisation's funding was cut by Arts Council England.

The poet laureate has brought together a number of leading figures from the world of literature, including John Agard and Elaine Feinstein, for the event, and said it will hopefully persuade the government to change its mind about cutting all of the PBS's funding.

'At the time of the Arts Council England cuts to the PBS... many poets and readers felt a sense of anger and grief,' Duffy stated.

The event will take place on Friday evening (June 3rd) at University College London and includes an invitation for poetry lovers to sign a petition which will be handed to the government.

Formed in 1953 by T. S. Eliot and friends, the PBS provides information and guidance on contemporary poetry, as well as awarding the annual T. S. Eliot Prize.

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