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Poetry Society funding suspended indefinitely

26th July 2011

The Arts Council has revealed that it has indefinitely suspended funding for the Poetry Society, pending the resolution of an argument that is threatening the society's existence.

In a general meeting last week, angry members voiced their concerns about the way the Poetry Society is being run and issued a vote of no confidence against the board of trustees.

The move has led to many board members resigning and the Arts Council has taken the step of withdrawing funding until an agreement is reached regarding the future of the Poetry Society.

A new board of trustees will be appointed in September, following the departures of director Judith Palmer, president Jo Shapcott, vice-president Gwyneth Lewis and chairman Peter Carpenter, among others.

'The last few months have been difficult for everyone but it is important now to look forward to an orderly transition to a new board at the annual general meeting and to work to maintain and strengthen the Poetry Society's position as a leading arts organisation,' a Poetry Society spokesman told the Independent.

Earlier this year, the Arts Council cut funding for the Poetry Book Society, leading to protests from poets and a petition from the general public.

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