Press release: 8 February 2012

Arts Council England has recently released the funding which it has been withholding from the Society since last summer in recognition of the progress the Society has made since then. The Society was judged to have met a number of conditions which had been set for it, including demonstrating good governance following the election of its new board in September 2011. 

Stephen Irwin, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: "This very welcome news signals the beginning of a new period in the life of the Poetry Society. We have a wide-ranging and ambitious programme of work for 2012 which we look forward to delivering for the benefit of people of all ages up and down the country."

Two new Trustees, Jon Sayers and Neil Reeder, have this week joined the Board of the Poetry Society. They replace Polly Clark and Edward Mackay, who stepped down from the Board just before Christmas.

The changes in Board membership and the excellent news from ACE will be featured in the next edition of our members' newsletter Poetry News, published in March.

Sir Stephen said: “The Poetry Society is very grateful to Polly and Edward for their hard work during a difficult period. They will be missed. We look forward to working with the new Trustees in the months ahead.”

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