Press Release: 01 January 2007

The Poetry Society Announces New Chair

The Poetry Society is delighted to announce that acclaimed poet Anne-Marie Fyfe will be Chair of the Poetry Society for the next three years. Her immense energy and broad experience will make her an invaluable source of reference and expertise. She will continue the work of previous Chairs in helping to make the Poetry Society one of the UK's most dynamic arts organisations.

Anne-Marie Fyfe was born in Cushendall, County Antrim and is a freelance teacher of literature and creative writing. She has organised the Coffee House Poetry Monday-night readings and Saturday themed workshops and poetry classes at The Troubadour in London's Earls Court since 1997. She also co-ordinates the John Hewitt Spring Festival in the Antrim Glens. Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and magazines and awarded prizes in major poetry competitions including Arvon, Bridport and the National Poetry Competition. In 2002 she received an Authors' Foundation Award and in 2003 she was writer-in-residence at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Her poem 'Curaçao Dusk' won first prize in the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition (2004). Her third and latest poetry collection is The Ghost Twin (Peterloo Poets, 2005).

Anne Marie takes over the position at a very exciting time for the Poetry Society as it heads towards its centenary in 2009. She says "It's a fascinating time to be at the helm of an organisation that speaks for an art – and artists – who are so central to our culture. And as an art form poetry is almost unique in its ability to embrace the past and face the future. I don't know of any poet, however contemporary, for example, who isn't totally involved with, enraptured by, engaged to, the poetic legacy of the past."

She continues "Our hopes for the centenary are that we manage to celebrate the richness of our poetic inheritance, particularly in the past century, while emphasising that it isn't something complete we can preserve and observe in a museum cabinet, but something that lives through the poetry that addresses our lives and emotions and concerns today."

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    Image of Poetry Society Chair, Anne-Marie Fyfe

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