The North Recommends: Poetry Book Society


Christmas is fast approaching, so here’s the definitive Poetry Book Society gift guide. We’re offering 10% off PBS Membership using the code NWNWINTER, so you can treat yourself or a friend to a year of poetry parcels – it’s the perfect Christmas gift for the poetry lover in your life!

Christmas Lights: Ten Poems for Dark Winter Nights (Candlestick)

A festive anthology featuring Northern stars Kim Moore and Zaffar Kunial which perfectly evokes the nostalgic qualities of firelight burning against the winter dark, home and hearth. A comforting Christmas collection.

Raymond Antrobus – The Perseverance (Penned in the Margins)

For the first time ever the PBS Winter Choice goes to a debut collection which spans both spoken word and written poetry traditions. Raymond radically rewrites his own British-Jamaican and d/Deaf experience: “you erased what could always have been poetry” – with a force and energy matched only by his electrifying performances. Definitely one to watch!

Kathleen Jamie – Selected Poems (Picador)

A landmark volume of one of the greatest living Scottish poets. These fragile and fierce poems are rooted in the beautiful Scottish language and landscape: “adrift in a wood / In wintertime at dusk”. Jacketed with a snowy silver birch tree, this is an exquisite poetry gift.

Liz Berry – The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto)

This beautifully produced pamphlet crosses the border into the “wild queendom” of motherhood. Liz Berry evokes the daily difficulties of motherhood with a frank lyricism which moves through darkness to light. The perfect poetic companion for new parents.

Carol Ann Duffy – Sincerity (Picador)

Carol Ann Duffy’s final collection is the crowning glory of ten years as UK Poet Laureate. Ranging from moving to comic, this is the Poet Laureate at her most candid. Presented in a stunning foiled hardback and featuring a series of Christmas poems, this is the ideal poetry stocking filler and a momentous volume to treasure.

Join the PBS today for your Winter poetry parcel containing Raymond Antrobus’ The Perseverance, the PBS Bulletin and a specially commissioned Christmas poem card gift by Carol Ann Duffy from One Plum Poem.