Forward Arts Foundation Commissions New Poems for National Poetry Day

October 5, 2016

Forward Arts Foundations commissions new poems from the five poets shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. Poets were invited to respond to the National Poetry Day 2016 theme of ‘messages’.


The Felix Denis Prize for Best First Collection celebrates the best books of poetry from new poets publishing in the UK. The prize helps readers find great original poetry, as well as giving a birds-eye view of new currents in poetry. The commissions embrace wildly different responses to the ‘messages’ theme, from a scientific satellite’s timely warning about climate change, to a message for a lost loved-one. We have the disposable messages of text-speak alongside the messages which have been passed down through generations.

Enjoy reading, listening and watching these new poems on in our Storify and also in our downloadable e-book.

August 3, 2017

10% off Poetry Book Society school membership

‘The Poetry Book Society is a great place for discovery… I wish my school library had offered me such poets‘ – Gillian Clarke, GCSE Syllabus Poet and Former

August 1, 2017

Congratulations Kate Wakeling! Winner of CLiPPA 2017

Congratulations Kate Wakeling, winner of the CLiPPA 2017 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) for her first collection for children, Moon Juice, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, published by The Emma