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UK Arts Council slashes poetry funding


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Chris Holifield, Director of Poetry Book Society

UK Arts Council slashes poetry funding

An interview with Poetry Book Society director Chris Holifield

By Jackie Warren
World Socialist Web Site
28 July 2011

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government has slashed the funding of Arts Council England (ACE) by 30 percent and ordered it to halve its administration costs. As a result, ACE has announced an end to the entire funding of the Poetry Book Society (PBS), a unique organisation providing vital support to poets, readers and publishers. The PBS sponsors the annual TS Eliot Prize, described as the most valuable and prestigious in the UK for a new collection of poetry.

Read Jackie Warren’s entire interview with Chris Holifield


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