In Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has commissioned a selection of the UK's most loved and lauded poets to each write a poem in celebration of books and bookshops - the worlds they hold, the freedoms they promise, and the memories they evoke. From a basement of forgotten books to the shelves of a cramped Welsh arcade, from the poetry corner of the local bookstore to the last bookshop standing in a post-apocalyptic world, these are poems that pay tribute to all the places that house the stories we treasure.
With poems from Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, as well as Clive James, Michael Longley, Don Paterson, Patience Agbabi and many more, this beautiful anthology is a heart-warming reminder of how books nourish us, save us, and inspire us.
Carol Ann Duffy
A Friday poem by Gillian Clarke to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week 2017.
Brilliantly original cover designs, typography and finishes can all help to make a book jump out at you, and so we’ve compiled a small selection of some of our favourite and most unique covers from the past few months.
Our pick of this year's best poetry collections, from Kate Tempest to Carol Ann Duffy.
This Saturday is #bookshopday, the celebration of high street bookshops across the UK held annually as part of the Books Are My Bag campaign.
We are delighted to announce the winners of our Shore To Shore poetry competition.
Brush up on your Shakespeare with a Friday poem from Carol Ann Duffy, recorded live on the Shore To Shore poetry tour June 2016.
Poetry readings from Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Jackie Kay and Imtiaz Dharker recorded live at Hope Park & Martyrs Church, St Andrews as part of the Shore to Shore poetry tour.
As the Shore To Shore tour reaches the half-way point, we catch up with Imtiaz Dharker about how the travelling celebration of poetry and community is going so far.
An extra special Friday poem from the wonderful Jackie Kay, recorded live on the Shore To Shore poetry tour.
We are delighted to to be running a poetry competition celebrating poetry and community alongside Shore to Shore tour. We're looking for budding poets to share their poems on community with us.
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