Petition to reinstate Judith Palmer as Director of the Poetry Society
(Please see the note below*)
Proposed by George Szirtes:
As readers of poetry, poets, and members of the Poetry Society, we are distressed that the Poetry Society has experienced problems of governance so severe that the Arts Council has suspended its grant funding.
To help restore the Arts Council’s confidence, and to avoid an otherwise necessary suit for constructive dismissal by the former Director, we call on the Trustees to restore Judith Palmer immediately, (that is, before August 19th, the date by which such a suit must otherwise be filed) to her post on the contract she held on April 1st 2011. We further call on the Trustees and the Society to work with all parties concerned to identify and resolve the underlying problems which led to the breach, using all appropriate processes of the constitution and recognised good practice for mediation.
We ask this without apportioning blame and in the interests of a new start; and as the best hope for the Society which serves the art form we all love.
Liz Lochhead, Makar of Scotland
Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
Jo Shapcott, former President of the Poetry Society
Simon Armitage CBE, Professor of Poetry, University of Sheffield
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*Note: This is a corrected and slightly altered version of the actual petition which, sensibly, I could not meddle with once the first signature had been added. Please read the ‘real’ petition at PetitionOnline carefully before you sign, because it is the PetitionOnline version to which you are adding your signature. The changes and corrections made above, which are not material to the matter of the petition, are as follows:
‘necessary’ replaces ‘inevitable’ in paragraph 2; the mis-spelling of Lochhead and the abbreviation of National have been corrected; Simon Armitage’s name has been added.
The responsibility for these errors and omissions is mine. Many apologies.
Martin Alexander – Admin