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Proxies for the AGM – message from Kate Clanchy

August 10, 2011
As I wander on and off mountains, bumping into tourists in the mist, and receiving emails only occasionally, and in miniature, I am ever more impressed by how terrible the timing of the AGM is, how hard it is to get nominations ready when everyone is on holiday, and how much more democratic it would have been for the Trustees to have stood aside at the EGM and allowed the interim board to set up elections in November.

There is a small concession from the Board:

As the timescales are tight, Trustee nomination forms can be sent without signatures as long as the nominees’ membership numbers are included. If the candidate is successfully elected, signatures will be required later.

http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/membership/agm/trusteenomination/

If you are standing, or know someone who is interested, please, complete the form.

Proxies: I’m attaching a proxy form for the meeting. The proxy works in the same way as for the EGM: you give your vote to someone you trust who votes for you. If you already know someone, then complete the form and send it according to the instructions on it (either by snail mail or email, not both!). If you would like us to suggest a proxy, we shall be listing willing volunteers on the website again. I’ll be one.
Proxy form – AGM
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Press Release

August 3, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

 Petition of a thousand voices calls to restore order at the Poetry Society

Over a thousand poetry-lovers, writers, publishers, teachers and readers have signed a petition to restore order at the Poetry Society.

Following last week’s stormy general meeting, which resulted in a vote of no confidence against the Society’s board of trustees, TS Eliot prize-winning poet George Szirtes launched the petition on Wednesday to restore the Director, Judith Palmer, to her position, which she resigned in May.

The petition asks for Ms Palmer’s reinstatement “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.”

Since Wednesday afternoon the petition – which carries the names of laureates Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke, Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, and  the former Poetry Society president Jo Shapcott – has gained over a thousand signatures, including those of many well-loved poets including Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Fleur Adcock.

The petition also attracted the support of novelists Linda Grant, Helen Dunmore and Tim Parks, independent publishers Chris Hamilton-Emery, Neil Astley and Michael Schmidt, writer Marina Warner, and others.

George Szirtes said: “Poetry is recognised all over the world as Britain’s greatest contribution to international culture. The Poetry Society should represent the great power of poetry in this country and be a cause of pride. This petition is an attempt to ensure that it can be so.”

Poet Luke Wright, who runs workshops for pupils of all ages as well as adults, said: “The Poetry Society does all kinds of amazing work with all kinds of amazing people, showing them how poetry can connect with their lives. This is the Poetry Society I know and love and I think we all want them to keep on doing it.”

The petition can be read here.

George Szirtes and Luke Wright are both available for interview. Please contact Katy Evans-Bush on 07931 563408 or katy.evansbush@gmail.com

— ENDS —

Notes:

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 and has a mission to “advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.

Judith Palmer had recently secured an increase in the Arts Council grant from £262,000pa to £360,000pa starting in 2012-13. The current grant is currently being withheld due to the Poetry Society’s current situation.

A verifiable account by Judith Palmer of the events leading to her resignation statement, as well as other documentation of recent events, can be found at https://thepoetrysocietyuk.wordpress.com

Other signatories of the petition include:

Jackie Kay

Michael Horovitz

Matthew Sweeney

Owen Sheers

Lavinia Greenlaw

Douglas Dunn

Philip Gross

Imtiaz Dharker

Penelope Shuttle

Gwyneth Lewis

Ian Duhig

Naomi Alderman

Desmond Clarke

Colin Ford

Vicky Feaver

Jen Hadfield

Maurice Riordan

Alistair Niven

Roddy Lumsden

Kei Miller

Signatures

August 2, 2011

Signatories as of 3rd August 2011:

Petition to reinstate Judith Palmer as Director of the Poetry Society

1106. Janet Rogerson : I support this petition

1105. Simon Miles Miles : I support this petition

1104. Elaine Booth : I support this petition

1103. Tim Cumming : I support this petition

1102. RONALD PRIESTNER : I support this petition

1101. Graeme Rigby : I support this petition

1100. john agard : I support this petition

1099. Paul Sutherland : I support this petition

1098. Michel Dudropt : I support this petition

1097. bea duxbury : I support this petition

1096. simon barrett : I support this petition

1095. Angela Stoner : I support this petition

1094. Chris HARDY : I support this petition

1093. Roddy Williams : I support this petition

1092. Sarah Tait : I support this petition

1091. Abigail Parry : I support this petition

1090. G Hayes Hayes : I support this petition

1089. James Priestman : I support this petition

1088. Helen Hill : I support this petition

1087. greta stoddart : I support this petition

1086. Hen Coleman : I support this petition

1085. Tony Shelley : I support this petition

1084. Anna Reckin : I support this petition

1083. louise marley : I support this petition

1082. Raychel Lloyd : I support this petition

1081. Kenneth Mackay : I support this petition

1080. Jane Corbett : I support this petition

1079. Joanna Ezekiel : support this petition

1078. Wilson Edward : I support this petition

1077. Chris Crawford : I support this petition

1076. Alan Johnson : I support this petition

1075. Janet Lancaster : I support this petition

1074. Donna Daley-Clarke : I support this petition

1073. Tim Blackwell : I support this petition

1072. Jenny Welch : I support this petition

1071. John Gorman : I support this petition

1070. David Barlow : I support this petition

1069. Voirrey Faragher : I support this petition

1068. Ann Whitehurst : I support this petition

1067. Sheila Spence : I support this petition

1066. Patricia wood Wood : I support this petition

1065. michael greavy : I support this petition

1064. Mandy Coe : I support this petition

1063. Andrea Porter : I support this petition

1062. John Alwyine-Mosely : I support this petition

1061. Gyongyi Vegh : I support this petition

1060. Barry Wood : I support this petition

1059. Hilary Jenkins : I support this petition

1058. Maggie John : Agree.Time to get Judith back to work.stop the rot!

1057. Frances Spurrier : I support this petition

1056. Brenda Leckie : I support this petition

1055. Ray Fisher : I support this petition

1054. Christopher Ogden : I support this petition

1053. Conor Whelan : This is a time for leadership.

1052. maxim mackay-james : I support this petition

1051. Cliff Laine : I support this petition

1050. S Barraclough : I support this petition

1049. john lucas : I support this petition

1048. Holly Anderson : I support this petition

1047. Rob Mackenzie : I support this petition

1046. Sarah Wardle : I support this petition

1045. Philip Pollecoff : I support this petition

1044. Dave Brooks : I support this petition

1043. Susan Cunningham : I support this petition

1042. Maria Gornell : I support this petition

1041. Beth Wald Brian Moore :

1040. Mary Legallet : I support this petition

1039. Winona Azure : I support this petition

1038. Ian Nenna : I support this petition

1037. simon gladdish : I support this petition

1036. simon gladdish : I support this petition

1035. Rusty Gladdish : I support this petition

1034. Vivienne Fogel : I support this petition

1033. Miranda Lloyd : I support this petition

1032. Stav Poleg : I support this petition

1031. Kathryn Alderman : I support this petition

1030. Hilary Mellon : I support this petition

1029. Geoffrey Bailey : I support this petition

1028. Hamish Montgomery : I support this petition

1027. Colin Watts : I support this petition

1026. Rebecca Swift : I support this petition

1025. Doreen Gurrey : I support this petition

1024. Richard Gwyn : I support this petition

1023. Julia Buxton : I support this petition

1022. Elizabeth Macklin : I support this petition

1021. harriet Proudfoot Proudfoot : I support this petition

1020. Fiona Russell : I support this petition

1019. Sandy Goldbeck-Wood : I support this petition

1018. Valerie Clarke Brajuha : I support this petition

1017. Diana Dixon : I support this petition

1016. Dominic McLoughlin : I support this petition

1015. Sarah Eliot : I support this petition

1014. steve boorman Boorman : I support this petition

1013. Jeanne Macdonald : I support this petition

1012. Oliver Levy :

1011. Helen Mort : I support this petition

1010. Liz Bahs : I support this petition

1009. Jenny Hamlett : I support this petition

1008. Mavis Howard : I support this petition

1007. Ann Brown : I support this petition

1006. Jackie Kay : I support this petition

1005. Kittie Walker : I support this petition

1004. Chanel Benjamin Ms. : I support this petition

1003. Jen Hadfield : I support this petition

1002. James Brightman : I support this petition

1001. Frank Hooper Hooper : I support this petition unreservedly

1000. Ella Duffy : I support this petition

999. AJ Ashworth : I support this petition

998. Laura Fernandez-Kayne : I support this petition

997. tinashe mushakavanhu : I support this petition

996. Michael Scott :

995. Chris Port : I support this petition

994. Ben Cartwright : I support this petition

993. Anjali Desai : I support this petition

992. Carole Bell : I support this petition

991. Simon Barraclough : I support this petition

990. Ra Page : I support this petition

989. Sue Spencer : I support this petition

988. Natalie Haynes : I support this petition

987. Jane Schaffer : I support this petition

986. Richie Brown : I support this petition

985. Robert Mullen : I offer my full support to this endeavor.

984. Peter Doyle : I support this petition

983. Imtiaz Dharker : I support this petition

982. Denni Turp : I support this petition

981. Fiona Beaton : I support this petition

980. Linda Black : I support this petition

979. robert beake : I support this petition

978. Jean Johnstone : I support this petition

977. Wendy Milne : I support this petition

976. Ian Blyth : I support this petition

975. Norman Bissell : I support this petition but not the trustees.

974. Jacqueline Bradley : I support this petition

973. Julia Webb : I support this petition

972. Felicity Brookesmith : I support this petition

971. Robert Alan Jamieson : I support this petition

970. Terry Kelly : I support this petition

969. Jean Johnstone : I support this petition

968. Richard O’Brien : I support this petition

967. Laura Marsh : I support this petition

966. Maurice Riordan : I support this petition [2nd time for verification]

965. Leela Soma : I support this petition

964. Shawn Mulcahy : I support this petition

963. Anthony Farmer : I support this petition

962. Miriam Johnson : I support this petition

961. Daniel Barrow Barrow : I support this petition

960. Pey Colborne : I support this petition

959. Sonia Hendy-Isaac : I support this petition

958. Lesley Cookman : I support this petition

957. Ken Holmes : I support this petition

956. sharon champion : I support this petition and wish you well

955. Gwyneth Lewis : I support this petition

954. Heather Jones : I support this petition

953. Charlotte Geater : I support this petition

952. Victoria Ramsay Ramsay : I support this petition

951. Marilyn Ricci Ricci : I support this petition

950. Robert Doughty : I support this petition

949. Mary Hamer : I support this petition

948. Rachel Davies : I support this petition

947. JANET BAIRD : I support this petition

946. Annabel Chown : I support this petition

945. Lindsay Balderson : I support this petition

944. Philip Fried : I support this petition

943. Rob Lowe : I support this petition

942. Helena Petre : I support this petition

941. Heather Neill : I support this petition

940. Graham Burchell : I support this petition

939. Andrea Holland : I support this petition

938. Peter Halliwell : Peter

937. Jamie Jones : I support this petition

936. Sally Warrell : I support this petition

935. Rebecca Farmer : I support this petition

934. Eric Beston : I support this petition

933. Peter Davis : I support this petition

932. Annie Fisher : I support this petition

931. anne-marie fyfe : I support this petition

930. Cahal Dallat : I support this petition

929. Angela Rees-Jones : I support this petition

928. Bohdan Piasecki : I support this petition

927. Rebecca Guy Ver : I support this petition

926. Patience Agbabi : I support this petition

925. David Thomas : I support this petition

924. Margaret Speak : I support this petition

923. Susan Mackervoy : I support this petition

922. Andy Jackson : I support this petition

921. The Itinerant Poetry Librarian : I support this petition

920. JULIE O’CALLAGHAN : I support this petition

919. DENNIS O’DRISCOLL : I support this petition

918. patrick mcGuinness : I support this petition

917. Kenny Knight : I support this petition

916. Helen Dewbery : I support this petition

915. alicia stubbersfield : I support this petition

914. Miriam Scott : I support this petition

913. greg delanty : I support this petition

912. Matilda Leyser : I support this petition

911. Ann Atkinson Atkinson : I support this petition

910. Graham Mummery : I support this petition

909. Lawrence Sail : I support this petition

908. Michele Poet : I support this petition

907. Mary Stacey : I support this petition

906. Barbara Randall : I support this petition

905. Jim Dening : I support this petition

904. Simon Altmann : I support this petition

903. Timothy Walker : I support this petition

902. Jonathan Barker : I support this petition

901. helen constantine constantine : I support this petition

900. Katie Fesel : I support this petition

899. Ann Alexander : I support this petition

898. Hannah Copley : I support this petition

897. Bob Dew : I support this petition

896. Nadine Brummer : I support this petition

895. Elaine Borthwick : I support this petition

894. Benjamin Scott : I support this petition

893. Daniel Powell : I support this petition

892. Jennifer Hunt : I support this petition

891. Trish Davis : I support this petition

890. Peter Mortimer Mortimer : I support this petition

889. Jane Kite : I support this petition

888. Neil Astley : I support this petition again and am now verified!

887. Joshua Allen : I support this petition

886. Susanne Chowdhury : I support this petition

885. cary archard archard : I support this petition

884. Sophie Yeomans : I support this petition

883. Pat Borthwick Borthwick : I support this petition

882. Paul McLoughlin : I support this petition

881. diana wilson : I support this petition

880. Nick Jarvis : I support this petition

879. Caroline Cook : I support this petition

878. Hannah Thomson : I support this petition

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876. Gabrielle Hatfield : I support this petition

875. Sarah Kemp : I support this petition

874. Donald Atkinson : I support this petition

873. Paul HYLAND : I support this petition

872. John Tufail : I support this petition

871. John Brown : I support this petition

870. David Brown : I support this petition

869. Esther Morgan : I support this petition

868. Caitlin Heffernan : I support this petition

867. Lyn Stephens Stephens : I support this petition

866. Jane Monson : I support this petition

865. Matthew Gregory : I support this petition

864. Tim Cockburn :

863. Bill Greenwell : I support this petition

862. Clive McWilliam : I support this petition

861. Doug Robertson : I support this petition

860. Sue Rose : I support this petition

859. Hugh Dunkerley : I support this petition

858. Geoff Hands : I support this petition

857. Bill Trüb : I support this petition

856. Miki Byrne : I support this petition

855. Jenny Gladstone : I support this petition

854. Sarah Dallat-Laverty : I support this petition

853. maura dooley : I support this petition

852. Avril Staple : I support this petition

851. Stewart Conn : I support this petition

850. Julia Copus : I support this petition

849. padrika tarrant : I support this petition

848. Marc R. Sherland : Ambassador for the Federation of Writers (Scotland)

847. James Goodman : I support this petition

846. Bill Greenwell : I support this petition

845. Sophie Hannah : I support this petition

844. Joelle Taylor : I support this petition

843. John Osborne : I support this petition

842. Rosalind Fairclough : I support this petition

841. Anthony Martel : I support this petition

840. Ruth Wiggins : I support this petition

839. Michael Skaife d’Ingerthorpe : I support this petition

838. Clive Watkins : I support this petition

837. david and helen constantine : I support this petition

836. Andrew Forster : I support this petition

835. Samantha Christie : I support this petition

834. Cahal Dallat : I support this petition

833. Nessa O’Mahony : I support this petition

832. Jane Draycott : I support this petition

831. Emily Dening : I support this petition

830. Ramona Herdman : I support this petition

829. Chris Scott : I support this petition

828. Gregory Dowling : I support this petition

827. Vicky Kimm : I support this petition

826. Marianne Burton : I support this petition

825. Nicholas Murray : I support this petition

824. Heather Danson : I support this petition

823. matthew lanyon : I support this petition

822. victoria bean : I support this petition

821. Caroline Gilfillan : I support this petition

820. Melanie Drane : I support this petition

819. Rachel Mikos : I support this petition

818. Alison Brackenbury : I support this petition

817. Lucy Collins : I support this petition

816. Kathleen Bainbridge : I support this petition

815. Janan Saab : I support this petition

814. Lynn Roberts : I support this petition

813. Ted Millichap : I support this petition

812. Phil Barrett : I support this petition

811. Jane Duran : I support this petition

810. Philip Gross : I support this petition

809. Helen Cherry : I support this petition

808. Jacqueline Saphra : I support this petition

807. Bobby Parker : I support this petition

806. Grevel Lindop : I support this petition

805. John Haynes : I support this petition

804. Mary Rozmus-West : I support this petition

803. Charles Lauder, Jr : I support this petition

802. DUPLICATE

801. dan wyke : I support this petition

800. Catherine Gardner : I support this petition

799. Alan Hayes : I support this petition

798. Keith Roberts : I support this petition

797. Rose Flint Flint : I support this petition

796. Matthew Rice : I support this petition

795. Beverley Kemp : I support this petition

794. Tiffany Atkinson : I support this petition

793. Steve Thomas : I support this petition

792. Judith Marsh : I support this petition

791. Sophia Roberts : I support this petition

790. Bill Swainson : I support this petition

789. Theo Dorgan : I support this petition

788. Charles Christian : I support this petition

787. Russell Turner : I support this petition

786. David Borrott : I support this petition

785. Emma bragginton : I support this petition

784. Lavinia Greenlaw : I support this petition

783. Steve Rudd (inventor of Potty Poetry, poet, visionary and seer) : Get a grip, FFS.

782. Siofra MaCherie : I support this petition

781. Jerry Carr-Brion : I support this petition

780. Llinora Milner : I support this petition.

779. Rosemaris Jesson : I support this petition

778. Elena Kaufman : I support this petition

777. Carol DeVaughn : I support this petition

776. Emma Lee : I support this petition

775. Anneliese Emmans Dean : I support this petition

774. Juliet England : I support this petition

773. Olivia Waldron : I support this petition

772. Richard Parkinson : I support this petition

771. Robin Taylor Gilbert : I support this petition

770. Maria Bennett : I support this petition

769. Margaret Wilmot : I support this petition

768. Fahima Sahabdeen : I support this petition

767. Chris Meade : I support this petition

766. Siobhan Evans : I support this petition

765. David Wheatley : I support this petition

764. John Lucas : I support this petition

763. Jeff Taylor : I support this petition Jeff Taylor

762. Rosie Godfrey : I support this petition

761. Shirley Jones : I support this petition

760. B Wheeler : I support this petition

759. stuart pickford : I support this petition

758. Jeremy PAGE : I support this petition

757. Naomi Alderman : I support this petition

756. Sheila Preston : I support this petition

755. Diane Simkin : I support this petition

754. Valerie Striker : I support this petition

753. Sarah Duckworth : I support this petition

752. Marcelle Olivier : I support this petition

751. Nigel Fortune : I support this petition

750. Frances-Anne King : I support this petition

749. Linda Marlowe : I support this petition

748. Jane Knights : I support this petition

747. Roger Boylan : I support this petition

746. Joanna Wilsher :

745. Judy Prince : I support this petition

744. Desmond Clarke : I support this petition

743. Fleur Adcock : I support this petition

742. Ian Pindar : I support this petition

741. Stuart Charlesworth : I support this petition

740. David Oprava : I support this petition

739. Noreen Drake -Stoker : I support this petition in full

738. kaaren Whitney : I support this petition

737. BARBARA DORDI DORDI : I support this petition

736. Cathy Moore : I support this petition

735. John Harrison : I support this petition

734. Nicole O’Driscoll : I support this petition

733. Duncan MacLaurin : I support this petition

732. ANN Gray : I support this petition

731. marion tracy : I support this petition

730. Edward Fox : I support this petition

729. Kate Bonfield : I support this petition

728. Keith Armstrong Armstrong : I support this petition

727. Michael Loveday : I support the petition

726. Mary Gilonne : I support this petition

725. Christine Coleman : I support this petition

724. Robert Holbach : I support this petition

723. Christine Wain-Heapy : I support this petition

722. Jo Field : I support this petition

721. Howard Young : I support this petition

720. Benjamin Morris : I support this petition

719. Alana James : I support this petition

718. Lisa Gee : I support this petition

717. Bev Robinson : I support this petition

716. caroline richardson : I support this petition

715. Dot Cobley : I support this petition

714. Glyn Davies : I support this petition

713. Jenny Hutchings : I support this petition

712. Wendy Klein : I support this petition

711. Bernie Morgan : I support this petition

710. Sarah Passingham : I support this petition

709. Jennie Bailey :

708. Tom Stevenson : I support this petition

707. Paulene H : I support this petition

706. Pauline Keith : I support this petition

705. Neil mac Neil : I support this petition

704. Michael Horovitz : I support this petition

703. Tim Parks : I support this petition

702. Berko Berkavitch : I support this petition

701. John Smallshaw Smallshaw : I support this petition

700. Sophie Mayer : A unified call for a dignified solution.

699. Richard Crockatt : I support this petition

698. Richard Roberts : I support this petition

697. Val Dunmore-Francis : I support this petition

696. Mark Cobley : I support this petition

695. Jenny Hope : I support this petition

694. Valerie Darville : I support this petition

693. ZOFIA DYMITR : I support this petition

692. Adam Wyeth : I support this petition

691. Annie Bishop : I support this petition

690. pippa little : I support this petition

689. Roger Collett : I support this petition

688. Michael Hutchinson : I support this petition

687. Tom Gardner : I support this petition

686. Josh Williams : I support this petition

685. Pippa Chapman : I support this petition

684. Frances Spalding : I support this petition

683. Lisa Wilson : I support this petition

682. Alice Huzar : I support this petition

681. Mark Bond-Webster : I support this petition unreservedly.

680. Melanie Prince : I support this petition

679. paul askew : I support this petition

678. Susie Burns : Proud to be paranoid, this needs every support.

677. Brian F Docherty : I support this petition

676. Darrelyn Gunzburg : I support this petition

675. Veronika Bowker : I support this petition

674. Helen Szirtes : I support this petition

673. Roger Thompson : I support this petition

672. hugo lambton : i thinhk everyone needs to grow up and stop this nonsence

671. Simon Smith : I support this petition

670. Rachel Hore : I support this petition

669. Lorna Thorpe : I support this petition

668. Carole Coates : I support this petition

667. Kona Macphee : I support this petition

666. Nigel McLoughlin : I support this petition

665. Ian Crockatt : I support this petition

664. Sasha Dugdale : I support this petition

663. Frances Clarke : I support this petition

662. ALISON MILLER : I support this petition

661. Marina Warner : I support this petition

660. Henry Fisher : Save poetry!

659. Julian Turner : I support this petition

658. Jonathan Davidson : I support this petition

657. Morag Styles : I support this petition

656. Jacky Tarleton Tarleton : I support this petition because Judith Palmer has done so m

655. Marialuisa Stella : I support this petition

654. Michael Scott Byrne : I support this petition

653. Colin Ford CBE : I support this petition

652. Liz Berry : I support this petition

651. Alan Buckley : I support this petition

650. John McAuliffe : I support this petition

649. Maximilian Ellis : I support this petition

648. Derek Morris : I support this petition

647. Paul Henry : I support this petition

646. Simon Dalley : I support this petition

645. Linda Grant : I support this petition

644. Aileen La Tourette : I support this petition

643. Crysse Morrison : I support this petition

642. Roy Woolley : I support this petition

641. Camilla McLean : I support this petition

640. Kevin Cadwallender : I support this petition

639. William Palmer : I support this petition

638. Laura Barnes : I support this petition

637. Anjali Joseph : I support this petition

636. Michael Carver Carver : I support this petition.

635. Rosemary Norman : I support this petition

634. Luke Wright : I support this petition

633. geoff rowe : I support this petition

632. Will Wilson : I support this petition

631. Adele Clifford : I support this petition

630. David Craythorne : I support this petition

629. Daniel Sluman : I support this petition

628. Caroline Davies : I support this petition

627. Alan Harper : I support this petition

626. Rosie Blagg : I support this petition

625. Graham Norman : I support this petition

624. David Whitley : I support this petition

623. Isobel Montgomery Campbell : I support this petition

622. Bruce Barnes : I support this petition

621. Martin Zarrop : I support this petition

620. Patrizia Longhitano : I support this petition

619. Peter Gruffydd Gruffydd : I support this petition

618. Michael Wyndham :

617. Andrew McDonnell : I support this petition. Andrew McDonnell.

616. Ashley Bovan : I support this petition

615. Simon Martin : I support this petition

614. Dorothy Fryd : I support this petition

613. Michael Woods : I support this petition

612. Veronica Zundel : I support this petition

611. stephen cross : I support this petition

610. Linda Herbertson : I support this petition

609. Sally Douglas : I support this petition

608. Michael Thomas : I support this petition

607. Ron Capell : I whole heartedly support this petition

606. Jude Cowan Montague Cowan Montague : I support this petition

605. Rona Hamilton : I support this petition

604. Lindy Barbour : I support this petition

603. Kathy Miles : I support this petition

602. Chris Neale : I support this petition

601. Sheena Clover : I support this petition

600. Catherine Czerkawska : I support this petition

599. Christian Ward : I support this petition

598. Maria McCarthy : I support this petition

597. Phil Bowen : I support this petition

596. valerie pargeter : I support this petition

595. Anthony Ellis : I support this petition

594. Julie Hammerton : I support this petition

593. Susan Burns : I support this petition

592. Jeanette Burton : I support this petition

591. Sarah Rudston : I support this petition

590. Mandy Precious : I support this petition

589. David Gwynne Harries : I support this petition

588. Helen Clare : I support this petition

587. Louise Halvardsson : I support this petition

586. Wullie Purcell : I support this petition

585. sherry pasquarello pasquarello : I support this petition

584. Christie Williamson : I support this petition

583. Linda Johnson : I support this petition

582. Alasdair Paterson : I support this petition

581. Diane Cockburn : I support this petition

580. David Austin : I support this petition

579. Glenna O’Neill : I support this petition

578. Rachel Bennett : I support this petition

577. Kaye Lee : I support this petition

576. Catherine McLoughlin : I support this petition

575. Dawn Morris : I support this petition

574. Meg Peacocke : I support this petition

573. MARIE CLOWES : I support this petition

572. Hattie Grünewald : I support this petition

571. Helen Cadbury : I support this petition

570. angela croft : I support this petition

569. meriel malone : I support this petition

568. Wils Wilson : I support this petition

567. Ruth Stacey : I support this petition

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Kate Clanchy on paranoid poets

July 28, 2011

Poets are easy to poke fun at. Their lives’ work may well be shorter than a cook-book, and have fewer readers. Their art-form is notoriously ill paid. And they fuss, almost by definition,  about things which seem incomprehensibly small to outsiders: scansion, line-endings, reviews, precedence. They fuss with each other too, again over goods which may seem petty: a professorship, an editorship, a review.

All this can make for a difficult atmosphere at parties: a paranoia of poets, our Poet Laureate once proposed as our collective noun. But I’ve always maintained that the paranoia was only skin-deep. I was treated very generously as a new poet, and I have always told other new poets that they will be treated generously too. In particular, I’ve always laughed at the notion of  a ‘London-based cabal’, and a sinister group ‘in control’ of prizes and publications. I’ve always pointed out, for example, that prize juries rotate, and so does the editorship of our central Journal, Poetry Review. If your work is not the taste of one judge or editor, it might be to the next’s.

I went into the work of organising a Requisition to find out what was going on at the Poetry Society in this same spirit: I thought that something very poetical and principled, something to do with an ampersand, would be found to be the problem, and that everything would be sorted well before I collected my 300 signatures.

I have been horribly disappointed: at each turn, with each anguished email and late-night strange phone-call, I have found out more and more things that seem to have come straight from the imaginings of a paranoid poet.  For example, that the Editorship of Poetry Review doesn’t rotate at all, any more. The Editor’s post was made permanent in 2008, and no one was told. Now, this may be one of those facts that seems incredibly petty to outsiders, but to poets, it’s like being told that driving licenses have only been given out through one instructor for the last 3 years, and no one thought that to know this was any of a learner-driver’s business. Poetry Review is a gate-keeper magazine. The keys can’t stay with one person.

Then I found out that the whole Poetry Society schism was also based on Poetry Review. The editor had been lobbying for years to be able to work separately from the Society, and suddenly this year she was granted her wish. In order to gratify it, the Board met confidentially, changed the Director’s job description, by-passed staff and funders and, when the Director protested, pushed her to resign and threw her out the building. When they realised they had actually broken a number of laws by doing this, they started a search for ‘something on the Director’, and hired very expensive lawyers who racked up huge bills – all without the Director having taken any legal action herself.

Why? Why on earth would a group of apparently good citizens do this to a reputable Society, established for 100 years, and a Director who had just won a record uplift in funding from ACE? How could this destruction possibly be worth while in order to win better conditions for just one employee, and  for the magazine which is just one part of the Society’s work? What was the impulse behind it?

And what could be the worst possible answer? Whispers from a London-based cabal, of course, of the sort I  have never believed in. But at the EGM which our  requisition succeeded in calling, that was the answer I got. The Acting Chair said that the relationship between the Editor and the Director, though it hadn’t been the subject of any official grievance, or caused concern to funders,  was ‘causing public comment’. I asked about the comment, and was not only told that it had not been written down, but also that it had not been ‘open’ to Poetry Society members. The Chair told me:  ‘You obviously weren’t at that party’.

No, we weren’t at that party, we scruffy, regional poets in the hall. We are, as the Guardian kindly pointed out, not party-animals but beardy, older, in sensible shoes. So easy to poke fun at. But 507 difficult, paranoid people did get together to find out what was going on. And I believe 1000 will sign the petition currently being put forward by George Szirtes, asking the Poetry Society to roll back and start again.  I also believe that it will, and that a new, better, less paranoid Society will rise from what looks more and more like ashes. But then, I’m a very optimistic person, or I’d never have tried to rally a group of poets. 

From Anne-Marie Fyfe, former Chair of Board of Trustees

July 28, 2011

So many of you, including press, have contacted me (since my questions at Friday’s EGM and since Judith Palmer’s statement on Tuesday mentioning my issue with the Trustees) asking for explanations, that I’ve put together a very brief summary (sorry I can’t answer you all personally).

 

Late at night after the pivotal 13th April meeting (about which you will have read in Paul Ranford’s statement and Judith Palmer’s statement) Chair of Trustees, Peter Carpenter, phoned me to demand that he be allowed to use a short e-mail note I’d sent him asking what was distressing Judith. He was afraid that night that changes they’d forced on her at the meeting could lead Judith to claim constructive dismissal and (as part of what the Board has since recognised as a “gross over-reaction”) said he needed to have use of that e-mail—showing  Judith had attempted to contact me—to use against her as a supposed “breach of confidentiality”, should she ever take legal action. I refused permission. After a hectoring, bullying phone-call he gave up, apologising profusely some days later for his behaviour and promising not to use the e-mail.

The Board says it became “increasingly evident” Judith had revealed the contents of that 13th April meeting to me. She hadn’t. And they can produce no evidence that she had. But the accusation suits the Board’s purposes in allowing them, before and since her resignation, to hold over her the fabricated threat of legal action. And despite the assurances of one Trustee, both that the Poetry Society could never stoop so low, and that she’d been personally promised the accusation against Judith would be dropped, the threat was subsequently repeated and reinforced in a lawyers’ letter (which refers to me no less than five times!)

Laura Bamford, as Acting Chair, now says that the Board were unable to keep their promises, (although she will not explain why) and the Trustee in question has since resigned. (She was, incidentally, shown, by fellow Trustees, what purported to be a copy of the lawyers’ letter, but which strangely omits the “breach of confidentiality” accusation and omits the five references to me.)

After three months of denials, the remaining Trustees have now suggested, faced with detailed exposure of their fabrications, that I meet with them so they “fully understand events from my perspective”. Absurd.  And totally pointless. They have all the e-mails.

This is just a small strand, I know, in such an appalling mess, but the Board’s reluctance to admit this one falsehood used against the Director, shows how desperate they were to clutch at anything, and failing that, to invent accusations, to force her to comply with, and keep silence over, the new “arrangements” they knew would be totally unacceptable to any Director or to the Membership. All symptomatic of a much wider climate of secrecy and culture of manipulation.

Judith Palmer’s summary of the current situation at the Poetry Society

July 27, 2011
I have an association with the Poetry Society going back over twenty years, first as Audience-member, then Member, then Trustee, then Chair, and most recently Director. I care passionately for the organisation, and have an unflagging commitment to its work. Its staff are responsible for carrying out outstanding work across all areas of its programme, promoting a wider and deeper appreciation of poetry.
I am not interested in finger-pointing. I’m interested in seeing the Society in good health. I’ve kept my counsel over recent events, but in light of various comments now circulating, I think it is important to outline some concerns.
It is very disappointing that the Poetry Society Board appears determined to deflect attention from their mismanagement by belittling their senior team. Taking the easy route of dismissing two professional women as having personality differences, still leaves the resignation of the (male) Finance Manager unaccounted for. Within 48 hours of getting a fantastic offer of increased funding from the Arts Council, which all the staff had worked so hard to achieve, members of the Board decided to implement serious organisational changes without discussion. The nature of the structural relationship between the Poetry Society and its magazine Poetry Review has been contested ever since 1912 when the magazine was founded under Harold Monro. Whether or not the Review Editor should have autonomy and separation from the rest of the Society’s activities was debated extensively in Board meetings before  I ever worked for the organisation. When it was last tabled in 2008, a different Board rejected the proposal. In 2011, Trustees accepted the proposal by somewhat unorthodox means – via discussions that, in my view, should have happened openly according to established procedure.
The Board suddenly accepted a proposal to make significant organisational change, that diverted dramatically from our agreed programme, without even producing a business case for the shift. As the Society’s CEO I raised serious operational concerns about what was being implemented, as well as the irregular manner of its implementation. I explained that what they were rushing through could destabilise the whole organisation and jeopardise funding.
Amongst other concerns I stressed the need to involve the Arts Council in discussions, as laid out in our funding agreement, and my worries that Trustees were getting involved in day-to-day decision-making, which was confusing for all concerned. Consulting neither Finance Manager nor Director, Trustees made decisions with serious financial implications, involving entirely unnecessary expenditure. When I pointed out some procedural irregularities at a very early stage – probably inadvertent and easily moved-on from – rather than discuss the issue, a couple of Trustees seemingly preferred an entrenched position. Confidential meetings and obfuscation followed, and all attempts at discussion were rebuffed. Eventually, after several weeks of trying to unravel the position, I thought it best to resign and let the Board follow their own path. Independently, the Finance Manager decided he too, had no confidence in the Board. The Society’s President followed.
I moved on from my position as Director at the end of May. The Society was in good shape, and I left it to the good stewardship of its Trustees. I wished the Society well and started developing future projects of my own. Trustees’ actions in the weeks that followed my departure caused increasing confusion and speculation. I gather that other members of staff raised continuing concerns about the Trustees’ decision-making. Staff-members asked the Board if they could invite me back. A number of Members did likewise. I put other projects on hold, and offered to return to try to get the Society back on an even keel.
Since the issue has been raised, I feel I should address the question of legal costs head-on.  I requested that Trustees consider the employment rights of all staff members, and drew their attention to their responsibility to act accordingly. Rather than accept reassurances, given in good faith, that I did not wish to pursue action, the Board adopted a bullish stance I consider wholly inappropriate. As I understand it, the Board has recently been seeking legal advice on a whole range of matters.Their legal bill is entirely the Trustees’ own responsibility.
I wish the Society well. Long may it flourish. If I can help it through its current difficulties, I offer to be part of the solution. And until then, I’ll continue writing my book.
P.S. I’m just loading up the car to go camping in Norfolk.
Judith Palmer, 27 July 2011

Petition to reinstate Judith Palmer as Director of the Poetry Society

July 27, 2011

Petition to reinstate Judith Palmer as Director of the Poetry Society

(Please see the note below*)

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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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NB – you DON’T have to log in to Facebook in order to sign the petition. You can go directly through PetitionOnline’s signing-in form beneath the Facebook logo on the Petition page.

Please check your signature: If you haven’t already done so, please return to the PetitionOnline page and check that your name has been added as a signatory. It seems that several people who signed in through Facebook have not been added to the list.

Verification: You should have received an e-mail with a verification link after signing the petition. Please make sure that you have verified your signature. If your name is followed on the list by ‘(unverified)’, you haven’t. Your e-mail address remains confidential and is never shown, and even I can’t get at it to ask you to click on the verification link.

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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