literature & poetry

Poetry Book Society Summer Showcase

Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre.

The Poetry Book Society (PBS) is a poetry book club founded by TS Eliot in 1953 to ‘propagate the art of poetry’. Every quarter, expert poet 'Selectors' choose the best new collections to deliver to PBS members, hot off the presses.

The event features readings by the PBS Summer Selections: Amy Key, Mary Jean Chan and the winner of the PBS Student Poetry Prize, Jay G Ying. The Student Poetry Prize recognises talented student writers and emerging new voices.

PBS Book Selector and Ledbury Forte Prize-winning poet Sandeep Parmar presents this showcase launching the brand-new summer 2018 issue of Bulletin magazine.

Sandeep Parmar was born in Nottingham, England, and raised in Southern California. She earned an MA from the University of East Anglia and a PhD from University College London. Parmar is the author of The Marble Orchard (2012) and Eidolon (2017), which won a Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection.

She is the author of the critical book Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies: Myth of the Modern Woman (2013) and has edited two volumes of modernist poetry: Hope Mirrlees: Collected Poems (2011) and Selected Poems: Nancy Cunard (2016). She is also reviews editor for The Wolf magazine, a BBC New Generation Thinker, and co-director of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing. She is currently a professor of English literature at the University of Liverpool.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet from Hong Kong. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize and the 2016 Resurgence Poetry Prize (Commended), and is the winner of the 2017 Psychoanalysis and Poetry Competition, the 2017 Poetry Society Members' Poetry Competition and the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL). Mary Jean is an editor at Oxford Poetry. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber (July 2019). She recently won second place in the National Poetry Competition.

Amy Key grew up in Kent and the North East of England; she now lives and works in London. Her first collection, Luxe, was published by Salt in 2013. She is the author of two pamphlets Instead of Stars (Tall Lighthouse) and History (If A Leaf Falls Press). In 2014, she edited an anthology of poems on friendship between women, Best Friends Forever (The Emma Press), and co-edited the online journal Poems in Which. Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Poetry, The Poetry Review, New Statesman, Granta, Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), Poetry Please (Faber & Faber) and The Poetry of Sex (Penguin).

Jay G Ying currently studies medicine at the University of Edinburgh. His prose-poetry has appeared in The Adroit Journal, where he now works as a prose reader. He was chosen to be part of the anthology Umbrellas of Edinburgh: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Scotland’s Capital City in 2016. He has previously lived in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and the United States.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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For ages 16+.