28 MAY 2020
Faber have very kindly given permission for Mary Jean Chan's poem, our sixth "locked down"suggestion by the Poetry Book Society, to be used on our website. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the lock down!
Mary Jean Chan wrote this poem to be seen on the page in a very precise way so we reproduce it here as an image.
From Flèche by Mary Jean Chan, published by Faber & Faber. Available here with 25% off for PBS members.
Although written long before lockdown, ‘Safe Space II’ by Hong Kong born poet Mary Jean Chan eerily echoes our current anxieties: “Wash your hands. Rub soap into foam / Into lost hands.” In a recent Guardian article Chan described growing up during the SARs outbreak and her recent realisation of its impact on this poem. Despite this dark legacy, there is something meditative and truly cathartic about these instructions, urging us to focus on the running tap, the safety of soap and the locked bathroom door against the wildness beyond.
Mary Jean Chan's 'dazzling and devastating' debut Flèche explores cultural differences, multilingualism, queerness and mother-daughter relationships. It was awarded a PBS Recommendation, won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2020 Dylan Thomas and Jhalak Prizes. Chan has twice been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2017 and 2019. She was guest co-editor of The Poetry Review Spring 2020, and is co-judge of the 2020 Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
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26 MAY 2020
Freeman Amy Hutchinson, CEO of BOSS says that BOSS are delighted to announce that Dr Eliza Filby will be this year’s keynote speaker at BOSS Members’ Day to be held virtually on the 3rd of June between 10.00am-12.30pm and kindly sponsored by ECI Software Solutions.
Dr Eliza Filby is a writer, speaker and consultant who specialises in ‘Generational Intelligence’ helping companies and services understand generational shifts within politics, society and the workplace.
Dr Eliza Filby
Throughout COVID-19 Eliza has been conducting daily interviews with individuals from a variety of professions discussing their lock-down experiences and how they have adapted to work throughout the pandemic.
Using international comparisons and drawing on research Eliza will look at the impact of COVID-19 on the future of work considering people’s attitudes, physical work spaces and the acceleration of technology and its impact on the workforce.
Eliza has worked for a variety of organizations from VICE media to Warner Brothers Group, from the UK’s Ministry of Defence to the Royal Household, with BYMellon in Canada and Macquarie bank in Australia helping businesses – whether it is recruiting new talent or engaging with new clients – prepare for the future.
She has spoken at the EU’s Human Rights Forum on teenagers and technology; the Financial Times CEO forum on the future of work and contributed evidence to the UK’s House of Lord’s Select Committee on intergenerational unfairness.
She recently published a report in collaboration with the Women’s Network Forum entitled Fuelling Gender Diversity: Unlocking the Next Generation Workplace. Her writing has been published in The Times, Spectator, Guardian and the Financial Times. She is currently writing her second book ‘Kidults: Why we are younger for longer and what it means for our future’ out in 2021.
BOSS Members will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the BOSS Board who combined have a wealth of experience across the whole sector.
Agenda for the day:
10.00am – BOSS AGM
10.40am – The Future of Work – Dr Eliza Filby
11.40am – Q&A with the BOSS Board
12.30pm – Ends
All employees of BOSS Members can register for this virtual event at no cost here
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21 MAY 2020
The current poet Laureate, Simon Armitage has very kindly given his permission for this poem, the fifth suggested by the Poetry Book Society, to be used on our website. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the lock down!
Simon Armitage wrote this poem to be seen on the page in a very precise way so we reproduce here an image of the poem.
© Simon Armitage, reproduced by permission of Simon Armitage.
Simon Armitage is the current UK Poet Laureate (2019-2029). He was born in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected to serve as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford for 2015-2019. Armitage has received numerous awards for his poetry including one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, a Cholmondeley Award, the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and a Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. His latest book Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (Faber) gathers together his wide ranging commissions and collaborations and is available to order with 25% off for PBS members. You can also watch Simon Armitage performing another lockdown poem, inspired by the plague village of Eyam here.
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19 MAY 2020
On 12 May the Stationers' Company held a webinar to explore the experiences of three companies on the Communications and Content industries as they entered lock down and pivoted their business to cope and indeed to help ease the PPE crisis, and effectively communicate the nations thanks to the NHS in all sorts of ways. You can listen to the recording in full via the link below.
14 MAY 2020
Anyone locked down and seeking a little encouragement in the face of uncertainty will relish this fourth poem suggested by the Poetry Book Society. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the Lock down!
A PORTABLE PARADISE BY ROGER ROBINSON
And if I speak of Paradise,
then I’m speaking of my grandmother
who told me to carry it always
on my person, concealed, so
no one else would know but me.
That way they can’t steal it, she’d say.
And if life puts you under pressure,
trace its ridges in your pocket,
smell its piney scent on your handkerchief,
hum its anthem under your breath.
And if your stresses are sustained and daily,
get yourself to an empty room – be it hotel,
hostel or hovel – find a lamp
and empty your paradise onto a desk:
your white sands, green hills and fresh fish.
Shine the lamp on it like the fresh hope
of morning, and keep staring at it till you sleep.
'A Portable Paradise’ from A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press, 2019) © Roger Robinson, reproduced by permission of Peepal Tree Press. Available to order here with 25% off for PBS Members.
Last week Roger Robinson was awarded the £10,000 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for his powerful collection A Portable Paradise. In this, the title poem, he offers a timely reminder of the richness of our own imaginations and how treasured memories can shine a light in the darkest of times: “Shine the lamp on it like the fresh hope / of morning”. RSL Judge and poet Pascale Petit described A Portable Paradise as a “profoundly moving book (which) manages to balance anger and love, rage and craft. Every poem surprises with its imagery, emotional intensity and lyric power, whether dealing with the Grenfell Fire, Windrush, or a son’s difficult birth. This is a healing book, enabling us to conjure our own portable paradises”. It's this hope of future healing and a good night's sleep which we all need now more than ever, as "life puts us under pressure", so go forth and find your lamp.
Roger Robinson is a poet, writer and educator who has taught and performed worldwide. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. His latest collection A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press) won the 2019 TS Eliot Prize and he has previously been shortlisted for The OCM Bocas and Oxford Brookes Poetry Prizes. He is a co-founder of Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen and an alumni of The Complete Works.
POETRY BOOK SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
This week is your last chance to join the Poetry Book Society’s Summer book mailing for more poetic inspiration, joy and solace. PBS Members enjoy a year of carefully curated poetry parcels delivered to their door every quarter, as well as 25% off all books at www.poetrybooks.co.uk. Join by Friday 15th May as a Choice Member and you'll receive the PBS Summer Choice poetry book, How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil, and Summer magazine, full of poems, interviews and reviews. JOIN HERE
Poet Image credit: Naomi Woddis
12 MAY 2020
James Hewes, CEO and President of FIPP, one of the Trade Associations with which we maintain links has sent us this update of their activities during the Coronavirus crisis. He has also kindly sent a link to their list of webinars and an in depth report on the crisis in magazine publishing.
Overall, we don’t expect things to return to anything approaching normal until the middle of next year, so we’re planning accordingly!
7 MAY 2020
Victor Watson CBE DL (see main image) was Chairman of Waddingtons ( Mr. Monopoly) and President of Creative Digital Industries he was passionate about young people in our industry. This trophy, presented annually in his memory has never been more relevant.
The trophy offers recognition and reward for a young person who has done something outstanding for themselves or the company or a friend or family member. Nominate one of your team, colleague, family member or friend under 31 who is in the printing, creative and communications sector for a £1500 bursary and the Victor Watson Trophy. It’s a simple pro forma application form and doesn’t cost anything. Click the link below for full details.
Have a think about who you know and then nominate them by 30 June 2020. It is a simple form so do think about this. It is an opportunity for positive action – a trophy and £1500 which could make all the difference to someone!
7 MAY 2020
Anyone locked down and seeking a little encouragement in the face of uncertainty will relish this third poem suggested by the Poetry Book Society. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the Lock down!
A night without ships. Foghorns called into walled cloud, and you
still alive, drawn to the light as if it were a fire kept by monks,
darkness once crusted with stars, but now death-dark as you sail inward.
Through wild gorse and sea wrack, through heather and torn wool
you ran, pulling me by the hand, so I might see this for once in my life:
the spin and spin of light, the whirring of it, light in search of the lost,
there since the era of fire, era of candles and hollow-wick lamps,
whale oil and solid wick, colza and lard, kerosene and carbide,
the signal fires lighted on this perilous coast in the Tower of Hook.
You say to me stay awake, be like the lensmaker who died with his
lungs full of glass, be the yew in blossom when bees swarm, be
their amber cathedral and even the ghosts of Cistercians will be kind to you.
In a certain light as after rain, in pearled clouds or the water beyond,
seen or sensed water, sea or lake, you would stop still and gaze out
for a long time. Also when fireflies opened and closed in the pines,
and a star appeared, our only heaven. You taught me to live like this.
That after death it would be as it was before we were born. Nothing
to be afraid. Nothing but happiness as unbearable as the dread
from which it comes. Go toward the light always, be without ships.
Carolyn Forché, In the Lateness of the World (Bloodaxe Books, 2020)
Available to order here with 25% discount for PBS Members
Carolyn Forché is one of America’s most important contemporary poets as well as renowned ‘poet of witness’ and human rights activist who lived in El Salvador during the 1970s civil war. Her new collection In the Lateness of the World is a Poetry Book Society Spring Recommendation. Full of dark crossings and migrations, these poems call to the reader from the end of the world. Exploring uncertain futures and the climate emergency, Forché’s revelations resonate deeply with our latest crisis. Her poem ‘The Lightkeeper’ aptly foresees the fog of uncertainty and the “death-dark” into which we are currently sailing. Forché brings us to a tender acceptance of mortality, but also to a new way of living - without fear - "Nothing / to be afraid". Her final instruction, “Go toward the light always, be without ships”, grants us safe passage and invites us to enjoy these rare moments of illumination. “It is the end, this book whispers, but something else will come”…
Carolyn Forché is the author of Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History and Blue Hour. Her international anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as “a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and was followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. Her memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Press, 2019) was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is a Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Image of the author is by Don J. Usner
4 MAY 2020
The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
One of those elected was Honorary Liveryman and Freeman Dr Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google Inc who, in March, delivered our Annual Lecture.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community.
We send Vint our congratulations.
30 APRIL 2020
Anyone locked down but seeking solace in their garden or allotment will enjoy this second poem suggested by the Poetry Book Society. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the Lock down!
29 APRIL 2020
Liveryman Robert McClements and the Northern Stationers press on to plan activites which hopefully we can all look forward to when Coronavirus regulations are no longer in force. For full details members should log in and visit the Locked down but not out page in the members only area of the website.
23 APRIL 2020
Recalling the previous collaboration between Stationers and the Poetry Book Society who partnered together in No-one is an Island (the poetry and music night last year at St Martin within Ludgate) Liveryman Ian Grant and the Poetry Book Society are going to contribute a poem each week of the lockdown to soothe, cheer and give food for thought. Here is their first suggestion. It appears on Thursday 23 April when at 8.00 pm there will be another "clapping" for the NHS and other keyworkers.
This poem also appears in the Members Only area of the site and Stationers should look out for news of a special offer from the Poetry Book Society later in the series.