December 10, 2011 § 2 Comments
So, cheers for Alice Oswald and John Kinsella, who have withdrawn from the TS Eliot Prize shortlist in protest at its new hedge fund backing – a consequence of the withdrawal of Arts Council funding for the PBS. This in the same week that Blackwell announced the closure of its Sheffield Hallam University bookshop following a rent hike from SHU (See the article in The Star here). Unable to stump up the £106,000 a year SHU is asking for, Blackwell has served notice of redundancy to the branch staff. As it has been happy to stock local poetry and promote poetry events, this move not only deprives the university of a bookshop (and its staff their jobs), it also reduces further the opportunities to promote poetry in the city.
There is a petition against the closure. Click here.