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 inevitable 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 Lochead, Makar of Scotland
Gillian Clarke, Nation Poet of Wales
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
Jo Shapcott, former President of the Poetry Society
For full information, including the recent statement made by Judith Palmer, please visit http://ThePoetrySocietyUK.WordPress.Com
The statement by Judith Palmer is here: http://wp.me/p1GbPe-6m