Carol wants to:

Petition to reinstate Judith Palmer as Director of the Poetry Society

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

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
The statement by Judith Palmer is here: