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The North - Annual Subscription

Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)

ISBN: 1097-0269-9885

£15.00
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A year's subscription to The North magazine. 2 issues per year for just £15 per annum.

The poem Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second by Paul Farley, published in The North 35, won the 2005 Forward prize for the Best Single Poem.

The North doesn't represent a geographical location, rather an attitude of mind. As MacNeice said, 'The North begins inside'.

Intelligent, generous – if you're a lover of good poetry The North is essential reading.

'The North has a quality feel: it's the kind of book you can keep taking down from the shelf to read over and over again.' – Simon Jessop

As a small independent magazine we're in a fortunate position. We don't follow trends, foster political affinities or keep up appearances. We don't do lots of useful, necessary and boring things, and we don't put up with middle-of-the-road ideas.

The most important thing is the quality of the writing.

In each issue:

• a lively range of contemporary poetry by new and established writers, arranged anonymously (fully indexed at the back), which demonstrates our commitment to the poem rather than the poet

• a broad spectrum of book reviews, from mainstream publishers to the smaller presses – sympathetic, rigorous

• critical articles, conversations with writers, autobiography

• 'Blind Criticism': two or three writers put their heads on the block and comment on a poem without knowing who wrote it

• 'Poets I Go Back To': writers reveal which poets from the past have most influenced them

• 'The Collection': writers talk about books that are important to them.

• plus occasional 'Brief Guides To ...' well known poets (for example, John Killick on Douglas Dunn, Anna Adams on Elizabeth Bishop)

'Excellent' – Carol Ann Duffy, The Guardian
'Redressing the balance of English poetry' – Poetry Review
'The North grows in authority with every issue' – Andy Croft
'Dark and true and tender is The North' – Alfred Lord Tennyson
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