Our announcement last week regarding plans to introduce a new enhanced level of National Poetry Library membership has generated lots of feedback and some criticism. We have listened to the strong feelings in the poetry community about these plans, which are designed to help us generate much needed additional funds to allow the library to continue to support UK poetry.
While we do still need to find ways to raise funds to invest in the future of the National Poetry Library, we have decided we will suspend the planned launch of the new membership scheme next week.
Instead we want to take time to invite the poetry community to come and share ideas at Southbank Centre and to understand the reasons why we need support. We hope these workshops will help us find a way to maintain the widest possible access to our collection while at the same time raising some much needed funds for the library.
It means a lot to us that the poetry community is so passionate about the work we do and we will communicate the details of the workshops soon.