First launched in the 1960s, Penguin Random House made the decision to relaunch the iconic Penguin Modern Poets series in summer last year.
'There’s a strong case for our finding ourselves right now in a golden age for poetry. Between creative writing programmes, an abundance of new publications, the ever-growing popularity of spoken word and performance poetry – think of Kate Tempest, or Warsan Shire – and a new generation made unprecedentedly available to one another across national boundaries by the internet, exciting poetry … is being written on a staggering scale,' said Donald Futers, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Press.
'The time is ripe for this revival of the Penguin Modern Poets: affordable, desirable, high-quality introductions to the best of contemporary poetry, both familiar and unfamiliar. Readers only need a hand extended to them, and an opened door – and the trusted Penguin brand places us in an ideal position to offer both.’
Tonight, two generations of Penguin Modern Poets will be brought together for Jill Abrams presents Stablemates: A Poetry Salon with Roger McGough, Malika Booker and Kathryn Maris from Penguin Modern Poets. The event is taking place from 6.30pm at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, and tickets can be bought here.