The Poetry Society is the editor of the UK domain of Poetry International Web. Judith Palmer joined the Poetry Society as its new director in January 2009. Her background is as a writer, broadcaster, and arts events programmer. After starting off her career in publishing, she went on to work on the literature programme at London’s South Bank Centre, where she worked on the UK’s Poetry International festival; organised many international writers tours for the Arts Council and independent tours including Cowboy Poets from the American West. In 2002 she was a judge on the Commonwealth Writers Prize. She has written extensively about art and literature for newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Dazed & Confused, RealTime, Art Monthly and New Statesman; and is a regular presenter of poetry programmes for the BBC. She was Public Programme Manager at The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University (2007–8) and was Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University (2006–7). With a longstanding interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative arts, she has organised events for international art-science agency The Arts Catalyst and created projects for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has published many essays exploring our cultural relationship with the natural world, in books such as Zero Gravity: a cultural user’s guide (2005), A Record of Fear (2006), Earth, Air, Sky & Water (2006), Freianlage (2008) and Lorna Graves (2008). Her book Private Views: Artists Working Today (2004) examines the working lives of poets alongside artists of other disciplines.
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