The Collective
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     the collective aims to support poets and poetry without regard to race, religion or potential revenue.

The Collective is a 'not for profit' voluntary organisation   It combines celebration and defiance.  It celebrates the talent, commitment and sheer bloody mindedness of those who share the unfashionable ideals which are embodied within it.  It glories in the poetic and artistic originality and diversity which, despite hard knocks and withering indifference, insists on pushing through cadarn goncr't Philistia (“the solid concrete of Philistia”) to bring life, colour and beauty (!) to an astonished, if not entirely grateful, world.

The Collective was formed in 1990 to  promote and publish contemporary poetry. Funds are raised through a series of poetry events held in and around South Wales.  Many major poets have read for the organization and been strongly supported by ‘new writers’ from Wales and farther a field.  The backing and generosity of fellow writers is a cornerstone of The Collective’s success.  Vital funding comes from public bodies including the Arts Council of Wales and donations are often received in support of the movement from members of the public. 

You can support The Collective by ordering any of its publications through your local bookshop or direct from the address below (go to 'the book shop' for a publications listing). The money raised goes back into publishing poetry, giving support to poets where it matters.  Look out for Collective run events within the U.K. or, if you would like one in your area, (wherever you are in the world) get in touch with the Coordinator, address below.

the collective relies
on the commitment                 
and voluntary support                                
of fellow poets and writers.
                        Contact either;  
The Coordinator, John Jones
 Chief Editor, Frank Olding
 Events Manager, Ric Hool
Distribution, Jane Blank
c/o The Collective
Penlanlas Farm
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