The Organisations behind the Awards

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. Its mission is to advance the world’s knowledge in order to enrich lives. The British Library has extensive collections of poetry in many languages and from all periods up to the present time. As the Legal Deposit, for the United Kingdom, the British Library seeks to collect all contemporary poetry pamphlets published in the UK, adding them to the collection forever. In addition, the Library’s manuscripts collections contain drafts and correspondence from Britain’s greatest poets.

The Michael Marks Charitable Trust was established in 1966 by the late Lord Marks, 2nd Baron of Broughton. Since its foundation it has committed over £20m to assist non-profit organisations and charities dedicated to the preservation and promotion of culture and the environment.

The Awards are generously supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. They are inspired by but independent of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, also supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and founded by Tessa Ransford to celebrate poetry published in pamphlet form in Scotland.