The Carcanet Schools Collection is the latest collection to now be available to institutions. This bespoke collection of carefully selected titles vary from literary classics to selected poetry anthologies, making this new collection an invaluable resource to libraries, English Literature university departments, schools and students looking to broaden their reading options. 

30 carefully selected titles are included in The Carcanet Schools Collection

Carcanet publishes the most comprehensive and diverse list of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation, as well as a range of inventive fiction, Lives and Letters and literary criticism. Carcanet was founded in 1969 and from the outset adopted an international perspective, alert to Europe past and present, and to the Anglophone world at large. Seamus Heaney praised Carcanet’s ‘admirable concern to keep lines open to writing in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America’.

“The collections chosen are fantastic […] Many of them are my favourites, actually, and I know that there’s a lot in there that teachers could very fruitfully use. [These books could be used to meet] a need that many teachers have, [to encourage] sixth formers looking to read more widely before they apply to study English at university.”

Okey Nzelu, Manchester Grammar School

The Carcanet Schools Collection is a sub-collection of the full and up-to-date Carcanet Collection that now includes over 240 titles. The wealth of titles include career-defining new work from the poets laureate of Jamaica (Mervyn Morris) and Wales (Gillian Clarke), a debut from rising star Joey Connolly, and follow-up collections from Sinead Morrissey, Tara Bergin, Caroline Bird and Karen McCarthy Woolf.

Two selected titles from The Carcanet Schools Collection are being given free and full access to readers through the Exact Editions Reading Rooms feature. They will be free to read for a period of 7 days from today:

The Air Year, by Caroline Bird

Shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection. A Telegraph Poetry Book of the Month (February 2020). Caroline Bird has had five previous collections published by Carcanet. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award.

Read it now by clicking the link below and receive 7 days free access:

In Her Feminine Sign by Dunya Mikhail

A Poetry Book Society Autumn 2019 Wild Card Selection. With a deceptive simplicity and disquieting humour reminiscent of Wisława Szymborska, and a lyricism wholly her own, Mikhail slips between her childhood in Baghdad and her present life in Detroit, between Ground Zero and a mass grave, tracing new circles of light.

Read it now by clicking the link below and receive 7 days free access:

For institutions interested in requesting a free trial of The Carcanet Schools Collection, please click here.