Above: the Poetry Library
launch Jan 2011 above; foreground: Chris McCabe,
Alan Morrison, Naomi Foyle, Judith Kazantzis, John O'Donoghue; background: Michael Horovitz, Simon Jenner

"In spite of the Chancellor’s protestations, the 2010 coalition emergency budget was neither unavoidable nor fair. Instead it was a massively failed opportunity to shift the economy onto a fairer, greener pathway. Devastating public spending cuts are not an economic inevitability — they are an ideological choice. So I warmly welcome Emergency Verse and the campaign to bring together various voices in defence of our Welfare State and public services. "

Caroline Lucas MP
EV Patron

Great stuff. Amazing intro. Fantastic.
Michael Rosen

The presentation and write-up are excellent.
Mario Petrucci

an extraordinary achievement, full of exceptional poems
Andy Croft

I am extremely proud to have poems amongst such militant minded and skilled poets, yet again this book reveals the volcanoes of political poetry waiting to be vented.
John G. Hall

shaping up to be the first great political anthology of 2010
Todd Swift

An amazing compilation!
Sebastian Barker

Great idea
Denis MacShane MP, Labour

a vitally significant project
Brian D’Acry

Amazing book! Good for you for undertaking the task of telling the truth!
Alan Britt

Chronology so far

Caroline Lucas MP accepts invitation to patron the PDWS (Poets in Defence of the Welfare State) campaign and contributes a statement for inclusion in EV
EV published as an e-book poetry petition in August 2010 and emailed directly to all Con-Dem MPs
Featured in the Guardian, September 2010
Poetry Kit Book of the Month September 2010
More coverage in various newspapers and outlets including the Independent, Reuters and again in the Guardian
Thanks to donations from contributors EV is published as a full book in December 2010
EV launch to a packed Poetry Library in January 2011
EV featured in the Morning Star January 2011
EV featured with poem excerpts in the Big Issue February 2011
Positive reviews in various other titles, plus one or two predictably ferocious attacks in more reactionary outlets
Re-launch of EV at Housmans Bookshop in May 2011
August 2011: Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS Union accepts an invitation to be patron of the second PDWS anthology provisionally entitled The Robin Hood Book planned for early 2012

Audio clips Emergency Verse

Double click on the underlined words

'Shaving the Lion' by Jan Bradley

'The Privatisation of Air' by Paul Lester

excerpts from 'The Society of Broken Smiles' part one and part two 
by Alan Morrison

'Signing Your Life Away 09/03/04'
 by Stephen James Smith

Audio excerpts from Poetry Library launch will be uploaded here soon
plus the full pdf download of
Emergency Verse

Brilliant Initiative. You have my support
John McDonnell MP,
Labour Representation Committee

A remarkable affirmation of widespread solidarity managing ...to balance political fervour, conviction & practicalities with uncompromising artistic finesse.
Michael Horovitz

I'm reading my way through it with something of a mixture between awe and humility... it's an amazing work; it should be in print...
Alan Corkish

...one of the most important books you will ever buy. Just received my copy – not had chance to read everything yet but what I have has blown me away, brilliant work and honoured to have one of mine included.
Maria Gornell

It's such a great moment
Nyeger Gábor Ádám

It's a wonderful thing you've done. All your hard work is highly appreciated here.
Gwilym Williams

I feel really excited about it, and have high hopes that it can spark a much needed debate.
Mairi Sharratt

These are difficult times but this project is a small sign of hope.
Colin Robinson

What a monumental, marvellous piece of work.
Sam Smith

I'm really enjoying the book - and so are others who've seen it.
Will Daunt

this is terrific
Judith Kazantzis

Brilliant... I like the neo-Constructivist cover - it's very effective.
Norman Jope

an excellent anthology
James Fountain