PN Review

The relaunched PN Review website has an impressive archive of poems, essays, reviews and interviews.

PN Review is one of the world's leading literary journals. Published for over 30 years and edited by the poet, Professor of Poetry at Glasgow and Managing and Editoral Director of Carcanet Press Michael Schmidt, PN Review has been described by the poet Simon Armitage as "the most engaged, challenging and serious-minded of all the UK's poetry magazines." 


The magazine was founded in 1973 by Michael Schmidt and Brian Cox at the University of Manchester. Launched as the twice-yearly hardback Poetry Nation, it later became a quaterly publication and changed its name to PN Review. Now published as an A4 paperback, PN Review has appeared six times a year since 1981. Within its pages you will find contributions from the famous and Nobel prize winning, such as Seamus Heaney, and the less well known (outside the world of poetry), such as Robert Minhinnick.   


The PN Review is a locus for debate, appraisal, reappraisal, experiment, innovation and discovery. The lovechild of Leavis' Scrutiny and Eliot's Criterion, those great twentieth century monuments to high literary seriousness, PN Review has a commitment to and a respect for the tradition and value of criticism that is wholly unfashionable in a flattened world of endlessly looped information.   

Each issue of PN Review includes interviews, reviews, features, poems and translations. Subscriptions are available at £36 p.a, which includes access to the online archive. To subscribe click here


At the beginning of 2011 PN Review launched its new website. Developed over four years with assitance from Arts Council England, the website has a digital archive encompassing four decades of literary history and more than 200 issues of the publication. Over seven thousand items, including poems, essays, reviews, features and interviews, represent a significant resource for critics, literary historians and interested readers. The website gives a flavour of the current issue, and offers glimpses from the archive. But for access to all the hidden treasures within, you'll have to subscribe.   

19 January 2011