Four-book Pam Ayres deal for Ebury

Rights - Fiction Friday, 24 May 2019

Bestselling poet commits to Ebury up to her 75th birthday in 2022 and beyond

The long-term deal will include four new Ebury publications, starting this autumn with Up in the Attic, her first new collection since 2013’s Sunday Times bestseller You Made Me Late Again! Publisher Andrew Goodfellow bought world rights from Vivien Green at Sheil Land.

According to the acquisition statement: 'Pam Ayres is one of the nation’s favourite poets, beloved by audiences and readers alike since her legendary appearance on Opportunity Knocks in 1975 propelled her to fame. Pam continues to perform her sell-out tours, and her poetry collections have all reached the heights of the bestseller lists.'

The other books include an illustrated anthology of her best-loved animal poems, a reissue of the classic collection With These Hands and, for her 75th birthday, the long-awaited Complete Poems.

Ayres said: "I am really pleased to continue my happy relationship with Ebury, and am looking forward to the first of the books, my new collection of poems Up in the Attic, being published in the autumn."

Goodfellow said: "Pam and her husband Dudley feel like old family friends to many at Ebury, so it gives us great personal pleasure to be able to cement our relationship as Pam’s publisher for the future. We have exciting plans for both her front list and extensive backlist to create a strong publishing brand for Pam that will find her many new fans and reacquaint her with old ones too.

"The early sightings of poems from the new collection show Pam absolutely at her peak, mixing her warm observational wit with a rich reflective tone, and the Collected Works in 2022 will be Ebury event publishing at its best. It will form the centrepiece of a huge celebration of Pam’s career and legacy as Britain’s most loved popular poet. It’s going to be a lot of fun."

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