Launch of Messages: A National Poetry Day Book

October 1, 2016

Forward Art’s Foundation and Macmillan Children’s Books have created ‘Messages: A National Poetry Day Book’ to celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 and encourage readers to ‘say it with a poem’.


Fourteen National Poetry Day ambassadors have contributed new poems and nominated old favourites, including Matt  Goodfellow, Rachel McCrum, Deborah Alma, Brian Moses, Liz Brownlee, Michaela Morgan, Jan Dean, Paul Cookson, Roger Stevens, Joseph Coelho, Joshua Seigal, Rachel Rooney, Sophie Herxheimer and Sally Crabtree.

Download the book for FREE here.

We hope that the poems in this book – all inspired by this year’s National Poetry Day theme of messages – will kindle an enthusiasm for poetry that continues to grow long after the day itself, Thursday 6 October 2016, has passed.


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