National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends. Each year we come together because voices, words and stories help to bridge understanding in our community.
This year, National Poetry Day is on Thursday 5 October 2023.
National Poetry Day is run by a very small charity, the Forward Arts Foundation, and we rely on our audiences' support to help us promote the best new poetry in all its forms. We strive toward a society in which everyone – regardless their cultural background, health status, gender, sexual identity, physical ability or economic status – can develop creativity and agency by making, experiencing and sharing poetry. If, like us, you believe poetry has the power to make positive change, please make a donation today.