National Poetry Day is a big moment each year for libraries, which put on thousands of poetry displays and host events – readings, performances, creative groups – as the first Thursday in October rolls around. Click on the image below for our handy toolkit, full of tips and links to help you plan exciting events whether they are physical or virtual. We also have posters and logos for download here. Be sure to share your event details to our Events map too.

Book groups are a great way of engaging readers with poetry, so we’ve chosen TEN recommended book group reads, featuring writers and anthologists as varied as Roger Robinson, Kate Clanchy and Gyles Brandreth, to be enjoyed with these useful NPD 2020 Trade Campaign – Book Group Notes.

Poetry reading notes for book groups 2020


We’ve been working closely with The Reading Agency, Libraries Connected, the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network and Arts Council England – so stand by for more soon.

Meanwhile: here are top tips from Catherine Mann of Staffordshire Libraries on how to start your own poetry group.