About National Poetry Day

About National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day took place on Thursday 28 September 2017,  in an explosion of activity nationwide thousands of amazing events across the UK – on buses, trains and boats, in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals –  celebrated poetry’s power to bring people together. Just look at our events listing to see the range of activity.

Tell us what you did (and win a prize)!

We really want to know how you celebrated National Poetry Day 2017. Please let us know by filling in our short survey – it will help us as we start planning the 2018 celebrations. Plus, we will enter every survey into a prize draw and send 30 lucky winners a parcel of poetry books.

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If you’re planning poetry – reading, writing, performing – in your school, don’t stop now, but go on using our resources. And there are great competitions that would love to welcome all the freedom poems written by your students.

Our Toolkit for Schools  and our  free teaching resources are yours for inspiration, any day of the week.

You can also sign-up to receive all our news and updates, including the count-down to next year’s National Poetry Day, on Thursday 4 October 2018.


When is National Poetry Day 2018?
Thursday 4 October 2018

What is the theme of National Poetry Day 2018?
The theme for National Poetry Day 2018 is Change.

What is National Poetry Day?
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The Day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

Who can put on an event?
Anyone. We welcome events of all shapes and sizes, whether from individuals, groups or organisations. If you used our downloaded logos or posters, take pictures and put them on social media with the hashtag #nationalpoetryday.

What does it cost?
It’s FREE. To list any public event on our website simply visit our Events page. You are welcome to charge for your event, but make sure you mention this when you list the event.

How do I list an event?
Scroll down to click on the map on the Join In page.

How do I find out more?
Learn more about our plans and offers by signing up to our mailing list, or if you have a question, contact us.

Who runs National Poetry Day?

National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience. We bring together leading poetry, literacy and literary organisations around a shared purpose: promoting the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poetry.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart and has engaged millions of people across the country reading, writing and listening to poetry. From 1999 onwards, National Poetry Day has been loosely themed: the theme meant to kickstart inspiration rather than be prescriptive.