About National Poetry Day

About National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 28 September 2017 and this year’s theme is “Freedom”.

We have lots of ways for you to enjoy, discover and share poetry in the run up to the day. Take a look at our events listing to find out what’s happening near you, or add your own event. You can also sign-up to receive all our news and updates.

If you’re celebrating in school, take a look at our Toolkit for Schools or our free teaching resources for inspiration.

Make sure you use #NationalPoetryDay to let us know how you celebrate.


When is National Poetry Day 2017?
Thursday 28 September 2017 – a little earlier than usual, because we are working closely with the BBC and Hull City of Culture on a celebration that will ensure still more are involved closely in enjoying, discovering and sharing poetry, all year round.

What is the theme of National Poetry Day 2017?
The theme for National Poetry Day 2017 is Freedom.

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.