Category Archives: Press Releases

NATION CALLED TO VERSE ON NATIONAL POETRY DAY

October 1, 2020

Read the press release here. Read coverage in the Bookseller here. * HRH Prince of Wales shares favourite Wordsworth lines New Margaret Atwood poem launches nationwide competition Benjamin Zephaniah says: ‘Poetry saved my life’ English Heritage turns to poetry to tell the Untold Stories of its 400 sites BBC Local Radio stations invite nation to…

National Poetry Day announces new book trade promotion for 2020

July 9, 2020

Our list of recommended reads for National Poetry Day is its biggest ever this year: 40 gorgeous new poetry books for all ages and stages to read, listen to and share. More than 20 publishers feature in the selection, which celebrates the diversity of poetry publishing with gorgeously illustrated new anthologies for children and adults,…

Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019

October 24, 2019

The winners of the 2019 Forward Prizes for Poetry have been announced. Read the press release here. You can also read the announcement in the Guardian and the Bookseller.

Poets celebrate Home Truths for National Poetry Day

October 3, 2019

An elephant evacuee, the meaning of “croggy” and “siles”, and the secret missions of baby eels: an England-wide call-out to BBC Local Radio listeners for significant stories, observations and truths that illuminate the places we call home has inspired 13 new poems for the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day on October 3rd. Find out…

Her 100 Cerdd 2019

September 30, 2019

Literature Wales is proud to announce that Her 100 Cerdd will return this October for the seventh year in a row. Four poets have been challenged to compose a total of 100 original poems in just 24 hours as part of the National Poetry Day celebrations. For more information, read the press release here and…

National Poetry Day announces new book trade promotion for 2019

August 28, 2019

As part of the celebrations for National Poetry Day 2019 on 3 October, the Forward Arts Foundation, supported by Gardners and Browns Books for Students, has put together four reading lists of poetry to read and share on National Poetry Day and every day. Find out more about the four lists and the 35 recommended…

#MyNPDPoem poetry writing challenge with CLPE and ALCS

July 4, 2019

The #MyNPDPoem poetry writing challenge is now open, having been launched by Forward Arts Foundation at the CLiPPA ceremony. In association with CLPE and with the support of ALCS, #MyNPDPoem encourages schools everywhere to create poems, performances, displays and even special poetry books as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for National Poetry Day. Find out more here and…

Hidden Voices Competition 2019 with Bespoke Verse

June 13, 2019

According to the government’s Taking Part survey, 3.8% of the population write poetry – that’s two million people. Are you one of them? For the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day on 3rd October, Bespoke Verse is running a competition celebrating the UK’s hidden poets, those writing poetry just for themselves, or who may have created just…

National Poetry Day: In Poetry, Truth

March 1, 2019

National Poetry Day marks its 25th anniversary this year with a mass participation campaign highlighting poetry’s power to forge community – whether intimate or on the grand scale – by celebrating words that touch on truth. The campaign – which culminates on Thursday October 3rd with thousands of poetry events across the UK – is…

London Book Fair 2019 announces Raymond Antrobus as Poet of the Fair

February 11, 2019

As sales of poetry hit record levels in the UK, the London Book Fair is set to explore poetry as the medium of the moment, with a host of special seminar sessions, debates and discussions. For the second year running there will be a Poet of the Fair. In 2019 this honour is going to…

Gardners & Browns Books for Students sponsor National Poetry Day

February 11, 2019

Gardners and Browns Books for Students back National Poetry Day Forward Arts Foundation is delighted to announce new sponsorship deals with UK book trade wholesaler Gardners and leading education supplier Browns Books for Students. Gardners and its sister company Browns Books for Students are now official partners for National Poetry Day in 2019, its 25th…

National Poetry Day at 25: Tell Me the Truth About Life

October 10, 2018

National Poetry Day and Michael O’Mara Books announce poetry call-out for a 25th anniversary collection In a new partnership, Michael O’Mara Books and The Forward Arts Foundation are to publish a collection of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day’s 25th anniversary in October 2019. Curated and introduced by poetry lover and BBC presenter Cerys Matthews,…

Poetry is the UK’s new force for change

October 4, 2018

New research finds that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to engage in poetry A new National Literacy Trust report, A Thing That Makes Me Happy: Young People and Poetry 2018, published today, 4th October 2018, reveals that almost half of the 2,948 young people surveyed (46% or 1,537) said they turn to poetry…

BBC Local Poets Celebrate Change

October 4, 2018

POETS CELEBRATE THE CHANGES THAT REALLY MATTER ON NATIONAL POETRY DAY A secret love affair in Cornwall, a tree slung with trainers in Brighton, and the disappearance of the Geordie word “muckle”: a nationwide call-out for stories of the changes that really matter to BBC Local Radio listeners has inspired 12 new poems for National…

National Poetry Day Set for MASS celebration: NATIONWIDE EVENTS ANNOUNCED

September 17, 2018

Monday 17th September 2018: National Poetry Day, the world’s biggest 24-hour celebration of poetry, will see poems shared in the tunnels of Cornish tin mines, in the mirrors of Scottish gyms, on Welsh trains and the concourse of St Pancras station, on Newcastle’s metro system and Bradford’s big screens as the people of the United…

National Poetry Day announces new 36 book promotion

August 6, 2018

Today National Poetry Day, Britain’s national campaign for poetry, announces its dedicated book trade promotion for a second year running, highlighting 36 inspiring poetry books in three wide ranging categories: new collections, poetry for book groups and children’s poetry. The campaign’s aim – to enable all to enjoy, discover and share poetry – is supported…

National Poetry Day and the BBC – celebrating the changes that really matter

June 17, 2018

National Poetry Day and BBC Local Radio are joining forces to celebrate the small changes that really matter to people in 12 specially commissioned poems – one for each of the 12 BBC regions in England. From today, Monday 18th June, and taking their cue from National Poetry Day’s 2018 theme – Change – BBC…

Poetry market is growing as audiences – and poets – diversify

April 18, 2018

The verdict from the first-ever Poetry Summit at London Book Fair ‘The poetry market is growing as audiences for poetry – and poets – are diversifying,’ said speakers at the first ever Poetry Summit at London Book Fair on Wednesday. 2017 marked the best sales on record for poetry books in both volume and value,…

UNESCO Cities of Literature Celebrate World Poetry Day with a Global Gathering of Poets

March 21, 2018

Georgina Wilding, Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate, to perform on the international stage in Granada, Spain. Nottingham will be marking the day with Nottingham’s Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding,  joining 60 other poets across Granada. A poet from Ljubljana City of Literature, Anja Golob, will also take part and the event will be attended by the Goodwill…

John Lennon’s Imagine inspires children’s award-winning poems

December 21, 2017

National Poetry Day in association with Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and Amnesty International UK ran a special competition this year asking children to write a poem inspired by the theme of Freedom, and in particular John Lennon’s song Imagine, which is now the basis for a beautiful picture book, illustrated by Jean Jullien and with…

Amani Saeed wins Art Speaks poetry competition

September 28, 2017

Scarborough Art Gallery painting inspires ‘Jesus Christ Goes Clubbing’ To many it is a familiar scenario. Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith’s The Disrobing (Despoiling) of Christ (after El Greco) vividly captures the moment of Jesus’ trial by the Pharisees, just moments before he is stripped and tortured. As the title suggests, Smith’s style and composition of…

Bradford Poets on the big screen for National Poetry Day

September 28, 2017

BRADFORD POETS GO ON LOCATION TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY DAY Poets from across the district came together on Bradford’s big screen today (THU) after going out on location to film their own verse in iconic places across the city to mark National Poetry Day. Nineteen poets young and old were filmed in City Park, City…

VisitEngland commissions contemporary poets to create new works for National Poetry Day

September 28, 2017

To mark National Poetry Day (28 September), VisitEngland has commissioned two contemporary poets, Remi Graves and Andrew McMillan, to create new ‘England poems’, celebrating London and Manchester respectively, with accompanying videos set in each city. With a rise in spoken word scenes across the country, VisitEngland partnered with National Poetry Day for the project, as…

Mass outbreak of verse on National Poetry Day

September 28, 2017

National Poetry Day kicks off with the launch of a new BBC poetry and performance festival and report of a fresh boom in poetry book sales Dr John Cooper Clarke, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish and Simon Armitage line up alongside a host of poets and spoken-word artists ready to enjoy, discover and share poetry 12…

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018 launches on National Poetry Day

September 28, 2017

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018 launches today, 28 September, to coincide with National Poetry Day 2017. Run by leading poetry magazine The Rialto, in partnership with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the competition is open to original submissions written in English by entrants aged 18 years and over…

National Poetry Day announces new 40-book trade promotion as ‘poetry is booming’

August 25, 2017

Poetry is booming! Last year marked the best sales on record for poetry books in both volume and value, and demand continues to grow. Poetry is now challenging prose on the bestseller lists, boosted by the popularity of both live and recorded performances and strong followings on Instagram and Twitter. Today, National Poetry Day, Britain’s…

BBC and National Poetry Day commission new poems around local words #freetheword

August 10, 2017

Cheeselog (a woodlouse), to geg in (to butt in) and fam (a familiar form of address for a friend) are among the distinctive local words that will be immortalised in 12 specially commissioned poems for this year’s National Poetry Day. These examples of regional dialect are among hundreds nominated by BBC Local Radio listeners as…

Celebrating National Poetry Day 2017: Contains Strong Language

July 25, 2017

Contains Strong Language, a poetry festival representing the hugely vibrant mix of poetry in the UK today will kick off celebrations for National Poetry Day 2017. Taking place in Hull and running from National Poetry Day, 28th September to 1st October, Contains Strong Language will be accompanied by a season of programmes across BBC TV,…

National Poetry Day and BBC commission 12 new poems celebrating local words

May 24, 2017

National Poetry Day and the BBC are joining forces this year to discover and celebrate the nation’s great local words in 12 specially commissioned poems – one for each of the 12 BBC regions in England. From today and taking their cue from National Poetry Day’s 2017 theme – Freedom – BBC Local Radio across…

The children of Hull – and National Poetry Day

May 15, 2017

Poets to take up residency in Hull schools This week poets will take up residency in four Hull primary schools to run workshops with pupils to encourage students, teachers and staff to read, write and create poetry as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Each child will create a poem to take home:…