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Poets celebrate Home Truths for National Poetry Day

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…

National Poetry Day: In Poetry, Truth

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…

Raymond Antrobus Poet of the Fair London Book Fair 2019

As sales of poetry hit record levels in the UK, the London Book Fair (Olympia 12th – 14th March) 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 the LBF is appointing a Poet of the Fair and…

Gardners & Browns Books for Students sponsor National Poetry Day

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

National Poetry Day and Michael O’Mara 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, Tell…

Poetry market is growing as audiences – and poets – diversify

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,…

10% off Poetry Book Society school membership

‘The Poetry Book Society is a great place for discovery… I wish my school library had offered me such poets‘ – Gillian Clarke, GCSE Syllabus Poet and Former National Poet of Wales To celebrate National Poetry Day our partners the Poetry Book Society are offering 10% off all school memberships. Poetry Book Society school membership…

Congratulations Kate Wakeling! Winner of CLiPPA 2017

Congratulations Kate Wakeling, winner of the CLiPPA 2017 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) for her first collection for children, Moon Juice, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, published by The Emma Press. Rachel Rooney, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2017 judges praised the winning book; ‘Moon Juice is a book brimming with surprises. Some of the poems…

Celebrating National Poetry Day 2017: Contains Strong Language

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,…

Celebrating National Poetry Day 2017: Contains Strong Language

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,…