Celebrate National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry, taking place on 6th October 2022, and our theme is The Environment.

Over the years we’ve had poetry in schools, poetry in burger vans, poetry on the news, poetry on the side of buildings, poetry strapped to the legs of carrier pigeons, and much much more.

All we ask on the day is that you celebrate poetry, and use the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to let us know about it. Below are some suggestions and links to help you get started.


Read a poem

We will be showcasing a selection of poems on the National Poetry Day theme to get you inspired. Check back here soon!

And don’t forget, we always like to know what you’re reading and enjoying. Tell us using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay.

Write a poem

What better motivation to write a poem than to have your work shared with and celebrated by others? Head to our competition listing pages for adults and children and young people to find the right opportunity for you.

Share a poem

Send a poem to a friend or loved one. Or use #nationalpoetryday to share any poems more widely.

Ever thought about sharing poems in your office or place of work? You’ll find it a really rewarding experience and now, thanks to The Reader, we have a special anthology designed to be shared amongst colleagues at work. Find out more.

Find an event near you

If you want to see a reading or performance, or want to take part in a workshop, see what’s on near you with our online events listing.

Put on a poetry reading or event

If you can’t find the event you want, why not run your own? Visit our Things to Do page where you’ll find a wealth of advice and ideas.

Create a display

If you’re hosting an event, then make sure people know about it by listing it on our free poetry event listings. Download our poster pack and logo to help promote it, or sign up to receive packs of printed materials. It’s first come, first served, but we’ll do our best to meet all requests. Schools can register via this form, and bookshops and libraries can sign up here.

Visit your local library or bookshop

Libraries and bookshops across the country are celebrating National Poetry Day. Pop in to see what is going on.

If you are a librarian, teacher or bookseller download our posters.

Poetry in the workplace

Many organisations over the years have celebrated with us. We’ve had social media take-overs; lunchtime readings; poem-a-thons and much more. Think about how you could bring poetry into your workplace this National Poetry Day.

Poetry in schools

Visit our education pages for ideas about how to involve your school in National Poetry Day; including toolkits, teaching resources and posters.

Let us know how you get on

National Poetry Day celebrations have got bigger and bigger each year, with more and more people joining in.

Let us know what you get up to using #nationalpoetryday so that we share your successes with all our supporters