Celebrate National Poetry Day

Celebrate National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry, taking place on 4th October 2018. What shape that celebration takes is entirely up to you but we hope you’ll be inspired by our message, ‘poetry for a change’.

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 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 have of a selection of poems on the National Poetry Day 2018 theme of “change” to get you inspired.

And don’t forget, tell us what you’re reading and enjoying by using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay

Write a poem

National Poetry Day’s resident poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer has come up with a great activity to inspire a poem. It uses some very odd rules – invented by mathematicians and poets together. An Oulipo poem works with anyone, of any age.

Share a poem

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

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? If you need advice on holding a poetry reading, just download this invaluable toolkit by Andrew Parkes.

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.

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 or bookseller, request a pack of display materials, or 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