Celebrate National Poetry Day

Celebrate National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry, taking place on 3rd October 2019. What shape that celebration takes is entirely up to you but in 2019 the theme will be truth and we are looking for your nominations of truth-poems: any poems you enjoy that tell the truth about something that matters to you, or deliver a home truth. Recommend it to us by emailing truth@nationalpoetryday.co.uk.

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 will be adding “truth” poems in 2019.

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

Write a poem

Poems grow from poems, says poet Kate Clanchy, who has created this wonderful activity to inspire new poems. Have a go, and tell us about the poems it seeds for you. Don’t miss Kate’s book England: Poems from a School for more inspiration, and some truly unforgettable poems.

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? Visit our Things to Do page where you’ll find a wealth of advice and ideas.

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, 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