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 our theme is Truth and we have been looking for your nominations of Truth poems: poems that tell the truth about something that matters, or deliver a home truth. Thank you to everyone who sent in their recommendations.
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.
Help make next year’s celebrations even bigger!
It would help us plan next year’s National Poetry Day celebrations if you could spend five minutes on our survey. We have one for schools, one for libraries, one for bookshops and one for poetry event organisers. If there’s something you really want to tell us, drop us an email email@example.com. Thank you!
Read a poem
We have of a selection of poems on the National Poetry Day 2019 theme of “Truth” to get you inspired and will be adding more throughout 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.
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
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