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.
More recommendations: new poetry for National Poetry Day
National Poetry Day is all about enjoying, discovering and sharing poems. With the support of our publisher partners, we have curated four strong and varied lists of recommended poetry reading, comprising 40 books: anthologies, poetry for children, for reading groups and current collections. Whoever you are, and whatever your reading tastes, there will be a poetry book here to suit.
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 about Freedom. 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.
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.
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