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National Poetry Day Blog

Rachel Rooney, autism and poetry

A few years ago, Rachel Rooney was diagnosed with autism. Her decision to go for tests was partly inspired by a TV documentary about Limpsfield Grange, a unique residential school for 11 – 16 year old girls with autism. Poetry, says Rachel, has been both life-saving and life changing for her. Now she’s working with the girls  at Limpsfield Grange on a year-long poetry project. Read her blog.

Could your story become a poem for the nation?

National Poetry Day is on 4 October and BBC local radio listeners across England are being asked for stories to inspire some of the country’s leading poets.

Comedian, TV producer and poet Henry Normal talks about this year’s theme – change – in this special film clip.

Why not share your stories with us using #NationalPoetryDay and #PoetryForAChange

Chie Hosaka

Meet the artist responsible for our 2018 Poetry for a Change look

We are really pleased with our new CHANGE logo and designs, and hope you agree that they are fresh, gorgeous to look at and full of the spirit of change.

They have been created by illustrator Chie Hosaka. Printmaking is a passion for Chie. For this project she explored how the digital processes could create a screenprint-like aesthetic. Given the brief of “Change”,  Chie wanted to create illustrations that captured the way in which poetry touches lives and informs our impressions of the world – the way imagination blurs with the real. She drew the image digitally using only three colours; overlapping each colour to create additional tones and hues.

Chie has an MA with distinction from Cambridge School of Art and a BA Hons in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. She was a Runner Up for the Searle Award for Creativity 2017.

Let us know what you think on social media #NationalPoetryDay