All who participate in National Poetry Day are affected by the COVID-19 virus, and many of you have shared your stories with us and each other via poems and pictures. The right words at the right moment have the power of a hug: the communities that forge ways to connect are those which will help us get through this.
We are here to help you find communities, and to build links between those that already exist – the schools, libraries, reading groups, bookshops – and those which have sprung up in your postcode or virtual workplace. The humanity and humour conjured up by a shared line of poetry is a powerful antidote to isolation.
So, for starters, we will continue to spotlight poetry initiatives that bring people together through the making and sharing of poetry. Check out our blog and social media for updates – and try your hand at the #haiflu, a new form invented by #BBCLocalPoet Liv Torc.
We will also be sharing new resources by National Poetry Day partners soon, which can be downloaded and used at home. Be sure to save anything you create on the NPD theme of Vision: it will look wonderful on display, whether written or performed. We will highlight great challenges and prompts, particularly as National Writing Day (25 June) approaches. Our National Poetry Day Ambassadors are also hard at work, supporting their communities, sharing good work, and celebrating the written word.
And, in good time for October 1, stand by for four lists of recommended poetry books: the National Poetry Day trade campaign this year has identified some real corkers, and over the next few months, in our blogs and other channels, the wisdom of their authors and contributors will be on show.
Forward Arts Foundation, which runs National Poetry Day, is the national charity that promotes knowledge and enjoyment of poetry. We change lives by giving people the confidence to create and communicate, we support poets and we strengthen local communities.
National Poetry Day
09 April 2020