Education

#MyNPDPoem

#MyNPDPoem encourages schools everywhere to create poems, performances, displays and their own special poetry anthologies as part of the National Poetry Day celebrations. We provide resources and prompts for students to write poems on this year’s NPD theme: Vision.

Author and National Poetry Day Ambassador Nikita Gill discusses why a poet’s voice is their own, and how they can protect it, with help from the ALCS and our helpful poem frame.

Check out the videos below with accompanying resources to help you to start writing poems from National Poetry Day Ambassador, Simon Mole in partnership with National Literacy Trust.

Write a poem by playing a game resource

How to write a 5 line poem in 5 minutes resource and Simon’s handy dice game activity for generating ideas.

Our series of #MyNPDPoem videos, starting with the film below by Forward Prize winner Malika Booker, who took part in a challenge to write exactly 24 words in seven minutes on National Writing Day, 24 June. ‘One Day’, the poem that emerged, takes in friendship, vision and mangoes, and is the first official #MyNPDPoem.

 

National Poetry Day Ambassador Karl Nova reads ‘See through my eyes’, a #MyNPDPoem he has written specially for National Poetry Day and the 2020 theme of Vision. You can read the poem in full on our Poems page.

Poet Caroline Bird has also created a poem for #MyNPDPoem. Caroline’s collection The Air Year is shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

For more inspiration, check out some of the films produced as part of last year’s #MyNPDPoem challenge on YouTube here.

And remember, everyone who writes an original work automatically owns the copyright, regardless of their age.  #MyNPDPoem is supported by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). Find free resources and information explaining copyright to young people on the ALCS website.

Email us at info@nationalpoetryday.co.uk with any questions.