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  • 01 Oct 2017 Poetry LGBT - Poetry LGBT North London
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    Poetry LGBT North London

    01 Oct 2017

    #PoetryLGBT started in January 2015 in Hackney and now has a new monthly addition in Deptford from October 2017

    Come and enjoy an evening of poetry and spoken word from new and established poets/writers.

    15 poets will each have 5 minutes to share their poems.

    There are 3 five minute slots available for singers, rappers, comedians, dancers, musicians, burlesque, magicians, drag queens and drag kings.
    Please contact us in advance if you would like to be added to the line up and you will be sent a confirmation message.

    *Poets
    *Singers
    *Rappers
    *Musicians
    *Networking
    *Music
    *Free Raffle Prizes
    *Sweets
    *Good Vibes
    *Entertainment
    *Large Audience
    *Ad hoc challenges
    *Warm Host
    *Warm welcome

    Watch this 2 minute promo video if you have never attended a Poetry LGBT event. Once you attend you will come again. Yes it is that good.

    https://vimeo.com/126739908

    Please read this glowing review from 2015 of our fantastic event by LGBT UNDERGROUND.

    https://lgbtudrgrd.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/eventreview-poetry-lgbt-sunday-5th-july-uk/

    Sunday 1st October 2017

    6pm - 10pm

    @ Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road London N16 7XN
    A 5 minute walk from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland Overground Stations.
    Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243

    Apologies this venue is NOT wheelchair accessible.

    This is the 31st installment of this fantastic event in this venue.

    ONLY £5 on the door.

    INCENTIVE: If you attend before 6:30pm you will receive 2 free raffle tickets for a chance to win a fantastic prize.

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

    TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION PLEASE NOTE:
    Poetry LGBT North is held at Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston Hackney N16 7XN on the 1st Sunday of every month (NOT ACCESSIBLE)
    &
    Poetry LGBT South is held in the Albany Cafe, Douglas Way, Deptford Lewisham SE8 4AG on the 3rd Sunday of every month (FULLY ACCESSIBLE)

    Follow us on Instagram & Twitter @poetrylgbt
    Like our Poetry Lgbt Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/PoetryLoungeLondon?fref=ts
    Call us 07539608078
    Email poetryloungelgbt@hotmail.com

    Performance, Prize, Open mic

    View Poetry LGBT website
  • 30 Sep 2017 ASNA - Poetry for the Soul – book launch
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    Poetry for the Soul – book launch

    30 Sep 2017

    An evening of celebration for Carers supporting people with disabilities and special needs. There will be a launch of a this book of inspirational poems - Poetry for the Soul - written by carers. Authors will give the inspiration of the poems, read and sign the book.

    Performance, Open mic

    View ASNA website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Rainey Endowed School - Balloon Release-Fly to freedom with a poem!
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    Balloon Release-Fly to freedom with a poem!

    29 Sep 2017

    Year 9 pupils at Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt, all entered a National Poetry Day haiku competition. All haiku were attached to balloons for a balloon release at lunchtime on National Poetry Day, to celebrate the 2017 theme of freedom.

    Free, Prize

    View Rainey Endowed School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Divine Chocolate - Divine Chocolate: Annual Poetry Competition
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    Divine Chocolate: Annual Poetry Competition

    28 Sep 2017

    Divine Chocolate and Christian Aid are proud to present their 16th annual Poetry Competition.

    Fire your imagination and spark your creativity with our annual Poetry Competition, taking adults and children alike on a voyage of discovery through the world of chocolate, cocoa farmers, Fairtrade and poetry.

    WRITE A POEM ABOUT FAIRTRADE CHOCOLATE
    FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN:

    A film of your poem being read by this year's guest judge, Cas Lester, an acclaimed children's writer

    PLUS Divine goodies, book tokens and the latest book by Cas: 'Do You Speak Chocolate?'

    Open to UK residents aged 7 years and over. No purchase necessary! All valid entries received by 30th June 2018 will be considered. Full T and Cs apply.

    For more information visit:
    www.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff/competitions/2017/9/annual-poetry-competition-2018

    Free, Prize

    View Divine Chocolate website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Perch - Open mic poetry
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    Open mic poetry

    28 Sep 2017

    A chance to deliver or just listen to poetry and celebrate National Poetry Day

    Free, Open mic

    View The Perch website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Rye St Antony - National Poetry Day Competition
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    National Poetry Day Competition

    28 Sep 2017

    The pupils are invited to enter the competition by writing a poem about Freedom. Four categories: Years 3-6, Years 7-9, Years 10-13, members of staff.

    Library

    View Rye St Antony website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Penketh Library Live Wire - celebration of National Poetry Day
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    celebration of National Poetry Day

    30 Sep 2017

    Poets gather for a reading and workshop at Penketh Library Honiton Square Warrington

    Library, Open mic

    View Penketh Library Live Wire website
  • 11 Oct 2017 Doha College - Poetry Evening – Freedom
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    Poetry Evening – Freedom

    11 Oct 2017

    Join our hugely talented students and staff as they perform a suite of poems from around the world - united in the Freedom theme

    Performance

    View Doha College website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Poetry In Tenbury - Tenbury Young Peoples Poetry Competition Awards
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    Tenbury Young Peoples Poetry Competition Awards

    29 Sep 2017

    poetryintenbury.org

    A competition organised for local children 7-11 & 11-17

    Prize giving ceremony is 29 September in Tenbury Wells Library.

    Prize winners and highly commended poems on the website.

    Well done to all entrants.

    Performance, Library, Prize, Exhibition

    View Poetry In Tenbury website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Poet in the City - Sounds of the Underground National Poetry Day
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    Sounds of the Underground National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    In celebration of National Poetry Day on Thursday 28th September 2017, Poet in the City presents Sounds of the Underground. 9 poets across 4 London Underground stations will be reading poetry exploring this year’s theme of ‘freedom’ and global travel. Add some magic to your commute and listen out for travel announcements with a twist.

    Here’s where you can hear them:

    PICCADILLY CIRCUS STATION

    Poets: Sabrina Mahfouz, Laila Sumpton

    CHARING CROSS STATION

    Poets: JJ Bola

    TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION

    Poets: Rachel Long, Rachel Peircey, Jolade Olusanya

    LEICESTER SQUARE STATION

    Poets: Vahni Capildeo, Madi Maxwell-Libby, Dean Atta

    All poets can be seen at Poet in the City events throughout the day at L’Escargot Restaurant and St Pancras International Station.

    Performance, Free

    View Poet in the City website
  • 28 Sep 2017 voice @ varndean - voices of freedom
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    voices of freedom

    28 Sep 2017

    Poetry cafe at lunchtime. Staff and students bring original and published poems on the theme of freedom. Open mic. Prizes. Giant poems on walls and boards

    Performance, Free, Prize, Open mic

    View voice @ varndean website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Phonic FM - Linton Kwesi Johnson live, 28 September
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    Linton Kwesi Johnson live, 28 September

    01 Jan 1970

    Phonic FM presents a spoken word performance by the legendary dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, including readings of his famous work and incisive reflections on Black British experience.

    This exclusive south west performance is part of Exeter Poetry Festival in support of community radio station Phonic FM.

    Performance

    View Phonic FM website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Coastway Hospital Radio - Poppy’s poetry and prose programme on Coastway Hospital Radio
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    Poppy’s poetry and prose programme on Coastway Hospital Radio

    28 Sep 2017

    This week's show will be focusing on the Nation's favourite poems in celebration of National Poetry Day.

    Free

    View Coastway Hospital Radio website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Emain Publications - Talk by local poet Denis Carson and launch of new anthology
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    Talk by local poet Denis Carson and launch of new anthology

    28 Sep 2017

    Belfast local poetry book launch of 'Reaching Out' by Denis Carson in the Linen Hall Library, Belfast from 6-8.30pm. The poet will deliver a talk, take part in a Q&A and will be signing copies of his book, which will be available to buy at the event. Denis is published by Northern Ireland publisher Emain Publications, in partnership with Our Story Ireland / www.ourstoryireland.com
    All are welcome to attend this free event. Refreshments will be served.

    Free, Library

    View Emain Publications website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Canada Water Library - Personal Poetry Readings
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    Personal Poetry Readings

    28 Sep 2017

    Southwark Libraries' Wes White is also an Elder Bard of Glastonbury. For National Poetry Day he will be sharing poems from among the hundreds of poetry books on the shelves at Canada Water Library. Come along between 6pm and 7.45pm for your own personal free reading!

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Canada Water Library website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art - Alaskan Yellow Cedar
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    Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    28 Sep 2017

    Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    With poet + musician Simon Pomery
    Parasol unit, London
    Thursday 28 September, 7 pm – 9 pm
    £8 / £6 conc

    Celebrate National Poetry Day and join us in this workshop where you will be encouraged to critique the abstract sculpture of Martin Puryear. Write notes on what you see, be guided through writing exercises and engage with experimental poems to unlock new improvisatory poems of your own. Have fun with art and poetry!

    Simon Pomery is a poet and record producer researching a critical PhD in experimental poetry at Royal Holloway University. He curates PRAXIS, a series of text/sound events, and since 2013 has led poetry workshops inspired by the exhibitions at Parasol unit.

    View Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Dudley Libraries - Open Mic Night
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    Open Mic Night

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us for free at our first open mic night and discover the pleasure of poetry! Featuring headline performances by special guest and Black Country poet. So have you written a poem and want to share it? Or why not come and recite a poem that you enjoy? Or just come along and sit in the audience and enjoy the performance.

    Cradley Library: Thursday 28th September at 7pm. Refreshments served at 6.30pm. Bookings and further information: 07757 304480, or email at: fictionprescription. Or enquire with staff at Cradley Library.

    Open mic

    View Dudley Libraries website
  • 28 Sep 2017 St Andrew's Junior School - St Andrew’s Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea
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    St Andrew’s Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea

    28 Sep 2017

    Reading, performing and writing poetry

    Performance

    View St Andrew's Junior School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Cellar Arts Club - Bournemouth, Cellar Arts Club: World of Mouth
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    Bournemouth, Cellar Arts Club: World of Mouth

    28 Sep 2017

    World of Mouth: Spoken Word Fight @ The Cellar Arts Club
    It's back, with a National Poetry Day special. It's WORLD OF MOUTH.
    A SPOKEN WORD FIGHT WITH A HOUSE BAND
    People telling poems with a backing beat. Storytellers with added ambience. Theatre with thrilling musicality. Comedians with amazing melody.
    Facebook - Cellar Arts Club

    Performance

    View Cellar Arts Club website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Somerset Libraries - Somerset Libraries: A Late Lunchtime Poetry Dream
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    Somerset Libraries: A Late Lunchtime Poetry Dream

    28 Sep 2017

    Join Liam Parker on National Poetry Day for a reading of selected poems from his first book of poetry, entitled ‘Naked’.

    “An extraordinary, uncompromising, and sometimes unfathomable journey into the mind and imagination of the poet.”

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Somerset Libraries website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The National Poetry Library - National Poetry Library: find a poem with us
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    National Poetry Library: find a poem with us

    28 Sep 2017

    Visitors are invited to find a poem on the shelves in another language. Please tell us your favourite line from the poem and you will win a copy of the beautiful bilingual anthology 'Rain of Poems'

    Free, Library, Prize

    View The National Poetry Library website
  • 28 Sep 2017 National Poetry Library - National Poetry Library: Write with us
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    National Poetry Library: Write with us

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us in writing a group poem, with a starting line by Bulgarian poet Kapka Kassabova.

    'It's a sign of fluency to dream in a language but we dream wide-awake'
    (from 'Coming to Paradise')

    Find a line of poetry you'd like to contribute to follow on from this and add it to the board! There will be a book to take home for everyone who contributes.

    Free, Library, Prize

    View National Poetry Library website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Poetry in Palmers green - Palmers Green Library: Poetry in Palmers Green
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    Palmers Green Library: Poetry in Palmers Green

    30 Sep 2017

    Talk on Edward Thomas by Martyn Crucefix. Readings from Maggie Butt, Valerie Darville,Lynda How and Christine Vial

    Reading, Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Poetry in Palmers green website
  • 29 Sep 2017 The Cellar Bards - The Cellar Bards: An evening with Sophie McKeand
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    The Cellar Bards: An evening with Sophie McKeand

    29 Sep 2017

    An evening with Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate for Wales plus open mic for local writers of poetry

    Reading, Open mic

    View The Cellar Bards website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Neanderthal Beard - Margate Harbour: postcard hand-out
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    Margate Harbour: postcard hand-out

    28 Sep 2017

    From noon onward, in honour of National Poetry Day, we'll be taking to the streets with as many poems as possible to hand out to the public.
    Our poetry scene is amazing and we've sorted a few workshop/meet-ups to get together postcards before the day for those who can't make it, or who want to hang out and write with us.
    Following this, we'll head to Olby's Soul Cafe for Soul Food & Street Sonnets.
    Poets meet at 12 in the plaza by the harbour and we'll make our way around wherever looks good. You can join us whenever.

    Free

    View Neanderthal Beard website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Calderdale Libraries - Calderdale Libraries: a celebration of poetry about the Calder Valley
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    Calderdale Libraries: a celebration of poetry about the Calder Valley

    28 Sep 2017

    A celebration of poetry about the Calder Valley, at which the poet Peter Riley, of Hebden Bridge, will be launching his new pamphlet, Hushings.
    Peter is an award-winning poet, a key member of the 'Cambridge School' of poetry
    Guest readers include Michael Haslam, Carola Luther, Steve Nash and Judith Wilson.
    The publisher Calder Valley Poetry has already published a pamphlet of Peter's entitled Pennine Tales.
    They are producing and publishing pamphlets by the many fine poets living alongside what was once referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘river of industry’

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Calderdale Libraries website
  • 27 Sep 2017 Cardinal Vaughan School - Cardinal Vaughan School: Poetry and Popcorn
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    Cardinal Vaughan School: Poetry and Popcorn

    27 Sep 2017

    A lunchtime event in the school library for pupils from Year 1-10. We will watch the Freedom poems, the MORERAPS youtube clip and, write a Freedom poem using the MORERAPS format. Popcorn and juice will be on the menu too!

    Library

    View Cardinal Vaughan School website
  • 25 Sep 2017 The Thomas Alleyne Academy - Thomas Alleyne Academy: Recite a poem
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    Thomas Alleyne Academy: Recite a poem

    25 Sep 2017

    Key stage 3 are invited in their Library lessons to compose a poem, or recite one of their choice in their favourite style, such as rap, rock, classical etc. Also a Freedom Quiz!

    Library

    View The Thomas Alleyne Academy website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Bath Young Poet Laureate - Bath Young Poet Laureate: Poets Footsteps Trail
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    Bath Young Poet Laureate: Poets Footsteps Trail

    29 Sep 2017

    To celebrate National Poetry Day and its theme 'Freedom', the Bath Young Poet Laureate is teaming up with The Jane Austen Centre and The Bath Children's Literature Festival to create a fun for all the family trail through Bath, from the Pump Rooms to the Jane Austen Centre via 12 New Bond Street, the Assembly Rooms, St James' Square and Royal Crescent: all the old haunts of writers and poets throughout history who found inspiration in Bath.

    At the Jane Austen Centre, where the trail ends,  show a picture of yourself at each of the locations and earn a 10% discount on anything in the Centre - including the tea rooms!

    Runs 29/09/17 - 08/10/17

    Free

    View Bath Young Poet Laureate website
  • 28 Sep 2017 News From Nowhere - News from Nowhere bookshop: free poetry readings
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    News from Nowhere bookshop: free poetry readings

    28 Sep 2017

    Local poets will be dropping in to perform their poetry in the book shop throughout the day. Please check our social media for details of times & poets

    https://www.facebook.com/newsfromnowherebookshop/

    Performance, Free

    View News From Nowhere website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum - Robert Burns Birthplace, Alloway: Hugh McMillan and students
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    Robert Burns Birthplace, Alloway: Hugh McMillan and students

    28 Sep 2017

    Mark NPD at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, with poet Hugh McMillan. McMillan will read his poetry along with competition winners from Alloway Primary P7, who have written their own poems for the day. 1.30-2.30pm, Thursday 28 September.

    No booking necessary. This event will also be livestreamed on the Museum's Facebook page.

    Performance, Free

    View Robert Burns Birthplace Museum website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Saltash.net community school - Saltash.net Community School: Poetry Paths
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    Saltash.net Community School: Poetry Paths

    28 Sep 2017

    We're celebrating poetry and our freedom of the school by chalking poetry paths around the corridors, poetry competitions, limericks in the library, poetry flash mobs and lunchtime poetry fun!

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize

    View Saltash.net community school website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Armagh Theatre Group - Armagh Theatre Group: Open Mic Night
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    Armagh Theatre Group: Open Mic Night

    29 Sep 2017

    Celebrating all written word, poetry, stories, songs linked with traditional and contemporary music.
    Audience and guests Armagh Pipers Club taking part. £5

    Performance, Prize, Open mic

    View Armagh Theatre Group website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Alzheimer Scotland - East Dunbartonshire - Tea and a Poem: Alzheimers Scotland at Dobbies, Milngarvie
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    Tea and a Poem: Alzheimers Scotland at Dobbies, Milngarvie

    28 Sep 2017

    Tea and Poetry readings, with local high schools, primary schools and poets. The event is aimed at people living with dementia and their families/carers and is held in a lovely garden centre with a conservatory, which we have taken over for the afternoon.

    Please book in advance as numbers are restricted.

    Contact: ao'donnel@alzscot.org or phone 0141 946 0966.

    Performance

    View Alzheimer Scotland - East Dunbartonshire website
  • 28 Sep 2017 University of Hull - Brynmor Jones Library poetry corner
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    Brynmor Jones Library poetry corner

    28 Sep 2017

    Come and browse the poetry, and use our typewriters to take part in collaborative and blackout poetry.

    Free, Library

    View University of Hull website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Wokingham Borough Council - Wokingham Library: Celebration
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    Wokingham Library: Celebration

    28 Sep 2017

    Members of the Wokingham Library Poetry Group read from their own work to celebrate National Poetry Day. Free event, just drop-in.Refreshments available. 6.30pm to 8pm

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Wokingham Borough Council website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Talking FreELY - Cambridgeshire: Talking FreELY Poetry Competition
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    Cambridgeshire: Talking FreELY Poetry Competition

    28 Sep 2017

    Talking FreELY is an East Cambridgeshire based charity that is standing up to the stigma of mental illness by encouraging and facilitating honest and open conversations.

    Poetry is a popular and creative way to open up these conversations and we are encouraging poets of all ages and abilities to submit their work to our competition. In keeping with National Poetry Day we are looking for poems that 'Talk FreELY' about metal health and incorporate the official theme of 'Freedom'. The interpretation of this however is entirely up to you.

    Submissions can be emailed to us at enquiries@talkingfreely.org before the closing date of October 27th 2017.

    We will be publishing a selection of poems via our website and social media channels and entering the competition indicates your consent for us to share your work in this way.

    Full details including rules will be published on our website www.talkingfreely.org. Please check the full terms and conditions before you enter.

    The winning entry will be announced and read out at our next Talking FreELY event on 4th November 2017 with the author winning a brand new Lumie Vitamin L light therapy light

    Free, Prize

    View Talking FreELY website
  • 28 Sep 2017 National Library of Scotland - National Library of Scotland: Make a Poem
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    National Library of Scotland: Make a Poem

    28 Sep 2017

    Thursday, 28th September, 11am-2pm, free

    Build a poem, create a poem, and play with a poem for National Poetry Day. To mark this year’s theme of freedom we invite you take inspiration from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet ‘New Colossus’ and build new poems using her words. This activity invites playfulness and freedom – heap words atop one another, swap and switch them around to make and celebrate poetry.

    Free, Library

    View National Library of Scotland website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Poetrywivenhoe - Opening of the Essex Poetry Festival
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    Opening of the Essex Poetry Festival

    01 Jan 1970

    To open the Essex Poetry Festival Mervyn Linford will be the guest reader at poetrywivenhoe. The Wivenhoe group will also be reading from their Freedom Poems competition. There is usually an 'out of the hat' open mic session but as it's a special evening I'm not sure whether or not that will be the case on this particular occasion.
    Please contact poetrywivenhoe online with any queries.

    Entry: £5.00/£3.00

    Reading, Open mic

    View Poetrywivenhoe website
  • 28 Sep 2017 National Library of Scotland - Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland: Modernist Poetry and the Little Magazine
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    Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland: Modernist Poetry and the Little Magazine

    28 Sep 2017

    Modernist Poetry and the Little Magazine
    Thursday 28 September 3pm
    To celebrate National Poetry Day, Dr Francesca Bratton explores the relationship between modernist poetry and the little magazines that were instrumental to its development and dissemination. Drawing on the National Library’s extensive collections of literary periodicals, she offers an introduction to the key characteristics of modernist poetry. The talk aims to shed light on key poems by Anglophone poets during the 1920s and 1930, including T S Eliot's 'The Waste Land' and 'The Bridge' by lesser known American poet Hart Crane.

    Free, Library

    View National Library of Scotland website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Bewdley Bards - Bewdley Bards sharing poetry in Bewdley
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    Bewdley Bards sharing poetry in Bewdley

    28 Sep 2017

    Bewdley Bards are hitting the streets and cafes with their poems and prose.

    They're launching their new leaflet - Reflections on the evening of 28th at The Barn, Bewdley Hotel at 7.30pm. All welcome.

    Performance, Free

    View Bewdley Bards website
  • 28 Sep 2017 East Town Cafe - Crediton Poetry Night
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    Crediton Poetry Night

    28 Sep 2017

    Our monthly friendly poetry night where people can read their favourite poetry or just sit back and listen

    Open mic

    View East Town Cafe website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Explore York Libraries and Archives - York, Dringhouses Library: Poetry and coffee morning, Pop Up Poet
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    York, Dringhouses Library: Poetry and coffee morning, Pop Up Poet

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us at Dringhouses Library this National Poetry Day for a fun morning full of delicious cakes and poetry. Bring your favourite poem to read or just come along to enjoy some cake and rhyme!

    Then in the afternoon, Pop-Up Poet Pauline Kirk will read some of her own poems on the theme of Freedom, You can ask questions, and bring your favourite poems. Join in with some Rhyme games or write an ‘instant poem’.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Towers School - The Towers School: Poetry for Lunch
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    The Towers School: Poetry for Lunch

    28 Sep 2017

    Pupils from The Towers School, years 7 to 11, enjoy a range of lunchtime activities, including poetry reading, sharing and writing on the theme of freedom.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View The Towers School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 South Downs Poetry Festival - Havant: Lunchtime Poetry in the Gazebo Garden
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    Havant: Lunchtime Poetry in the Gazebo Garden

    28 Sep 2017

    For National Poetry Day we have a series of readings taking place between 12.30 and 1.30 in the historic setting of The Gazebo Garden. Bring a favorite poem to read, especially if it is on the theme of this year's National Poetry Day 'Freedom'.

    Performance, Open mic

    View South Downs Poetry Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Staffordshire Libraries & Arts Service - Staffordshire Poetry Collection
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    Staffordshire Poetry Collection

    28 Sep 2017

    We are delighted to be launching Staffordshire's first poetry collection on National Poetry Day.

    Fifty poems, chosen from over 140 entries are featured in the collection which together form a diverse and unique picture of Staffordshire in words. People’s favourite places to visit, memories and thoughts are amongst the themes.
    'I’m absolutely delighted with the collection, which I feel illustrates the diverse nature of our County and proves that poetry is alive and kicking in Staffordshire.” - Bert Flitcroft

    Performance, Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Staffordshire Libraries & Arts Service website
  • 22 Sep 2017 Coastlands CP School - Coastlands School: Cerdd yn cuddio – secret/hidden poems
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    Coastlands School: Cerdd yn cuddio – secret/hidden poems

    22 Sep 2017

    Every child at Coastlands School has been given a 'secret poem' to take home in a sealed envelope to share with their family. We're encouraging parents to tweet pics of sharing their child's poem with them.

    Free

    View Coastlands CP School website
  • 22 Sep 2017 The Dream Shop - The Dream Shop Children’s Poetry Competition!
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    The Dream Shop Children’s Poetry Competition!

    22 Sep 2017

    We are a children's book shop running a poetry competition to celebrate national poetry day.

    Prize

    View The Dream Shop website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Llandudno Library - Llandudno Library: poetry with Rachel McCarthy
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    Llandudno Library: poetry with Rachel McCarthy

    28 Sep 2017

    Rachel is a published poet and will be in Llandudno library to discuss some of her poems

    Performance, Free

    View Llandudno Library website
  • 14 Oct 2017 Seven Stories - Newcastle, Seven Stories: Rhyme Scene Presents Cooking up words with Inja
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    Newcastle, Seven Stories: Rhyme Scene Presents Cooking up words with Inja

    14 Oct 2017

    Inja is a spoken word poet, bass music artist and host whose work spans Hip-Hop, Grime and Drum and Bass genres. A champion of freestyle poetry, Inja is on a mission to bring words and poetry to life. Hear Inja’s lyrical wizardry live in the Seven Stories attic and experience the energy and excitement of freestyle poetry. Cook up your own poetry in a lively creative writing workshop afterwards, led by the artist. A unique opportunity to express your own voice with one of the UK’s most exciting spoken word artists!
    £3 per person (suitable for ages 11+)

    Performance

    View Seven Stories website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Hartlepool Borough Libraries - Hartlepool Library: Pass on a Poem
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    Hartlepool Library: Pass on a Poem

    28 Sep 2017

    Poetry reading group. We meet monthly at Community Hub Central to share poems that we love - choose a poem to read to the group, or just come to listen! If you have a poem to read please send details of title and poet in advance to be included on the reading list. Poems must be previously published, but not written by the reader. Tel 01429 272905 or email central.library@hartlepool.gov.uk

    Free, Library

    View Hartlepool Borough Libraries website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Seven Stories - How to Write Poems with Joseph Coelho
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    How to Write Poems with Joseph Coelho

    30 Sep 2017

    Join performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho as he explores a mindboggling selection of poetry: from laughable limericks to poetic puns, and from ridiculous rhymes to silly sibilance. Whether you already write poems, you’ve never written before, or you’re not even sure what a poem is – How to Write Poems is for you. Full of useful tips and starting points, this book will make you chuckle, make you think, and inspire you to write your own poetry. Enjoy a range of exciting writing activities to get your pen flowing! Supported by Bloomsbury Publishing.

    Performance

    View Seven Stories website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Seven Stories - Rhyme Scene: Poetry Trail Launch
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    Rhyme Scene: Poetry Trail Launch

    28 Sep 2017

    Can words make a change? Do poems question or answer? Join the Rhyme Squad to solve the rhyme! Hunt for clues throughout Seven Stories and help blow the case wide open on this fun poetry and spoken word trail. Meet illustrator and comics fan Erin McGrath on National Poetry Day as she puts the finishing touches to the trail and be among the first to test it out or pick up a trail at the Seven Stories reception throughout autumn

    View Seven Stories website
  • 25 Sep 2017 Rap'n'Rhyme - Rap’n’Rhyme “Words Wild And Free”
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    Rap’n’Rhyme “Words Wild And Free”

    25 Sep 2017

    A one hour poetry show featuring spoken word artists: poets; Kay Walton and Justin Coe, rappers; Jon Clark and Esther Vaquerizastorres and singer-songwriter Jennie Malonie. This show will be introducing KS2 children in Hertford Junior School, Carden Primary School, Patcham Junior School, Bevendean Primary School and Fairlight Primary School to a wide variety of spoken word pieces, many of which reference the theme of FREEDOM. Children will then be able to participate in Rap'n'Rhyme workshops preparing for public performances of their own poems in December.

    Performance

    View Rap'n'Rhyme website
  • 29 Sep 2017 The Birmingham and Midland Institute - Birmingham: A. E. Housman Readathon
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    Birmingham: A. E. Housman Readathon

    29 Sep 2017

    To celebrate the work of A.E. Housman and mark National Poetry Day, the Poetry Project will be offering a collaborative reading of Housman’s most famous collection, A Shropshire Lad, along with a performance of two of the most famous and beautiful settings of Housman’s poems by Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth, performed by students from the BCU Conservatoire.

    Performance

    View The Birmingham and Midland Institute website
  • 05 Oct 2017 Leicester Centre for Creative Writing at De Montfort University - The slightly delayed National Poetry Day celebration
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    The slightly delayed National Poetry Day celebration

    05 Oct 2017

    Joanne Limburg will read ffrom her new colection, The Autistic Alice. There will also be an open mic. The theme is freedom. Bring a poem you have written or one you wish to read and share.

    5.30 for 6

    The event is in Room 0.01 of DMU's Clephan Building. Entrance is on Bonners Lane.

    FREE EVENT ALL WELCOME.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Leicester Centre for Creative Writing at De Montfort University website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Run Your Tongue - Kettering: Run Your Tongue for National Poetry Day
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    Kettering: Run Your Tongue for National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    This is a monthly spoken word and music night, which consists of open mic, featured musicians and a headline poet.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Run Your Tongue website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Internet of Words - Leigh-on-Sea: A Virtual Day of Freedom
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    Leigh-on-Sea: A Virtual Day of Freedom

    28 Sep 2017

    Hosted at my PC in a small seaside town, there will be a day of original poetry, songs about Freedom and what the concept means to me. Please bring your own tea and cake :D

    View The Internet of Words website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Perton Library - Perton Library’s Let’s Write a Renga
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    Perton Library’s Let’s Write a Renga

    28 Sep 2017

    On National Poetry Day, Perton Library invites you to come and write a Haiku to add to our collaborative Renga! Open to all ages, experience, talents; come and tell us what you think about the library!

    Free, Library

    View Perton Library website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Brannel School - Brannel School: Poetry in the Clays
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    Brannel School: Poetry in the Clays

    28 Sep 2017

    Guset poet and Year 11 Performance Poetry experience.

    Fight for the right to speak workshop with Kenny Barraka

    Poetry competition

    Poetry in Maths (Really!)

    Performance, Prize

    View Brannel School website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Denzell Gardens Book Festival - Altrincham: Pop-Up Poetry Picnic at Denzell Gardens
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    Altrincham: Pop-Up Poetry Picnic at Denzell Gardens

    30 Sep 2017

    Altrincham’s family friendly festival is back, with a pop-up poetry picnic!

    ‘The sort of event that makes you feel that all is right with the world’ (Philip Womack, Author & Critic).

    Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and join us for a 10-stop poetry trail in the beautiful setting of Denzell Gardens (off Dunham Road, WA14 4QF).

    Giggle with poet Terry Caffrey in our author’s tent!

    Discover new favourites with our book swap stall and cosy book club corner!

    Get creative with our pocket money crafts, fun face-painting, pop-up drama from Sir John Deane’s sixth Form College and yoga for children from Cheshire Cat Yoga!

    Enjoy delicious treats and drinks from The Garden!

    Event is suitable for all ages and we’re dog friendly.

    This event is sponsored by Mackinnon & Saunders - makers of Postman Pat, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Pingu, Strange Hill High and much more.

    Performance, Free

    View Denzell Gardens Book Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Mount Kelly Prep - Mount Kelly prep school: Poetry Rocks!
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    Mount Kelly prep school: Poetry Rocks!

    28 Sep 2017

    Pupils will be writing favourite poems, lines from poems, their own poems on rocks, stones and pebbles around the school and by the local river to form a whole site poetry instalment. One selected year group will be writing their poems onto helium balloons to release in line with the theme of freedom...

    Performance, Library

    View Mount Kelly Prep website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Buth Bharraigh Ltd - Buth Bharraigh: From Botswana to Barra
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    Buth Bharraigh: From Botswana to Barra

    28 Sep 2017

    Book launch of a charming book of poems from Cindy Stevens.

    Cindy will read some of her travels in poetry and share some music of the lands she has visited.

    Performance, Free

    View Buth Bharraigh Ltd website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Chapters of Stafford - Chapters of Stafford and Mel Woodend Writing: What is Freedom?
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    Chapters of Stafford and Mel Woodend Writing: What is Freedom?

    28 Sep 2017

    A Poetry Workshop and Competition.

    Mel Woodend Writing and Chapters of Stafford will be visiting local schools to provide a free poetry workshop and competition.

    Please email melwoodendwriting@gmail.com or sheila@chaptersofstafford.co.uk to for more details.

    Free, Prize

    View Chapters of Stafford website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Blackpool Council - Blackpool Central Library: FREEDOM slam
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    Blackpool Central Library: FREEDOM slam

    28 Sep 2017

    Celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day with Vita, Live Poets, and the Poetry People in the Reading Lounge at Blackpool Central Library.

    2pm – 3:30pm
    Free Slam

    Free, Open mic

    View Blackpool Council website
  • 22 Sep 2017 Jesus Fellowship - Northampton: Poetry In Motion
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    Northampton: Poetry In Motion

    22 Sep 2017

    A relaxed evening of poetry and prose. Come with your friends and read the great poets, your own poems, or simply listen and enjoy.

    Free, Open mic

    View Jesus Fellowship website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Literature Wales - Y Gadair Wag | The Empty Chair
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    Y Gadair Wag | The Empty Chair

    28 Sep 2017

    Literature Wales, in partnership with the Welsh Government’s First World War Centenery Programme Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918, has commissioned a multimedia show about the life and work of Hedd Wyn.

    Y Gadair Wag is written and performed by the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, directed by Ian Rowlands and contains digital art by Jason Lye-Phillips.

    Performance

    View Literature Wales website
  • 04 Oct 2017 Poetry Club - Poetry Club National Poetry Day Special
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    Poetry Club National Poetry Day Special

    04 Oct 2017

    Poetry Club is back!

    This month we'll be looking at this year's National Poetry Day theme of 'Freedom'.

    This in an informal writing workshop for all levels of experience - just bring yourself, some paper and a pen, and be ready to do a bit of reading, a bit of discussion and a bit of writing in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    Rutland Arms, Sheffield , 7PM - 9PM Wednesday 4th October

    Suggested donation £5.

    View Poetry Club website
  • 27 Oct 2017 Phoenix Recordings UK - Phoenix Recordings Poetry Night
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    Phoenix Recordings Poetry Night

    27 Oct 2017

    A display of local talent from Luton showcasing some work from a forthcoming project on Phoenix Recordings UK

    Performance, Open mic

    View Phoenix Recordings UK website
  • 28 Sep 2017 University College Isle of Man - National Poetry Day @ UCM
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    National Poetry Day @ UCM

    28 Sep 2017

    UCM will be hosting the day in the Library.
    There will be guest speakers and all are welcome to join

    Performance, Free, Library, Exhibition

    View University College Isle of Man website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Chapters of Stafford - Chapters of Stafford: National Poetry Day Competition
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    Chapters of Stafford: National Poetry Day Competition

    28 Sep 2017

    To celebrate National Poetry Day children aged 9-11 are invited to enter a poetry competition on the theme of Freedom.

    Entrants can produce an original piece of poetry and there are no constraints on the type or length of the poem - after all we are talking about freedom!

    The judge is local poet Mel Woodend.

    Closing date for entries is the Friday 20 October 2017.

    First Prize: £25 to spend in-store.
    Runners-up will receive a poetry book and a goody bag.

    Prize will be presented on the 4th November 2017.

    For more details and terms and conditions please see website.

    Free, Prize

    View Chapters of Stafford website
  • 27 Sep 2017 Cardinal Pole School - Cardinal Pole school: Pop Up Poet
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    Cardinal Pole school: Pop Up Poet

    27 Sep 2017

    Our poet in residence, Christian Foley will be visiting lessons across the school to recite poetry and delight pupils with his unique rap. The lessons visited will range in age and subjects.

    We are also launching our poetry competition on the theme of Freedom.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Cardinal Pole School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Slam Dunk Poetry - Slam Dunk National Poetry Day Special
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    Slam Dunk National Poetry Day Special

    28 Sep 2017

    This monthly Poetry Slam in Hastings, which is on every last Thursday of the month, coincidently happens to fall on National Poetry Day this year. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to make this one of the most spectacular slams to date.

    Headlining is Henry Madicott from Canterbury and brand new performance poet Sophie Barker who performed her first ever slam poem last month at Slam Dunk with an astonishing 29 out of 30.

    We will also be sharing hand written poetry in conjunction with Vertex, a network of artist and poets across the South East.

    If you want to come and slam, bring two original poems and sign up on the night at 7pm. Names will be pulled out of a hat to decide who performs. The winning slammer will get the opportunity to headline at the next Slam Dunk event.
    All poets will be filmed professionally for you to use as promotion for your work.

    £5 or £3 for slammers.
    This is a non profit event and all proceeds go back into making the night bigger and better.

    Performance

    View Slam Dunk Poetry website
  • 05 Oct 2017 Town Close Prep School - An Evening of Music and Poetry
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    An Evening of Music and Poetry

    05 Oct 2017

    A celebration at school where younger children recite a poem they have learned by heart, older children will read poems they have written on the theme of Freedom and musicians will play pieces.

    Performance, Free

    View Town Close Prep School website
  • 29 Sep 2017 The Cellar Bards - The Cellar Bards: An evening with Sophie McKeand
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    The Cellar Bards: An evening with Sophie McKeand

    29 Sep 2017

    An evening with Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate for Wales plus open mic for local writers of poetry

    Open mic

    View The Cellar Bards website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Wordsworth Trust - Pop-up Poetry Cafe
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    Pop-up Poetry Cafe

    28 Sep 2017

    To celebrate this year's National Poetry Day we'll be having a pop-up poetry cafe right across from Dove Cottage in Grasmere! There will be free hot drinks and home-made cake, poetry readings, and lots of poetry activities. Come and release your inner poet!

    Free, Open mic

    View The Wordsworth Trust website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Alfred Tennyson - National Poetry Day at The Alfred Tennyson
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    National Poetry Day at The Alfred Tennyson

    28 Sep 2017

    National Poetry Day Dinner, Thursday 28th September 2017, 7pm-9.30pm

    Following its recent refurbishment, The Alfred Tennyson is launching a new craft series in honour of our namesake Poet Laureate who lived nearby, beginning with a poetry evening on National Poetry Day. Expect an entertaining combination of warm hospitality, quality dining and cultural inspiration. A former winner of the Christopher Tower poetry prize, poet Eley Williams will be reading a selection of her amusing contemporary poems between each course throughout the evening. Perfect for those who enjoy light-hearted entertainment alongside delicious food, and with an appreciation for the art of poetry.

    Enjoy a drink on arrival, followed by a 3-course meal from a menu of our delectable dishes that celebrate the provenance and heritage of sustainably-sourced ingredients. The event will be hosted in the newly reopened First Floor Dining Room, with its high ceilings and wooden floorboards that retain the historic drawing room feel of the traditional Belgravia town house, much like those that Tennyson himself frequented.

    £49pp including a welcome drink (pint of draft beer or glass of Cubitt House wine),
    3 course meal, and poetry readings.

    To book: reservations@thealfredtennyson.co.uk / 0207 730 6074

    Performance

    View The Alfred Tennyson website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Dylan Thomas Centre - National Poetry Day / Diwrnod Barddoniaeth Cenedlaethol
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    National Poetry Day / Diwrnod Barddoniaeth Cenedlaethol

    28 Sep 2017

    To celebrate National Poetry Day we’ll be running workshops and activities which will be available to book for interested schools and community groups.

    Please email our Learning Officer nicola.kelly@swansea.gov.uk or ring the Centre on 01792 463980 for more information.

    Throughout the day, we’ll be tweeting some of our favourite lines from Dylan Thomas’ poems so keep an eye on @DTCSwansea and tweet us your favourites.
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    I ddathlu, byddwn ni’n cynnal gweithdai a gweithgareddau a fydd ar gael i’w trefnu gan ysgolion a grwpiau cymunedol sydd â diddordeb.

    Gallwch e-bostio ein Swyddog Dysgu ar nicola.kelly@swansea.gov.uk neu ffonio’r Ganolfan ar 01792 463980 i gael mwy o wybodaeth.

    Yn ystod y diwrnod, byddwn ni’n trydar rhai o’n hoff linellau o gerddi Dylan Thomas, felly gadwch llygad ar @CDTAbertawe ac anfonwch negeseuon trydar atom ni gyda’ch ffefrynnau

    Free, Exhibition

    View Dylan Thomas Centre website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Library of Birmingham - Library of Birmingham: Freedom in the City
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    Library of Birmingham: Freedom in the City

    28 Sep 2017

    Come along to a fantastic line up of poetry at the Library of Birmingham on Thursday 28th September in the main foyer from 5.30pm until 7pm. This is a wonderful free event to celebrate National Poetry Day. It's a great line up of established poets including our amazing Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate. Why not end your working day or begin your night out with 90 minutes of fun and thought provoking poetry from 5.30pm in the main foyer of the Library of Birmingham.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Library of Birmingham website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Educational Life CIC - Elleanora Fizzle-Wallop Reads Children’s Poetry
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    Elleanora Fizzle-Wallop Reads Children’s Poetry

    28 Sep 2017

    Elleanora Fizzle-Wallop will be recording live videos of her reading children's poetry.

    Performance, Free

    View Educational Life CIC website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Ten Cottages - Malvern Festival: Voices of 1919
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    Malvern Festival: Voices of 1919

    28 Sep 2017

    A performance of excerpts read by actors at the Autumn in Malvern Festival.

    VOICES OF 1919

    The Great War is over. In the Spring of 1919 the village of Oakby awaits the return of survivors. Each household has its own story. Through the words of 20 contemporary poets, we hear the voices of villagers struggling to recall their past, to understand the present and to imagine the future.
    Voices of 1919 captures a time 6 months after Armistice, in the imagined village of Oakby.
    A narrator will take the audience through the village, introducing various dwellings, before poems are read by the locals living at each address. This is a moment in time rarely shown by either poetry or prose in covering the Great War.

    Performance

    View Ten Cottages website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Worcestershire Poet Laureate - Worcestershire Poet Laureate: Freedom Poems
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    Worcestershire Poet Laureate: Freedom Poems

    28 Sep 2017

    Wanted: Your poems about Freedom. Send 20-25 line poems to Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Nina Lewis at worcspl@gmail.com

    I will publish a collection on the website for National Poetry Day.

    View Worcestershire Poet Laureate website
  • 28 Sep 2017 getonthesoapbox - getonthesoapbox presents Ipswich NPD
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    getonthesoapbox presents Ipswich NPD

    28 Sep 2017

    An evening of live poetry from artists in Ipswich and East Anglia. Expect comedy, politics, rhythm and rhyme, rap, free verse, sonnets, surrealism and open mic spots too - sign up on the night only. Adult language & content. Featuring: Bards Aloud, Matt Annis, Em Bea, Meg Burrows, Dan Clark, Jayd Green, Sharon Hulme, Jess Kemp, Allanah Jo-Ann Peck, Billy Pilgrim, Rye Shabby, Amy SoapBox, Hazel Thomas, Sue Wallace-Shaddad, Martin Webby, Christine York. 7pm - 11pm. FREE ENTRY. Donations gratefully received for ‘Phone credit for refugees and displaced people’ a volunteer run organisation on Facebook that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe, and beyond.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View getonthesoapbox website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Arts All Over The Place - Moseley: Poetry in the Park
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    Moseley: Poetry in the Park

    28 Sep 2017

    Meet at 2pm by the bandstand in Cannon Hill Park. Walk and talk, be inspired by the freedom in the park, then listen to some poems, write and share. A free event run in partnership with the park rangers and Arts All Over The Place

    Free

    View Arts All Over The Place website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Barton Muse Poetry Group - Poetry in Motion
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    Poetry in Motion

    28 Sep 2017

    We will visit all the tea rooms and cafes, some pubs and two rest homes, reciting poetry and presenting song.

    Performance

    View Barton Muse Poetry Group website
  • 27 Sep 2017 Lacon Childe High School - Lacon Childe High School: Poetry Performances
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    Lacon Childe High School: Poetry Performances

    27 Sep 2017

    Students will read, sing and dramatise a variety of poems and songs.

    Performance, Library

    View Lacon Childe High School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Iceni Academy, Methwold - Live Lit in the Library
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    Live Lit in the Library

    28 Sep 2017

    Teaching staff will be reading poems aloud in the library during lunchtime to an audience of students...biscuits will accompany the poetry.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Iceni Academy, Methwold website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Literature Wales - Her 100 Cerdd
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    Her 100 Cerdd

    28 Sep 2017

    Literature Wales has challenged four Welsh-language poets to compose and publish 100 original poems on National Poetry Day as part of the innovative digital project Her 100 Cerdd (100 Poem Challenge).

    For more information, visit www.literaturewales.org

    View Literature Wales website
  • 06 Oct 2017 The University of Manchester - NPD with Lemn Sissay MBE
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    NPD with Lemn Sissay MBE

    06 Oct 2017

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with Lemn Sissay MBE

    Performance

    View The University of Manchester website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Librarieswest - Moira Andrews – Book Signing, Talk and Readings
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    Moira Andrews – Book Signing, Talk and Readings

    28 Sep 2017

    Moira Andrews will be visiting our library on 28th September to celebrate National Poetry day.

    The talk starts at 3pm - please book a place by phone: 0300 123 2224.

    Like us on Facebook to get more information and message us to book, or pop into the library and ask a member of staff.

    Performance

    View Librarieswest website
  • 28 Sep 2017 National Trust - The Poetry of Thomas Hardy at Max Gate
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    The Poetry of Thomas Hardy at Max Gate

    28 Sep 2017

    Thomas Hardy published around 1000 poems in his lifetime. Many were written at Max Gate, his home near Dorchester. Come and join us between 2pm and 4pm and we will be reciting some of his poems around the property. Normal admission prices apply, National Trust members free.

    Performance

    View National Trust website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Stamford Arts Centre - Poetry at the Stamford Poetry Stone
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    Poetry at the Stamford Poetry Stone

    28 Sep 2017

    In celebration of National Poetry Day...local poets will be performing poetry at The Stamford Poetry Stone between 10am-2pm...St Michaels Churchyard, just off High Street.

    Performance

    View Stamford Arts Centre website
  • 15 Oct 2017 Cliveden Literature Festival - The Poetry of War
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    The Poetry of War

    15 Oct 2017

    Special guest actors BRENDAN COYLE (Downton Abbey), ANTON LESSER (Game of Thrones) and OLIVIA WILLIAMS (The Ghost Writer) join Allie Esiri at Cliveden Literature Festival to read war poetry from her new anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year. The show journeys through the centuries and will include Hardy’s poem about Trafalgar, Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade, the poets of the Great War, Bob Dylan, and Simon Armitage on Afghanistan.

    Performance

    View Cliveden Literature Festival website
  • 10 Nov 2017 National Theatre - A Poem for Every Day of the Year
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    A Poem for Every Day of the Year

    10 Nov 2017

    Following the success of A Poem for Every Night of the Year (Independent Bookshop Week Award 2017) Allie Esiri’s new anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers such as Keats, W H Auden, Maya Angelou and Kate Tempest. An inspiring evening of readings of some of the magical and humorous poems in this journey through history and human experience. Read by four actors including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Mangan and Simon Russell Beale.

    Chris Riddell (political cartoonist for The Observer, award-winning author and illustrator, and Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015-2017) will be live drawing this event.

    Allie Esiri is the curator of live poetry events at literature festivals including Hay and Cheltenham, and creator of the iF Poems and The Love Book poetry apps.

    After the event, Allie Esiri will be signing copies of A Poem for Every Day of the Year. When you buy your copy from the National Theatre Bookshop, you support the work of the NT.

    All artists appear subject to availability.

    Performance

    View National Theatre website
  • 28 Sep 2017 TWP - TWP 4 NPD
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    TWP 4 NPD

    28 Sep 2017

    Join members of the Tees Women Poets collective for an evening of readings, wine and nibbles at Stockton's independent bookshop.

    Featuring poetry from Janet Philo, Natalie Scott, and Sarah Crutwell.

    Performance, Free

    View TWP website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Wild Thyme Wholefoods - Wild Thyme Poetry, Tea & Cake!
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    Wild Thyme Poetry, Tea & Cake!

    28 Sep 2017

    Bring your own written, or favourite selected poem on the theme of 'freedom' along to our open mic evening at Wild Thyme Wholefoods, 7-9pm, 102 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, PO5 3PT.

    As a vegan worker co-operative, 'freedom' is one of our main business ethics, so we particularly look forward to hearing the freedom that inspires you and your poetry!

    £5 Includes tea/coffee and a delicious cake from our range of cakes and cookies (Many gluten-free and raw).

    Prize, Open mic

    View Wild Thyme Wholefoods website
  • 01 Oct 2017 Enfield Poets - Enfield poem-a-thon
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    Enfield poem-a-thon

    01 Oct 2017

    60 poets performing throughout the day at The Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town from 10am-7pm including national, regional and local poets, such as George Szirtes, Maggie Butt and Liba Ravindran. All in aid of funding a family of refugees to settle in Enfield.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Enfield Poets website
  • 06 Oct 2017 Cheltenham Literature Festival - Blood and Words: The Poetry of War
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    Blood and Words: The Poetry of War

    06 Oct 2017

    Following the incredible success of 2014’s love poetry event at Cheltenham Literature Festival with Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory, Allie Esiri returns with a powerful new show of poems taken from A Poem For Every Day of the Year. Joined by Harry Enfield and Alison Steadman, with live drawing by Charlie Mackesy, Esiri takes us on a journey through the poetry of war: from Shakespeare on the eve of Agincourt to Tennyson on The Charge of the Light Brigade, Wilfred Owen in the trenches to Simon Armitage’s contemporary take on conflict.

    Performance

    View Cheltenham Literature Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Brighton&Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters - Poetry evening with Nestor Ponce
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    Poetry evening with Nestor Ponce

    28 Sep 2017

    A social evening celebrating the launch of English version of Argentinian poet Nestor Ponce's collection 'Disappearance without Absence' (Waterloo Press). Readings in Spanish and English, followed by discussion with the poet. Drinks and nibbles. Free entry but donations invited for Freedom from Torture. Chapel Royal, North St, Brighton. 6.30-8.30

    Performance

    View Brighton&Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters website
  • 26 Sep 2017 The Emma Press - An evening of poems (around) National Poetry Day
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    An evening of poems (around) National Poetry Day

    26 Sep 2017

    Celebrate the week of National Poetry Day with a relaxed evening of poetry in the Living Room space at the Oxford Hub, hosted by publisher Emma Wright and featuring special guests Rakhshan Rizwan and Kate Wakeling. Join us in sitting around on sofas and sharing a few poems.If you want to do more than just listen (which is absolutely fine), you can sign up to on the door to read a poem on the theme of freedom, by yourself or bring along a poem by someone else). If you want to read out a poem but you're not sure what, don't worry – we'll have some spares for you to choose from.

    Free entry. All ages welcome.

    The event will start at 6pm sharp, as we only have the room for an hour!

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Emma Press website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Emma Press - Birmingham: An evening of poems with the Emma Press
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    Birmingham: An evening of poems with the Emma Press

    28 Sep 2017

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with a relaxed evening of poetry, hosted by local publisher Emma Wright and featuring special guests Rakhshan Rizwan and Megan Beech.

    Sign up to an open-mic slot on the door to read a poem on the theme of freedom (by yourself or bring along a poem by someone else). If you want to read out a poem but you're not sure what, don't worry – we'll have some spares for you to choose from!

    Rakhshan Rizwan will be reading poems from her debut pamphlet, 'Paisley' (Emma Press), and Megan Beech will be reading from her new collection, 'You Sad Feminist' (Burning Eye Books).

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Emma Press website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Crediton Community Bookshop - Crediton: Freedom, Poetry Day + 1
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    Crediton: Freedom, Poetry Day + 1

    29 Sep 2017

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, the well known Exeter poets, Lawrence Sail and Anthony Wilson, will be reading their own and others' poems which chime with this year’s theme, Freedom.

    Anthony Wilson is a poet, writing tutor, blogger and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter. His most recent books are Lifesaving Poems (Bloodaxe, 2015), Riddance (Worple Press, 2012) and Love for Now (Impress Books, 2012). He lives and works in Exeter and blogs at www.anthonywilsonpoetry.com

    Lawrence Sail, who lives in Exeter, is a freelance writer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In addition to twelve books of poems, he has published two books of essays and a memoir of childhood (Sift, Impress Books 2010). He has also edited a number of anthologies, including First and Always (Faber 1988).
    His most recent book of poems, The Quick (also from Bloodaxe Books), came out in 2015.

    Performance, Free

    View Crediton Community Bookshop website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Marsden the Poetry Village - Marsden the Poetry Village
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    Marsden the Poetry Village

    28 Sep 2017

    Poster Poems - the launch

    Come visit the UKs first poetry village to read music themed poems displayed in shop windows. Discover some of the history of this wonderful Pennine village on a poetry themed walk which includes some recent locations used in Hollywood films and areas that have inspired famous poems.

    Free, Open mic

    View Marsden the Poetry Village website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Huntly Writers - Huntly Writers: Freedom Come Aa Ye
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    Huntly Writers: Freedom Come Aa Ye

    28 Sep 2017

    An Open Poetry Hour. Come and share your favourite poem or just listen to Huntly Writers reading their work. Join in singing Freedom Come Aa Ye with folk singer Fraser Wilson who will be giving out a leaflet with the words, history and English translation of Hamish Henderson's famous lyric.

    Free Event. All welcome

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Huntly Writers website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Scottish Poetry Library - Edinburgh: Singing the City
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    Edinburgh: Singing the City

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us for the launch of Edinburgh: Singing the City, a collection of poetry inspired by Edinburgh and its citizens by Christine De Luca.

    Edinburgh: Singing the City is the latest publications from the Saltire Society’s Saltire Series which sees invited individuals spark fresh thinking, ignite debate and challenge our orthodoxies.

    Performance, Library

    View Scottish Poetry Library website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Poetry Society - The Poetry Society at Covent Garden Tube Station
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    The Poetry Society at Covent Garden Tube Station

    28 Sep 2017

    Poems on the tube tannoy, Poems on the Underground poster giveaways, delightful freebies and cheery conversation - The Poetry Society will moving into their local tube station for the day - come and say hello. (10am - 4pm)

    Free

    View The Poetry Society website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Burns Birthplace Museum - National Poetry Day with Hugh McMillan
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    National Poetry Day with Hugh McMillan

    28 Sep 2017

    Celebrate National Poetry Day here at the home of the Bard

    Join us on the 28th September to celebrate National Poetry Day at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Scottish Poet and short story-writer Hugh McMillan will be reciting his poetry along with competition winners from Alloway Primary P7, who have written their own poems for the day!

    This event will be streamed live on Facebook.

    Performance

    View Burns Birthplace Museum website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Marsden the Poetry Village - Poster Poems – the launch
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    Poster Poems – the launch

    28 Sep 2017

    Visit Marsden, the UK's first poetry village, to see a host of music themed poetry displayed throughout the village. Listen to live music and join the guided poetry walk where you can take hold of the Poetry Umbrella to read your own poems. Look out for Poetry Pebbles hidden along the way.

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Marsden the Poetry Village website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The 1000 Monkeys - Guildford, Waterstones: Readings by The 1000 Monkeys Poets
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    Guildford, Waterstones: Readings by The 1000 Monkeys Poets

    28 Sep 2017

    Eight poets based in or around Guildford, Surrey, will be reading their poems in Waterstones, Guildford High Street from 11am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 3pm: Taking part will be Karen Izod, Trisha Broomfield, Dónall Dempsey and Janice Dempsey(morning session) and in the afternoon: Kitty Coles, Ray Pool, Kyle McHale and Jeremy Loynes.

    Performance, Free

    View The 1000 Monkeys website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Town Hall Arts - Celebrate National Poetry Day at Town Hall Arts!
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    Celebrate National Poetry Day at Town Hall Arts!

    28 Sep 2017

    Drop in to Town Hall Arts from 11.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Day with us! Poet Dawn Gorman will be on hand to lead fun and imaginative poetry writing activities! FREE.

    Free

    View Town Hall Arts website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Roger Stevens - Junior Poetry Slam
    Partner events

    Junior Poetry Slam

    30 Sep 2017

    Read your favourite poem or perform off by heart at The Book Nook in Hove with NPD Ambassador Roger Stevens. Aged 5 to 13. Prizes and poetry fun! Starts at 2pm.

    Performance, Free, Prize, Open mic

    View Roger Stevens website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Balsall Common Library, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council - Balsall Common Writers present National Poetry Day
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    Balsall Common Writers present National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    Thursday 28 September 2017

    4.15pm - 6.00pm

    Celebrate National Poetry Day
    with readings, tea and cake.

    We will be joined by student poets from Heart of England School and guest speaker Maggie Cabeza.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Balsall Common Library, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Waterstones - Guildford Waterstones: National Poetry Day 2017!
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    Guildford Waterstones: National Poetry Day 2017!

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us for two wonderful poetry readings from lovely local wordsmiths to celebrate National Poetry Day! There will be two one hour sessions, before and after lunch. This is free to attend, so come along and support your local poets!

    11am - 12noon: Dónall Dempsey, Janice Dempsey, Trisha Broomfield and Karen Izod.

    2 - 3pm: Jeremy Loynes, Kyle McHale, Ray Pool and Kitty Coles.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Waterstones website
  • 28 Sep 2017 theBigBuzz and Book Events for Schools - Outwood Primary, Wakefield: The Birds and the Bees
    School events

    Outwood Primary, Wakefield: The Birds and the Bees

    28 Sep 2017

    A primary-school NPD celebration of our birds, bees and other marvellous free-flying minibeasts in edu-taining laughter, rhythm and rhyme from my books 'Flying High! Discover the poetry in British birds' and 'Buzzing! Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts'. Followed by poetry workshops with KS2 pupils.

    Performance

    View theBigBuzz and Book Events for Schools website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Drake the Bookshop - Stockton on Tees: Drake the Bookshop, Free the Word
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    Stockton on Tees: Drake the Bookshop, Free the Word

    28 Sep 2017

    Join local TWP poets Sarah Crutwell, Natalie Scott and Janet Philo for an evening of poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Day.
    Thursday 28th September 2017
    7pm - 9pm Drake the Bookshop, 27 Silver Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1SX
    There will also be an open mic session
    Free event with refreshments available
    please contact the bookshop on 01642 909970 for more info and to book a place.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Drake the Bookshop website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Poole Libraries - Poole Libraries: Describe the Sky
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    Poole Libraries: Describe the Sky

    01 Jan 1970

    Celebrate National Poetry Day this week by helping us create a poetry window.
    Drop in all week - Monday 25th to Saturday 30th September.

    Library

    View Poole Libraries website
  • 05 Sep 2017 Warwickshire Poetry Voices - Stratford-Upon-Avon library: British Sign Language Poetry Event
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    Stratford-Upon-Avon library: British Sign Language Poetry Event

    05 Sep 2017

    Warwickshire Poetry Voices in presenting its first ever BSL Poetry event at Stratford-Upon-Avon Library this National Poetry Day! This will include poets from the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities and will include performance by acclaimed poet Richard Carter.

    Performance, Library

    View Warwickshire Poetry Voices website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar - Cardiff: Octavo’s Book Cafe Limerick Competition
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    Cardiff: Octavo’s Book Cafe Limerick Competition

    28 Sep 2017

    Cardiff, Octavo's Book Cafe and Wine Bar. To celebrate National Poetry Day we are running a limerick competition. The prize is a £25 Octavo's gift voucher.

    Octavo Book Cafe and Wine Bar is an exciting new bookstore and cafe in West Bute Street, just off the Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay. It’s the heart of the creative quarter of Cardiff, the capital of Wales.

    Founded in 2016, Octavo’s is situated in a former coaching inn, the oldest building (1839) in what used to be called Tiger Bay.  Octavo’s is a warm, welcoming hub for the community and visitors, offering a wide range of books alongside a raft of events, clubs, crafting and other activities.  And, of course, we offer coffee (roasted in Wales), teas, wine and an excellent menu of snacks and meals, all cooked from scratch, using Welsh produce where possible and including many traditional Welsh dishes.

     

    Free, Prize

    View Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Aik Saath - Empoword- National Poetry Day
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    Empoword- National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    Join Slough's poetry collective Empoword at the Curve for an evening of poetry, spoken word and music.

    6:30pm- 8:00pm

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Aik Saath website
  • 20 Sep 2017 Penlee House Gallery & Museum - Freeing yourself to write: poetry in response to art
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    Freeing yourself to write: poetry in response to art

    20 Sep 2017

    Poetry workshop, led by award-winning poet Katrina Naomi, exploring the art on display at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, as an inspiration for writing. Open to all, from beginners to more experienced writers. Cost: £10 (£8.50 concessions)

    View Penlee House Gallery & Museum website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Otley Town Poet - Otley town poet: Town Below the Steps
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    Otley town poet: Town Below the Steps

    28 Sep 2017

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, Korks Wine Bar will host 'Town Below the Steps', a 'poetry play' and homage to 'Under Milk Wood' written by Otley Town Poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Otley Poets and Half Moon Books authors. The event also features original live musical interludes, written and performed by Matthew Sturgess (from The Silver Reserve) and pianist Beth Kilburn. FREE entry. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    Performance, Free

    View Otley Town Poet website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Knaresborough Library - North Yorkshire County Council - Knaresborough Library – Poet in Residence
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    Knaresborough Library – Poet in Residence

    28 Sep 2017

    Local poet Sally Smith will be in residence at Knaresborough Library from 10am to 1pm on 28th Sept.

    If you are an aspiring poet or just a lover of poetry please come along and meet Sally for a chat about how to write poems, what poetry means to you and share some of your favourites.

    Sally's new book 'In and out of Love' will also be on sale & she is happy to sign copies

    Free, Library

    View Knaresborough Library - North Yorkshire County Council website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Freak Speak - Peterborough Poet Laureate Final
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    Peterborough Poet Laureate Final

    28 Sep 2017

    A heap of poets will perform to compete for glory at the final of Peterborough Poet Laureate 2018.

    The final is been graciously supported by Vivacity Culture & Leisure Trust and The Key Theatre.

    Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peterborough-poet-laureate-2017-finale-tickets-35998995966?aff=eac2

    Performance, Free

    View Freak Speak website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Suffolk Poetry Society - Poetry from the Lookout
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    Poetry from the Lookout

    28 Sep 2017

    A gathering of poets at 12:00 Noon from all over Suffolk and East Anglia to read their poems aloud from the steps of the Aldeburgh South Lookout. We will as in previous years be sharing our poems on the theme of Freedom from Aldeburgh beach with poets in Long Beach New York and Long Beach California.
    The event is free to all to listen and take part. It is supported by the Caroline Wiseman Lookout arts club and Suffolk Poetry Society

    Free, Open mic

    View Suffolk Poetry Society website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Neanderthal Bard - Soul Food and Street Sonnets
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    Soul Food and Street Sonnets

    28 Sep 2017

    Alexander Rhodes is not real. He is just an idea. If you look hard enough you will find evidence of a previous incarnation as a DJ and producer of electronic music. A few house music mixes here, the odd chill out track there, echoing in the digital ether.

    Alexander's poetry is inspired by the free thinking of the rave generation and heavily influenced by his breaking free from an oppressive religious cult. His work tackles concepts of self, society and awareness with the right blend of humour, a dash of inspiration and moments of genuine despair. Expect wry observations, chemically induced inspirations and twisted logic.

    “Thoughtful, evocative and unflinchingly honest”
    Jason Vegas Butler “Rhymewarp”

    “A joy to watch. His poetry dives right into what it means to be human”
    Robert Garnham

    “Searing and soulful” : Mark Gwynne Jones

    “Who is that old guy, I like his stuff” Miko's Mum

    This is going to be one hell of a feature set and definitely not one to be missed. For your own 10 minute slot just comment on the event notice. You could just turn up on the night for a slot but why risk it when you can guarantee a slot so easily. Slots are up to 10 minutes long but if you don't have ten minutes give us what you have.

    Performance, Free

    View Neanderthal Bard website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Bradford UNESCO City of Film - Bradford Poets on location
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    Bradford Poets on location

    28 Sep 2017

    Poets from Bradford District go on location across iconic places in the city to film recitals of their own verse.

    The films will be launched on National Poetry Day on Bradford's Big Screen in City Park.

    This event is supported by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Bradford Libraries.

    Free

    View Bradford UNESCO City of Film website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Tor Bridge High School - Tor Bridge High School Celebration of Poetry
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    Tor Bridge High School Celebration of Poetry

    28 Sep 2017

    A week long celebration of poetry including quizzes, displays and competitions. A fantastic, high energy visiting poet to work with all our students (Karl Nova), poetry and petit fours poetry reading in the school library on national poetry day, poetry flash mob and lots more.

    Library, Exhibition

    View Tor Bridge High School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Friends of Oundle Library - Celebrating Poetry Day at Oundle Library
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    Celebrating Poetry Day at Oundle Library

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us for poetry readings, a bit of fun, and home made refreshments! Oundle U3A Poetry Group will be reading poems they've chosen and poems suggested by library customers. And if you'd like to read a poem yourself, just let us know. We welcome audience participation! Thursday, 28 September at Oundle Library @ 11.30am

    Performance, Library

    View Friends of Oundle Library website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Word Makers and Silence Breakers - Bournemouth Poet Laureate: Calling all Freedom Poets
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    Bournemouth Poet Laureate: Calling all Freedom Poets

    01 Jan 1970

    Call to arms to any Poets willing to write on the theme of Freedom nationally or internationally.
    Email poems up to 20 lines to myriamwordmaker@gmail.com by the 28th of September to be published on I am not a silent poet online magazine.
    If in the Bournemouth area, come to share your poems to the public. Meeting at The Mad Cucumber vegan lounge at midday.
    Curated by Myriam San Marco, Bournemouth Poet Laureate.

    Performance, Free

    View Word Makers and Silence Breakers website
  • 25 Sep 2017 Below Stairs - Below Stairs at Blacks Club
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    Below Stairs at Blacks Club

    25 Sep 2017

    A unique night in one of Soho's most exclusive venues with an emphasis on poetry. Hosted by Sophia Blackwell with special guests Rosie Garland and Michelle Madsen.

    Performance, Free

    View Below Stairs website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Gallery Writers at the Hub - Freedoms – sky or fences
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    Freedoms – sky or fences

    28 Sep 2017

    Book launch of three pamphlets from local poets Yvonne Chamberlain, Pauline Radley, Ursel North from Gallery Writers Imprint. Open mic for poets and singer song writers. Poetry posters with illustrations from Rowan students Cambridge. Poems from Clare Crossman, Kaddy Benyon, Lucy Hamilton, Jackie Watts.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Gallery Writers at the Hub website
  • 28 Sep 2017 in-words ltd - Cinnamon Toast!
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    Cinnamon Toast!

    28 Sep 2017

    Five poets published by Cinnamon Press will read from their latest books/pamphlets to celebrate National Poetry Day at West Greenwich Library: Tamsin Hopkins, Alex Josephy, Jane McLaughlin, Jeremy Worman, Louise Warren.
    FREE

    Performance, Free

    View in-words ltd website
  • 27 Sep 2017 Poems in Brockley - Poems in Brockley
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    Poems in Brockley

    27 Sep 2017

    A special edition of our monthly poetry readings to celebrate National Poetry Day, with poems on its theme of Freedom. Bring your own or other poets' poems on the theme.
    Upstairs at The Talbot pub, 2 Tyrwhitt Road, Brockley, SE4
    7.30-10pm

    Free

    View Poems in Brockley website
  • 28 Sep 2017 LGBT Poet Laureate - Pop up poetry
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    Pop up poetry

    28 Sep 2017

    The LGBT Poet Laureate will be Celebrating National Poetry Day and its theme of Freedom, by taking poetry off the page.
    She will be performing pop up poetry at various and unexpected Central London (WC1 & 2) locations.

    Performance, Free

    View LGBT Poet Laureate website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Queensbridge School - Queensbridge School Poetry Slam
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    Queensbridge School Poetry Slam

    28 Sep 2017

    Using the idea of blackout poetry, students and staff will perform their poems on the theme of 'freedom'. There will also be chances to have a 'poem in your pocket' and to discover new poets along the way.

    Performance, Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Queensbridge School website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Crichton Writers - Alchemy at Dumfries Museum
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    Alchemy at Dumfries Museum

    28 Sep 2017

    The Crichton Writers celebrate their region, its whisky, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns with readings from their latest anthology, Alchemy. Free entry, tea and coffee will be served.

    Performance, Free

    View Crichton Writers website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Drawing Projects UK - New Voices in Poetry at Drawing Projects UK
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    New Voices in Poetry at Drawing Projects UK

    30 Sep 2017

    Poetry reading and Q&A with the three winners of this year's Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers Competition. Listen to Cynthia Miller, Marvin Thompson and Ben Bransfield read their fantastic poems and enjoy a drink at the Studio Cafe.

    Performance

    View Drawing Projects UK website
  • 28 Sep 2017 St Gregory's Catholic College - Bath: Poems Galore at St Gregory’s Catholic College with Josephine Corcoran
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    Bath: Poems Galore at St Gregory’s Catholic College with Josephine Corcoran

    28 Sep 2017

    St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, has appointed poet, playwright and short story writer Josephine Corcoran as their Writer in Residence for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. On National Poetry Day students and staff will be reading, writing, and decorating the college with poems about freedom.

    View St Gregory's Catholic College website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Northumberland Park - Northumberland: Words of Freedom
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    Northumberland: Words of Freedom

    28 Sep 2017

    Join writers Elaine Cusack and Allison Davies for a morning of poetry appreciation on National Poetry Day in Northumberland Park’s Community Room (attached to café) from 10am to 11.30am.
    Feel free to bring poems on this year's theme of Freedom.
    Allison will also talk about her play Trade which tours next year and the charity, Dalit Freedom Network

    Performance, Free

    View Northumberland Park website
  • 22 Sep 2017 Rathbone Training - Edinburgh Rathbone Training: National Poetry Day
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    Edinburgh Rathbone Training: National Poetry Day

    22 Sep 2017

    The youths at Rathbone Training will showcase their poems. All poems will be focussed on this years theme of 'Freedom'. Poems will be displayed from Friday 22nd September till national poetry day on the 28th.

    Exhibition

    View Rathbone Training website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Sir Jonathan North Community College - Leicester Making Rhyme Catchers.
    School events

    Leicester Making Rhyme Catchers.

    28 Sep 2017

    Aim is to learn, write and make poems fun and interesting for our students. The library will be working with Modern Languages Faculty to explore poems and language in English and another language known or being learnt by a student. This will be celebrated with a display on 'European Day of Languages'event with the MFL Faculty.

    Free, Library

    View Sir Jonathan North Community College website
  • 01 Sep 2017 Thrive - Torquay Thrive’s National Poetry Day Competition
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    Torquay Thrive’s National Poetry Day Competition

    01 Sep 2017

    We're getting creative this September to celebrate National Poetry Day! We are giving away Jane Evans' complete collection of children's books by asking pupils and adults to get together in their settings to create a poem based around this year's theme: Freedom.

    Prize

    View Thrive website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Culture Perth and Kinross - Poetry Slam
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    Poetry Slam

    28 Sep 2017

    Edinburgh-based poet Beth Cochrane hosts this slam for National Poetry Day 2017. Four young and upcoming poets, Ross McCleary, Marianne Macrae, Rachel Rankin and Freddie Alexander will perform and compete against each other. You, the audience, select your favourite poet and eventual contest winner.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Culture Perth and Kinross website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Central Library, Edinburgh. - Poetry at Lunchtime with Claire Askew
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    Poetry at Lunchtime with Claire Askew

    28 Sep 2017

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with poets Claire Askew and Stewart Sanderson. Sit back and enjoy listening to Claire and Stewart’s work, before sharing a favourite poem of your own with the group (remember to bring a poem to read!)

    Or if reading aloud isn’t your idea of a calming time, continue relaxing and listening with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Central Library, Edinburgh. website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Retford Library - Poetry of Philip Larkin and a Freedom Pass on a Poem
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    Poetry of Philip Larkin and a Freedom Pass on a Poem

    28 Sep 2017

    The Poetry of Philip Larkin - Local literary enthusiast Rob White will take us through a selection of Larkin's poems giving a personal interpretation and insight into the great poet.

    This will be followed by a Pass on a Poem Poetry Café with the Freedom theme. Share a favourite or listen to others.

    Refreshments provided. Tickets £1. The event starts at 2pm. Booking advised. 01777708724

    Library

    View Retford Library website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Omilos Eksipiretiton (The Servers' Society) - A poetic trilogy by the contemporary Greek poet and philosopher Dimitris Kakalidis
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    A poetic trilogy by the contemporary Greek poet and philosopher Dimitris Kakalidis

    29 Sep 2017

    Poetry that touches our soul and our divine essence; that moves, inspires and uplifts us.

    Passing through the narration of the entire miracle of Creation, the poet Dimitris Kakalidis leads us to the next stop of the journey, where the human being is called to see all forms through different eyes; where Matter in total, becomes an object of admiration, and through its eternal dance with the Spirit, it is uplifted to its true substance.

    Presented in English and Greek, the evening will see us follow the poet, through his words, in repositioning matter to its true existence.

    Performance, Free

    View Omilos Eksipiretiton (The Servers' Society) website
  • 26 Sep 2017 Carcanet Press - New Poetries – An Evening with the Poets of Carcanet Press
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    New Poetries – An Evening with the Poets of Carcanet Press

    26 Sep 2017

    18:30 - 20:30
    Waterstones Gower Street

    In the run up to National Poetry Day, Carcanet Press and Gower St. Waterstones invite you to join us for a unique and special evening of readings from contributors to Carcanet's 2015 'New Poetries VI' anthology, including Rebecca Watts, Adam Crothers, Judith Willson, Claudine Toutoungi, Eric Langley, Joey Connolly, Alex Wong and John Clegg.

    This event is a reunion of the New Poetries VI crowd and a celebration of the fact that most of these poets published their debut collections with Carcanet in 2016/17. So come raise a toast to these promising young poets and to the next generation of poetry!

    £6 tickets (£4 for students) are available via Ticketscript, in store and by telephone 020 7636 1577

    Further details: 020 7636 1577

    Performance

    View Carcanet Press website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Carcanet Press and Poetry Ireland - Tara Bergin: The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx
    Partner events

    Tara Bergin: The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx

    28 Sep 2017

    7.00pm
    Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
    Tickets: Free, booking advised

    Carcanet Press and Poetry Ireland present the Irish launch of Tara Bergin's The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, a 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation, shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2017.

    Performance, Free

    View Carcanet Press and Poetry Ireland website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Carcanet Press - Rory Waterman – Sarajevo Roses Launch
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    Rory Waterman – Sarajevo Roses Launch

    28 Sep 2017

    Rory will be launching his latest collection Sarajevo Roses at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, alongside Kathryn Daszkiewicz and Andrew Taylor.

    The event is free but you must book tickets by contacting fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

    Performance, Free

    View Carcanet Press website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Waterstones - Exeter: Waterstones, poetry on the theme of Freedom
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    Exeter: Waterstones, poetry on the theme of Freedom

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us to celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 28 September. This year’s theme is ‘Freedom’, and Exeter-based poets Lawrence Sail and Anthony Wilson will be playing to it with a selection of their own and others’ work. The event starts at 7 p.m., and tickets costing £3 are available from the shop

    Performance

    View Waterstones website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Finding the Words poetry evening
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    Finding the Words poetry evening

    28 Sep 2017

    Finding the Words at York Explore Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming monthly poetry evening. 7pm at York Explore. £3 or £2 with a York Card.

    Performance, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Poetry Book Society - Pop Up Poetry Bookshop
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    Pop Up Poetry Bookshop

    28 Sep 2017

    The Pop-Up Poetry Bookshop is a four day book fair and exhibition space for all those involved in the promotion, creation and production of poetry. Celebrating the diversity and vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers large and small, niche and mainstream are invited to display and sell their works direct to the public at one of the most vibrant new poetry festivals in the UK. The fair will take place in the foyer of Hull College, location of gala readings and live audience BBC broadcasts at the Contains Strong Language festival.

    Exhibition

    View Poetry Book Society website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Glasgow Life - Pop Up Poet Session
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    Pop Up Poet Session

    28 Sep 2017

    Live poetry sessions by one of our Pop up Poets from the St Mungo's Mirrorball. Come along and have a coffee or some lunch and hear some poetry from 11.00am - 1.30pm at the Mitchell Library

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Glasgow Life website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Stablemates - Jill Abram presents Stablemates for National Poetry Day
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    Jill Abram presents Stablemates for National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    For National Poetry Day, a very special Stablemates Poetry Salon at Foyles with Roger McGough, Malika Booker and Kathryn Maris of Penguin Modern Poets.

    Performance

    View Stablemates website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Poetry Bookshop - Hay Poetry Relay A-Z
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    Hay Poetry Relay A-Z

    28 Sep 2017

    This autumn The Poetry Bookshop in the world famous 'Booktown' of Hay-on-Wye is on the move! The town will be celebrating National Poetry Day with residents and friends of the shop forming a human chain to move the A-Z of poetry through the streets of Hay from the old premises to the new.

    Free

    View The Poetry Bookshop website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Indian Poet - Freedom from the Known
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    Freedom from the Known

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us for an afternoon of Spoken Word Poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day 2017. An open mic event will be held at the Attenbrough Arts Centre (Cafe) in Leicester. This intimate event is intended to provide a relaxed and informal atmosphere with participation encouraged from those who have never undertaken spoken word poetry before. The 2017 theme is Freedom...have something to say about it?

    This event will coincide with the book launch for SOULMATE: A Collection of Modern Poetry (co-authored by The Patel Sisters) and the first ever recital of The Tripple Glazed Window (Race, Gender and Class) a spoken piece by The Indian Poet.

    Book your complimentary ticket at Eventbrite

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freedom-from-the-known-tickets-37202348225?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

    Open mic

    View The Indian Poet website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Theatre Delicatessen - Yorkshire: The Unsung, Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield
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    Yorkshire: The Unsung, Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield

    28 Sep 2017

    You've heard of Kurt Cobain. You've heard of Jim Morrison. But have you heard of Scott Johnson, or Lina Prokofiev? The Unsung is a funeral party for the forgotten fallen heroes of music- not the famous dead rock stars, but the people whose story has never been told. This colourful journey in words and sound by poet Genevieve Carver and her live band Sarah Sharp, Tim Knowles and Brian Bestall bridges the gap between theatre, poetry and live music. Weaving spoken word with musical styles from gypsy jazz, to rock guitar, to Sos synth pop, The Unsung is a whirlwind tour around the worl exploring how music has shattered the lives of those who've loved it most.

    Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet interested in finding humanity amidst the chaos. She performs regularly at prestigious events across the country, having supported artists such as Buddy Wakefield and Hollie McNish.

    'Genevieve Carver is one of the leading stars of the northern spoken word scene, often amusing and heartbreaking in the same sentence, she is always entertaining and one of south yorkshires best performers'- Now Then magazine.

    'One of the most powerful peices of theatre/music/poetry i have ever seen'- Audience review

    Winner, Award for Excellence in Spoken Word, Buxton Fringe Festival 2017

    Performance

    View Theatre Delicatessen website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Shipley Art Gallery - North: Words of Freedom, Gateshead
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    North: Words of Freedom, Gateshead

    28 Sep 2017

    Join writers Elaine Cusack and Allison Davies for an afternoon of poetry appreciation on National Poetry Day from 2pm to 3.30pm in Gateshead's Shipley Art Gallery.
    Feel free to bring poems on this year's theme of Freedom.
    Allison will also talk about her play Trade which tours next year and the charity, Dalit Freedom Network
    https://dfn.org.uk/
    FREE for more info and to book a place on this afternoon event visit https://shipleyartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/national-poetry-day-words-of-freedom

    Performance, Free

    View Shipley Art Gallery website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Hull 2017 UK City of Culture - Hull: Contains Strong Language
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    Hull: Contains Strong Language

    28 Sep 2017

    Starting on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September, with local, national and international poets, Contains Strong Language is a celebration of new and existing word craft inspired by our literary city.

    Packed with world premieres, special gala readings, events and concerts, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, plus performances from John Cooper Clarke and others, Contains Strong Language also features several new projects that absolutely everyone can get involved with – such as a mammoth washing line of poetry to be created from 2017 new poems about city landmarks written by Hull residents.

    At the heart of the festival will be The Hull 17 – an ensemble of 17 artists, commissioned to create new work, who will be resident in the city, including Imtiaz Dharker, Kate Fox, Joe Hakim, Harry Giles, Helen Mort, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Polley, Louise Wallwein, Fred Voss and Dean Wilson.

    Performance, Free

    View Hull 2017 UK City of Culture website
  • 26 Sep 2017 Penned in the Margins - Book Launch: Swims by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
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    Book Launch: Swims by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

    26 Sep 2017

    Join Penned in the Margins to celebrate the launch of Elizabeth-Jane Burnett's debut collection, Swims, on the Thames itself at Tamesis Dock.

    Elizabeth-Jane will read from the book - a chaptered long poem documenting wild swims in the UK.

    Swims is one of forty poetry collections specially recommended for National Poetry Day.

    Performance, Free

    View Penned in the Margins website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Jupiter Artland - Don Paterson at Jupiter Artland
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    Don Paterson at Jupiter Artland

    28 Sep 2017

    Experience an exciting landmark event at Jupiter Artland, with Don Paterson reading in the atmospheric grounds of the Jupiter Artland sculpture park in this unique event co-hosted with the Scottish Poetry Library. £12 (£10.80 for Jupiter Artland members), book via www.jupiterartland.org.uk

    Performance

    View Jupiter Artland website
  • 26 Sep 2017 Appledore Book Festival - An hour with Kate Fox
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    An hour with Kate Fox

    26 Sep 2017

    Well-known performance poet Kate Fox appears at Appledore Book Festival, Appledore, Devon on 26 September. She will also run a poetry workshop on the same day. Workshop from 2-3.30 p.m. and performance from 8 to 9 p.m. Contact www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk for details.

    Performance

    View Appledore Book Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2017 East Renfrewshire Libraries - Scotland, East Renfrewshire libraries: Poetry Play
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    Scotland, East Renfrewshire libraries: Poetry Play

    28 Sep 2017

    Drop in to any East Renfrewshire library and let our poetry lovers prescribe the perfect poem for
    you for National Poetry day! Why not have a go yourself - transform titles on the shelves or words on spines into poetry for others to enjoy.

    And we have ‘Poetry Play’ for families too. Make up your own poem by picking random words from the Rhyming Hat…who can make the silliest, kookiest rhyme…?

    Free, Library

    View East Renfrewshire Libraries website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Old Vic - London, Old Vic theatre: Can lyrics be literature?
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    London, Old Vic theatre: Can lyrics be literature?

    28 Sep 2017

    ‘Songwriters are not poets’. Simon Armitage

    Did Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature win redefine the boundaries of literature? Or do we, by calling it poetry, deny music a place as its own unique art form? At 6pm on National Poetry Day, join poets, musicians and performance artists to discuss the relationship between lyrics and poetry.

    Performance

    View The Old Vic website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Literature Works - Hardy’s Cottage: poetry walks and activities
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    Hardy’s Cottage: poetry walks and activities

    28 Sep 2017

    What better way to celebrate National Poetry Day in Dorset, than by visiting poet Thomas Hardy’s homes? Join us for a day of poetry, creativity and inspiration at Hardy’s Cottage, with poetry walks, activities and our writer-in-residence, Virginia Astley. Discover the stories behind some of his best known poems, at Max Gate.

    Normal admission applies.

    NT members free.

    Reading, Exhibition

    View Literature Works website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Wakefield Literary Festival - Wakefield: Poetry on the no 59 Bus
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    Wakefield: Poetry on the no 59 Bus

    28 Sep 2017

    National Poetry Day on the No.59 Bus



    Take your seat for a ride of poetic musing, revolutionary songs and live music from The Merrie City to Tarn and back. Jump on board Bus 59 with The Ukulele Lady and her Boy, musician Jacqui Wicks and poet Ralph Dartford, and experience a journey like no other. All you will need is your fare. This event is part of the Hear My Voice Barnsley Project in collaboration with Wakefield Lit Festival, funded by the Barnsley TUC Training Ltd and supported by Stagecoach.

    Meet at Wakefield Bus station for the 11.21 bus and along the route to Barnsley.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Wakefield Literary Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Guild Chapel - Stratford-Upon-Avon: Freedom… (and Beyond)
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    Stratford-Upon-Avon: Freedom… (and Beyond)

    28 Sep 2017

    Poetry Workshop led by What Lies Beyond...
    Join Wendy Freeman and Dave Reeves, two internationally recognised writers and performers, for a poetry workshop at the Guild Chapel, designed to explore this historic environment in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. The workshop will be followed by a (free) invitation to read, enjoy and perform poetry within the Chapel.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Guild Chapel website
  • 07 Sep 2017 Moffat & District Community Nature Reserve - Moffat Poetry Wander, Ponder and Scribe
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    Moffat Poetry Wander, Ponder and Scribe

    07 Sep 2017

    Explore the language of nature with Eryl Shields of the Moffat Poetry Group, in the run up to September's National Poetry Day.

    We will take a short wander and enjoy a few tales along the way. There will be time to ponder the wonders of Moffat’s wildlife and then have a go at writing your own piece.

    So to enjoy plenty of hints and tips to inspire and motivate those creative juices simply bring along your good self, armed with a pen, notebook and possibly some warmer clothes.

    Only 8 spaces so to book a place message at www.facebook.com/Moffat-Community-Nature-Reserve or email moffatcommunitynaturereserve@gmail.com
    Meet in the reserve car park – just follow the brown tourism sign from the A701 between the motorway and Moffat.

    Free

    View Moffat & District Community Nature Reserve website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Manchester Metropolitan University - Climate Poetry competition: Manchester Metropolitan University
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    Climate Poetry competition: Manchester Metropolitan University

    28 Sep 2017

    Send us your poems (in any language) about climate change. The top 20 will appear in a new book of climate change poetry, the proceeds of which go to the Environmental Justice Foundation to support their work with climate change refugees.

    For details of how to enter please check the website.

    Free, Prize

    View Manchester Metropolitan University website
  • 29 Sep 2017 Keats Shelley Memorial Association - London, Old Operating Theatre: Rebel Angel
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    London, Old Operating Theatre: Rebel Angel

    29 Sep 2017

    Rebel Angel is a new play about John Keats' momentous decision to choose poetry over surgery, posthumous fame over a life of conventional prosperity.

    This is a site-specific production created to be experienced in the evocative and atmospheric ambience of a contemporary operating theatre. The play - written by Angus Graham-Campbell - unfolds in the well of the old theatre, while the audience sit or stand on the tiers originally occupied by the watching (and occasionally fainting) medical students.

    The Old Operating Theatre Museum has recently been refurbished with new lift access and this production also includes BSL interpreted performances. Performances take place from Tue 19 September to Sat 7 October and capacity is very limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Performance

    View Keats Shelley Memorial Association website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Poet in the City - Poet in the City: Poetry Breakfast at L’Escargot
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    Poet in the City: Poetry Breakfast at L’Escargot

    28 Sep 2017

    Step into a world of mystery this National Poetry Day.

    Poet in the City’s legendary Poetry Breakfast is back, with a twist. This year we’re transforming Soho’s iconic L’Escargot in Greek Street, into a trove of poetic treasures. Behind door number 1, you might find yourself sitting down for coffee with 2016 Forward Prize-winner Vahni Capildeo, maybe you'll be meeting Jo Shapcott, 2011 recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; or perhaps you’ll be sharing a croissant with Sabrina Mahfouz, the award-winning poet and playwright behind With a Little Bit of Luck (2016) and literary anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write.

    Your ticket will grant you access to one of our mystery rooms in this magnificent 18th century Georgian house, the perfect start to anyone’s morning.

    Performance, Free

    View Poet in the City website
  • 04 Oct 2017 SABLE LitMag - Kadija Sesay & Friends : A (Post) National Poetry Day Celebration!
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    Kadija Sesay & Friends : A (Post) National Poetry Day Celebration!

    04 Oct 2017

    You are invited to chill, share poetry, music, books, food and drink with others who live and love poetry.

    Join Kadija Sesay & friends: Nick Makoha, Roger Robinson, Ishaq Imruh Bakari and Gemma Weekes.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View SABLE LitMag website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Chantry Library, Suffolk - Chantry Library: Open Mike Poetry Evening
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    Chantry Library: Open Mike Poetry Evening

    28 Sep 2017

    Suffolk, Chantry Library: Join the Reading and Creative writing group joint meeting where we celebrate National Poetry Day, and share your favourite or original poem. This is an informal meeting with drinks and home made cake, included in usual fee of £2.

    Open mic

    View Chantry Library, Suffolk website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Poems In the Kitchen - The Penny-Farthing Cafe: Poems in the Kitchen
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    The Penny-Farthing Cafe: Poems in the Kitchen

    28 Sep 2017

    Poems in the Kitchen on National Poetry Day will be moving round the corner to the pop-up Penny-Farthing Cafe at 21, High Street on the corner with Waddelow Road. Drop in 10-5 bringing in any poem on the theme, borrowed or created. The cafe is family and all-age friendly. As ever, as part of LWI, we invite donations to MSF and its work in the Middle East.

    Open mic

    View Poems In the Kitchen website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Explore York Libraries and Archives - York Libraries: Poetry Platform
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    York Libraries: Poetry Platform

    28 Sep 2017

    York Explore Library: Poets from York and beyond will entertain and surprise you with spellbinding words and music. Join us between noon and 2pm to hear from
    Nick Boreham, Will Kemp, Richard Carpenter, Patrick Lodge, Rose Drew, Pauline Kirk, Katie Greenbrown, Alan Gillott, Janet Dean, Simon Nisbett, Jenny Hill, Hannah Stone, Robert Powell, John Gilham

     

    Performance, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize - St Pancras station: Betjeman Poetry Prize award ceremony
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    St Pancras station: Betjeman Poetry Prize award ceremony

    28 Sep 2017

    The Betjeman Poetry Prize celebrates the fantastic achievement of this year’s six young finalists at St Pancras International, on the Upper Councourse, by the statue of Sir John Betjeman.

    Awards presented by the poet Rachel Rooney and the illustrator Chris Riddell, with readings from the young poets. Event starts at 2pm.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Betjeman Poetry Prize website
  • 04 Oct 2017 Sefton Library Service - Sefton Libraries: Sefton Slams and open mic
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    Sefton Libraries: Sefton Slams and open mic

    04 Oct 2017

    Sefton Libraries will be hosting ‘Sefton Slams’ and open mic poetry competition hosted by poet Steph Pike on National Poetry Day. The afternoon will include a recital of Steph Pike’s poetry and performance by competition entrants with a break included for tea , coffee and biscuits.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize, Open mic

    View Sefton Library Service website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Blackwell's - Oxford: Blackwell’s Poetry Fiesta: National Poetry Day
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    Oxford: Blackwell’s Poetry Fiesta: National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    As part of this year's National Poetry Day celebrations, Blackwell's is proud to present an all day Poetry Fiesta in our beautiful Norrington Room!

    A wonderful and diverse group of outstanding poets from Oxford and across the country will be performing. Please join us throughout the day to catch them in lyrical action!

    Each poet will have a time slot throughout the day. Timings to be confirmed closer to the event.

    This event is FREE to attend.

    This event is just one amongst several fantastic events we have lined up for this year's National Poetry Day. For more information on others, please see our main Eventbrite listings page at blackwellsoxford.eventbrite.com

    Performance, Free

    View Blackwell's website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Blackwell's, Oxford - Oxford, Blackwell’s: ‘Stressed Unstressed’ or Can poetry make you happier?
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    Oxford, Blackwell’s: ‘Stressed Unstressed’ or Can poetry make you happier?

    28 Sep 2017

    Can poetry make you happier? A conversation with Jonathan Bate, Paula Byrne, Andrew Schuman, and Sophie Ratcliffe, editors of 'Stressed, Unstressed', led by John Mitchinson, co-founder of the groundbreaking publishing house, Unbound.

    Bestselling writer Paula Byrne set out to create an anthology of poetry which would act as a kind of mental health toolkit. With her co-editors, the Shakespearean scholar Jonathan Bate, NHS General Practitioner Andrew Schuman, and writer and critic Sophie Ratcliffe, she produced 'Stressed Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind'. The anthology has sold 20,000 copies worldwide, with all proceeds going to the mental health foundation, ReLit.

    Please join us for what is certain to be an enriching evening. This event will be held in the Norrington Room. This event is just one amongst several fantastic events we have lined up for this year's National Poetry Day. For more information, see our main Eventbrite listings page: blackwellsoxford.eventbrite.com

    Reading, Performance

    View Blackwell's, Oxford website
  • 30 Sep 2017 Blackwell's, Oxford - Oxford, Blackwell’s: Get Creative with Art and Poetry for Performance
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    Oxford, Blackwell’s: Get Creative with Art and Poetry for Performance

    30 Sep 2017

    Oxford: Blackwell's bookshop: a lively, interactive Poetry Performance workshop at 11 am, led by Diana Moore, author of Objects in the Ashmolean, An Art and Poetry Resource.

    Age guide: 7 to 11 years

    For parents and children.

    Come and join in, and help to devise short performance pieces using poetry, song, music, dance, drama - and humour.

    Diana Moore lives in Oxfordshire. She writes and performs for children and adults. Her work takes her into schools, theatres, residential homes, museums, libraries, business meeting rooms – and book stores. She has two other books published, A Fishy Coat Tale and Other Poems and A Visitor to the Forest.

    Examples of Diana’s projects include: The Ashmolean Museum (Runcible Rhymes/Live Fridays/Art & Poetry for Performance/Poetry Tours), the Story Museum (Mr Lear’s Birthday Party), Oxford Central Library (Alice’s Day), Wantage (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival (poetry workshops for schools), The Lady Nuffield Home (art and poetry presentations), and a Lottery Funded theatre production at Nordern Farm Centre for the Arts (Words, Wit and Flamingos?) for Adults with Dyslexia.

    Free

    View Blackwell's, Oxford website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Waterstones Tottenham Court Road - Portrait of a Poet: New Lenses on Portraiture
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    Portrait of a Poet: New Lenses on Portraiture

    28 Sep 2017

    To celebrate National Poetry Day Waterstones Tottenham Court Road have joined up with Complete Works Poetry to present three exceptional UK poets reading their work: Mona Arshi, winner of the Forward Prize; Karen McCarthy Woolf, recently described by the Sunday Times as ‘changing the way we look at collections’; and Caleb Femi, the Young Poet Laureate.

    The reading will be accompanied by the first showing of an exhibition of portraits of poets with stunning new photography from Caleb Femi and Naomi Woddis showing the new faces of UK poetry; diverse, fierce and sometimes even sexy.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Waterstones Tottenham Court Road website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Poemdemonium - Poemdemonium
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    Poemdemonium

    28 Sep 2017

    Poemdemonium is an open-mic night celebrating a fusion of poetry, short stories, and music to appeal to seasoned open mic veterans and newcomers alike. Whether you’re a budding bard, aspiring creator or sensational strummer, we’d be delighted to showcase your talents. We aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere and a chance to be immersed and participate in an evening of creative frivolity like no other.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Poemdemonium website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Hartlepool Borough Libraries - Freedom and Walls Poetry Workshop
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    Freedom and Walls Poetry Workshop

    28 Sep 2017

    Theme: Freedom and Walls
    Exploring through readings and writing exercises, ideas of freedom and imprisonment. Bring a pen, some paper and your imagination (and a poem on the topic if you have one) to work with Marilyn Longstaff, poet and member of Vane Women www.vanewomen.co.uk

    Library

    View Hartlepool Borough Libraries website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Authors Aloud - Visit to Thomas’ School, Clapham
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    Visit to Thomas’ School, Clapham

    28 Sep 2017

    Performance and workshops

    Performance

    View Authors Aloud website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Poetry anon - Light a Candle for John Clare on National Poetry Day
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    Light a Candle for John Clare on National Poetry Day

    28 Sep 2017

    14th YEAR
    National Poetry Day – Light a Candle for John Clare

    BRING YOUR JOHN CLARE POEM

    A reading of John Clare's poetry will take place on National Poetry Day - Thursday 28th September 2017 - at 7pm, in the Guildhall Courtyard by the statue of John Clare.

    There will be guest Speakers and everybody will be welcome to read.

    John Clare was an English poet who lived mostly in rural Northamptonshire from 1793-1864. He is now regarded as the most important English poet of the natural world. But he also wrote many poems, essays and letters about the environment, corruption, politics, love, social change, poverty and folk life in rural England.

    Project Co ordinator
    Peter Mulligan
    01604-715793
    caprojects.pm@gmail.com

    Performance, Free

    View Poetry anon website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery - Poetry Workshop: Freedom
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    Poetry Workshop: Freedom

    28 Sep 2017

    Be it the mass trespass, the right to roam or a walk in the landscape, Derbyshire poet Judy Brown will help you explore what freedom means for local people and places in your own poetry and inspired by museum objects. Her second book, Crowd Sensations (2016), is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.

    Library

    View Buxton Museum and Art Gallery website
  • 28 Jul 2017 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Poetry Platform at York Explore
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    Poetry Platform at York Explore

    28 Jul 2017

    Poets from York and beyond will entertain and surprise you with spellbinding words and music. 12-2pm in the Café at York Explore. Free. Drop-in.

    Performance, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Postal Museum - The Poetry Postie at The Postal Museum
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    The Poetry Postie at The Postal Museum

    28 Sep 2017

    All aboard! Take a magic train ride with the Poetry Postie and be inspired by her colourful, quirky, interactive performance.

    Follow a gallery trail and use stories in our collections to create poetic postcards, parcels and songs.

    Details: FDN and KS1 classes
    30 pupils max per session
    1 hour 30 minutes

    Cost: £120 plus VAT per session

    To find out more and how to book visit: postalmuseum.org/for-schools

    Performance

    View The Postal Museum website
  • 09 Sep 2017 Poetry Marathon - Knighton Poetry Marathon
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    Knighton Poetry Marathon

    09 Sep 2017

    Poetry Marathon – a free poetry festival in support of people displaced by war and violence. A pop-in event - a whole free day of poetry and music with exhibits, books and refreshments. In the morning the community market is next door so you can even do your shopping too. 15 published poets (including an ex-presenter from Poetry Please) and nationally known musicians

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View Poetry Marathon website
  • 29 Sep 2017 St Andrew's School Woking - St Andrews School, Woking: House Poetry Competition
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    St Andrews School, Woking: House Poetry Competition

    29 Sep 2017

    St Andrew's School, Woking:  a visiting poet, children performing and the Houses vying for the prestigious House Poetry Cup.

    Performance

    View St Andrew's School Woking website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Addenbrooke's Arts - Addenbrookes Hospital: Taking Note
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    Addenbrookes Hospital: Taking Note

    28 Sep 2017

    Addenbrooke's Hospital: we will be sharing poetry and taking note of moments of happiness on National Poetry Day.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Addenbrooke's Arts website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Morley Arts Festival - Morley Arts Festival Launch
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    Morley Arts Festival Launch

    28 Sep 2017

    Morley Arts Festival will feature a Poets Corner on Queens Street adjacent to Morley Town Hall.
    Throughout National Poetry Day residents and shopkeepers can perform their own poetry or a poem from their favourite poet.
    The launch event at 6pm will feature the winners and runner ups from the Children's Poetry Competition performing their work

    Reading, Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Morley Arts Festival website
  • 28 Jul 2017 Literary Dundee - Literary Dundee: Caroline Bird and Rachel McCrum
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    Literary Dundee: Caroline Bird and Rachel McCrum

    28 Jul 2017

    Join us for this special pre-festival celebration of In These Days of Prohibition (Caroline Bird, Carcanet Press) and The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate (Rachel McCrum, Freight Books).
    Caroline and Rachel will perform work from their new collections, with music from solo acoustic act Roseanne Reid and her distinctive brand of Americana magic.

    Performance

    View Literary Dundee website
  • 27 Sep 2017 The Underground Theatre Eastbourne - The Underground Theatre, Eastboune: Freedom, A Search for Meaning
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    The Underground Theatre, Eastboune: Freedom, A Search for Meaning

    27 Sep 2017

    Local poets & poetry performers are invited to submit poems for on stage performance on the theme of “freedom“.
    Individual poets may perform for up to 10 min or as a duo/group for 15 min. The programme format (3 x 30 min sections with 2 x 20 min breaks) will be finalised based on the selected submissions.
    The Theatre is fully equipped with lighting and sound with big screen video projection, and cabaret style seating. There is a licensed cafe/bar.

    Performance, Free

    View The Underground Theatre Eastbourne website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Totally Thames - Boat Poets River Late with MBNA Thames Clippers
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    Boat Poets River Late with MBNA Thames Clippers

    28 Sep 2017

    Celebrating National Poetry Day, the Totally Thames Boat Poets will be taking up a one night residency on the MBNA Thames Clippers, joining a host of other artists for pop up performances inspired by the River Thames. The work of the Boat Poets is in response to a number of residencies on working boats on the River Thames, conducted over Summer 2017.

    Boats will depart from Westminster Pier, and pop up performances will take place from 19:30 onwards. Just pay the standard oyster fare for a Thames Clipper, and get a special pop up performance with your journey.

    The first service departing from Westminster pier after 19:30, and then every stop after this on the same RB1 service – exact timings TBC

    Performance

    View Totally Thames website
  • 13 Oct 2017 Willoughby Memorial Trust - Willoughby Gallery: poetry competition for Lincolnshire schools
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    Willoughby Gallery: poetry competition for Lincolnshire schools

    13 Oct 2017

    A poetry competition on the theme of 'Freedom' or a title of your own choice open to all primary and secondary aged children in Lincolnshire.

    Closing date for entries is Friday 13 October 2017.

    Free, Prize

    View Willoughby Memorial Trust website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Lindum Books - Reading and Signing Paul Sutherland and Robert Etty
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    Reading and Signing Paul Sutherland and Robert Etty

    28 Sep 2017

    Join us to celebrate National Poetry Day 2017 with readings by local poets Paul Sutherland and Robert Etty. Paul will be reading from his New & Collected Works and Robert will read from his new collection, Passing the Story Down the Line.
    Tickets available at £4 including a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.

    Performance

    View Lindum Books website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Giuditta Amato - Glasgow: poem for your thoughts
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    Glasgow: poem for your thoughts

    28 Sep 2017

    Poem Share Moment: George's Square, Glasgow. Learn a poem , wear a 'I have a poem for you' sign and be willing to recite it to a perfect stranger for a moment of connection.

    Performance, Free

    View Giuditta Amato website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Postal Museum - Poetry Postie and the Postal Service of Happiness
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    Poetry Postie and the Postal Service of Happiness

    28 Sep 2017

    NPD ambassador Sally Crabtree aka The Poetry Postie will be at the Postal Museum in London with her Postal service of Happiness. Become part of the walking stamp collection, hop on the bike and create an instant sing-o-gram or delve in to the post bag for a poetic delivery. A chance also to make your very own Parcel Pet!

    Performance

    View The Postal Museum website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Margaret Holbrook - Poetry trail and Open Mic
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    Poetry trail and Open Mic

    28 Sep 2017

    There will be a poetry trail around the shops and businesses of Poynton, Cheshire, from the 18th September-2nd October. On the 28th September there will be an Open Mic Event (7pm start)in Poynton library for all to attend.

    Library, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Margaret Holbrook website
  • 28 Sep 2017 London Borough of Hillingdon - Northwood Community Arts: Poetry Workshop with Charlotte Baldwin
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    Northwood Community Arts: Poetry Workshop with Charlotte Baldwin

    28 Sep 2017

    Poetry workshop with Charlotte Baldwin, published poet and creative writing tutor, in association with Northwood Community Arts, to get your creative juices flowing. Through a series of guided exercises, the session will inspire you to explore your own life experiences in new ways and translate them into rich, image filled poems. Free - booking required as places are limited!

    Free, Library

    View London Borough of Hillingdon website
  • 28 Sep 2017 The Gibberd Garden Trust - Writing The Garden
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    Writing The Garden

    28 Sep 2017

    After a summer of writers' groups visiting The Gibberd Garden and a Writing Workshop on 11 August, the poems resulting from the inspirational Garden will be read, by the authors, during the evening of 28th September from 7pm. The event, to be held in the Barn Tea Room, will also feature other garden themed poems and music.

    Performance

    View The Gibberd Garden Trust website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Birmingham Poetry Festival - Birmingham Poetry Festival 2017
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    Birmingham Poetry Festival 2017

    28 Sep 2017

    Birmingham's poetry and spoken word festival returns in September 2017 celebrating the festival's fifth anniversary year. We are also celebrating National Poetry Day and its 'FREEDOM' theme with lots of free poetry and a few free poetry books too.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Birmingham Poetry Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2017 North End Writers, with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust - The Life Rooms with North End Writers & Pauline Rowe
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    The Life Rooms with North End Writers & Pauline Rowe

    28 Sep 2017

    The Life Rooms, Walton, Liverpool will celebrate poetry all day with service-users and staff of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as well as guest readers, local residents and writers. Event organised by Poet-in-Residence, Pauline Rowe, supported through our partnership with local charity,North End Writers.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View North End Writers, with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Reading the Forest - Speaking the Forest
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    Speaking the Forest

    28 Sep 2017

    Forest of Dean poetry in performance released online throughout the day. Local people - including the writers themselves - will be performing poems that say something about the Forest of Dean. Available online from 8am onwards at www.readingtheforest.co.uk.

    Performance, Free

    View Reading the Forest website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Colchester Institute - Colchester Institute: experimental workshops
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    Colchester Institute: experimental workshops

    28 Sep 2017

    Experimental workshops with Graphic Arts Students to produce poetry usual a range of visual methods based on Austin Kleon, William Burroughs, Jean Michel Basquiat and Tristan Tzara.

    Performance, Free, Prize, Exhibition

    View Colchester Institute website

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