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  • 01 Oct 2020 The Goose - Saying Words at the Goose
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    Saying Words at the Goose

    01 Oct 2020

    Another night of saying words. Nothing can stop the poetry, nothing can stop the flow.

    We've had all this time away to gather our thoughts and to write down our feelings. Now is the time to listen to those words being said. Use your ears whilst they use their words and feel every syllable wash over you. I'm on a mission to bring poetry to anyone and everyone, and this is the next step. Please come along with an open mind, and it will be nourished beyond your expectations.

    8pm start, with social distancing in place, so limited seats available.

    Featuring: Daniel Searle, Lia Burge, Angel Warwick, Bassie Gracie, Megan O'Neill, Graham McKnight, Cleary Mallard, RawbyNature, Naomi Wood

    Hosted by: Peter Strong

    Performance

    View The Goose website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Yorkshire Coast Book Club - Yorkshire Coast Book Club poetry share
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    Yorkshire Coast Book Club poetry share

    01 Oct 2020

    Book club members will be sharing poems online from 6pm onwards on Thursday October 1st.

    Reading, Free

    View Yorkshire Coast Book Club website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Dahlia Books - #Homeby10 Festival: Developing your practice with Rishi Dastidar and Gita Ralleigh
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    #Homeby10 Festival: Developing your practice with Rishi Dastidar and Gita Ralleigh

    01 Oct 2020

    How can poets sustain their practice while developing their craft? As part of National Poetry Day and in association with The Asian Writer, poets Rishi Dastidar and Gita Ralleigh will discuss their poetic practice, routes to publication and the challenges they have faced along the way. This event will take place on Zoom from 7.30 pm.

    Reading

    View Dahlia Books website
  • 27 Sep 2020 BBC Contains Strong Language - BBC Contains Strong Language: Poem and a Pint
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    BBC Contains Strong Language: Poem and a Pint

    27 Sep 2020

    Event time 19:00-20:00 (Doors open 18:30) at the Forum bar, Barrow.

    Kim Moore has a pint with some of our CSL Poets. Rachel Long performs work from her debut collection My Darling from the Lions – Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2020 and we hear from poets from Barrow in an open mic event.

    Open mic sign up on admission as space and time is limited.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View BBC Contains Strong Language website
  • 26 Sep 2020 Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival - BBC Contains Strong Language: Kate Fox at Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival
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    BBC Contains Strong Language: Kate Fox at Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival

    26 Sep 2020






    Poet and comedian Kate Fox once thought receiving a positive diagnosis for autism had as much a chance of happening as a female Doctor Who. But since the Doctor’s 13th incarnation (played by Jodie Whittaker) in 2018, Kate’s life has changed quite a bit.

    This uproarious, smart hour-long show looks at autism and Asperger’s through the theme of Doctor Who, as Kate takes us through the ways sci-fi show has shaped her view of the world. Kate Fox is a stand-up poet and broadcaster, a regular voice on Radio 4 and a “gentle activist” and campaigner for the voices of Northerners, the working class, women and the neurodiverse to be heard.





    Kate Fox will be staging her brand new show, complete with social distancing, at Lunesdale Hall on Saturday 26th September at 7.30. Book your free ticket at Kirkby Lonsdale’s Visitor Information Centre, call 015242 97177 or message us on Facebook @kirkbylonsdale. .

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Hertfordshire Libraries - Hertfordshire Libraries: Live National Poetry Day event with Dean Atta
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    Hertfordshire Libraries: Live National Poetry Day event with Dean Atta

    01 Oct 2020

    Poet Dean Atta will go live on the Hertfordshire Libraries Facebook page on National Poetry Day to discuss his book The Black Flamingo.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Hertfordshire Libraries website
  • 01 Oct 2020 everyman & Playhouse - A Lovely Word Online
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    A Lovely Word Online

    01 Oct 2020

    Featuring headliner poet Dean Atta alongside open mic performers.

    Poetry has never had a more important role to play in our community and we are more excited than ever to be bringing our monthly spoken word night back online.

    A chance to speak, be heard and listen that wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic selection of poets from near and far that make up our night. More than that, it’s a chance to come together, connect with other people and take up our shared virtual space. We hope to see you there.

    8pm - Zoom meeting begins, headliner performance with Dean Atta (20 mins)
    8.25pm – a poetry exchange hosted on Zoom with 20 open mic poets, and an online audience.

    The whole night will be streamed on Facebook live and Youtube, as well as being available on ZOOM.

    Sign ups for open mic performers will open at 12noon on 21 September and close at 12noon on 25 September. Performers are allowed a maximum of 4 minutes, no hateful language is tolerated.

    Performance, Free

    View everyman & Playhouse website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Lily Lane Primary School - Lily Lane Primary School: Letters To Earth
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    Lily Lane Primary School: Letters To Earth

    01 Oct 2020

    Y6 children from Lily Lane Primary School, Moston, Manchester will be reading poems inspired by the book 'Here We Are.' This will be LIVE STREAMED on Facebook- 'Friends of Lily Lane' and then uploaded to You Tube on the channel- louisethepoet.

    Performance

    View Lily Lane Primary School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Tor Bridge High School - Tor Bridge High School: Poetry Week Celebration
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    Tor Bridge High School: Poetry Week Celebration

    01 Oct 2020

    Library lessons for the whole of year 7 including video messages from the fantasic Karl Nova and Spoz. Learning about the use of poetry in advertising.

    Whole school poetry week competition to write a Haiku of our experiences of lockdown (#Haiflu) - staff and students will be joining in.

    Performance, Library, Prize

    View Tor Bridge High School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Poet in the City - What is an Activist? Presented by Poet in the City
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    What is an Activist? Presented by Poet in the City

    01 Oct 2020

    In line with National Poetry Day 2020’s theme of “Vision”, Poet in the City talks to poets who are changing perceptions around contemporary social issues. How do these poets and performers feel about being called an activist? Is it a label they choose or one that is placed upon? We’ll hear what it means to be an activist in 2020, in the wake of a global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    We're joined by Khadijah Ibrahiim, Joelle Taylor and Amina Atiq, who will be performing their poetry and answering the question of 'What is an activist?', discussing their work, their actions and their vision.

    The event will last 45 minutes, after which there will be a Q&A session, where the poets will answer questions put to them by viewers on YouTube Live.

    Performance, Free

    View Poet in the City website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Stockton Libraries - Stockton Libraries: National Poetry Day Takeover
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    Stockton Libraries: National Poetry Day Takeover

    01 Oct 2020

    On 1st October Stockton Libraries' social media accounts will be filled with videos from local poets, entries to our acrostic poetry competition and news about all the fabulous poetry books you can find in our libraries and our Libby app.

    Free

    View Stockton Libraries website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Bristol Libraries - Wilderness Bristol: A National Poetry Day Workshop
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    Wilderness Bristol: A National Poetry Day Workshop

    01 Oct 2020

    Join Bristol City Poet, Caleb Parkin, for a lively National Poetry Day session. A safe, inclusive, playful online space to write and share, exploring this year’s theme of ‘Vision’. Caleb invites you to explore your own wild energy and power, the wilderness inside and outside of us, and envision our wildest ideas for tomorrow.

    • Via Zoom, 6 – 7.30pm, National Poetry Day, Thursday 1st October.

    • Suitable for secondary school age students (11-18 years)

    • Guidance to be given throughout on technical aspects and group guidelines.

    Free, Library

    View Bristol Libraries website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Wordsworth Grasmere - Simon Armitage in Dove Cottage
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    Simon Armitage in Dove Cottage

    01 Oct 2020

    Tune in on the evening of National Poetry Day for this one-of-a-kind, online only performance. Experience the newly restored Dove Cottage, take in the beauty of Grasmere and its spectacular surroundings, and hear the poetry of two Poet Laureates as you’ve never heard it before. This live broadcast will not be available after the event, so make sure that you book your ticket!

    This event is captioned.

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST

    Tickets £7; £5 to current supporters of the Wordsworth Trust.

    Performance

    View Wordsworth Grasmere website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Erne Integrated College - Erne Integrated College: Poetry Day Virtual Assembly
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    Erne Integrated College: Poetry Day Virtual Assembly

    01 Oct 2020

    We plan to hold a socially distanced National Poetry Day Assembly featuring songs and poems by students across the Year Groups in the school. We want to celebrate all that is wonderful about words!

    Performance

    View Erne Integrated College website
  • 01 Oct 2020 The Steyning Bookshop - In the Downtime Book Launch
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    In the Downtime Book Launch

    01 Oct 2020

    Celebrating the launch on Zoom of Steyning poet Simon Zec's second volume of poems, In the Downtime, published by The Real Press. Simon will be introducing and reading poems from this gorgeously illustrated anthology of his verse. A great chance to meet Simon and also hear from the artists who created the beautiful works of art that go with the book.

    You can purchase signed copies of the book and also prints of the accompanying artworks.
    For Zoom invite and password, please email Steyning Bookshop at: info@steyningbookshop.co.uk

    Performance, Free

    View The Steyning Bookshop website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Langley Grammar School - Langley Grammar School: Poetry Trees
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    Langley Grammar School: Poetry Trees

    01 Oct 2020

    Each pupil will write a poem on a cardboard leaf. These will be attached to poetry 'Trees'

    Free, Exhibition

    View Langley Grammar School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Chicken and Frog Bookshop - Chicken and Frog Bookshop Poetry Competition
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    Chicken and Frog Bookshop Poetry Competition

    01 Oct 2020

    We have teamed up with The School of Life Press and their beautiful new anthology, 'An Emotional Menagerie : Feelings from A-Z'.
    We invite you to write an original poem which focuses on emotions and/or animals.
    Winners will receive their very own copy of 'An Emotional Menagerie : Feelings from A-Z'.

    Free, Prize

    View Chicken and Frog Bookshop website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Scottish Poetry Library - Geopoetry 2020
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    Geopoetry 2020

    01 Oct 2020

    On Thursday, 1 October, Geopoetry 2020 will bring together poets and geoscientists to discuss how, in an era of climate change, their disciplines can influence each other. Headlined by John Hegley, the free event also features Yvonne Reddick, Norrie Bissell, Alyson Hallett, Ken Cockburn. With the pandemic taking place, the event is taking place virtually; you can register for the event on the website.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Scottish Poetry Library website
  • 01 Oct 2020 The Asian Writer - Developing Your Practice
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    Developing Your Practice

    01 Oct 2020

    Homeby10 Fest

    Thursday 1 October National Poetry Day Event - Developing your practice, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

    How can poets sustain their practice while developing their craft? As part of National Poetry Day and in association with The Asian Writer, poets Rishi Dastidar and Gita Ralleigh will discuss their poetic practice, routes to publication and the challenges they have they faced along the way.

    Performance

    View The Asian Writer website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Seren Books - Virtual First Thursday | A National Poetry Day Special
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    Virtual First Thursday | A National Poetry Day Special

    01 Oct 2020

    Join Seren on Thursday 1 October for Virtual First Thursday: A National Poetry Day Special - an evening of readings via Zoom.

    Featuring Rhian Edwards and Marvin Thompson (whose collections 'The Estate Agent’s Daughter' and 'Road Trip' (Peepal Tree) are National Poetry Day Recommended Reads), and Sarah Wimbush whose pamphlet 'Bloodlines' won the Mslexia/PBS Women’s Poetry Pamphlet Prize 2019.

    Tickets £2 (plus admin fee), available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-first-thursday-a-national-poetry-day-special-tickets-119592268695

    There will be an open mic after the readings. Why not bring along a poem on the National Poetry Day theme of Vision (not compulsory)?

    Email sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com if you would like to sign up.

    This event will take place via Zoom.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Seren Books website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Chelsea Academy - Chelsea Academy: National Poetry Day
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    Chelsea Academy: National Poetry Day

    01 Oct 2020

    Staff will be recording themselves reading their favourite poems which will be shared in morning registration. Students are challenged to write / perform their own poem as a whole-school competition.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize

    View Chelsea Academy website
  • 25 Sep 2020 Claverham Community College - Claverham Community College: ‘How you see 2020’
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    Claverham Community College: ‘How you see 2020’

    25 Sep 2020

    We are running a whole school poetry competition with the title ‘How you see 2020’. The competition is open to all staff and students.

    Free, Prize

    View Claverham Community College website
  • 11 Sep 2020 Crown House Publishing - FREE Online Learning Resources for Teaching Poetry
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    FREE Online Learning Resources for Teaching Poetry

    11 Sep 2020

    Bob Cox, bestselling author of the Opening Doors series of books, has provided this brilliant playlist of free online learning resources covering teaching, reading and writing poetry.

    Free

    View Crown House Publishing website
  • 01 Oct 2020 The Poetry Society - Places of Poetry book launch
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    Places of Poetry book launch

    01 Oct 2020

    The Poetry Society, in association with the University of Exeter and Oneworld Publications, presents the digital book launch of the Places of Poetry anthology, a volume of selected verse from around England and Wales from last year’s hugely popular Places of Poetry project, an interactive map that poets could pin their poetry to attracting 7,000 poems. The map can still be found at www.placesofpoetry.org.uk

    This exciting event will sweep the country featuring a wide range of poetry voices reading their work from the anthology, including special guest performances from Ian Duhig and Jen Hadfield, and spot appearances from some of the nation’s treasured independent booksellers.

    Performance, Free

    View The Poetry Society website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Rainey Endowed School - Rainey Endowed School: Haiku Competition
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    Rainey Endowed School: Haiku Competition

    01 Oct 2020

    All Year 8 pupils will take part in our annual poetry competition to create a haiku on the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Vision’ and present them attractively for display.

    Sixth Form Literature students judge the haiku and the winners from each class are awarded a poetry anthology and house points.

    Our winners will have their poems published on School social media.

    Free, Prize

    View Rainey Endowed School website
  • 07 Sep 2020 West Sussex Library Service - #ShareAPoemOfHope
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    #ShareAPoemOfHope

    07 Sep 2020

    We have launched a new online poetry campaign, #ShareAPoemOfHope. From Monday 7 September - Thursday 1 October, to mark National Poetry Day, we’re asking for local residents, community groups and poets for brief poems of hope. We are looking for short poems (of no more than four lines) and images (landscape orientation, without identifiable people) that provide messages of healing or hope. Poetry is a balm for the soul and we are looking for words and pictures that provide comfort, relief, hope and healing.

    Free, Library

    View West Sussex Library Service website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Bishop Heber High School - Bishop Heber High School: Pop-up Poetry
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    Bishop Heber High School: Pop-up Poetry

    01 Oct 2020

    Poetry will 'pop-up' on displays in different school buildings across the campus to celebrate this year's NPD theme, 'Vision'. Students will be asked to write their own contributions.

    Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Bishop Heber High School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Northumberland County Council Library Service - National Poetry Day – Event for Schools & Families with Conrad Burdekin
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    National Poetry Day – Event for Schools & Families with Conrad Burdekin

    01 Oct 2020

    Come and listen to (and write!) some poetry with children’s poet Conrad Burdekin.
    Learn how to see the world as a poet does, with special ‘Poetry Vision!’
    Conrad will be performing some of his most popular poems and also helping your child to see how easy, and how much fun it can be to write their own poems.
    This is a session guaranteed to keep your child entertained and engaged throughout. So sit back, and watch your child become an actual real life poet before your eyes!
    Event is free, but please register so we can send you the link to join on the day.
    Suitable for ages ranging from 5-12 years.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Northumberland County Council Library Service website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Northumberland County Council Library Service - Virtual National Poetry Day Workshop – 2020 Vision
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    Virtual National Poetry Day Workshop – 2020 Vision

    01 Oct 2020

    Poet Jean Laurie will be offering four online prompts throughout September to inspire your writing. On October 1st, National Poetry Day itself, you can share your own poem and hear what others have written by joining our webinar live with Jean.
    Participants will be emailed a webinar link closer to the time. Please register for your place so we can contact you.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Northumberland County Council Library Service website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Weston Favell Primary School - Weston Favell Primary School: poetry recitals in class across whole school 1/10/20
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    Weston Favell Primary School: poetry recitals in class across whole school 1/10/20

    01 Oct 2020

    Posters will be displayed in advance & teachers signposted to the NPD resources. On 1/10, every class will be encouraged to enjoy a range of poetry throughout the day: hearing poems, as well as reading and writing.

    Library

    View Weston Favell Primary School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Taverham High School - Taverham High School: Visible Poetry Picnic
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    Taverham High School: Visible Poetry Picnic

    01 Oct 2020

    A picnic for Year 7 students, on the school field, with a socially distanced interactive poetry game, at lunchtime.

    If wet, the poetry game to take place in classrooms at lunchtime.

    Performance, Free

    View Taverham High School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Arts All Over The Place - Poems in the park
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    Poems in the park

    01 Oct 2020

    Original poems called for, to be displayed around Cannon Hill Park on October 1st and for the month of October as part of Arts All Over The Place and Parks for People

    Exhibition

    View Arts All Over The Place website
  • 28 Sep 2020 Jerwood Arts - On Uniformity
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    On Uniformity

    28 Sep 2020

    For this online event Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow, Yomi Sode has teamed up with photographer Gioncarlo Valentine to present a new work titled On Uniformity.

    Through pictures and words, this project explores the experiences of Black British schoolchildren on race, identity and most importantly, expectations set by society. This will be followed as a conversation between both artists regarding the process of the multi-disciplinary project.

    About the Jerwood Compton Poetry Takeover

    The Fellows for the latest edition; Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Anthony Joseph and Yomi Sode, are celebrating the end of a year of mentorship, reflection and development through the fellowship programme with this new digital programme of online events, content and social media takeovers. Through the programme they will be presenting new work, testing fresh ideas and formats for presenting poetry online as well as engaging in critical conversations about what poetry can be, and is, today.

    The Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships offer a significant new development opportunity for poets, supporting individuals whose practice encompasses poetry in the broadest artistic sense. The Jerwood Compton Fellowships are designed and managed by Jerwood Arts, with support from Arts Council England and including funds from the Joseph Compton bequest.

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View Jerwood Arts website
  • 23 Sep 2020 Jerwood Arts - The Poetry Table: How the Arts Saved Our Lockdown
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    The Poetry Table: How the Arts Saved Our Lockdown

    23 Sep 2020

    In this discussion the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellows Anthony, Hafsah and Yomi will talk about and share the art that kept them going during 2020 – music, film, Netflix and poetry.

    We welcome you to send in your stories of how art has helped you this year to info@jerwoodarts.org by Wednesday 16 September. The fellows will read and reflect on these during the event, in a celebration of the uplifting power of art, and poetry in particular.

    About the Jerwood Compton Poetry Takeover

    The Fellows for the latest edition; Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Anthony Joseph and Yomi Sode, are celebrating the end of a year of mentorship, reflection and development through the fellowship programme with this new digital programme of online events, content and social media takeovers. Through the programme they will be presenting new work, testing fresh ideas and formats for presenting poetry online as well as engaging in critical conversations about what poetry can be, and is, today.

    The Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships offer a significant new development opportunity for poets, supporting individuals whose practice encompasses poetry in the broadest artistic sense. The Jerwood Compton Fellowships are designed and managed by Jerwood Arts, with support from Arts Council England and including funds from the Joseph Compton bequest.

    Performance, Free

    View Jerwood Arts website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Golspie High School - Golspie High School: Creatures
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    Golspie High School: Creatures

    01 Oct 2020

    Celebrating the tiniest and biggest things in life. Contributions from the school community collected and displayed.

    Free, Exhibition

    View Golspie High School website
  • 30 Sep 2020 The Poetry Zone - Live Poetry Broadcast
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    Live Poetry Broadcast

    30 Sep 2020

    Roger Stevens will be reading poems from his latest books and giving out a couple of ideas for writing poems based on this years theme of Vision. It will last around 20 minutes. It will be on the afternoon before NPD (Sept 30th). The platform as yet to be announced.

    Performance, Free

    View The Poetry Zone website
  • 01 Dec 2020 Poetry By Heart - Poetry By Heart Advent Calendar Launch
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    Poetry By Heart Advent Calendar Launch

    01 Dec 2020

    Poetry By Heart are launching a digital poetry advent calendar, which will give you a new poem to enjoy for each day of advent. Get involved on Twitter @poetrybyheart and on the Poetry By Heart website.

    Free

    View Poetry By Heart website
  • 13 Jan 2021 Poetry By Heart - Poetry By Heart Live Webinar – Performing a Poem
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    Poetry By Heart Live Webinar – Performing a Poem

    13 Jan 2021

    In this live webinar Poetry By Heart will be discussing approaches to performing a poem out loud and sharing advice for those taking part in the national competition.

    Register for Poetry By Heart 2021 on the website to take part.

    Free

    View Poetry By Heart website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Tolworth Infant and Junior School - Tolworth School: National Poetry Day celebrations
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    Tolworth School: National Poetry Day celebrations

    01 Oct 2020

    Infant and Junior assemblies and a poetry competition on this year's theme of 'Vision'.

    Reading, Performance, Free, Prize

    View Tolworth Infant and Junior School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 First Story - First Story Ambassador Poetry Commissions
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    First Story Ambassador Poetry Commissions

    01 Oct 2020

    First Story Student Ambassadors across eight participating schools will be commissioned to write a new poem on the theme of Vision. Students will share their poems on National Poetry Day at a school event and on social media using the hashtags #MyNPDPoem and #NationalPoetryDay.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View First Story website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Nine Arches Press - The New Romantics: A Poetry Cabaret with Nine Arches Press
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    The New Romantics: A Poetry Cabaret with Nine Arches Press

    01 Oct 2020

    Join contemporary poets Rosie Garland, Gregory Leadbetter and Maria Taylor in

    The New Romantics: a Poetry Cabaret

    Celebrating National Poetry Day and its theme of VISION.

    Thursday 1st October 7.30pm (BST)

    This free event will be streamed live through the Nine Arches Press YouTube channel.

    Those who register to 'attend' will receive an event link by email the day before the event.

    Our trio of poets explore life, death and everything in between. Considering elements of myth, magic, the supernatural and transnatural, with poems that celebrate the contemporary gothic imagination and romanticism.

    Hear these poets perform new work from their latest collections, published by Nine Arches Press. Showcasing Rosie Garland What Girls Do in the Dark, Gregory Leadbetter Maskwork and Maria Taylor Dressing for the Afterlife.

    More information about these collections and poets can be found here or by clicking into the individual titles above.

    In partnership with Birmingham Literature Festival 2020.

    Performance, Free

    View Nine Arches Press website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Exploring ‘The Icknield Way’
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    Exploring ‘The Icknield Way’

    03 Oct 2020

    Discover The Icknield Way through the eyes of Edward Thomas.

    This talk given by Guy Cuthbertson will talk about his editing Edward Thomas's prose and especially The Icknield Way (1913), which he is currently working on for the Oxford University Press volume entitled Pilgrimages. The talk will explore Edward Thomas's writing and walking, as well as the Icknield Way, an ancient road that has changed significantly since Thomas's day

    Reading, Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Edward Thomas as the Superfluous Man
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    Edward Thomas as the Superfluous Man

    03 Oct 2020

    This talk considers Thomas's depiction of himself in his autobiographical prose and poetry as a 'superfluous man' in the light of new ideas about social welfare during the late 19th and early 20th century.

    It will argue that Thomas's deployment of this archetype from Russian literature offers a critique of a narrow concept of social progress focused on Liberal-productivism and imperial expansion, as well as allowing him to voice his doubts about his own usefulness. Ultimately, Thomas finds in literature, and especially in poetry, a way of reconnecting to both the cultural and natural environments of the time.

    Reading, Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - A Gathering of Poets
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    A Gathering of Poets

    03 Oct 2020

    Join poets Daljit Nagra, Yvonne Riddick, Matthew Hollis and Zaffar Kunial for a vibrant session of poetry readings and an exploration of what Edward Thomas means to them and their work.

    This exciting session brings together four very different poets each with their unique style and identity and shares their work with you in your own home.

    This poetry reading will take place over Zoom.

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - 2 Poets, 1 Conversation.
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    2 Poets, 1 Conversation.

    03 Oct 2020

    'Eaves drop' on the conversation between two old friends and multi award winning poets, Andrew Motion and Michael Longley. This event brings the two friends together in the digital world we currently find ourselves in. Be inspired as they talk about their poetry and of course Edward Thomas and his influence on them over the years as well as topics of the day, such as poetry in schools.

    Reading, Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Edward Thomas and the Dymock Poets
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    Edward Thomas and the Dymock Poets

    03 Oct 2020

    Literacy history was being made in the village of Dymock in the years leading up to the First World War. The Dymock poets: Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson and Edward Thomas, were a literary group of the early 20th century who made their homes in the village. This talk will explore the influence that Dymock, and its inhabitants, had on Thomas’s life and work.

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Edward Thomas and Robert Frost – An inspirational friendship!
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    Edward Thomas and Robert Frost – An inspirational friendship!

    03 Oct 2020

    Join us, along with The Edward Thomas Fellowship and our American friends from the Robert Frost Society to explore the friendship that inspired two of the 20th centuries most beloved poets.

    This is a story about two men at the beginnings of their careers confiding in one another about their deepest hopes and aspirations for their art, told through the study of their personal correspondence over the life of their short lived friendship.

    Emmy-Award winning American actor Gordon Clapp and British actor Tom Durham will be reading from these letters, while Frost Scholars Don Sheehy, Virginia Smith and Robert Bernard Hass along with Edna Longley, Guy Cuthbertson and Ralph Pite on behalf of the Edward Thomas Fellowship will discuss this storybook literary friendship before opening up to a truly international discussion which you can be part of!

    As a member of the audience you will be invited to take part in the final discussion to share your thoughts and views on this truly inspirational friendship.

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum - The Edward Thomas Literary Festival
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    The Edward Thomas Literary Festival

    01 Oct 2020

    Join us for an inspirational three days of talks, walks, screenings, readings, discussion and debate all from the comfort of your own home as Petersfield Museum and The Edward Thomas Fellowship bring you the inaugural Edward Thomas Literary Festival.

    This three-day digital event (1st-3rd October) takes the life and work of local poet Edward Thomas and expands and explores not only his own literary work but how he has inspired others, his love of nature and his sense of place and belonging.

    For our full programme of events over the festival please visit our website.

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum website
  • 08 Oct 2020 Holy Rood High School - Blackout Poetry WeeLong Event
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    Blackout Poetry WeeLong Event

    08 Oct 2020

    Due to social distancing, we will be promoting events via our Twitter. We will also have year groups creating their own blackout poetry with the help from our school librarian (who is supplying us book!)
    Destruction leading to creation - very poetic!

    Exhibition

    View Holy Rood High School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Stamford Arts Centre - ISH
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    ISH

    01 Oct 2020

    After its postponement as part of Verse Festival 2020, Georgie Jones presents a unique performance of her one woman show, filmed in the theatre at Stamford Arts Centre and presented especially for an online audience on National Poetry Day.

    Performance

    View Stamford Arts Centre website
  • 01 Oct 2020 The Poetry Society - Poets in Schools
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    Poets in Schools

    01 Oct 2020

    The Poetry Society is happy to facilitate workshops with poets in schools. Through our longstanding programme, we are able to match schools up to local poets in different regions across the UK. Please get in touch if you're a school and you are interested in organising a poet's visit.

    Performance

    View The Poetry Society website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Hertfordshire Libraries - Dean Atta Live: Poetry and Q&A
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    Dean Atta Live: Poetry and Q&A

    01 Oct 2020

    A Facebook Live event with renowned poet Dean Atta. Join us to see Dean perform some of his poems live and a chance to put some of your questions to him.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Hertfordshire Libraries website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Halton Libraries - Poetry in Lockdown
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    Poetry in Lockdown

    01 Oct 2020

    Poems written by local people about their lockdown experiences will feature on our social media feeds and on digital screens in our libraries

    Library

    View Halton Libraries website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Shoreham Wordfest - Video and Twitter Q&A with Deborah Alma
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    Video and Twitter Q&A with Deborah Alma

    01 Oct 2020

    Deborah Alma, poet and founder of the Poetry Pharmacy in Shropshire will share a video on our website at 4.30pm talking about the Poetry Pharmacy, prescriptions, remedies and reading poems. This will be followed by a twitter Q&A session from 4.45-5.45.

    Performance, Free

    View Shoreham Wordfest website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Saint Catherine's Hospice - Pause for Thought Poetry
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    Pause for Thought Poetry

    01 Oct 2020

    As as hospice, we are inviting staff to share their poems and our pastoral care coordinator will send out examples with her regular staff emails / updates.

    Reading

    View Saint Catherine's Hospice website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Alison Brackenbury: A Poetry Reading
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    Alison Brackenbury: A Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2020

    Join poet Alison Brackenbury as she reads poems from her own collection about or linked to Edward Thomas. She will also include extracts from her correspondence with Myfanwy Thomas (Edward's daughter) about the folk songs Edward sang with his family.

    This moving reading will be followed by a live Q+A with Alison on Zoom. Full details of how to take part will be sent after you have book ed your place!

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Home to the Hangers: Film Screening and Q+A
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    Home to the Hangers: Film Screening and Q+A

    03 Oct 2020

    Watch the award winning poetry film 'Home to the Hangers' and get the chance to ask the director and and star your questions!

    Join us to watch the award winning film 'Home to the Hangers', and have the opportunity to meet the director, A D Cooper and star Alex Bartram .

    The stirring and moving words of poet Edward Thomas narrate the story of a traumatised soldier's return to ancient woodland. The familiar, enveloping landscape prompts him to discard his uniform, and with it , seemingly, the ordeals of war. An imaginative blend of poetry and film that sensitively captures the complexities of identity, inspiration and the search for inner peace.

    The screening will be hosted as a YouTube premiere and the Q+A held over Zoom. Full details will be sent once places have been booked!

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 02 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Hampshire Poets Together: an evening of poetry
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    Hampshire Poets Together: an evening of poetry

    02 Oct 2020

    Sit back, relax and join us for an evening of local (digital!), Hampshire poetry with Hampshire poets, Stephanie Norgate, Maggie Sawkins, John Haynes, Robyn Bolam and Steve O'Brien.

    This poetry reading evening will take place over Zoom, bringing the poets into your living room as they share their work with you. Full details of how to join will be sent to participants after booking their place.

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 02 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - The Plant-Whisperer: An Eco-story
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    The Plant-Whisperer: An Eco-story

    02 Oct 2020

    'I notice things no one else does. I’m not talking about phantom stalks snipped off last season, the ghosts of petals snatched away too soon, seeds never sprouted. I'm talking about vibes: tuning into the chatter of plants.' In this extended poetic monologue, a self-confessed plant-whisperer shares a fictional elegy to a house-plant, radio drama-style, offering a sinister and surreal insight into the side-effects of self-isolation. Using a device that is able to perceive the electromagnetic waves from the surface of plants and translate these into pitch, the story is accompanied by an ambient musical backdrop that allows the plant to sing. Tune into the inner world of plants and use it as a springboard for thinking and writing poetically about your own connection to nature.

    Performance

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 02 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - ‘Sad Songs of Autumn Mirth’: Lessons on Nature, and Mental Health from Edward Thomas
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    ‘Sad Songs of Autumn Mirth’: Lessons on Nature, and Mental Health from Edward Thomas

    02 Oct 2020

    This talk explores the relationship between nature and mental health in the poetry of Edward Thomas and reflects on the contemporary relevance of the poet's treatment of this subject. Throughout his life Edward Thomas suffered from severe bouts of depression that he examined with unflinching honesty in his poems. Thomas’s mental health was intimately connected with the need for deep engagement with the natural world as a way to ease his suffering. This talk will draw upon close readings of the poems to consider how nature helped Edward Thomas’s mental health, the extent of its impact on his wellbeing and the lessons his poetic reflections on the subject can offer to contemporary understanding of this complex illness.

    The talk will be held as a pre-recorded video followed by a live Q+A session with our speaker on Zoom. Full details of how to take part will be sent to participants after booking their place.

    Reading

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 02 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Places of Inspiration: Identifying the Places that Inspired Edward Thomas
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    Places of Inspiration: Identifying the Places that Inspired Edward Thomas

    02 Oct 2020

    Discover some of the locations that inspired the work of poet, Edward Thomas.

    Some of the locations of Thomas's poems are obvious, others have been identified through the poet’s writings and some may be composite or imaginary landscapes. However there are a number of poems where more precise identification is possible drawing on his extensive writings and observations, including his field note books and letters, and other contemporary sources as well as by walking the ground.

    Our speaker, Nick Denton, who is working to discover these locations, will cover his progress so far, putting his findings in the context of the countryside in England and Wales that Edward Thomas knew and loved.

    This talk will take place as a prerecorded presentation followed by a live Q+A with Nick on Zoom. Details of how to take part will be sent after booking your place!

    Reading

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - Highlights from Faber’s History as a Poetry Publisher
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    Highlights from Faber’s History as a Poetry Publisher

    01 Oct 2020

    Discover the story of how Faber & Faber became one of the biggest and renowned poetry publishing houses in the world with this digital talk!

    Founded in 1929, Faber & Faber has published Edward Thomas since 1938, making him part of a list that includes many of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. In this talk, Toby Faber will reveal some of the stories from Faber’s archive that explain how that list was built.

    This talk is given by Toby Faber; Toby is a non-fiction writer and novelist who has also been Managing Director of Faber & Faber. His book, Faber & Faber: The Untold Story, was published in 2019.

    Reading

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Petersfield Museum Ltd - A Vision of the Natural World: Poetry Workshop
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    A Vision of the Natural World: Poetry Workshop

    01 Oct 2020

    As part of the Edward Thomas Digital Poetry Festival, Hampshire Poet 2020, Kathryn Bevis, will be leading a nature and poetry-writing workshop online via Zoom.

    Whether you’re an experienced poet or a complete beginner keen to explore the wonderful practice of writing poems in response to the living world, you’ll find the prompts and sensory stimulus you need to gather the raw material for your poem, as well as tuition and guidance in how to craft the poem itself.

    Access to an outdoor space, however small (a garden, potted plants on a balcony, or even a window box) would be ideal but it’s not a prerequisite. Come prepared to play!

    View Petersfield Museum Ltd website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Abraham Moss Community School - Pass it on Poem
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    Pass it on Poem

    01 Oct 2020

    Pupils and staff will, together, write a 'pass it on poem', with every year group completing a stanza each (one tutor group writes the first line, then passes it on to the next to write the second line etc.) The final, whole school poem will be published in the weekly school Literacy & Careers Bulletin.

    Free, Library

    View Abraham Moss Community School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Eden Boys' Leadership Academy - Poetry Slam
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    Poetry Slam

    01 Oct 2020

    'My Vision for my future, my Vision for my community' performed by Year 7,8 and 9.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Eden Boys' Leadership Academy website
  • 01 Oct 2020 CCC - Positive Poetry! At Callington College
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    Positive Poetry! At Callington College

    01 Oct 2020

    All students are invited to attend a poetry slam where they will be sharing their poetry in a school wide competition

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View CCC website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Creative Writing for Copycatters - Kubla Khan’s NPD Vision
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    Kubla Khan’s NPD Vision

    01 Oct 2020

    Exploiting metaphor, my event is the poetry writing resource I heave written for this year's 'Vision' NPD, found at the website indicated below.

    Free

    View Creative Writing for Copycatters website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service - Poetry on Demand – Staffordshire Libraries
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    Poetry on Demand – Staffordshire Libraries

    01 Oct 2020

    Working with Poetry on Loan, we'll be offering personalised poems to customers. We'll be using our digital platforms to promote the event. Six amazing poets - names tbc - will produce individual poems.

    Free, Library

    View Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Vernon Park Primary School - Vernon Park Poetry Recital – every child a poet
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    Vernon Park Poetry Recital – every child a poet

    01 Oct 2020

    We will be hosting a poetry recital via our school Twitter account. We cannot hold a shared event anymore due to the pandemic social distancing but every child will learn and perform a poem on the theme of vision, and see the world as a poet.

    Performance, Free

    View Vernon Park Primary School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Unsworth Academy - Unsworth Academy: Passion for Poetry
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    Unsworth Academy: Passion for Poetry

    01 Oct 2020

    We have a poetry writing competition, the launch of our Poetry by Heart recitation challenge, all English lessons will be focus on poetry and a poem to start each of the lessons around our school.
    All staff will also be sharing their favourite poems with the learners and each other.
    The people involved are students from 7-11 and staff at the school.

    Performance, Library, Prize, Exhibition

    View Unsworth Academy website
  • 28 Sep 2020 OtherWise Education - Glade Primary Forest Poetry Writing
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    Glade Primary Forest Poetry Writing

    28 Sep 2020

    Year 6 pupils will be writing in the school's woodland area, on the theme of vision, working with Jonny Walker from OtherWise Education. Children's poetry writing will be inspired by Proust's notion that the voyage of discovery is not about visiting strange lands but about having 'other eyes'.

    Reading, Performance

    View OtherWise Education website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Varndean College - Voice@varndean poetry cafe
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    Voice@varndean poetry cafe

    01 Oct 2020

    Our poetry cafe will celebrate poetry. All staff and students at Vardean College are invited to read or to listen to poems that they have found or written themselves

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Varndean College website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Literature Wales - Her 100 Cerdd
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    Her 100 Cerdd

    01 Oct 2020

    Her 100 Cerdd was established in 2012 by Literature Wales, challenging 4 poets to compose 100 original poems in 24 hours. Now in it's 7th year, Her 100 Cerdd is taking a different route this year and sees Literature Wales working with Y Stamp to invite various artists to complete the challenge in a new and unique way.

    The event, as with most years, will take place digitally from various households across Wales and beyond.

    For further information, visit: www.literaturewales.org

    Free, Prize

    View Literature Wales website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Friends of Oundle Library - Write a Haiku – Oundle Library
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    Write a Haiku – Oundle Library

    01 Oct 2020

    The Friends of Oundle Library are organising a poetry competition. Open to all ages, we're asking people to write a haiku poem on the theme of 'Life Since 23 March 2020'. That, of course, was the date that lockdown began. Things became very different for everyone that day, and continue to be different even now. But life didn't stop! Up to 3 entries per person and closing date is National Poetry Day on 1 October. First prize is a £25 book token.

    Free, Library, Prize

    View Friends of Oundle Library website
  • 29 Oct 2020 Royal Society of Medicine - Poetry and politics: Paediatrics 2.0. Reimagining child health for a post COVID-19 world
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    Poetry and politics: Paediatrics 2.0. Reimagining child health for a post COVID-19 world

    29 Oct 2020

    The global coronavirus pandemic has had deep and far-reaching effects on the way we do paediatrics in the UK, and raised threats to the well being of children and young people. Join us for this unique webinar that seeks to showcase and encourage doctors to use arts (in particular poetry) and advocacy to help re-imagine paediatrics in a post COVID-19 world.

    Free

    View Royal Society of Medicine website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Small Green Shoots - Immersive poetry trail: 2020 VISION
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    Immersive poetry trail: 2020 VISION

    01 Oct 2020

    2020 VISION is an immersive (but socially distanced) live poetry trail around the Coal Drops Yard area of King's Cross.

    Be taken into a clarity-only zone by five exciting contemporary poets performing newly commissioned work on their insights into activism, friendships, identity and more of the questions we've all been contemplating this year.

    Performance, Free

    View Small Green Shoots website
  • 01 Oct 2020 The Poetry Cafe, Grove Theatre, Eastbourne - Poetry Cafe, Grove Theatre, Eastbourne – Exploring “Vision”
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    Poetry Cafe, Grove Theatre, Eastbourne – Exploring “Vision”

    01 Oct 2020

    A Celebration of the 26th Annual NATIONAL POETRY DAY
    Exploring “Vision” with Leading Local Poets and Musicians
    Be Entertained, Moved and Challenged by Responses and Reflections on the Theme of “Vision”

    Performance, Free

    View The Poetry Cafe, Grove Theatre, Eastbourne website
  • 03 Oct 2020 Poetic Impact - Poetry Booth Sessions (Live) with Poetic Impact
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    Poetry Booth Sessions (Live) with Poetic Impact

    03 Oct 2020

    POETRY BOOTH SESSION - LIVE

    National Poetry Day Call Out

    We want you to celebrate National Poetry Day with us ... Poetry Booth style.

    We are looking for 5 poets/spoken word artists who would like to take part in a Live Poetry Booth Session in response to this year's theme of 'Vision'. They will be selected at random from the submissions.

    The live stream will take place on the 3rd October 2020.

    If you would like to take part, please email your response poem to info@poeticimpact.co.uk by 5pm on 21st September 2020.

    This can be audio, video or in writing. No offensive or derogatory language should be included in submissions.

    As a participant you will receive the following;

    - A video of your poem
    - A mini photoshoot

    On the day, you'll have a 10-minute slot which you can fill with multiple poems inclusive of your response piece.

    If you are not selected on this occasion, you will be invited to take part in our regular pre-recorded Poetry Booth Sessions in the nearer future.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Poetic Impact website
  • 02 Oct 2020 Bedales Schools, Dunhurst - Bedales at Dunhurst: poetry celebration
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    Bedales at Dunhurst: poetry celebration

    02 Oct 2020

    Rhythm and rhyme, constructed or free, what ever makes you think of poetry, will be celebrated this week in lessons, with writing workshops, performance poetry, and poetry pop-ups. The week will culminate in a JAW (lecture) hosted by the pupils them selves via our TEAMS network, to perform and present the work of our school, and bring our PODS together.

    Performance, Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Bedales Schools, Dunhurst website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Youlgrave All Saints' Primary School - Youlgrave All Saints’ Primary School celebrates NPD
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    Youlgrave All Saints’ Primary School celebrates NPD

    01 Oct 2020

    Staff will share favourite poems, classes will learn a choral poem to recite from memory. Pupils will enter a 1min performance poetry competition. We will also use some resources from the National Poetry Day site and deliver some NC objectives during the week. Pupils will write their own poems. We will share all of this on our school website.

    Performance, Library

    View Youlgrave All Saints' Primary School website
  • 14 Sep 2020 The Greetland Academy - Greetland Academy – Let your voice be heard
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    Greetland Academy – Let your voice be heard

    14 Sep 2020

    You have things to say that people need to hear. We want to hear the voices of our pupils loud and clear – ensuring every child recognises the importance of what they have to tell us. With a carefully selected array of poetry we will read, listen and write poems.

    We are excited about the opportunities our poetry planning offers. Pupils, teachers – and even parents – will all get a chance to be a poet. Our very own printed publication awaits

    Performance, Free

    View The Greetland Academy website
  • 27 Sep 2020 Norwich School - Norwich School National Poetry Day Writing Competition
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    Norwich School National Poetry Day Writing Competition

    27 Sep 2020

    Norwich School National Poetry Day Writing Competition, 2020 – judged by Piers Harrison-Reid.

    Open to all pupils attending secondary schools in Norfolk.

    Write a poem on the theme of 'Vision', add your name, school and year group and send as a Word document to jdouglasfield@norwich-school.org.uk by 21st September.

    Prizes – book tokens
    1st - £30
    2nd - £20
    3rd - £10

    Prize

    View Norwich School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - St Joseph’s Poetry Performances
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    St Joseph’s Poetry Performances

    01 Oct 2020

    For National Poetry Day, our whole primary school will be writing and performing their own poems.
    We are having the wonderful Joshua Seigal - poet and National Poetry Day ambassador - visit us in late September, to inspire 2 weeks of poetry fun where children across the school will be writing and performing their very own poems.
    Each class will vote for the best performer in their class and these will be videoed to share with the whole school and parents.

    Performance, Prize

    View St Joseph's Catholic Primary School website
  • 14 Oct 2020 Poet in Residence - Poetry: Alive & Kicking at Sidcot School
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    Poetry: Alive & Kicking at Sidcot School

    14 Oct 2020

    Tara Arkle works across all areas of Sidcot school from drama to maths, finding ways of bringing modern poetry into the lives of the students there: event details t/c

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Poet in Residence website
  • 01 Oct 2020 CLPE - CLiPPA 2020 Shortlist Announcement
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    CLiPPA 2020 Shortlist Announcement

    01 Oct 2020

    On National Poetry Day, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) will be announcing the 2020 shortlist for this year's CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award).

    Established in 2003, the CLiPPA is the UK’s only award for published poetry for children. The winner will be revealed in a very special poetry show on the 9th October, as part of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

    Free

    View CLPE website
  • 06 Oct 2020 CLPE - CPD: Poetry Matters! Developing a love of poetry in the primary classroom
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    CPD: Poetry Matters! Developing a love of poetry in the primary classroom

    06 Oct 2020

    Drawing from the findings of CLPE’s Poetry in Primary: What We Know Works booklet, this workshop will explore how a focus on poetry in the classroom can increase children’s motivation to read, write and perform.

    Through a range of interactive activities, we will investigate how well-chosen poetry and thoughtfully planned activities can increase children’s comprehension of language and engage children in deeper response in reading, as well as how poems can be used to develop children’s own use of language; inspiring them to write creatively and independently.

    Participants will be introduced to a wide range of poetry with ideas that can easily be transferred to the classroom, with groups of readers and writers in libraries or other reading groups.

    Free

    View CLPE website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Isle of Wight library service - Islesolation Poetry Gallery
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    Islesolation Poetry Gallery

    01 Oct 2020

    Celebrate National Poetry Day by sharing your poetry with us!
    We are collecting poetry on the themes of isolation, and living through the lockdown. Please submit your poems to lordlouislibrary@iow.gov.uk or posting them to any Isle of Wight library.
    Poetry will be displayed at Newport Library and in an online gallery through Independent Arts. Any age is welcome.

    Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Isle of Wight library service website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Books for Keeps - Books for Keeps NPD Poetry Guide
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    Books for Keeps NPD Poetry Guide

    01 Oct 2020

    On National Poetry Day, 1 October, Books for Keeps will publish a new mini guide to children’s poetry. The guide will include articles and features as well as interviews and, of course, reviews of new poetry for children.

    Free

    View Books for Keeps website
  • 25 Sep 2020 Inspire Poetry Festival - A Virtual Evening with Simon Armitage
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    A Virtual Evening with Simon Armitage

    25 Sep 2020

    Join the Poet Laureate in his writing shed for live online conversation, poetry reading and audience Q&A via Zoom on Sept 25th from 7.30pm. Simon Armitage will discuss public engagement as a poet and read some of the many poems he’s written for standalone projects, commissions and collaborations. Recently collected in Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (Faber), this work represents the nature and scale of his poetry and covers an eclectic array of subjects including sculpture, the environment, travel, drama, and media. After the reading, audience members will be invited to put their question to Simon. This event won't be recorded so be sure to log in! Tickets £5.

    Reading, Performance, Library

    View Inspire Poetry Festival website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Ibstock Place School - Ibstock Place School National Poetry Day Celebration
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    Ibstock Place School National Poetry Day Celebration

    01 Oct 2020

    A school-wide competition and virtual performance in celebration of National Poetry Day.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Ibstock Place School website
  • 09 Oct 2020 Cheltenham Literature Festival - CLiPPA Poetry Award Show
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    CLiPPA Poetry Award Show

    09 Oct 2020

    Come along to the children’s poetry event of the year where the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) winner is revealed. Live streamed from 2pm to 2.35pm on October 9. Hear five poets perform from all the shortlisted collections, watch author and illustrator Chris Riddell draw along and find out who has won the 2020 award, live! There will be news about how your school can be involved in the shadowing scheme too.

    Performance, Prize

    View Cheltenham Literature Festival website
  • 31 Aug 2020 Kensington + Chelsea Art Week - Kensington + Chelsea Art Week Poetry Display: Call for Entries
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    Kensington + Chelsea Art Week Poetry Display: Call for Entries

    31 Aug 2020

    Kensington + Chelsea Art Week is a ten-day festival that shines a spotlight on the area's unexpected and unique cultural variety across 100+ venues, including studios, museums, galleries, exhibition spaces and businesses, attracting local and international audiences.

    To celebrate the third edition of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) and in order to give greater visibility to locally based creative talent, KCAW20 is launching an open call to poets and spoken word artists to submit poems to be displayed in the windows of participating venues throughout the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

    Poets and writers are invited to submit work that responds to the curatorial theme 'Transformation'. Selected poems will be displayed printed on window vinyls in participating venues, including galleries, stores, and creative spaces across the West London borough.

    Click on the link to read the full project brief and find out how to apply.

    Prize

    View Kensington + Chelsea Art Week website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Abingdon School - National Poetry Day Competition and Open Mic
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    National Poetry Day Competition and Open Mic

    01 Oct 2020

    To celebrate National Poetry Day we'll be having a school wide poetry competition for with different age categories, as well as an open mic.

    Prize, Open mic

    View Abingdon School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 Ambit Magazine with Wells Maltings - Strictly Speaking at The Wells Maltings
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    Strictly Speaking at The Wells Maltings

    01 Oct 2020

    Come and share your original poem or one that you love with the audience in a relaxed at The Wells Maltings. There will be a bar, music and poems to celebrate National Poetry Day hosted by Briony Bax, Editor of Ambit Magazine and Simon Daykin, Chief Executive of The Wells Maltings. Bar opens at 6.30 poems start at 7pm. All are welcome. £5 per person.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Ambit Magazine with Wells Maltings website
  • 01 Oct 2020 St Andrew's C.E. Junior School - National Poetry Day – a celebration of poetry
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    National Poetry Day – a celebration of poetry

    01 Oct 2020

    Reading and writing poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day.

    Reading, Free

    View St Andrew's C.E. Junior School website
  • 01 Oct 2020 The Rainbow Poems - BONN – Celebration of UK National Poetry Day – 1 Oct 2020
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    BONN – Celebration of UK National Poetry Day – 1 Oct 2020

    01 Oct 2020

    An event in English for people living near Bonn in Germany. All are welcome. Come and celebrate UK National Poetry Day!

    We plan performances, workshops, an open mic section and exhibition.

    The organiser, The Rainbow Poems, is a website specially for anyone wanting to share, through creative writing, thoughts and feelings about uncertainty, change, trauma, grief... and reach towards acceptance, beauty, contentment. The theme of Vision is perfect!

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View The Rainbow Poems website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Suffolk Poetry Society - Poetry from the lookout
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    Poetry from the lookout

    01 Oct 2019

    Free to attend open air open mic readings by Readers from Suffolk Poetry Society and more.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Suffolk Poetry Society website
  • 06 Feb 2020 ABBEY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE - POETRY COMPETITION – 2020 VISION
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    POETRY COMPETITION – 2020 VISION

    06 Feb 2020

    Each year students from the college are invited to submit work written on a theme and this year this is 2020 VISION. The submissions are judged by a local author. Last year this was the Cambridge writer Robert Macfarlane. The collected poems are later published in a hardback book.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View ABBEY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE website

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