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  • 07 Oct 2021 Kirklees Libraries - An Afternoon With Mohamed Saloo
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    An Afternoon With Mohamed Saloo

    07 Oct 2021

    Local poet, Mohamed Saloo, will be talking about his recently published books of poetry, 'Batley Lad' and 'Loss'.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Kirklees Libraries website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Ripon Poetry Festival - The fourth Ripon Poetry Festival
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    The fourth Ripon Poetry Festival

    07 Oct 2021

    Readings, workshops & book launches for poetry lovers of all ages

    Performance, Free, Prize, Open mic

    View Ripon Poetry Festival website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Artful Scribe - Tongue Fu
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    Tongue Fu

    07 Oct 2021

    ArtfulScribe and MAST Mayflower Studios present Tongue Fu.

    At Tongue Fu, poets, writers and storytellers take to the stage to perform live, amplified by the quick-witted improvisers of the Tongue Fu band.

    One of the the UK’s leading spoken word and music shows for over a decade, led by poet, musician and founder, Chris Redmond (BBC Radio 1, 2 and 4, Sky Arts) Tongue Fu features musicians whose credits include playing for Jamie Cullum, The Last Poets, and Massive Attack.

    Tonight’s showcase will feature local writers and the Tongue Fu band, followed by an interval and the evening’s featured guests:

    - Anthony Anaxagorou

    - Malaika Kegode

    - Ella Frears

    In the afternoon, Chris Redmond will be leading a workshop for writers to craft pieces that will be performed in the evening with the band.

    Performance

    View Artful Scribe website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Sturminster Newton Literary Festival - Sturminster Newton Literary Festival: Poetry Celebration
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    Sturminster Newton Literary Festival: Poetry Celebration

    07 Oct 2021

    Join the celebration of National Poetry Day in Sturminster Newton. Read your own poems, or read one that moves you. Or just come to listen to the favourites of your friends and neighbours. We'll meet upstairs at The Exchange, in the Bibbern Cafe, where you can enjoy a drink as well as the readings.

    Reading, Free

    View Sturminster Newton Literary Festival website
  • 07 Oct 2021 St Helens Library Service - Poems from the Pandemic
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    Poems from the Pandemic

    07 Oct 2021

    Join Sue Gerrard in the library on
    Thursday 7th October 2021, 2.30pm
    and listen to Sue share poems from her latest collection.

    Performance, Library

    View St Helens Library Service website
  • 05 Oct 2021 SubVerse - SubVerse presents Liz Berry
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    SubVerse presents Liz Berry

    05 Oct 2021

    A night of poetry at the Stroud Subscription Rooms, featuring Liz Berry, with support from Emily Barker. Introduced by Adam Horovitz

    Performance

    View SubVerse website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Fitzalan High School - Choices: be who you want to be.
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    Choices: be who you want to be.

    07 Oct 2021

    We are creating photoshop self portraits and creating our own poems using them as inspiration.

    Exhibition

    View Fitzalan High School website
  • 12 Oct 2021 CLPE & Cheltenham Literature Festival - ONLINE: CLiPPA Poetry Show 2021
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    ONLINE: CLiPPA Poetry Show 2021

    12 Oct 2021

    Filmed in front of a live Festival audience this is your chance to watch the children’s poetry event of the year where the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) winner is revealed. Watch poets Matt Goodfellow, Nikita Gill, Manjeet Mann, Jane Newberry and Michael Rosen perform from their shortlisted collections, and find out from the chair of judges, Allie Esiri, who has won the 2021 award!

    Performance, Free

    View CLPE & Cheltenham Literature Festival website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Midlands Art Centre (MAC) - Roger McGough: Safety in Numbers
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    Roger McGough: Safety in Numbers

    07 Oct 2021

    Roger McGough is the author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children. Safety in Numbers is a new collection from the nation’s favourite poet. This is an evening of poetry and love and intimacies and daffodils. Birmingham-based Polish poet Bohdan Piasecki will open the event. A committed performer who has taken his poems from underground Tokyo clubs to BBC Radio.

    Performance

    View Midlands Art Centre (MAC) website
  • 09 Oct 2021 Durham Book Festival - ONLINE: The Poetry Book Society Showcase
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    ONLINE: The Poetry Book Society Showcase

    09 Oct 2021

    The Poetry Book Society showcases three transnational stars: Kazim Ali, Hannah Lowe and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe. Each poet has the courage to dig deep into themes of being and belonging from very different world views. Join us for an exhilarating afternoon of new voices for our times. This is an online event.

    Performance

    View Durham Book Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2021 BCPLibraries - Tuckton Library Poetry
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    Tuckton Library Poetry

    04 Oct 2021

    Write a poem for Libraries Week
    on what your local library means to you.
    We'll display it for all to see
    in our entrance hall for public view
    in time for National Poetry Day
    (7th October which is a Thursday)!

    On a sheet of paper
    decorate it if you want
    contact on reverse so we can hand it back
    or, email or, submit on Facebook @TucktonLibrary or, Twitter #TucktonLibrary.

    #LibrariesWeek
    #NationalPoetryDay
    #ShareTheChange

    Poetry Wall for Bournemouth Libraries: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/poetrywall

    View BCPLibraries website
  • 21 Oct 2021 Speak Out Scunny - Speak Out Scunny Open Mic
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    Speak Out Scunny Open Mic

    21 Oct 2021

    Speak Out Scunny started two years ago as an open mic event for local poets.

    People of all ages and experience can turn up, book a five-minute slot, and perform some form of spoken word whether it's poetry, prose, comedy or sketches.

    While we welcome young people both as performers and in the audience, we cannot guarantee that the night won’t contain adult themes and language; some poets have been known to swear.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Speak Out Scunny website
  • 07 Oct 2021 SproutSpoken - It’s Your Shout! SproutSpoken at the Huer’s Hut
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    It’s Your Shout! SproutSpoken at the Huer’s Hut

    07 Oct 2021

    Continuing the 'Sprout & About' season, SproutSpoken invites you to a very special gathering of community, creativity and connection at one of the town's favourite places: The Huer's Hut. Running in conjunction with National Poetry Day, we'll be honouring this iconic landmark with songs and spoken word that conjure up the spirit of the Huer at this special place.

    Tickets are FREE but must be obtained in order to access the event.

    Performance, Free

    View SproutSpoken website
  • 07 Oct 2021 English and Media Centre - Choose a poem for someone important to you!
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    Choose a poem for someone important to you!

    07 Oct 2021

    Use print and online poetry anthologies and collections to choose a poem to 'gift' to someone important to you - an EMC task for teachers to use with their students.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View English and Media Centre website
  • 06 Oct 2021 The Platform - The Platform: Open Mic
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    The Platform: Open Mic

    06 Oct 2021

    Free in-person Poetry Open Mic night at Obsidian Cafe, Bournemouth. 7.30pm start.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Platform website
  • 10 Oct 2021 Manchester Literature Festival - Mona Arshi, Alycia Pirmohamed and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe
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    Mona Arshi, Alycia Pirmohamed and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe

    10 Oct 2021

    Three superb female poets whose work considers the body and women’s lives come together for a special showcase at the Manchester Literature Festival. Live event, reduced capacity seating.

    Performance

    View Manchester Literature Festival website
  • 12 Oct 2021 Cheltenham Literature Festival - Irish Poetry: The New Generation
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    Irish Poetry: The New Generation

    12 Oct 2021

    Cheltenham has a long history of showcasing Ireland’s poetry greats. It’s time to introduce the next generation. We invite some of the brightest new voices in contemporary Irish poetry Seán Hewitt (Tongues of Fire), Aoife Lyall (Mother, Nature) and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe (Auguries of a Minor God) to read from their acclaimed collections. Live event at Cheltenham Town Hall.

    Performance

    View Cheltenham Literature Festival website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Workers’ Educational Association - ONLINE: WEA Contemporary Irish Poetry
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    ONLINE: WEA Contemporary Irish Poetry

    07 Oct 2021

    A two hour online course provided by the WEA on Contemporary Irish poetry at 945am on Thursday 7th October. We will read and discuss poems by Sinead Morrissey, Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney and Stephen Sexton. The course number is C3846689.
    Stephen Sexton has agreed to join us on the Zoom for the final 45minutes of the course to talk about his work.

    View Workers’ Educational Association website
  • 07 Oct 2021 U7 ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE - Urban Arts Stoke: National Poetry Day Celebration
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    Urban Arts Stoke: National Poetry Day Celebration

    07 Oct 2021

    lets get together to enjoy National poetry day this October 7th 2021!
    A free evening of poetry sharing , hosted by Poet Gary Oliver, share you poems, or just come to listen and enjoy.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View U7 ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Live Canon - ONLINE: Live Canon National Poetry Day Brunch Reading
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    ONLINE: Live Canon National Poetry Day Brunch Reading

    07 Oct 2021

    An online reading to kick off your National Poetry Day, hosted by Live Canon's director, Helen Eastman, and featuring Tessa Foley, Matthew Haigh, Vanessa Lampert and Theophilus Kwek.

    11:00am-12:00pm

    Performance, Free

    View Live Canon website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Celebrate National Poetry Day with York Stanza
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    Celebrate National Poetry Day with York Stanza

    07 Oct 2021

    We’re celebrating National Poetry Day in style this year at Hungate Reading Café, our lovely new city centre venue. Members of the Poetry Society’s York Stanza will read from their work, followed by an opportunity to socialise and catch up with old friends in a relaxed and convivial location.

    Performance

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 05 Oct 2021 Highgate Society Poetry Group - Highgate Society Poetry Group
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    Highgate Society Poetry Group

    05 Oct 2021

    A monthly spoken word meet up of poets celebrates its third anniversary with a group challenge focused on Green Issues.

    We have introduced a second challenge to respond with poetry on choice to acknowledge the coming of National Poetry Day

    £3 admittance includes tea and biscuits

    Performance, Open mic

    View Highgate Society Poetry Group website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Sturminster Newton Literary Festival - Sturminster Newton Literary Festival National Poetry Day Celebration
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    Sturminster Newton Literary Festival National Poetry Day Celebration

    07 Oct 2021

    BIBBERN CAFE, THE EXCHANGE, OLD MARKET HILL, STURMINSTER NEWTON, DT10 1FH.

    Dorset poets and lovers of poetry, people of all ages and none!

    Join the celebration of National Poetry Day in Sturminster Newton! Read your own poems. Or read one that moves you. Or just come to listen to the favourites of your friends and neighbours.

    Free Event. Visit the website to book a place:
    https://sturlitfest.com/national-poetry-day

    Performance, Free

    View Sturminster Newton Literary Festival website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Apples and People - ONLINE: Apples – a world of poetic choice
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    ONLINE: Apples – a world of poetic choice

    07 Oct 2021

    In poetry and literature the apple is often a microcosm of our own existence – often mapping the seasons, the taste of youth, the ripening of age.

    Apples & People is an online exhibition of the story of the apple. We will be publishing an article about the poetry of the apple.

    www.applesandpeople.org.uk/poetry

    Apples and People is a digital response to a time of great uncertainty, bringing the amazing global story of the apple to all. Symbolising global connectedness, individual achievement, happenchance, and people and nature working closely together, the apple we eat today offers us hope as well as nourishment.

    Exhibition

    View Apples and People website
  • 08 Oct 2021 USDAW - ONLINE: Poetry at work
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    ONLINE: Poetry at work

    08 Oct 2021

    An online interactive poetry workshop held on Zoom. Organised between USDAW and poet, Clare Shaw.
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-at-work-an-usdaw-rlf-event-tickets-171750850417

    Free

    View USDAW website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Live Canon - Live Canon National Poetry Day Evening Reading (In Person)
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    Live Canon National Poetry Day Evening Reading (In Person)

    07 Oct 2021

    A reading and get-together to celebrate National Poetry Day, featuring Miranda Peake, Jenny Mitchell, Henry St Leger and Katie Griffiths.

    Thu, 7 October 2021 19:30 – 21:30 BST

    The Concert Artistes Association
    20 Bedford Street
    London

    Please register here:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-person-national-poetry-day-event-evening-reading-tickets-180067816687

    although it’s a free event, we need to have a guest list on the door.

    Performance

    View Live Canon website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Hackney Libraries - ONLINE: Hackney Libraries’ Lockdown Poetry Workshop
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    ONLINE: Hackney Libraries’ Lockdown Poetry Workshop

    07 Oct 2021

    On National Poetry Day Hackney Libraries' Online Lockdown Poetry Workshop will begin their Black History Season. On the 7th of October (and over the next few weeks) there will be a focus on African-British poets. Online! Everyone (and from anywhere!) welcome!

    Free, Library

    View Hackney Libraries website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Poetrywivenhoe - One Man and his Doggerel
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    One Man and his Doggerel

    07 Oct 2021

    A reading of poems and light verse by Peter Ualrig Kennedy

    Performance, Free

    View Poetrywivenhoe website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Humber Mouth - ‘The Constant Parade’: A poem for Whitefriargate by Vicky Foster
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    ‘The Constant Parade’: A poem for Whitefriargate by Vicky Foster

    07 Oct 2021

    Launching on National Poetry Day 2021, 'The Constant Parade' is a poem that draws on the rich history of Whitefriargate, a street in Hull city centre.

    Each stanza of the poem will be stencilled on the pavement at different locations along Whitefriargate.

    A short film made by Wrecking Ball Press of Vicky reading the poem can also be seen on the big screen in Trinity Market Food Hall in Hull.

    Humber Mouth Literature Festival partnership with Hull’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) and Wrecking Ball Press. Project funded by Historic England.

    Exhibition

    View Humber Mouth website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Live from Worktown - NPD Open Mic
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    NPD Open Mic

    07 Oct 2021

    A Zoom event open to 16 readers where in keeping with the theme 'Choice' readers can read whatever they want (max 3 poems) as long as one of them is not their own.

    Performance, Free

    View Live from Worktown website
  • 07 Oct 2021 The Wobbly Shelf CIC - Cheap Wine & Poetry at The Dougie Arms
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    Cheap Wine & Poetry at The Dougie Arms

    07 Oct 2021

    A night of wonderful poetry from the best poets of Dumfries and Galloway, accompanied by very affordably priced wine!

    Performance, Free

    View The Wobbly Shelf CIC website
  • 05 Oct 2021 The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation - The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The American Poets, Bishop, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost & Whitman
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    The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The American Poets, Bishop, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost & Whitman

    05 Oct 2021

    Celebrating National Poetry Day, and 35 years of ‘The Poetry Hour’ .
    Also, marking the 10th anniversary of our Founder Josephine Hart’s sad demise.
    Classic American Poetry read aloud by award-winning actors, Eileen Atkins, Sinéad Cusack, & Jeremy Irons.
    More surprise A-list readers to be announced.

    Performance

    View The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation website
  • 05 Oct 2021 Tor Bridge High School - Tor Bridge High Poetry Week
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    Tor Bridge High Poetry Week

    05 Oct 2021

    The fantastic poet Karl Nova will be joining the school on 5th October to deliver workshops to years 7, 9, 10 and 11.
    There will be a 'poetry and pastries' event in the library on National Poetry Day.
    All our year 8 students will enjoy poetry lessons exploring word choice.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Tor Bridge High School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 BCPLibraries - Tuckton Library Poetry
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    Tuckton Library Poetry

    07 Oct 2021

    Write a poem for Libraries Week
    on what your local library means to you.
    We'll display it for all to see
    in our entrance hall for public view
    in time for National Poetry Day
    (7th October which is a Thursday)!

    On a sheet of paper
    decorate it if you want
    contact on reverse so we can hand it back
    email or submit on Facebook @TucktonLibrary or Twitter #TucktonLibrary.

    Library, Exhibition

    View BCPLibraries website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Lily Lane Primary School - Lily Lane Primary NPD Celebrations
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    Lily Lane Primary NPD Celebrations

    07 Oct 2021

    A live stream of literary talent from Y4,Y5 and Y6 children at Lily Lane Primary School who attend Poetry Club at lunchtime and after school.

    Performance, Free

    View Lily Lane Primary School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 J.R. Easton - “Rambling Through Lockdown”
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    “Rambling Through Lockdown”

    07 Oct 2021

    This is a poetry reading and charity book launch event.
    My book is called 'Rambling Through Lockdown'
    All proceeds are going to charity.
    Further details on the website www.JeffersonPoetry.co.uk

    Performance, Free

    View J.R. Easton website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Holy Trinity C of E - Ink Inc. – Holy Trinity Primary
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    Ink Inc. – Holy Trinity Primary

    07 Oct 2021

    Primary children from Y4 and Y5 will be performing their poems in a digital performance on the school website. Work inspired by resource poems from National Poetry Day.

    Performance, Free

    View Holy Trinity C of E website
  • 11 Oct 2021 Orchard House School - Orchard House School: Write and Recite!
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    Orchard House School: Write and Recite!

    11 Oct 2021

    Children from across the school (aged 3 to 11) will write and perform their own poetry to their peers, who will then vote for their favourites.

    They will present their work to the whole school in a celebration of CHOICE!

    Performance

    View Orchard House School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Carluke High School - Carluke High School: NPD Celebration Video
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    Carluke High School: NPD Celebration Video

    07 Oct 2021

    Pupils and Staff at Carluke High School are busy recording poems and songs for our NPD video which will be played to every class during the day and also in the main hall at lunchtime.

    Performance

    View Carluke High School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Arts All Over The Place - Arts All Over The Place
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    Arts All Over The Place

    07 Oct 2021

    As part of our five day festival. Arts All Over The Place are celebrating National Poetry Day on 7th October with poetry walks, talks and open mic events. All free and open to the public. Start at 11.30am with a poetry walk, then workshops and talks in the Hive, Moseley Village, B13 8DD until 9pm

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Arts All Over The Place website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Kirklees Libraries - Huddersfield Library: Poetry Dumpling
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    Huddersfield Library: Poetry Dumpling

    07 Oct 2021

    Join Huddersfield Library staff for a pop-up poetry event at 11am in the Lending library and afterwards in the Children's library.
    Bring a poem you'd like to read or choose one provided when you get here!

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Kirklees Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2021 Howl At The Moon - HOWL AT THE MOON: Poetry & Spoken Word Open Mic
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    HOWL AT THE MOON: Poetry & Spoken Word Open Mic

    04 Oct 2021

    HOWL AT THE MOON is a monthly poetry & spoken word open mic at The Moon, Cardiff.

    Participants can sign up at the start 6.30pm and get up to 5 mins, the first act starts 7pm. Free entry. Accessible venue.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Howl At The Moon website
  • 13 Oct 2021 Wordsworth Grasmere - An Evening with Roy McFarlane
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    An Evening with Roy McFarlane

    13 Oct 2021

    Our 2021 contemporary poetry reading series, 'Go to the poets, they will speak to thee', is curated and hosted by poet Kim Moore. We will be listening to what poets have to say about our turbulent times, and how poetry can cross borders to challenge, delight and inspire us. Each event in the series is part reading, part open mic – and the theme of the open mic changes every month!

    Our guest poet this month is the wonderful Roy McFarlane, who has kindly stepped in to take the place of Tishani Doshi, who is now sadly unable to read at this event.

    In his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth argues that “the Poet is the rock of defence of human nature; an upholder and preserver, carrying everywhere with him relationship and love”.

    We felt that Roy was the perfect poet to step into this space and explore what a Poet is, or can be. His work blends poems of witness and activism, balancing between lyricism and the need to tell a story. His poetry is not afraid to ask difficult questions about power – who has it, and who doesn’t, all whilst infusing his language with the rhythms of jazz to create poems which feel like objects you can hold in your hands, as well as something to can carry away in your heart.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Wordsworth Grasmere website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Poets' Corner Folkestone - Folkesone Triennial: Poetry on the Theme of Art
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    Folkesone Triennial: Poetry on the Theme of Art

    07 Oct 2021

    We are celebrating both National Poetry Day and the Folkesone Triennial by asking people to write about one of the artworks presently on show in Folkestone for the Triennial. The event will be like an 'open-mic' and anyone who comes is welcome to read their poem(s) – no need to book.

    The event will be hosted by Poets' Corner Folkestone and takes place at Eleto Chocolate Cafe 12-14 Rendesvous St Folkestone CT20 1EZ - 7pm-9.30pm

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Poets' Corner Folkestone website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Holy Family School - Holy Family School: Poetry Week
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    Holy Family School: Poetry Week

    07 Oct 2021

    Whole school poetry week. Reading poems, learning poems, performing poems and writing poems. Enjoying poetry across the whole school including a special poetry assembly.

    Performance

    View Holy Family School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Heartlines at HEART - Heartlines at HEART
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    Heartlines at HEART

    07 Oct 2021

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Drop-in event.

    Poetry on a loop in the marquee – listen to poets read their work on the NPD theme of 'Choice' and enjoy refreshments (available to purchase from the café).

    Heartlines poets will be on hand to chat and you can read our work displayed throughout the HEART Centre.

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View Heartlines at HEART website
  • 07 Oct 2021 The Rabbit Hole Independent Bookshop - Poetry with The Rabbits
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    Poetry with The Rabbits

    07 Oct 2021

    The Rabbit Hole in Brigg will be hosting an afternoon event inviting local poets to come and share their poems live in conjunction with the wonderful Gracie's Café which is next door. Join us to read out loud, show or just listen to poetry.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Rabbit Hole Independent Bookshop website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Arts All Over The Place - Poetry at The Hive
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    Poetry at The Hive

    07 Oct 2021

    As part of our arts festival Thursday 7th is all about Poetry.

    With Poetry walk at 11.30, a workshop at 1pm, a talk on Asperger's poetry at 3.30pm, an open mic event at 5.30pm with Karma collective, finishing at 7pm with a poetry evening hosted by former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Matt Windle, and featuring Joe Cook.

    All free and open to the public.

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Arts All Over The Place website
  • 07 Oct 2021 DGGS - DGGS: Poetry in the Library
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    DGGS: Poetry in the Library

    07 Oct 2021

    A special celebration of National Poetry Day for KS3 poetry lovers in the Library at lunchtime. Readings by members of Poetry Club (established 2008), competitions and a chance to write at least one poem with friends.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize, Open mic

    View DGGS website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Thurrock Libraries - Thurrock Libraries: Shared Reading National Poetry Day Session
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    Thurrock Libraries: Shared Reading National Poetry Day Session

    07 Oct 2021

    A special edition of Thurrock Libraries Shared Reading group, reading aloud a poem from the National Poetry Day website plus poems wo already know and love.

    Booking required, event to be held at Grays Library 10pm on 7 Oct, please email library.events@thurrock.gov.uk

    Free, Library

    View Thurrock Libraries website
  • 06 Oct 2021 Friends of Grange Library - Friends of Grange Library: Your Favourite Poem
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    Friends of Grange Library: Your Favourite Poem

    06 Oct 2021

    The Friends of Grange Library are holding an event at Grange-over-Sands Library on Wednesday 6th October from 2.30 - 3.30 pm. Everyone is invited to 'Choose your favourite poem, Bring your favourite poem, Share your favourite poem'. The Friends group looks forward to welcoming people back to the library with a pleasant hour of lighthearted poetry readings.

    Free, Library

    View Friends of Grange Library website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Mr James Carter - Rupert House School NPD Celebrations
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    Rupert House School NPD Celebrations

    07 Oct 2021

    An exciting buzzy action-packed day of performances, workshops and a Finale (in which the children read their brand new poems) at the fabulous Rupert House School in Henley.

    Performance

    View Mr James Carter website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council - ONLINE: Barnsley Libraries Digital Offer
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    ONLINE: Barnsley Libraries Digital Offer

    07 Oct 2021

    We will be celebrating National Poetry Day with a series of captivating excerpts of poems throughout the day across our social media channels.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council website
  • 06 Oct 2021 CNTW - Creating Choice Through Recovery
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    Creating Choice Through Recovery

    06 Oct 2021

    A pop up, Space for Poetry event and Poetry in Art display at Bamburgh Clinic, St. Nicholas hospital, Newcastle, using poems and art created on the theme of choice.

    The event is supporting all those who work and live at the clinic to create their own written works, spoken word pieces and art, which will then be put on display at the clinic and other places across the hospital site. To enable others, to share with the artists and writers who created the works, their creativity and interpretations on the theme of choice.

    The clinic supports people to recover a sense of themselves, and develop their own recovery goals and pathways as part of their treatment and care within a mental health service.

    Library, Exhibition

    View CNTW website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Troika - ONLINE: Mr Dilly meets Zaro Weil
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    ONLINE: Mr Dilly meets Zaro Weil

    07 Oct 2021

    Mr Dilly meets Zaro Weil for schools online 11-12 October 7th. Mr Dilly will discuss poetry with Zaro Weil and her new book When Poems Fall from the Sky.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Troika website
  • 04 Oct 2021 The Children’s Bookshow - ONLINE: Michael Rosen Digital Event
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    ONLINE: Michael Rosen Digital Event

    04 Oct 2021

    The Children’s Bookshow will be celebrating National Poetry Day with a live digital event for primary schools with the extraordinary poet, Michael Rosen! Join us on Crowdcast for this interactive fun, fundraiser.
    Michael will perform his poems, talk about the importance and joy of poetry and give tips on how to write your own.
    The cost to login to this event will be £10. Funds raised will be used to support the work of The Children’s Bookshow.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View The Children’s Bookshow website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Suffolk Poetry Society - National Poetry Day Reading
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    National Poetry Day Reading

    07 Oct 2021

    Suffolk Poetry Society and Suffolk Libraries invite you to a poetry reading by SPS members followed by public open mic on the theme of Choice
    at Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich IP1 3DE
    1pm – 2.30pm 7 October 2021.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Suffolk Poetry Society website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Woolwich Library - Paul Cree Poetry Workshop
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    Paul Cree Poetry Workshop

    07 Oct 2021

    Paul is a poet based in South London, he's been writing and performing for over 11 years, at venues and events such as Ronnie Scott’s, Tate Britain, Battersea Arts Centre, Roundhouse, Camden People’s Theatre, Lattitude, Bestival and the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as having his work showcased on BBC 1xtra and BBC London.

    Paul will be delivering a FREE workshop and the workshop will introduce attendees to the world of performance poetry and let them in on some of his techniques that have helped him through the years.

    This event is open to experienced poets wanting to refine their skill set and to those new to poetry and wanting to learn a bit more.

    Performance, Library

    View Woolwich Library website
  • 07 Oct 2021 National Library of Scotland/Luath Press - ONLINE: 100 Favourite Gaelic Poems on National Poetry Day
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    ONLINE: 100 Favourite Gaelic Poems on National Poetry Day

    07 Oct 2021

    Join Peter Mackay and Jo MacDonald, editors of '100 Favourite Gaelic Poems', for a celebration of Gaelic poetry for National Poetry Day with the National Library of Scotland.

    About this event
    100 Favourite Gaelic Poems is a new and dynamic anthology of Scotland’s most popular Gaelic poems as voted for by the public. The selection features poets and writers such as Sorley MacLean, Angus Peter Campbell and Meg Bateman. Their Gaelic works are accompanied by English translations.

    Alongside other contemporary Gaelic poets, Peter and Jo will present dual language readings of a collection of Gaelic poems and songs – love poems and hymns, sea ditties and war poems, lullabies and elegies – many translated into English for the first time.

    You will be emailed a link to join this event 24 hours and 1 hour before the session begins. The link and password to join the session can also be found at the bottom of your Eventbrite confirmation email. If you don't receive the Eventbrite emails, please check your spam folder or contact nlsevents@nls.uk for assistance.

    When you book this event, your personal information will be held and used by the National Library of Scotland and Zoom for the purposes of allowing you to join the event. For full information about how the Library will hold and use your personal information, see our privacy pages, in particular our event booking privacy notice (https://www.nls.uk/privacy/event-booking-notice).

    Performance, Free, Library

    View National Library of Scotland/Luath Press website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Bristol Library Service & Rising Arts - My Library My Space
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    My Library My Space

    07 Oct 2021

    Join us 11AM - 1PM for National Poetry Day, with a final celebration of the 'My Library My Space project':

    See and hear the collective poem 'Altogether' created by poet Malizah with the community around Junction 3.

    Listen to Marizah read the poem at 11.30am

    Get inspired and create your own poetry.

    My Library My Space is a partnership between Bristol Libraries and Rising Arts. Covid safety measures will be in place.

    Performance, Library

    View Bristol Library Service & Rising Arts website
  • 08 Oct 2021 West Sussex Libraries - Poetry Workshop with Joe Bunn
    School events

    Poetry Workshop with Joe Bunn

    08 Oct 2021

    We are very excited to be hosting a Poetry Workshop at Worthing Library with local poet Joe Bunn. The FREE workshop will take place on Friday 8 October at 2:30pm. Join Joe for a varied selection of poetry activities designed to unlock your creativity.

    Free, Library

    View West Sussex Libraries website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Create The Future - ONLINE: The future we choose to create: climate poetry workshops
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    ONLINE: The future we choose to create: climate poetry workshops

    07 Oct 2021

    A day of climate poetry writing prompts and conversation with @createthefuture.earth, an anthology project dedicated to using creative writing to inspire hope and empower communities to dream and act for a better world.

    Come along to this virtual event all day long on Instagram for a series of poetry prompts & conversation starters, Instagram live discussions and a guided writing workshop in the evening.

    This year's theme is 'Choice' so cultivate a deeper connection to the earth and allow yourself to dream: what kind of future would you choose?

    Follow @createthefuture.earth on Instagram ahead of the event, or tune in just on the day.

    Free

    View Create The Future website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Stirling Poetry Sharing Group - Poetry Sharing Group
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    Poetry Sharing Group

    07 Oct 2021

    All are welcome to come along to share and enjoy poetry being read aloud. Bring a couple of poems of any era or style if you wish to read, or just come along to listen. If you would like to hear a particular poem read but would rather not read yourself, bring it along and we will find a willing reader.

    Performance

    View Stirling Poetry Sharing Group website
  • 07 Oct 2021 The Reader - Shared Reading: choose your own poetry path
    Partner events

    Shared Reading: choose your own poetry path

    07 Oct 2021

    Celebrating National Poetry Day – the annual mass celebration that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry – come along for an evening of literary discovery and exploration as we read poetry that touches upon ‘choice’, the theme of National Poetry Day 2021. In keeping with the theme of ‘choice’, there’ll be a selection of Shared Reading workshops to enter into, offering your own personal pathway into the world of poetry. You’ll go to two workshops on the evening – both of which you’ll get to choose on the night.

    This event is available both in person and online. If you choose an online ticket, your sessions will take place on Zoom.

    Pay What You Feel

    The Reader wants everyone to be able to join these online reading experiences, which is why this course is ‘pay as you feel’. At the check out please enter the amount you feel you would like to pay for this event.

    View The Reader website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Oathall Community College - Poetry Slam
    School events

    Poetry Slam

    07 Oct 2021

    A lunctime poetry slam held over two lunctimes, one for KS3 and one for KS4 on NPD in the library.

    Library, Open mic

    View Oathall Community College website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Mr Dilly - Mr Dilly’s Top of the Poems
    School events

    Mr Dilly’s Top of the Poems

    07 Oct 2021

    FREE digital resource for schools. Mr Dilly's TOP OF THE POEMS - from Maya Angelou to Spike Milligan, from Michael Rosen to Edward Lear. Laugh, learn and discover along with Mr Dilly sharing some of the world’s most wonderful poems both past and present in a short film full of fun, facts and well… poetry! Available to watch 4th-8th October. Register for REE viewing link at https://www.mrdilly.com/national-poetry-day-2021-mr-dilly

    Performance, Free

    View Mr Dilly website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Idsall School - National Poetry Day at Idsall School
    School events

    National Poetry Day at Idsall School

    07 Oct 2021

    This is a celebration of all things poetic by and for pupils and staff at Idsall school.

    Reading, Performance

    View Idsall School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Dunhurst - Beadales Prep, Dunhurst
    School events

    Beadales Prep, Dunhurst

    07 Oct 2021

    Poet's Corner in the corridor, writing workshops in the classroom, easy listening in the library and nature's poetic song on the estate. We will be Steep(ed) in poetry gearing up for our whole school poetry JAW at the end of the month.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Dunhurst website
  • 04 Oct 2021 THE DAILY HAIKU - THE DAILY HAIKU celebrates National Poetry Day
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    THE DAILY HAIKU celebrates National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2021

    We will be celebrating National Poetry Day with events on www.facebook.com/groups/THEDAILYHAIKU/ our writing group with 12K members worldwide and on @TheGreatMargin with our partners Paper Nations. Join in on the day to connect with our challenges and prompts

    Free

    View THE DAILY HAIKU website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Bream Community Library - The StoryMongers present Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol
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    The StoryMongers present Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol

    07 Oct 2021

    For National Poetry Day this year, Bream Community Library presents Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, narrated by Eddy Martin of The StoryMongers with atmospheric music by Phill Gibbs and Stephanie Burke.

    Its a free event, but there will be limited seating so booking is essential. Tickets can be booked now from Eventbrite.com. Search for StoryMongers at Bream Community Library.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Bream Community Library website
  • 09 Oct 2021 Poetry on the Lake - 21st Poetry on the Lake International Celebration
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    21st Poetry on the Lake International Celebration

    09 Oct 2021

    Two days dedicated to the best contemporary poetry in English, with Imtiaz Dharker, James Harpur, Robert Seatter, Philip Morre, and Francesca Diano who will introduce the poetry of Anita Naiir. All are welcome to read in the itinerant reading under the trees and through the chapels of Sacro Monte, Lake Orta, Italy, beloved by Nietzsche, Browning and Queen Victoria.

    Performance, Free, Prize, Open mic

    View Poetry on the Lake website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Steyning Bookshop - Attila the Stockbroker Celebrates National Poetry Day
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    Attila the Stockbroker Celebrates National Poetry Day

    07 Oct 2021

    We are thrilled to announce a very special performance by legendary Punk Poet Attila the Stockbroker, celebrating National Poetry Day on Thursday October 7th and launching 'Heart on my Sleeve', Attila's newly published anthology of work from the last 40 years. Attila will perform pieces from 'Heart on my Sleeve', and – if we are lucky, and in keeping with the ancient church venue – Attila may also whip out his crumhorn or pluck his mandocello, accompanied on organ by his talented pianist wife, Robina, for a couple of numbers from his band The Barnstormers' 2018 album, 'Restoration Tragedy' – where Early Music meets punk!
    Attila will be ably supported by Steyning wordsmith Simon Zec.
    Copies of 'Heart on my Sleeve', and all of Attila's brilliant albums & merchandise will be on sale and Attila will be happy to sign & dedicate these.
    Tasty local beers by RIVERSIDE BREWERY (& soft drinks) will be on sale, card or cash payments will be accepted.

    Performance

    View Steyning Bookshop website
  • 06 Oct 2021 The Grove Theatre - National Poetry Day Celebration at The Grove Theatre Eastbourne
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    National Poetry Day Celebration at The Grove Theatre Eastbourne

    06 Oct 2021

    7 p.m. at The Grove Theatre Eastbourne
    Local Poets will present their takes on the NPD theme of 'CHOICE'
    Admission £5 (£3 concessions) on door or in advance via theatre
    Or to contribute your poem contact Mister John at poetrycafeugt@aol.com

    Performance

    View The Grove Theatre website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Allergrange Play and Learning Hub! - Poems in the park!
    School events

    Poems in the park!

    07 Oct 2021

    Outdoor poetry session for Y1 children from all 5 primary schools in the area.

    Performance, Library

    View Allergrange Play and Learning Hub! website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Vernon Park Primary School - Choices to Change the World: National Poetry Day at Vernon Park Primary School
    School events

    Choices to Change the World: National Poetry Day at Vernon Park Primary School

    07 Oct 2021

    Whole School Super Learning Day to celebrate poetry with the focus of choices which change our world.

    Children age 3-11.

    Performance, Free

    View Vernon Park Primary School website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Omar Khayyam Theatre Company - Spirit of the Rose – Ruba’iya’t Renaissance
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    Spirit of the Rose – Ruba’iya’t Renaissance

    07 Oct 2021

    Many people around the world love Edward FitzGerald's poem Ruba'iya't of Omar Khayya'm but do not fully understand and appreciate it for what it is... being a Spiritual Masterpiece which really needs to be interpreted intuitively ie literally, allegorically, morally and mystically - so let me help you.
    Please send me your email address and I will send you a free A4 pdf offering you the fruits of 20 years of research

    Free

    View Omar Khayyam Theatre Company website
  • 04 Oct 2021 Simon Mole - Free Live Online Poetry Lesson for Primary Schools
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    Free Live Online Poetry Lesson for Primary Schools

    04 Oct 2021

    Join National Poetry Day Ambassador Simon Mole for a free live lesson on zoom. He will be delivering a brand new workshop, commissioned by National Poetry Day on this year's theme of Choice.

    Monday 4th October

    Key Stage 1: 10am - 10.40am

    Key Stage 2: 11am - 11.50am

    Any classes joining for the live lesson will also be sent a ‘Performance Skills’ lesson plan with tutorial videos to use on National Poetry Day itself if they want to do so.
    https://www.simonmole.com/school-npd-sign-up

    Performance, Free

    View Simon Mole website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Sefton Council - Sefton Slams
    Public events

    Sefton Slams

    07 Oct 2021

    Acclaimed poet Mandy Coe will host Sefton Slams, a performance poetry event which takes place at Crosby Library on October 7th . Interested participants are asked to contact information.services@sefton.gov.uk for a competition form or to book an audience place. The winning performance will receive a voucher prize.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Sefton Council website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Poetry Pharmacy - Poetry Pharmacy Birthday Party with Angela France & Peter Daniels
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    Poetry Pharmacy Birthday Party with Angela France & Peter Daniels

    07 Oct 2021

    Come and celebrate with us for National Poetry Day with readings from our good friends Angela France and Peter Daniels, some birthday cake and a limited open mic session too!
    Email Deb on emergencypoet@gmail.com to reserve a reading slot!

    Performance, Open mic

    View Poetry Pharmacy website
  • 05 Oct 2021 Quarto Books - Bright Poems for Dark Days-online event
    Partner events

    Bright Poems for Dark Days-online event

    05 Oct 2021

    Bright Poems for Dark Days by bibliotherapist, Dr Julie Sutherland, is a beautifully illustrated anthology of uplifting poetry. To celebrate the publication of this necessary book, much needed in these vulnerable times, we are thrilled to be joining forces with The Poetry Pharmacy for a (free!) digital launch event! When? Tuesday, the 5th of October, at 6 PM BST. Where? Zoom! What? A conversation between Dr Sutherland and Poetry Pharmacist herself, Deborah Alma!

    Performance, Free

    View Quarto Books website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Andover Rocks - Andover National Poetry day Celebration
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    Andover National Poetry day Celebration

    07 Oct 2021

    Local Poets of Andover and the surrounding area get together to perform their poetry in a friendly setting.

    Tickets are £5. Performers (though there are limited spaces) and under 18s get in free .

    The event is being put on by Andover Rocks for more information go to Andover Rocks Facebook page or go to their website https://www.andover-rocks.co.uk/

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Andover Rocks website
  • 07 Oct 2021 The Children's Bookshow - The Children’s Bookshow celebrate National Poetry Day with Michael Rosen
    School events

    The Children’s Bookshow celebrate National Poetry Day with Michael Rosen

    07 Oct 2021

    The Children's Bookshow will be celebrating National Poetry Day with an exciting live digital event for primary schools (Key Stage 2) featuring the extraordinary poet, Michael Rosen.
    Join in via Crowdcast on 7 October 11.00am for this interactive session - £10.00 per login.
    All funds raised will be used to support future events from The Children's Bookshow.

    Performance

    View The Children's Bookshow website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Shoreham Wordfest - Fast Forward Open Mic
    Public events

    Fast Forward Open Mic

    07 Oct 2021

    7.30pm Tarmount Studios Shoreham-by-Sea. Open mic poetry & short stories with Katrina Quinn.

    Open mic

    View Shoreham Wordfest website
  • 25 Oct 2021 Shorehamwordfest - The Poetry of John Keats
    Partner events

    The Poetry of John Keats

    25 Oct 2021

    Exploring the National Poetry Day theme of Choice through the poems of Keats.
    2-3.30pm St Mary de Haura church Shoreham-by-Sea. Free event.

    Performance, Free

    View Shorehamwordfest website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Shoreham Wordfest - Poetry Pharmacy
    Public events

    Poetry Pharmacy

    07 Oct 2021

    12-2pm at St Mary de Haura church
    Shoreham-by-Sea. Poetic remedies for the trials & tribulations of life.

    View Shoreham Wordfest website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Woolwich Works - An Audience with Lemn Sissay
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    An Audience with Lemn Sissay

    07 Oct 2021

    National treasure, best-selling writer and presenter, and one of Britain’s most exciting poets, Lemn Sissay will be headlining Woolwich Works especially for National Poetry Day 2021.

    Lemn is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world: from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, from Bali to Greenland, and very soon Woolwich Works!

    Lemn will be reading from and expanding on the poems published in his collection Gold from the Stone.

    Performance

    View Woolwich Works website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Clevedon Community Bookshop Cooperative - Poetry Evening
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    Poetry Evening

    07 Oct 2021

    Event to be held at St Andrews Church Centre, Clevedon on October 7. Doors open 6:30 pm.

    Readings of poetry by local poets from 7-9 pm. Special feature: Reading of Arthur Hallam's poem 'Oh Poetry, Oh Rarest Spirit of All' Hallam is buried at St. Andrews. Hallam was engaged to Lord Tennyson's sister and an inspiration to Tennyson. One of Tennyson's most famous poems 'In Memorium' was dedicated to Hallam.

    Tickets £5 include seating & refreshments.

    Tickets available at the bookshop and on Ticketron. Limited number of seats available.

    Performance

    View Clevedon Community Bookshop Cooperative website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Birmingham Community Libraries - Finding your Voice
    Public events

    Finding your Voice

    07 Oct 2021

    A free poetry workshop delivered by poet Liam Christopher, author of 'Modern Day Love Letters - Love, Brexit and Coronavirus. Join us at the library to celebrate National Poetry day. Event starts at 5.30pm.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Birmingham Community Libraries website
  • 07 Oct 2021 As Creatives - A Celebration in Rhyme
    School events

    A Celebration in Rhyme

    07 Oct 2021

    A Celebration in Rhyme has been developed to help schools celebrate the stories your pupils love in verse - by writing and performing a collaborative School Poem in just a single day!

    After a quick assembly sharing our love of poetry and issuing the overall challenge, children will participate in collaborative writing workshops, usually for a year group at a time. Using our unique “RunAround” methodology, KS2 / P4 - P7 classes will choose the themes and content, creating the lines as they go - with EYFS and KS1 / P1 - P3 providing the chorus. And the outcome? A beautifully crafted poem extolling the wonder of stories that’s unique to your school - and that will get its very first performance at a second, celebratory assembly at the end of the day!

    To find out more about our Poetry Workshops please contact us on 0151 708 8886 or email info@ascreatives.com

    View As Creatives website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Inkandescent - BOLD
    Public events

    BOLD

    07 Oct 2021

    Inkandescent present a queer poetry soirée hosted by Nathan Evans with John McCullough, Andreena Leeanne & Kat Dixon

    Above the Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
    Thursday 7th October, 19:30, £10

    Inkandescent serve up spirited spoken word with a side of film and music. For National Poetry Day, we're joined by John McCullough—whose latest collection Reckless Paper Birds won the 2020 Hawthornden Prize for literature and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award—Andreena Leeanne—founder of Poetry LGBT and whose collection CHARRED is shortlisted for the 2021 Polari First Book Prize—and Kat Dixon—whose poems have appeared in The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog, Tears in the Fence, Queerlings, South Bank Poetry and Mslexia.

    Inkandescent were founded in 2016 by Justin David and Nathan Evans to champion diverse writers underrepresented in the mainstream.

    'McCullough has a reputation for crafting lyric poems of the everyday with a surreal twist. In Reckless Paper Birds, the familiar yet strange is rarely more than a stanza away.'—The Guardian

    Reckless Paper Birds is a timely and necessary collection which vibrates with protest; these poems are talismans against hate.’—Richard Scott

    www.inkandescent.co.uk
    @InkandescentUK

    www.nathanevans.co.uk
    @nathanevansarts

    www.johnmccullough.co.uk
    @JohnMcCullough_

    www.andreena.co.uk
    @Survivor.Andreena.Leeanne

    @katdixon2012

    Performance

    View Inkandescent website
  • 09 Oct 2021 Litfest - Poetry Double Bill: Polly Atkin and Kim Moore
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    Poetry Double Bill: Polly Atkin and Kim Moore

    09 Oct 2021

    Much With Body is Polly Atkin’s startlingly original second collection. The beauty of the Lake District is both balm and mirror, refracting pain and also soothing it with distraction. Much of the landscape is lakescape, giving the book a watery feel, the author’s wild swimming being just one kind of immersion. Here the natural world is revered with an uneasy awe, contingent upon knowledge of our fragility and mortality.

    All The Men I Never Married is Kim Moore’s eagerly awaited second collection. It is pointedly feminist, challenging and keenly aware of the contradictions and complexities of desire. The numbered poems take us through a gallery of exes and significant others where we encounter rage, pain, guilt and love. A powerful collection of deeply thoughtful and deeply felt poetry.

    Performance, Free

    View Litfest website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Litfest - The Litfest Poetry Mosaic: National Poetry Day with Hannah Hodgson
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    The Litfest Poetry Mosaic: National Poetry Day with Hannah Hodgson

    07 Oct 2021

    Many great poems have been written about choice, from Shel Silverstein’s ’The Voice’ to Julia Donaldson’s ‘I Opened a Book’, and from Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ to Grace Nichols’ ‘Harbour’ – about choosing a human hug over constant digital contact. Many of these poems are available online, others can be found in a book you might have at home or can get at the library.
    Hosted by Hannah Hodgson, this event will feature some of the best poems written on the theme of choice from the past. It will also be a showcase for Northwest poets – of all ages – who are writing today.

    In the days leading up to National Poetry Day, Hannah Hodgson will curate a selection of outstanding poems from those submitted to the Litfest Poetry Mosaic, and on 2nd October Litfest will contact those poets (or a nominated reader) to invite them to read their work online at this special National Poetry Day showcase event!

    After the event, all the submitted poems will remain online in our specially created Litfest Poetry Mosaic.

    Performance, Free

    View Litfest website
  • 07 Oct 2021 The Mum Poem Press - Book the Babysitter: Poetry on Parenting with the Mum Poet Club
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    Book the Babysitter: Poetry on Parenting with the Mum Poet Club

    07 Oct 2021

    This National Poetry Day, join the Mum Poet Club for an evening of poetry on parenthood.

    Thursday 7 October 2021 from 7:30pm, £10

    At The Chapel at JCT, 83 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TB (just behind Oxford Circus Street tube station).

    A raucous, magical, powerful and cathartic evening of poetry about the magic and the mayhem of parenting.

    With moving, hilarious and beautiful poems from experienced and award-winning performers to passionate and talented first timers - all members of the Mum Poet Club - this is sure to be an evening of tears, laughter and high quality poetry.

    The Mum Poet Club was born in lockdown as a way to connect, support and encourage poetry-writing parents and has now hundreds of active members across the UK and publishes a regular poetry zine.

    Reviews for Book the Babysitter:

    “A magic night – I left feeling inspired and uplifted.”

    “Absolutely stunned by the poetic talent and the range of poems and feelings.”

    “All the poets blew me away with their work – the emotion and strength in the room was palpable.”

    “I couldn’t sleep last night I was so excited about falling in love with poetry again. The amazing women who shared their words were so inspiring. Thank you for a magical evening.”

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Mum Poem Press website
  • 22 Oct 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival - After the Voices: Song-settings of Alice Oswald and W.S. Merwin
    Public events

    After the Voices: Song-settings of Alice Oswald and W.S. Merwin

    22 Oct 2021

    Featuring the American composer-pianist Eric McElroy and the distinguished English tenor James Gilchrist, this song-recital is presented as part of the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival. It features the premiere of McElroy's song-cycle 'After the Voices: Six Poems of W.S. Merwin' as well as a newly commissioned song-setting of poetry by Alice Oswald (Oxford's Professor of Poetry).

    Performance

    View Oxford Lieder Festival website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Medway Libraries - Pop-Up Haiflu
    Public events

    Pop-Up Haiflu

    07 Oct 2021

    Come and view the beautiful Haiflu poem at Chatham Library, created as part of the Estuary Festival. A Haiflu is a collaborative visual poem, inspired by the beautiful Medway Estuary.
    Be inspired, write your own Haiflu and post it into the box.

    Free, Exhibition

    View Medway Libraries website
  • 29 Jan 2022 East Riding Libraries - East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition
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    East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition

    29 Jan 2022

    The East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My reason to be cheerful' - because we all need something to be cheerful about at the moment!

    Once again entries are being judges by a panel of Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash.

    There are 13 cash prizes available;
    Adult
    Collection HQ prize £500
    East Riding Gold prize £200
    East Riding Silver prize £150
    2x Highly Commended £25 each

    Young poets
    East Riding Secondary 1st prize £75
    East Riding Secondary 2nd prize £50
    2x Highly Commended £25 each
    East Riding Primary 1st prize £75
    East Riding Secondary 2nd prize £50
    2x Highly Commended £25 each

    There is also a £100 voucher prize for prison inmates.

    The competition closes on Saturday 27 November and there will be a prize giving event at North Bridlington Library, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire on Saturday 29 January 2022. For full terms and condition and to submit entries go to www.festivalofwords.co.uk

    Prize

    View East Riding Libraries website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Woolich Library - Virtual Reality Poetry
    Public events

    Virtual Reality Poetry

    07 Oct 2021

    Celebrate National Poetry Day in a new way as we allow you to experience performance poetry through our virtual reality devices.
    Attendees will be provided with a virtual reality headset to view a selection of prerecorded performances.

    Performance, Library

    View Woolich Library website
  • 07 Oct 2021 The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation - The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour
    Public events

    The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

    07 Oct 2021

    ‘Great Poetry Read By Great Actors’

    The Josephine Hart American Poets Hour:
    Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath & Walt Whitman

    Cast of A-list actors - to be announced shortly.

    Marking 35 years of ‘The Poetry Hour’’
    And the 10th anniversary of the loss of our much-missed Founder, novelist, & producer, Josephine Hart.

    Venue Partner: The British Library

    Performance, Library

    View The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation website
  • 07 Oct 2021 St Andrew’s Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea - National Poetry Day at St Andrew’s Junior School
    School events

    National Poetry Day at St Andrew’s Junior School

    07 Oct 2021

    Celebrating poetry - reading, writing, listening to and performing poetry.

    Performance

    View St Andrew’s Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea website
  • 07 Oct 2021 Derby Poetry Festival - Derby Poetry Festival
    Public events

    Derby Poetry Festival

    07 Oct 2021

    Four days of headline poetry and workshops in city Centre venues from October 7th - 10th.

    For further details go to the Derby Poetry Festival Facebook page.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Derby Poetry Festival website
  • 11 Oct 2021 Willoughby Memorial Trust - Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition
    Public events

    Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition

    11 Oct 2021

    A competition open to students in Lincolnshire schools to write a poem on the theme of 'Choice'. The poems will be judged by Stamford Poet Laureate, Rob Elks and the winning poems displayed in the Library of the Willoughby Memorial Gallery, Corby Glen.

    Prize, Exhibition

    View Willoughby Memorial Trust website
  • 06 Oct 2021 Ambit Magazine with Wells Maltings - Strictly Speaking at The Wells Maltings
    Public events

    Strictly Speaking at The Wells Maltings

    06 Oct 2021

    Everyone is invited to come and share a poem that they've written or a poem that they love at our Strictly Speaking event. A friendly, supportive atmosphere all are encourage to attend. £5 per ticket and a bar will be available for ordering drinks.

    Performance, Prize, Open mic

    View Ambit Magazine with Wells Maltings website
  • 02 Oct 2021 City Art Centre - Push the Boat Out
    Public events

    Push the Boat Out

    02 Oct 2021

    Join writer Katy Hastie at a family friendly drop-in poetry session, inspired by our 'Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay' exhibition, to make nautical collage poems that fold into origami boats to sail the seven seas. All welcome, no experience necessary - just bring your imagination. Katy Hastie is a writer and poet from Glasgow who works on experimental and hybrid forms of storytelling in community, cultural and academic settings.

    Free

    View City Art Centre website
  • 20 Oct 2021 CREATION:Poetry - CREATION:Poetry for National Poetry Day
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    CREATION:Poetry for National Poetry Day

    20 Oct 2021

    CREATION:Poetry are an online poetry community based in Sheffield who host online open mics on the third Wednesday of every month, as well as poetry workshops and courses. For National Poetry Day CREATION will be hosting a special event with performances from some of Sheffields best poets.

    Performance, Open mic

    View CREATION:Poetry website

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