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  • 04 Oct 2018 Quex Park Gardens - Poetry postcards
    Public events

    Poetry postcards

    04 Oct 2018

    Gaining inspiration from Quex Park Gardens.

    This was a free event for anyone visiting that day.

    We wrote poetry and positive words on postcards and decorated them ready to be given out on National Poetry Day free to passers by in Margate.

    Free

    View Quex Park Gardens website
  • 20 Dec 2018 Loughborough University - School of Arts, English and Drama - Overton Poetry Prize
    School events

    Overton Poetry Prize

    20 Dec 2018

    The School of the Arts, English and Drama offers the annual Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems, in memory of former lecturer Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012).
    Anyone is welcome to submit a series of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines in length. The winning entry will be published in a chapbook form.

    The deadline for entry is 20th December 2018.

    To enter follow the link: https://bit.ly/1NMUBIS

    Prize

    View Loughborough University - School of Arts, English and Drama website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Front Room - The Front Room
    Public events

    The Front Room

    04 Oct 2018

    Running for 2 years now, The Front Room is a monthly spoken word event with dabs of original music and comedy.

    On National Poetry Day we are at Hunter Gatherer Coffee in Southsea and start from 7.00pm We have an expanded open mic session to allow poets the opportunity of being part of the day. There's also a slam showcase featuring Southampton's Jayne Ede and Portsmouth's Emily Priest and Prince Brandon on themes of Travel, Celebrity and Romance.

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Front Room website
  • 29 Nov 2018 BirminghamLive - ALL CHANGE
    Public events

    ALL CHANGE

    29 Nov 2018

    A one-off spoken word event by BirminghamLive in partnership with Virgin Trains.

    Performance, Free

    View BirminghamLive website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Vinyl Head Cafe and Record Shop - Vinyl Head Open Mic
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    Vinyl Head Open Mic

    05 Oct 2018

    On the first Friday of every month, there is a wonderful open mic night at Vinyl Head Cafe and Record Shop in Ramsgate, Kent. The styles are wide-ranging and everyone is very supportive and appreciative. Everyone who comes shares a love of words. Please come!

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Vinyl Head Cafe and Record Shop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Stormont School - Harvest Celebration & National Poetry Day
    School events

    Harvest Celebration & National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Reception parents, Year 6 and new parents to the school are invited to have a light lunch before attending the Harvest Celebration where all girls are performing poems, songs and readings.

    Performance, Free

    View Stormont School website
  • 12 Oct 2018 Wincanton Museum & Historical Society - Wincanton Poetry Day 12th October 2018
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    Wincanton Poetry Day 12th October 2018

    12 Oct 2018

    We propose to stage a Poem of the Week as a weekly event under the auspices of the Wincanton Museum & Historical Society.

    If chosen we will present a poem written by a local person for one week as 'The Wincanton Poem Of The Week'

    It will be displayed on our notice board at the library.


    Submit your poem to The Museum Curator at Wincanton Library, Carrington Way Wincanton BA9 9JS.


    The Library Staff and Curator will select the weekly poem.

    The event will continue through until December subject to its popularity and submissions.

    Free, Library, Prize

    View Wincanton Museum & Historical Society website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Yoga For Modern Life - Slow Down Yoga with Poetry
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    Slow Down Yoga with Poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    Come and take time to move, stretch, breathe and deeply relax, creating space in body and mind, while listing to some beautiful poetry on National Poetry Day. This yoga class includes gentle slow-flowing yoga postures, simple yet effective breathing techniques to really connect to our breathe, deeper stretching postures to release deeply held tension, and will finish with a restorative yoga posture and a deep relaxation to allow the body to yield and soften, and the mind to become stiller and calmer.
    All this with beautiful candlelight to add to the feeling of tranquillity, and gorgeous poetry reading, creating calmness and restfulness in this lovely space.

    Reading, Performance

    View Yoga For Modern Life website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust - Poetry Evening: Tutor Time
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    Poetry Evening: Tutor Time

    04 Oct 2018

    Students are exploring the Poem ' I am a Parrot' by Grace Nichols. Reading and discussing the poem in tutor time, students will have the opportunity to enjoy the genre and discuss their favourite poem and poets!

    Performance

    View The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 River Cocker - Rain on the river
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    Rain on the river

    04 Oct 2018

    Sitting on a bench in the rain eating chips beside the River Cocker reading any poem we choose

    Reading, Free

    View River Cocker website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Romsey School - Open Evening
    School events

    Open Evening

    04 Oct 2018

    The Romsey School open evening happens to fall on National Poetry Day so what better way to show off how amazing our Library is by showcasing some fantastic poetry books and poems written by Readers Club.
    There will be a large poster display and colourful display board with books laid out for all to see and enjoy.

    Free, Library

    View The Romsey School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Smithills School - Poetry Reading and Writing
    School events

    Poetry Reading and Writing

    04 Oct 2018

    Pupils are reading and writing poetry. Staff are sharing their favourite poems.

    Reading, Free, Library

    View Smithills School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 North Durham Academy - National Poetry Day Scavenger Hunt Quiz
    School events

    National Poetry Day Scavenger Hunt Quiz

    04 Oct 2018

    Around the LRC are clues and poems about our staff's favourite poems, what poetry is, the types of poetry and different poets. Students have a list of questions and they need to 'scavenge' the answers. Certificates for all participating and prizes for winners!

    Free, Library, Prize

    View North Durham Academy website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Panshanger Primary School - Whole school poem performance
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    Whole school poem performance

    04 Oct 2018

    Every class in our school have learnt a poem off by heart. Today they are going to perform their poems in a whole school assembly.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Panshanger Primary School website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Rogan’s Books - Kids Poetry Slam
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    Kids Poetry Slam

    06 Oct 2018

    Celebrate Poetry Day and National Bookshop Day! Join us to perform your own poem, your favourite poem, or a selection from our poetry karaoke list. Perform on your own, or as a group! Anything goes 😁

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Rogan’s Books website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Coastlands CP School - Family poetry workshop – A First Book of the Sea
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    Family poetry workshop – A First Book of the Sea

    04 Oct 2018

    Coastlands School is holding its first poetry workshop for families. It will be based around poems from Nicola Davies’ A First Book of the Sea.

    Free

    View Coastlands CP School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 St Laurence In Thanet Church of England Junior Academy - Inter-House Poetry Competition
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    Inter-House Poetry Competition

    04 Oct 2018

    The children have signed themselves up to represent their House in the Inter-House Poetry Competition. There are five different rounds, including one which involves the children having to write their own poem based on 'Change' and then performing it in front of the whole school.

    Performance

    View St Laurence In Thanet Church of England Junior Academy website
  • 04 Oct 2018 St Michael's Arts Festival - Poetry and Prosecco
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    Poetry and Prosecco

    04 Oct 2018

    As part of St Michael's Arts Festival in Stockwell.

    An evening of seemlessly blended sparkle, profundity and joy, with performance poet and inspirational story-teller Sarah de Nordwall, back at the 2018 Festival by popular demand.

    Sarah held us spellbound last year with her wisdom and wit, poetry and sheer delight at the universe, and StMaf18 is thrilled she has agreed to come back to charge our glasses for a second time...

    Performance, Exhibition

    View St Michael's Arts Festival website
  • 11 Oct 2018 National Conversation Project - Emotional Literacy, Poetry, and Your Community: Cultivating Connection in an Individualistic Society
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    Emotional Literacy, Poetry, and Your Community: Cultivating Connection in an Individualistic Society

    11 Oct 2018

    TEDx speaker and poet Crystal Stone will discuss the ways poetry can help us develop our emotional literacy. We'll close-read some modern examples and then find out ways we can make poetry more visible in our communities. Sign up for this FREE virtual talk here: https://www.nationalconversationproject.org/justlikeastone/emotional_literacy_poetry_and_your_community_cultivating_connection_in_an_individualistic_society

    Free

    View National Conversation Project website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College - Poetry Gig in the LRC
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    Poetry Gig in the LRC

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry gig to allow everyone to read their favourite poems aloud in the LRC!

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Kettering Science Academy - NPD Extravaganza
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    NPD Extravaganza

    04 Oct 2018

    Our school library will be celebrating with a huge National Poetry day display and lunchtime workshop to encourage the reading and creation of poetry. During the day KS3 English lessons will all be about Poetry. We will be focusing this year on change so we are changing our use of old books by creating Black Out Poetry.

    Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Kettering Science Academy website
  • 01 Apr 2018 Cyrenians - Cyrenians OPAL:older people, active lives
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    Cyrenians OPAL:older people, active lives

    01 Apr 2018

    I will read from my copy of “The Lost Words”, as well as some of my own poems on the theme of “change”, at an afternoon group for older people at Longcroft Hall Linlithgow.

    Performance

    View Cyrenians website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poetry Book Society - National Poetry Day Metro Takeover
    Partner events

    National Poetry Day Metro Takeover

    04 Oct 2018

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, the Poetry Book Society are joining forces with some of the most exciting new poets from local literary organisations to launch a major poetry takeover across Newcastle’s Nexus transport system.

    Watch out for:


    • Pop-up poetry performances by a dynamic range of emerging and established poets.

    • The first-ever NPD Metro Poet in Residence, Sunderland born poet and popular Youtube Vlogger, Jen Campbell, will travel the metro tweeting poetry and sharing stories on Nexus Instagram @My_Metro via the hashtag #poetryforachange.

    • Thousands of exclusive postcards featuring Lemn Sissay’s “Anthem of the North”, commissioned by the Great Exhibition of the North, to celebrate our region’s national role at the heart of positive social “change”.


    Share your own postcard poem on the theme of “Change” on social media @PoetryBookSoc #Poetryforachange for a chance to win poetry goodies throughout the day.

    Don't forget to share your poetry encounters throughout the day @poetrybooksoc @PoetryDayUK or follow the action on #poetryforachange

    Let’s make a positive change through poetry in Newcastle, on National Poetry Day!

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Poetry Book Society website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Sheffield City Libraries - Glass Mountain Poets Open Mic
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    Glass Mountain Poets Open Mic

    04 Oct 2018

    Afternoon Poetry reading by local poets Glass Mountain Poets, led by John Gosnell poet and artist, with an opportunity to join in on an open mic event to celebrate national poetry day at Crystal Peaks Library (library in a shopping centre) 2.00-4.00pm Free refreshments

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Sheffield City Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 CaféScoopStrabNe - Poetry competition & recitation
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    Poetry competition & recitation

    04 Oct 2018

    A poetry competition on the theme of ice cream. Winner will be given their choice of Sundae at the ice cream cafe in Strabane, NI.
    Cafe Scoop customers will take part and it will honour a famous writer and poet from our area - Flann OBrien.

    Prize

    View CaféScoopStrabNe website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wycombe Abbey School - Open Mic Poetry
    School events

    Open Mic Poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    An in-school open mic poetry event - pupils and staff will share their favourite poems, read their own, read a few about Change and celebrate the beauty of the written word in verse.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Wycombe Abbey School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Middlewich Town Council and Middlewich Heritage Trust - Call for poems!
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    Call for poems!

    04 Oct 2018

    Middlewich Town Council are looking for short poems - written by the local community - to feature in their commemorative Roll of Honour as part of their Great War Centenary Project. All works must be submitted by 22nd October 2018, and should reflect what you think of the Great War.

    Free

    View Middlewich Town Council and Middlewich Heritage Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wisbech Reads - Wisbech Reads Poetry Festival
    Public events

    Wisbech Reads Poetry Festival

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry Trail around the town
    Poetry writing by local school children
    Visits to library by local schools for listening to poems and exploring the poetry section of the library

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Wisbech Reads website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Geevor Tin Mine - Geevor Tin Mine with Sally Crabtree
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    Geevor Tin Mine with Sally Crabtree

    04 Oct 2018

    On National Poetry Day Geevor tin mine will be welcoming Sally Crabtree as their poet in residence for the day. Sally is an international poet and children's author and she also devises installations and performances to engage and delight the public. The latest of these is the Poetry Postie who has delivered poetic inspiration to the Nation and beyond - including to the United Nations. On Thursday Sally will be on the rounds as the Poetry Postie and visitors will also have the chance to hop on the bike and help create an instant sing o gram, become part of the walking stamp collection and delve into the postbag to see if there is a special delivery for them.

    The day celebrates the culmination of an Arts Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust funded project that saw Sally delivering a Communities Communicating scheme linking the community of Pendeen with that of El Cobre in Cuba where some of the Cornish miners went in the 1800's. Sally worked with the children in Pendeen school who helped create the contents of her postbag - including poetry postcards, sing o grams and parcels of Happiness and delivered these to the community of El Cobre in Cuba. El Cobre means copper. A special tin of poems to commemorate the project has been manufactured and will be stacked up at the tin mine!

    Reading, Performance, Spectacular

    View Geevor Tin Mine website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Scottish Poetry Library - National Poetry Day: A Celebration
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    National Poetry Day: A Celebration

    04 Oct 2018

    Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes....

    Join us this National Poetry Day as we explore its theme of 'change'. With a headline set by Forward Prize-winner Vahni Capildeo, we'll explore change via poems about drag queens and Doctor Who.

    Plus our open mic session invites you to read a poem of your own or a classic on the theme of change. Bring along 5 minutes of words, we'd love to hear it.

    Celebrate NPD in style!

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Scottish Poetry Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Highlife Highland - National Poetry Day
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    National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    We are going to celebrate National Poetry Day by reading poems around the theme Change and talk about them. We encourage everyone to bring their favourite poem(s) as well as poems that they have written.

    Children are most welcome to draw a picture inspired by a poem we would read.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Reading, Free, Library

    View Highlife Highland website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Nook Lane Junior School - Nook Lane National Poetry Day Assembly
    School events

    Nook Lane National Poetry Day Assembly

    05 Oct 2018

    We have had a NPD hour long assembly for 5 years now. We put together an anthology based on the theme, and a week prior to the event the children read and perform the poems in class and vote for their favourite poem, which is announced on the day. The Assembly itself involves each class performing a poem, the staff reciting their favourite, as well as you tube performances of poetry from good quality poets. We finish by kicking off our Nooker Poetry Prize competition by an adult reading a poem they've written to inspire the children to write. For the next 3 or so weeks we write in class and we judge the best poems. A Nooker Prize Assembly follows where children read and the winners are announced and prizes given.

    Performance, Prize

    View Nook Lane Junior School website
  • 10 Oct 2018 Premier Poetry - The Premier Poetry Club
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    The Premier Poetry Club

    10 Oct 2018

    The Premier Poetry Club....“Bridging the gap between all poets and spoken word artists”

    The Premier Poetry Club begins on Wednesday 6.30pm on October 10th 2018 at The Windrush Bar & Kitchen, 184 High St, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7JD.

    It will then take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.

    6.30pm - Doors open.
    7pm - The Premier Poets Podcast launches with the topic being 'World Mental Health Day'.
    8pm - Performances from...

    @emypmate
    @woodzygram
    @yossi_spokenword
    @1jamalkhan
    @poetikah
    @ameliapoamz
    @kinkaybae
    @burning_poet
    @tevinvassell
    @aaronjamespoet
    @moak_tp
    @germanethinkin
    @m.artz
    @brokenpen_
    @errolmcglashan
    @a.j_king26
    @djspoony
    @jaytooo
    @peachespresents
    @dj_marqeezlawes

    If you would like to perform at any of our events please send a sample of your work and social media handles to premierpoetry@outlook.com.

    @PremierPoetry - Instagram & Twitter

    #PremierPoetry

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Premier Poetry website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Everybody's Reading Festival - Writing from Reading: Poetry Workshop
    Public events

    Writing from Reading: Poetry Workshop

    04 Oct 2018

    Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Leicester (Room TBC)
    02:00 to 04:00 pm

    Have you ever wanted to read more contemporary poetry? Do you need fresh ideas for your own writing? In this workshop writer Pam Thompson will introduce you to a range of contemporary poems for you to enjoy and also stimulate new poems of your own.

    Free

    View Everybody's Reading Festival website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Exeter Poetry Festival - Poems in the Fun Palace
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    Poems in the Fun Palace

    06 Oct 2018

    Part of Exeter Central Library's 'Fun Palace' event: Free family event making poems by crossing out the stuff you don't need and choosing the words that sing to you. If you need a prompt or a prod in the right direction, Jan Dean - poet-in-schools is on hand to help.

    Free, Library

    View Exeter Poetry Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Waterstones Bookshop - Lunchtime Poetry Reading
    Public events

    Lunchtime Poetry Reading

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us for a celebration of National Poetry Day with poetry throughout the shop and a lunchtime reading from local poets.

    Poets and their books include Adam Crothers Several Deer, Claudine Toutoungi Smoothie, Rebecca Watt The Met Office Advises Caution, Caron Freeborn George Perec is my Hero, and Patrick Worsnip translation of Propertius.

    FREE event.
    All welcome.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Waterstones Bookshop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Derby Libraries - Poetry evening at Riverside Library, Derby
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    Poetry evening at Riverside Library, Derby

    04 Oct 2018

    Come and join us for a FREE evening of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day Thursday 4th October at Riverside Library 6pm to 7.30pm

    Headlining will be the fantastic Nafeesa Hamid, a finalist in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam 2018.

    Also joining Nafeesa will be a range of poets showcasing their work to celebrate National Poetry Day.

    Poets include:
    Aoife O’Connor
    Daron Carey
    Dwayne Reed
    Margaret Gosley
    Noam Livne

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Derby Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 University of Worcester - Poetry Reading with Bobby Parker and Holly Magill
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    Poetry Reading with Bobby Parker and Holly Magill

    04 Oct 2018

    Come and celebrate National Poetry Day at The Hive Library in Worcester.

    7.30pm for open mic and headline poets on at 8.00pm. Followed by a Q and A.

    The Glass Room in The Hive, Worcester.

    Performance, Open mic

    View University of Worcester website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Team London Bridge - National Poetry Day @ London Bridge Station
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    National Poetry Day @ London Bridge Station

    04 Oct 2018

    10 top-notch poets performing 4-7pm at London Bridge Station, including Paul Lyalls, Shade Joseph, Rue Gumbochuma, Mr Gee and Bella Cox.

    Performance, Free

    View Team London Bridge website
  • 12 Oct 2018 Shard End Library - Poetry Workshop
    Public events

    Poetry Workshop

    12 Oct 2018

    Join Roz a former poet laureate for a poetry workshop on the theme of reminiscence/personal memories.

    If you are interested in poetry or like creative activities then why not book a place on the workshop.
    Places are free but are limited to 15 participants.

    Light Refreshments will be provided.

    Book a place with library staff.

    Shard End Library, All Saints Square, Ownall Road, B34 7AG.
    Tel: 0121 464 6779 E-mail: shard.end.library@birmingham.gov.uk

    Free, Library

    View Shard End Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Suffolk Poetry Society - Poetry from the lookout
    Public events

    Poetry from the lookout

    04 Oct 2018

    A chance to read your poems from the iconic Lookout tower in Aldeburgh. The event is supported by the Suffolk Poetry Society but open to all and free.
    We shall as last year be sharing our poems
    with our our poet friends at Sip This Long Island USA.
    An informal friendly gathering of poets and people who love to hear poetry read aloud and we can guarantee plenty of gulls will be on hand to witness the event.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Suffolk Poetry Society website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Poetry NI - Purely Poetry Open Mic
    Public events

    Purely Poetry Open Mic

    05 Oct 2018

    Purely Poetry welcome readers of all styles and experiences, from first timers to old pros, to the Crescent Arts Centre.

    We foster an open, laid back and encouraging atmosphere for people to read their work, and to listen in comfort.

    To take part, just sign up at the start of the night. All names are drawn out from our Magical Hat of Randomness by hosts Geraldine O'Kane and Colin Dardis, and each person has seven minutes max to read.

    Sign-up for readers 8.10pm, Start 8.30pm.

    Open mic

    View Poetry NI website
  • 04 Oct 2018 GEEYOU. - Guildford Poetry Walk
    Public events

    Guildford Poetry Walk

    04 Oct 2018

    Free poetry walk from The Tunsgate Quarter leading through the Castle Grounds and finishing inside Guildford Museum - The Guildford Poetry walk has worked closely with local community groups to create a community project like no other. Displaying poetry that sits innovatively within its surroundings - be inspired to write your own poetry or take five minutes from your day to experience some calm and tranquility.

    Free, Exhibition

    View GEEYOU. website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Here Comes Everyone magazine - Fire & Dust
    Public events

    Fire & Dust

    04 Oct 2018

    Live poetry performances from Matt Black, plus open mic slots in both halves! All welcome - bring friends, bring poems, or just come along to listen and enjoy.

    Doors open 7.30PM, finishes around 10PM

    The Big Comfy Bookshop ('Fargo Village')

    Tea/coffee/beer/wine/pop and cakes available for purchase. (And books!)

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Here Comes Everyone magazine website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Lyrix Organix - Lyrix Organix: UnFOLD x Tate Britain
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    Lyrix Organix: UnFOLD x Tate Britain

    05 Oct 2018

    Lyrix Organix's innovative spoken word live show UnFOLD performs an exclusive show at Tate Britain to celebrate the release of EP2 and National Poetry Day - as a warm up to their forthcoming UK tour.

    Featuring Sophia Thakur, Kieron Rennie and Chloe Florence accompanied by London String Collective + live musicians.

    Performance

    View Lyrix Organix website
  • 04 Oct 2018 SHAREArgyll - SHAREHope
    Public events

    SHAREHope

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry aloud at Waterstones Oban!

    We aim to challenge and change negative perceptions about people experiencing rural homelessness.

    Performance

    View SHAREArgyll website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Waterstones - Lunchtime Poetry in the Cafe with Natalie Ann Holborow
    Public events

    Lunchtime Poetry in the Cafe with Natalie Ann Holborow

    04 Oct 2018

    We are thrilled to welcome award-winning Swansea-born writer of poetry and fiction, Natalie Ann Holborow, for our first ever (completely free) Poetry in the Cafe event! Coffee, cake and poetry. Does it get any better than that?

    Performance, Free

    View Waterstones website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Brixton Library - The ‘Berlin Blues’ Cabaret
    Public events

    The ‘Berlin Blues’ Cabaret

    04 Oct 2018

    Cabaret at Brixton Library at 7pm on National Poetry Day (close to Brixton tube station).

    Celebrating the poetry of Beata Duncan and her collection Berlin Blues, her reverie for her childhood in the Berlin of the twenties. Performed by the Duncan family and the celebrated singer performer Andreas Demetriou and musician friends who will sing songs he has composed from Berlin Blues in a cabaret style.

    Included in the National Poetry Day Anthology. #nationalpoetryday

    Performance, Library

    View Brixton Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Elgin Academy - Poetry Picnic & Staff Poetry Competition
    School events

    Poetry Picnic & Staff Poetry Competition

    04 Oct 2018

    Enjoy a flavour of National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October at Elgin Academy. During interval we shall be hosting a Poetry Picnic, with hot chocolate, poems and an opportunity to participate in the Tongue Twister Competition. Th eresults of the Straff Poetry Competition will be revealed and the winning poem read aloud. Lots of chat, fun and sharing poetry.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize

    View Elgin Academy website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Museum of London Docklands - Poetry against Slavery Tours
    Public events

    Poetry against Slavery Tours

    04 Oct 2018

    The ‘London, Sugar & Slavery’ gallery at Museum of London Docklands is a unique resource for exploring London’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and for understanding the trade’s present-day legacies. On this one hour guided tour of the gallery, learn how poetry has galvanised resistance against oppression of African, Caribbean and Black British people. From Africa’s rich heritage, through preservation of cultural legacies during slavery, to recent political activism, you will encounter and discuss poems that give voice to objects and images in the museum. Discover how African cultural origins have influenced language and poetry in the Caribbean, how poems inspired anti-slavery action in the Caribbean and the U.K., and how later poets have drawn upon this history to oppose continuing racial injustices. The spoken and written word will emerge as a powerful way to build solidarity among and between communities. No advance reading required – all texts will be provided on the day.

    Free, Exhibition

    View Museum of London Docklands website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Book Shop Liskeard - Celebrating Poetry
    Partner events

    Celebrating Poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    The book shop window display will be dedicated to poetry for ten days from Saturday 29th September.

    Free, Exhibition

    View The Book Shop Liskeard website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts - Suffolk festival of performing Arts Speech/drama section
    School events

    Suffolk festival of performing Arts Speech/drama section

    04 Oct 2018

    50+ children aged 7 -11 years performing poetry and prose readings throughout the day.
    A competitive festival with the emphasis on sharing, learning and enjoying performance.

    A small entry fee to watch.
    Kesgrave Community Centre

    Performance

    View Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Harrow International School Bangkok - Poetry recital
    School events

    Poetry recital

    04 Oct 2018

    Students and staff sharing poetry reading in the Chiu Libray 13.00hr -13.30hrs. A poetry focus for the whole week.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Harrow International School Bangkok website
  • 04 Oct 2018 MK Food Bank - Coffee House Tour for Poetry Day
    Public events

    Coffee House Tour for Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us for our special @Stonycoffee Coffee House tour on Thursday 4th October to celebrate @PoetryDayUK and hear local poets performing pieces from #TalesfromtheFoodBank - we will be in #Stony Stratford, #Newport Pagnell and #Olney . Details at mkfoodbank.org.uk/upcoming-event…

    Performance

    View MK Food Bank website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Pint of Poetry Stamford - Street performance
    Public events

    Street performance

    04 Oct 2018

    Stamford poets will be reading in Red Lion Square from 10am-12pm and then at The Poetry Stone 1-3pm.

    Reading, Free

    View Pint of Poetry Stamford website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Southwark Libraries and Heritage - One-to-one library readings
    Public events

    One-to-one library readings

    04 Oct 2018

    Drop in to Canada Water Library between 6pm and 8pm and choose a book from our selection for a free poetry reading from Elder Bard of Glastonbury, Wes White.

    Reading, Performance, Free, Library

    View Southwark Libraries and Heritage website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Southwark Libraries and Heritage - Bardic Walk
    Public events

    Bardic Walk

    04 Oct 2018

    Starting on the ground floor of Canada Water Library and venturing out to the docks and beyond, this new walk - led by Elder Bard of Glastonbury Wes White - aims to bring the history of the area to life with some carefully chosen open air poetry readings.

    Please come prepared for the weather on the day and in suitable footwear for an outdoor walk.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Southwark Libraries and Heritage website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Trinity School Sevenoaks - Poetry Breakfast
    School events

    Poetry Breakfast

    04 Oct 2018

    A poetry breakfast taking place in the school library first thing, open to all students and staff. Come and share breakfast and read poetry.

    Every teaching period throughout the day in KS3 and KS4 will begin with reading a poem and finding out a little about the poet.

    There will also be poetry writing competitions!

    Reading, Performance, Free, Library, Prize

    View Trinity School Sevenoaks website
  • 28 Sep 2018 Staffordshire Library and Arts Service - Poetry as Therapy – a FREE workshop with local poet Jane Seabourne
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    Poetry as Therapy – a FREE workshop with local poet Jane Seabourne

    28 Sep 2018

    Join Jane Seabourne for a ‘poetry as therapy’ writing workshop at Codsall Library on Friday 28th September between 10am and 11am.

    Jane’s visit, funded by the Poetry on Loan group, is just before National Poetry Day on 4th October and World Mental Health Day on 10th October. This workshop brings the two together and will help people discover how poetry can help with positive thinking and good mental health.

    Friday 28th September
    Codsall Library
    10:00am – 11:00am
    FREE – Booking essential

    Contact Codsall Library via the Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000 for further information to book your place. For more information about Poetry on Loan please visit: www.poetryonloan.org.uk/

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Staffordshire Library and Arts Service website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Care UK - Poetry day
    Public events

    Poetry day

    04 Oct 2018

    Residents reading out the poem they have wrote.

    Performance

    View Care UK website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Literature Wales - Her 100 Cerdd
    Public events

    Her 100 Cerdd

    04 Oct 2018

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, Literature Wales has once again challenged four poets to compose 100 Welsh-language poems in 24 hours.

    Each poet will need to write at least one poem every hour to complete the challenge within the timeframe. This is the sixth edition of Her 100 Cerdd, with the five previous teams reaching the target with just seconds to spare.

    The public are invited to send subject suggestions and messages of encouragement via social media during the 24 hours. Since its inception in 2012, this innovative digital project has provided a unique snapshot of Wales on that specific day – its politics, interests, news and culture. Amongst the 500 poems published are love-songs, poems welcoming new babies, verses of praise and satire, a poem about selfies and two about bananas.

    Free

    View Literature Wales website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Y Lolfa Community Library, Gwaun Cae Gurwen - Poetry at Y Lolfa
    Public events

    Poetry at Y Lolfa

    04 Oct 2018

    Add your favourite poem to the Poet Tree in the Library, and create haiku using dice rolls with our poet in residence. Drop in between 2 and 4.30.

    Free, Library

    View Y Lolfa Community Library, Gwaun Cae Gurwen website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wokingham Borough Libraries - National Poetry Day Celebration
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Celebration

    04 Oct 2018

    An evening of readings with the Wokingham Library Poetry Group to celebrate National Poetry Day.Free event with refreshments

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Wokingham Borough Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 North End Writers - Poetry readings at the Life Rooms
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    Poetry readings at the Life Rooms

    04 Oct 2018

    For the third year running we have a poetry marathon at the Life Rooms in Walton, Liverpool - organised by North End Writers working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Readings all day from 11 am - 4 pm. Come along and share your work. Led by poet Pauline Rowe.

    Performance

    View North End Writers website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Westray Writers - Poetry Breakfast
    Public events

    Poetry Breakfast

    04 Oct 2018

    Westray writers are gathering at Hagock Field for a poetry breakfast and for the grand opening of the Westray Poetry Library.

    Library

    View Westray Writers website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Joshua Seigal - Visit to Columbia Primary School
    Public events

    Visit to Columbia Primary School

    04 Oct 2018

    I will be visiting Columbia Primary School in Tower Hamlets, London, to perform poems, run workshops and promote my new book I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

    Performance

    View Joshua Seigal website
  • 04 Oct 2018 NHSound - The Writer’s Room
    Public events

    The Writer’s Room

    04 Oct 2018

    The Writer's Room programme on NHSound in Abergavenny will feature readings by and interviews with poets Ann Drysdale, Ric Hoole and Angela Platt. You can listen in on line from 10.00 - 12.00 on October 4th.

    Performance

    View NHSound website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Poetry Society - Poetry@3
    Partner events

    Poetry@3

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry @ 3 is the first Thursday of each month at the beautifully air-conditioned Poetry Cafe – an open mic for poets who like to come out and play during the day. Hosted by the Poetry Society’s Paul McGrane.

    Bring poems on the National Poetry Day theme of CHANGE or just bring your lovely poems.

    No booking required, just turn up. FREE, donations welcome.

    Sign up between 2.30 and 3 to read.

    NOTE: Due to the popularity of this event, only poets who sign up before 3 will get to read.

    Reading, Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Poetry Society website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Penrallt Gallery Bookshop - Coffee with Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
    Public events

    Coffee with Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

    04 Oct 2018

    Join poet Samantha Wynne Rhydderch reading from her latest poetry pamphlet for Rack Press, Ling di Long 11.00 - 12noon, MoMA cafe, Machynlleth

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Penrallt Gallery Bookshop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival - National Poetry Day at Birmingham Literature Festival
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    National Poetry Day at Birmingham Literature Festival

    04 Oct 2018

    As part of our National Poetry Day celebrations, we are delighted to present three of the best contemporary poets from across the West Midlands – Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane – who will be reading poetry from their latest collections. We will also be announcing our new Birmingham Poet and Young Poet Laureates 2018 – 2020.

    This event will be hosted by Jonathan Davidson.

    Time: 5:30pm

    Tickets: £10, £8 conc

    Performance

    View Birmingham Literature Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Brighton & Hove Libraries - Redder
    Public events

    Redder

    04 Oct 2018

    Writer and performer Gus Watcham will deliver an informal reading from her work-in-progress live literature show Redder.
    Red Riding Hood is 65 years old.
    Who is she now?
    Free poetry performance event 5.30 - 6.30 Jubilee Library

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Brighton & Hove Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Llandudno Library - Garry Chilton Poetry Reading
    Public events

    Garry Chilton Poetry Reading

    04 Oct 2018

    Poet and author Garry Chilton will be reading excerpts from his publication “The Lonely Landlord” at Llandudno library on Thursday 4th October at 6pm.

    Garry is a local author whose love of natural history has inspired him to write a book of poetry dedicated to our planet.

    Copies of his book will be available to purchase on the night.

    Reading, Free, Library

    View Llandudno Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Northfield School & Sports College - Lunchtime Poetry Read in the Library
    School events

    Lunchtime Poetry Read in the Library

    04 Oct 2018

    Students and staff are invited to the Library at lunchtime to read aloud/perform a poem they have written or their favourite poem or they can just drop by to listen. This has become an annual event and is growing in popularity every year.

    (This is not open to the public)

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Northfield School & Sports College website
  • 04 Oct 2018 getonthesoapbox - Electrosonic Poetry Experiment
    Public events

    Electrosonic Poetry Experiment

    04 Oct 2018

    Electronic music promoter Switch Hop and local poetry promoter Getonthe SoapBox are joining forces on National Poetry Day 2018 to bring to you this evening of sonic adventure. A variety of musicians, beatboxers, singers, poets, spoken-word artists and musicians will be thrown together for an evening of audio collaboration.

    Performance, Open mic

    View getonthesoapbox website
  • 05 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe: Poets on the Hill Takeover
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    The Swansea Fringe: Poets on the Hill Takeover

    05 Oct 2018

    Following the success of their riotous takeover at last year’s Swansea Fringe, Poets on the Hill are back once again – and this time they’re bringing friends. Head down to The Hyst to catch readings from the poetry collective first seen on the BBC documentary ‘Ugly Lovely Swansea’, alongside performances from honorary POTH members Rufus Mufasa and Karen Gemma Brewer.

    This is poetry of the people, for the people and by the people. Expect laughs, tears, outrage, energy, love and realness from the group that Benjamin Zephaniah called rough, ready, heavy and honest: “I love them as I love cake; I love them in the way I love Bob Marley and Bob Dylan; Dylan Thomas and Janis Joplin. I love them because they are true.”

    Performance, Free

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 05 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe: A Slam Showcase
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    The Swansea Fringe: A Slam Showcase

    05 Oct 2018

    The last few years have seen a number of events shine a light on the staggering creative output in poetry and spoken word from Wales – Do Not Go Gentle Festival and the Swansea Poetry Slam notable amongst them – and we thought we'd take a few of the luminaries and exciting new voices that have surfaced and showcase them at this year's Swansea Fringe!

    So why not join Gwion Iqbal Malik, Unity, Karl Beer, Emily Williams and Mark Curtis at The Grand Hotel, Swansea, for a selection of spoken word performances. Hear the new voices of Wales at the Fringe.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 04 Oct 2018 ANGUSalive - Author James Robertson reads from a selection of his poems
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    Author James Robertson reads from a selection of his poems

    04 Oct 2018

    We have filmed author James Robertson reading 8 of his short poems which we will posted throughout the day on our Facebook page

    Performance, Library

    View ANGUSalive website
  • 06 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe: Poets on the Hill Blackout Poetry Workshop
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    The Swansea Fringe: Poets on the Hill Blackout Poetry Workshop

    06 Oct 2018

    Have you always fancied having a go at writing poetry, but never know where to start? Then come along to this Swansea Fringe workshop and join the Poets on the Hill for a fun and easy introduction into poetic verse.

    This POTH workshop will focus on ‘blackout poetry’ – a poetic form that’s been seen on Instagram, Snapchat, in traditionally-published poetry collections and even as street art. Blackout poetry is all about creating poems by removing words from existing texts like books and newspapers.

    This workshop is aimed at anyone that has an interest in writing creatively. So come give blackout poetry a go with Swansea’s own Poets on the Hill!

    Free

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 06 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe: Diary of the Last Man
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    The Swansea Fringe: Diary of the Last Man

    06 Oct 2018

    'Diary of the Last Man' is an imaginative, intimate film-portrait of the poet Robert Minhinnick, created by director Eamon Bourke. The film charts a walk between the mouths of the rivers Cynffig and Ogwr on the south coast of Wales. A beguiling cinematic experience that shifts and turns with the tide following the poet and his alter egos deep into the hidden and threatened landscapes illuminated in this award-winning collection which won the Wales Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the T.S. Elliot Prize.

    This event comprises of a film screening followed by a poetry reading from Robert Minhinnick and a Q&A.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Horsham Park - Launch of Poets’ Corner competition
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    Launch of Poets’ Corner competition

    04 Oct 2018

    Launch of Poets' Corner competition for Horsham's Year of Culture 2019. Poets' Corner will be a circle of 12 tree trunk seats in Horsham Park displaying poetry to celebrate our local culture and heritage (Shelley). Get your own poem displayed by entering the competition: write a short poem (max 14 lines) on a theme related to parks and submit it to poetscorner@friendsofhorshampark.co.uk by 1 March 2019

    Free

    View Friends of Horsham Park website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Barton Muse Poetry Group - While you wait
    Partner events

    While you wait

    04 Oct 2018

    We are distributing to all waiting rooms in the district an easily readable booklet of our poems entitled 'While You Wait'

    View Barton Muse Poetry Group website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bolton Library and Museum Service - National Poetry Day Celebration
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    National Poetry Day Celebration

    04 Oct 2018

    Bolton Central Library and Museum will host a celebration of poetry to mark National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October, from 2pm to 4pm. We welcome people to read poems in the relaxed setting of Bolton Museum’s new Art Gallery. Join fellow poets and get a chance to read your poems or just come along and listen to the poetry. The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘Change’ and poems on this theme are welcomed. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Thu 04 October , 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

    Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Bolton Library and Museum Service website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Gwisgo Bookworm - Poetry Karaoke @ Gwisgo Bookworm
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    Poetry Karaoke @ Gwisgo Bookworm

    04 Oct 2018

    Bring a poem of your own or your favourite poem and join us for a fun day of Poetry Karaoke to celebrate National Karaoke Day.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Gwisgo Bookworm website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Addenbrooke's Arts - Taking Note – poetry in moments
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    Taking Note – poetry in moments

    04 Oct 2018

    The power of poetry to uplift and inspire will be celebrated in a showcase of new poems created for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on National Poetry Day (4 October).

    A new booklet of poems ‘Taking Note - Poetry Moments’ has been specially commissioned for the hospital community. Offering glimpses into some of the extraordinary worlds found in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, these poems are for everyone whether visitor, patient or member of staff.

    The project has been produced for the Addenbrooke’s community by Addenbrooke’s Arts and arts and well-being charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, with the support of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. Taking Note has also been supported by the lottery and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

    Free

    View Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Addenbrooke's Arts website
  • 01 Oct 2018 Inspire Culture, Learning and Libraries - Celebrate Literature: An Introduction to Poetry
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    Celebrate Literature: An Introduction to Poetry

    01 Oct 2018

    In advance of National Poetry Day, this course will consider rhythm, language and rhyme in a wide range of poetry on the theme of 'Change'.

    View Inspire Culture, Learning and Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Lockerbie Library - All Change!
    Public events

    All Change!

    04 Oct 2018

    A poetry encounter with Andrew Sclater, award winning poet from the beautiful Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Andrew will read his own poetry as well as some special favourites by great poets all on this year's theme - CHANGE.

    Andrew would be pleased to have you join in by introducing us to your favourite poem, whether written by yourself or another - he will even read it for you if you would prefer.

    At the end of the event, Andrew will sign copies of his recent pamphlet 'Dinner at the Blaws-Baxters'.'

    Reading, Free, Library

    View Lockerbie Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 SMBC Balsall Common Library - National Poetry Day Celebration
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    National Poetry Day Celebration

    04 Oct 2018

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with readings, tea and cake. We will be joined by student poets from Heart of England School and guest speaker Chris Burleigh.

    Please contact the library on 01676 532590 if you would like to do a reading.

    Presented by Balsall Common Writers.

    Reading, Free, Library

    View SMBC Balsall Common Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Local poetry group - Northampton John Clare poetry
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    Northampton John Clare poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    (16th Year)
    A reading of John Clare’s poetry - bring your John Clare Poem.

    Thursday 4th October at 7pm in the Guildhall Courtyard by the John Clare statue.

    Performance, Free

    View Local poetry group website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Sturminster Newton Library - National Poetry Day Lunch
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Lunch

    04 Oct 2018

    Pam Zinnemann-Hope and a local poet or two will be reading at the Stur of the Moment café. Tickets must be pre-booked and cost £12 per head to include tea or coffee on arrival at 111am, followed by the readings and a two course lunch. Tel. 01258 471808 for availability.

    Performance

    View Friends of Sturminster Newton Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Autumn Malvern Festival - Autumn in Malvern Festival Worcestershire Poet Laureates
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    Autumn in Malvern Festival Worcestershire Poet Laureates

    04 Oct 2018

    As part of the Autumn in Malvern Festival National Poetry Day sees 5 Poets Laureate reading their work:
    Tim Cranmore, Heather Wastie, Suz Winspear, Nina Lewis & Betti Moretti.

    Performance

    View Autumn Malvern Festival website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Pitshanger Books - The Space Between Us with Neil Elder – Celebrating National Poetry Day
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    The Space Between Us with Neil Elder – Celebrating National Poetry Day

    01 Jan 1970

    In the gorgeous Pitshanger Bookshop, Neil Elder reads from his award winning collection The Space Between Us, as Ealing celebrates National Poetry Day. Wine served from 6.30pm, reading at 7.00pm.

    Performance, Free

    View Pitshanger Books website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Andover Radio - Poems on Andover Radio
    BBC Local Radio

    Poems on Andover Radio

    04 Oct 2018

    Local people have a chance to submit their poems on national poetry day’s theme of change and hear one of their poems played from 7am until 12 midnight on national poetry day.

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View Andover Radio website
  • 04 Oct 2018 St Andrew's C.E. Junior School - National Poetry Day @St Andrew’s Juniors
    School events

    National Poetry Day @St Andrew’s Juniors

    04 Oct 2018

    The whole school will be enjoying poetry during the day and writing our own poems on the theme of 'Change'.

    Reading, Performance

    View St Andrew's C.E. Junior School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Newcastle University - A POETRY REMEDY
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    A POETRY REMEDY

    04 Oct 2018

    To celebrate National Poetry Day 2018, Newcastle University teaching fellow Sue Spencer will be providing a poetry pick me up at the Walton Library, Medical School. Come along and participate for a poem that might help clarify, illuminate, soothe or comfort.

    Library

    View Newcastle University website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Estcourt Primary Academy - Poetry Day
    School events

    Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    KS1 & KS2 will be exploring a range of poems from the 'Poetry For a Change' anthology. Poems will be written, recited and read while each class will also produce a topic page documenting their poetry adventures.

    We will also hold a whole school assembly in which children will share their work.

    Performance

    View Estcourt Primary Academy website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Kinghorn Library - Poetry, pie and a pint
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    Poetry, pie and a pint

    04 Oct 2018

    An evening of relaxation, libation, music and readings to celebrate National Poetry Day. Local poetry enthusiasts and musicians have come together to enjoy poetry in our community-run library.

    Performance, Library

    View Kinghorn Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wild Pressed Books - Poetry Collection Submissions
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    Poetry Collection Submissions

    04 Oct 2018

    ​To celebrate National Poetry Day on 4th October, we will be opening submissions for short poetry collections. Check our SUBMISSIONS page for details of how to submit poetry.

    Prize

    View Wild Pressed Books website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Waterstones - National Poetry Day Event
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Event

    04 Oct 2018

    Come and join us from 5:30pm to celebrate National Poetry Day! We will be reading out our poems and discussing our favourite poems, all about change!

    Performance, Free

    View Waterstones website
  • 11 Oct 2018 Omilos Eksipiretiton - Logos The Third
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    Logos The Third

    11 Oct 2018

    Echoing Word… from the infinite to the world, from the world to the human, from the human to the self.” The journey is fulfilled. A poetic trilogy of the contemporary Greek poet and philosopher Dimitris Kakalidis.

    A poetic trilogy, three stations of the humans’ journey, of every human, of the entire humankind towards the revealing of the greatness within and around it.

    First stop is the narration of the Creation’s miracle;

    the second one is the point where the entire physical world is elevated to its true, spiritual nature;

    and the third stop, the poetic work “Logos the Third”, to which this presentation is dedicated.

    There, the human being passes into another state, deep, internal, unwavering. There, it sees that it is One with Nature, with the Creation, with the other Humans, with Life. The spiritual world of Greece has stated about this work: “Once more enchanted we admired the radiant and deep Word of the Poet-Intellectual. We studied with absorbing attention its timeless content. It is illuminated in its entirety by a bright and reviving light of inconceivable spirituality and beauty.”

    The presentation will be held in Greek and English.

    Performance, Free

    View Omilos Eksipiretiton website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Lichfield Library - Poetry, Tea and Cake
    Public events

    Poetry, Tea and Cake

    04 Oct 2018

    Browse our poetry books and chat about your favourite poem whilst enjoying tea and cake. Free drop-in event from 2-3 pm

    Free, Library

    View Lichfield Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Troubadour - National Poetry Day with Scarlett Sabet + Rishi Dastidar
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    National Poetry Day with Scarlett Sabet + Rishi Dastidar

    04 Oct 2018

    Round off your National Poetry Day at one of London's most iconic venues, The Troubadour in Earls Court, with three sparkling poets: Scarlett Sabet, Rishi Dastidar and Oakley.

    From 8 - 11pm (Doors open 7.30pm)

    £9

    Performance

    View The Troubadour website
  • 01 Oct 2018 Tetbury Library - Poetry Portal at Tetbury Library
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    Poetry Portal at Tetbury Library

    01 Oct 2018

    Come along and add a single line of poetry to a communal poem that anyone in the community can add to.

    The aim being to create a unique and interesting poem that will hopefully transport people into imaginary lands……

    This free activity is open to anyone, of any age and ability. Simply pop in to the library between the 1st and 6th October.

    Free, Library

    View Tetbury Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 National Theatre - Black Spoken Identities: Performance, Poetry and Debate
    Public events

    Black Spoken Identities: Performance, Poetry and Debate

    04 Oct 2018

    Join some of London's top poets at the National Theatre's Clore Learning Centre from 6pm, as they share their work and discuss what the artform means to them. We hear from artists Keith Jarrett, Ekow Otoo, Sharla Smith and Lorianne Tika-Lemba.

    Programmed as part of the National Theatre BAME Network’s celebration of Black History Month.

    £7 - concessions £5

    Reading, Performance

    View National Theatre website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wicksteed Park - Poems in the Park
    Public events

    Poems in the Park

    04 Oct 2018

    Join our community and education team at Wicksteed Park in Kettering for a cup of tea and to learn more about changes in the park. The poems selected for this year will be available to read and pencils available if you are inspired to write!

    Time: 11:00-13:00
    Price: £2 (Normal car parking charges apply)
    Venue: The Learning Space (aka Grey Porta Cabin)

    View Wicksteed Park website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Culcheth Hall Artists - Poetry in Art Exhibition
    Public events

    Poetry in Art Exhibition

    04 Oct 2018

    Culcheth Hall Artists, a local Art Group, are holding an exhibition of their artwork inspired by poetry at Culcheth Library.

    4th - 22nd October

    Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Culcheth Hall Artists website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Ashmolean Museum - New Light on Old Texts: Gilgamesh Retold
    Public events

    New Light on Old Texts: Gilgamesh Retold

    04 Oct 2018

    Poet Jenny Lewis talks about her award-winning doctoral research into the Epic of Gilgamesh and shows how new ways of interpreting old texts can help us experience them afresh and open them up to new audiences. Discussion and reading from Jenny's new book, Gilgamesh Retold, Carcanet Press, October 2018.

    2-3pm at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Free event, all welcome.

    Reading, Free

    View Ashmolean Museum website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Christchurch CE Primary - National Poetry Day Celebration at Christchurch CE Primary
    School events

    National Poetry Day Celebration at Christchurch CE Primary

    04 Oct 2018

    A day in which all our children get the opportunity to read and perform poems of their choice in front of the rest of the school.

    Performance, Library

    View Christchurch CE Primary website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Waterstones booksellers Ltd - The Lost Words
    Public events

    The Lost Words

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us for a 'lost words' creature challenge. Can you find unscramble the words to discover all eight creatures hidden around the children's section? Find all eight creatures to win a prize!

    Free

    View Waterstones booksellers Ltd website
  • 07 Oct 2018 Parthian Books - The Swansea Fringe: More Poetry Is Needed
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    The Swansea Fringe: More Poetry Is Needed

    07 Oct 2018

    Submitting your poems to a publisher can be intimidating, but The Swansea Fringe is here to help! Three of Wales’ leading poetry editors – Emily Blewitt (New Welsh Review), Nia Davies (Poetry Wales) and Susie Wild (Parthian Books) – join The Crunch’s Adam Sillman for a panel discussion focused on the world of publishing and poetry.

    What do these three editors look for when they open up submissions? Are there any pitfalls to avoid when sending your work for consideration? And has being an editor changed their approach to submitting their own poetry to magazines and publishers? All of these questions and more will be answered during a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A, revealing exactly what happens when editors decide that more poetry is needed.

    View Parthian Books website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Parthian Books / Swansea Waterstones - Lunchtime Poetry in the Cafe with Natalie Ann Holborow
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    Lunchtime Poetry in the Cafe with Natalie Ann Holborow

    04 Oct 2018

    October 4th is National Poetry Day!

    To celebrate it, we are thrilled to welcome award-winning Swansea-born writer of poetry and fiction, Natalie Ann Holborow, for our first ever (completely free) Poetry in the Cafe event!

    Natalie's debut poetry collection And Suddenly You Find Yourself was published by Parthian in 2017, and she is currently working on her first novel with her awarded Literature Wales Bursary.

    Coffee, cake and poetry. Does it get any better than that?

    Performance, Free

    View Parthian Books / Swansea Waterstones website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Waterstones Chesham - ‘Poetry for a Change’
    Public events

    ‘Poetry for a Change’

    04 Oct 2018

    We have invited a selection of local poets to give a reading from their own work, and would love listeners to join in; either by sharing a favourite poem or something they have written. The evening starts at 7pm. Tickets are available in store at Chesham Waterstones- £2 to simply listen but free if you plan to give a reading.
    Refreshments provided.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Waterstones Chesham website
  • 07 Oct 2018 Parthian Books & The Swansea Fringe Festival - Swansea Fringe: New Poetry from Parthian
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    Swansea Fringe: New Poetry from Parthian

    07 Oct 2018

    Parthian Books celebrate their 25th year in publishing with a showcase of their latest poetry publications at The Swansea Fringe.

    Poets Rhian Elizabeth, Kate North and Rhys Owain Williams will all read from their highly-anticipated new poetry collections, covering diverse subjects such as mental health, Roman mythology, pop culture, Welsh history, the mysteries of the body, internet dating, the inside of an MRI machine, and love, loss and everything in between. Christina Thatcher joins them to celebrate the first reprint of her stunning 2017 debut 'More than you were'

    Performance

    View Parthian Books & The Swansea Fringe Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Steyning Bookshop - Steyning Poets Celebrate National Poetry Day
    Public events

    Steyning Poets Celebrate National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Come down to the Steyning Bookshop on the evening of Thursday 4th October, and celebrate National Poetry Day with local poets Simon Zec, Marilyn Martin, and Judy Krolick.

    Sit amongst the book-lined shelves, sip a glass or two of wine, and enjoy verses read by Simon, Marilyn and Judy, interspersed with musical accompaniment.

    Simon Zec recently published his debut volume of poetry 'Death of the Suburb', which will be on sale on the night, alongside our special Poetry Day offer of 15% off all poetry books.

    We would love audience members to bring along a favourite poem to share, too.

    Tickets are £4, to include wine /soft drink and nibbles. Start time is 7.30pm.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Steyning Bookshop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Lewisham Libraries - National Poetry Day Open Mic Night at Deptford Lounge
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Open Mic Night at Deptford Lounge

    04 Oct 2018

    A Open Mic event in celebration of poetry and creative writing with performances by Lewisham Multicultural Creative Writers' Group. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Anyone wishing to read their own poetry please email deptfordlibrary@lewisham.gov.uk. Thursday 4 October, 6-8pm, at Deptford Lounge, Giffin St, London SE8 4RJ.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Lewisham Libraries website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Leisure and Culture Dundee - The Changing City: a poetry walking tour for National Poetry Day
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    The Changing City: a poetry walking tour for National Poetry Day

    01 Jan 1970

    Change is in the air in Dundee, but that's nothing new. People have been finding inspiration in the changing landscape of Dundee for centuries, charting the rise and fall of bridges and jute mills and technology's effect on daily life. Join Local History's Erin Farley on a walking tour around central Dundee to discover how the people of Dundee, past and present, have embraced, resisted and remembered change through poetry and song.

    Meet at 3pm at the Victoria Road entrance to Dundee Central Library. The walk will end at approximately 4.15pm outside the Old Steeple. Please wear comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. The walk will avoid flights of stairs, but please be prepared to walk or stand for the duration.

    Reading, Free, Library

    View Leisure and Culture Dundee website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Oxton Grange Care Home - Poetry at the Chatterbox Tearoom
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    Poetry at the Chatterbox Tearoom

    04 Oct 2018

    Poets and visitors are welcome to join our elderly residents for an afternoon of poetry in the Chatterbox Tearoom located within Oxton Grange Care Home, 51 - 53 Bidston Road, Oxton, Wirral.

    2.30pm - 4pm.

    Bring a favourite poem or one you wrote yourself.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Oxton Grange Care Home website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Barnsley College - Poetry Writing Competition
    School events

    Poetry Writing Competition

    04 Oct 2018

    We are having a poetry writing competition in which students can vote for their favourite poem. The winners will be announced on National Poetry Day and prizes given out.

    Library, Prize

    View Barnsley College website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Ashmolean Museum - New Light, Old Texts: Gilgamesh Retold
    Public events

    New Light, Old Texts: Gilgamesh Retold

    04 Oct 2018

    Poet Jenny Lewis talks about her award-winning doctoral research into the Epic of Gilgamesh and shows how new ways of interpreting old texts can help us to experience them afresh and open them up to new audiences.

    Free, no booking required.

    Performance, Free

    View Ashmolean Museum website
  • 12 Oct 2018 Blackpool Council - Poetry Party & Limerick Competition
    Public events

    Poetry Party & Limerick Competition

    12 Oct 2018

    Join us in celebrating Vita & Live Poets 15 Progressive Poetry Years at Blackpool Central Library.
    We will be having a POETRY PARTY
    with poetry readings, mocktails and cake!

    Friday 12 October 1:45-4:15pm
    All are welcome at this FREE event.

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with our fantastic FREE Limerick Competition. Pick up an entry form at any Blackpool Library, email reader.development@blackpool.gov.uk, or share your limerick with Blackpool Libraries on Facebook or Twitter. All limericks must be on the theme of change. There will be a prize giving
    ceremony for the best three limericks at the poetry party.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize

    View Blackpool Council website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe: Official Launch
    Public events

    The Swansea Fringe: Official Launch

    04 Oct 2018

    Join the Swansea Fringe team in Unit Nineteen on the 4th October (National Poetry Day) for a relaxed evening of spoken word, headlined by the illustrious and inimitable Hollie McNish.

    A true rising star in the UK literary scene, Hollie is one of our absolute favourite contemporary poets, and we're sure this will be an evening to remember.

    On the night, Hollie will be supported by clare e. potter & Unity.

    £5 OTD or FREE ADMISSION with any Fringe ticket purchased.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 05 Oct 2018 South Square centre - Art of Life Spoken Word Event + Joan Day Painting Bursary At South Square centre
    Public events

    Art of Life Spoken Word Event + Joan Day Painting Bursary At South Square centre

    05 Oct 2018

    Art of Life: Poetry and Spoken Word Event + Joan Day Painting Bursary Exhibition
    Friday 5th October

    6.00-9.30pm

    A celebration of Poetry & Art for National Poetry Day

    South Square Centre will hold its first open mic spoken word and poetry event. We welcome writers, speakers and artists from Bradford to share with us your artwork and poetry and stories. Open mic sign up on the evening. We are excited to be joined by Simon Widdop, Dionne V Hood, David Driver and Kevin Flaherty who will be judging the evening’s performances. Express your interest now for the chance to win one of three poetry prizes; 1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20. The event will be a friendly and relaxed environment welcoming experienced and new performers to the stage.

    Performance, Free, Prize, Open mic, Exhibition

    View South Square centre website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Benenden School - All day poetry celebrations
    School events

    All day poetry celebrations

    04 Oct 2018

    Starts at 8.30am with Guerrilla Poetry in assembly.

    Workshops and performance by very special guest poet, Theresa Lola

    Live Lounge - music and spoken word event in the evening

    Reading, Performance

    View Benenden School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Write & Shine - Write & Shine—morning writing workshop
    Public events

    Write & Shine—morning writing workshop

    04 Oct 2018

    Join Write & Shine for a bright & early morning writing workshop on 4 October to celebrate National Poetry Day 2018, using the theme of change as inspiration. We'll look at poets who adapt & writers who transform, and consider how our own work can evolve.

    Come along! Our workshops are open to everyone, whether you're new to writing, have some experience or simply want more creativity into your working day.

    Date: Thursday 4 October.
    Time: 7.15am-9am
    Location: Westminster Quaker Meeting House, Leicester Square
    Booking: £19 including light breakfast.

    https://write-and-shine.com

    View Write & Shine website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Waterstones, Belfast - National Poetry Day Open Mic
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Open Mic

    04 Oct 2018

    Calling All Belfast Poets!

    Celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 Oct by coming to our special open mic event from 6:30pm.

    This years theme is the power of poetry, plus a few odes to autumn to celebrate the time of year

    So, get writing! Free entry and refreshments

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Waterstones, Belfast website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Citizens UK - Slam for Justice
    Public events

    Slam for Justice

    04 Oct 2018

    Through poetry, school kids from across London share with the Home Office what citizenship means to them.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Citizens UK website
  • 04 Oct 2018 PoetTrio Project - Future of Poetry Translation: Workshops, Summit & Readings with Fiona Sampson, WN Herbert & others
    Public events

    Future of Poetry Translation: Workshops, Summit & Readings with Fiona Sampson, WN Herbert & others

    04 Oct 2018

    Workshops 11-1pm (£5)
    Summit 2-6pm (FREE)
    Reading 6-8pm (FREE)

    ** open to all, register via link**

    The Court Room, Senate House, London

    Experience Collaborative Poetry Translation with leading British and Dutch poets, NO DUTCH NECESSARY
    Workshops with Sean O'Brien, WN Herbert, Fiona Sampson, Hélène Gelèns, Elma van Haren, Willem Groenewegen and Francis Jones

    Summit featuring leading lights from across cultural institutions and organisations in the UK discuss strategies to ensure a lively, diverse and inclusive future for poetry in translation.

    Evening reading and drinks featuring British, Dutch, Korean and Romanian poets.

    Performance, Free

    View PoetTrio Project website
  • 05 Oct 2018 South Square Centre - Art of Life Open Mic
    Public events

    Art of Life Open Mic

    05 Oct 2018

    Art of Life: Poetry and Spoken Word Event + Joan Day Painting Bursary Exhibition
    Friday 5th October

    6.00-9.30pm

    A celebration of Poetry & Art for National Poetry Day

    South Square Centre will hold its first open mic spoken word and poetry event. We welcome writers, speakers and artists from Bradford to share with us your artwork and poetry and stories. Open mic sign up on the evening. We are excited to be joined by Simon Widdop, Dionne V Hood, David Driver and Kevin Flaherty who will be judging the evening’s performances. Express your interest now for the chance to win one of three poetry prizes; 1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20.

    The event will be a friendly and relaxed environment welcoming experienced and new performers to the stage.

    Join us for a drop-in zine making workshop, add in some poetry of your own or write a page with a friend in this workshop led by Jean McEwan.

    The event has been organised by local Poet Sharena Lee Satti & South Square Programme Manager Alice Withers.

    Snacks and Drinks will be available to purchase on the evening

     

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View South Square Centre website
  • 04 Oct 2018 A Lovely Word - The Quality of The Mersey
    Public events

    The Quality of The Mersey

    04 Oct 2018

    Groups of poets from all these events and organisations have come together for the construction of Liverpool’s longest continuous poem, to be recited at the Liverpool Central Library this National Poetry Day (6pm, Thursday, 04/10/2018). The idea came from John Gorman, Wirral-based comedian and poet from 60s comedy band The Scaffold, who has done much for the Merseyside Arts scene in the last couple of decades. The Quality of the Mersey, the collection that details the cultural, spiritual and physical journey of the river from mouth to source, was curated from many submissions by Birkenhead poet and editor Barry Woods.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View A Lovely Word website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Barbican Young Poets - Constructing Voices
    Public events

    Constructing Voices

    03 Oct 2018

    Work by young creatives from the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning programmes presented in a new exhibition at the Barbican Library.

    Questioning our tendency to focus on finished products, Constructing Voices subverts a more traditional exhibition format and examines the steps taken in the creation of written word. The show, curated by the Young Visual Artists, pays closer attention to the processes and practices that feed the work, using both new and archive pieces from the Barbican Young Poets. Photography, created by the Barbican Young Photographers, establishes a visual dialogue between the written word, performed sound and captured image. The exhibition serves as a celebration of 10 years of the Barbican Young Poets programme.

    Free, Exhibition

    View Barbican Young Poets website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Somervale School - Toby Thompson – Performing Poet visit
    School events

    Toby Thompson – Performing Poet visit

    03 Oct 2018

    Toby Thompson Performing Poet will be visiting Somervale School on Wednesday 3rd October to launch our NPD celebrations. Toby will be entertaining our Key Stage 3 students with a poetry performance in the main hall, followed by poetry writing workshops in the library.

    Performance, Library

    View Somervale School website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Antivirus Publications - ArtJam @ Bombed Out Church
    Partner events

    ArtJam @ Bombed Out Church

    05 Oct 2018

    Weekly Concert Open Mic:

    Hosted by
    Tanvir Ratul and Peter O'Neill

    Verse
    Lyric
    Music
    Drama
    Painting
    Sculpture
    Graffiti (completed, no spray cans allowed inside)
    or
    Any other form of fine arts you can think of, bring along.

    Access to all

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Antivirus Publications website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Ryde Library - Give Poetry Ago!
    Public events

    Give Poetry Ago!

    05 Oct 2018

    Have ago at Blackout Poetry just turn up and let your imagination run with the ink! Also pick up your Free secret poetry scroll one for every reader! Why not borrow one of our new poetry books we have many new titles!

    Free, Library

    View Ryde Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Antivirus Publications - Soapbox
    Public events

    Soapbox

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry and Performance by Tanvir Ratul, Peter O'Neill, Aaron Murdoch and Gerry Clarkson. Plus open mic.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Antivirus Publications website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The John Hewitt Society - National Poetry Day with Gráinne Tobin & Mel McMahon
    Public events

    National Poetry Day with Gráinne Tobin & Mel McMahon

    04 Oct 2018

    FREE |Admission is free with donations for The City Chapter welcome.

    The City Chapter in association with The John Hewitt Society invites you to celebrate National Poetry Day with two acclaimed Co. Armagh poets Gráinne Tobin and Mel McMahon who will read from and talk about their work.

    Gráinne Tobin grew up in Armagh. She taught for many years in further and adult education in Lurgan and in Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle, Co Down. She has published two books, Banjaxed and The Nervous Flyer’s Companion (Summer Palace Press). A third collection, The Uses of Silk, is due in November 2018. She has won poetry competitions and contributed to magazines and anthologies. Her work is included in Poetry Ireland’s archive and Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s online Troubles Archive, and one of her poems is on permanent display as a public sculpture in Down Arts Centre.

    Mel McMahon was born in Lurgan and is currently Head of English at the Abbey Grammar School, Newry. His work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies and has been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. He has been shortlisted for several literary prizes and was a prize-winner in the Funeral Service of Northern Ireland Poetry Competition (2015). His work has been nominated twice for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. His first book of poems, Out of Breath, was published by Summer Palace Press in 2016. His second book of poems, Beneath Our Feet, was published in 2018.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View The John Hewitt Society website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Highgate Library - Highgate Library Poetry Event
    Partner events

    Highgate Library Poetry Event

    04 Oct 2018

    Highgate Library presents a Poetry Reading in memory of John Horder (the Hugging Poet) on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4th October, 6-7pm.

    The event will take place in the new poetry corner at Highgate Library, Chester Rd, London N19 5DH

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Friends of Highgate Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Stanza - Change! A workshop for National Poetry Day
    Partner events

    Change! A workshop for National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    To celebrate National Poetry Day and the launch of the brand new Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Stanza, we will be introducing a series of poetry workshops. Like National Poetry Day itself, our first workshop has the theme of 'Change!'. Please bring a poem that addresses change - be it positive, negative, sudden, incremental, welcome, feared, small or great - or even a poem on another theme which you want to explore, to consider how it might change and you might develop it. Led by local poet Steve Kendall, this will initiate a series of further workshops to be held in December ('Writing from History'), February (Sound and Rhythm), April (tbc) and June (tbc). Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

    Entry is £5 to meet the costs of room hire, etc.

    View Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Stanza website
  • 30 Sep 2018 Mid Wales Arts Centre - The Bright Field: Poems of Faith and Doubt
    Partner events

    The Bright Field: Poems of Faith and Doubt

    30 Sep 2018

    1 pm: A seminar with Dr Gregory Leadbetter exploring poems of Welsh poet R S Thomas and others followed by a reading from ROBBIE BURTON, ROY MCFARLANE and EIRA MURPHY at 5.30 pm. Contemporary, challenging and real-life poetry to super-charge your thinking!

    Refreshments, art exhibition, gardens open all day at Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, Newtown, Powys.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Mid Wales Arts Centre website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Retford Library - Hardy’s Jude and Larkin’s Jill – A Comparison by Rob White
    Partner events

    Hardy’s Jude and Larkin’s Jill – A Comparison by Rob White

    04 Oct 2018

    In celebration of National Poetry Day, Retford Library is hosting another wonderful talk by local literary enthusiast Rob White. Rob previously gave a well-received talk comparing Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles with DH Lawrence's The Virgin and the Gipsy as stories about two young women stepping out into the world. Now he looks at Jude the Obscure and Larkin's early novel Jill as examples of two young men's experiences of Oxford. Contact Retford Library on 01777 708724 or retford.library@inspireculture.org.uk to book a place.

    Performance, Library

    View Retford Library website
  • 01 Oct 2018 Retford Library - Retford Library’s Poetry Cafe
    Partner events

    Retford Library’s Poetry Cafe

    01 Oct 2018

    Share a poem on the NPD theme of Change at Retford Library's informal Poetry Cafe or simply enjoy listening to others.

    Library

    View Retford Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival - Poetry Breakfast with the Troubadour of the Hills
    Partner events

    Poetry Breakfast with the Troubadour of the Hills

    04 Oct 2018

    Join poet Jean Atkin as LPF launches its first ever Troubadour of the Hills (jointly with Malvern Hills Council). Jean will read at 10am, Ledbury Books and Maps Bookshop, 20 High Street, Ledbury HR81DS, and there will be refreshments. Invitations will be open to write your own hills inspired poetry and upload it to the Festival website for possible inclusion in the 2019 Festival

    Performance

    View Ledbury Poetry Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Rough Trade Books - NOT National Poetry Day
    Partner events

    NOT National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2018

    To celebrate National Poetry Day (albeit a little early), Rough Trade Books brings a selection of their poets and friends along to Brick Lane. Hear from Olly Todd, Harriet Moore, Salena Godden, Scarlett Sabet as well as Will Burns accompanied by guitarist Adam Chetwood on what promises to be a wonderful night of poetry.

    Performance

    View Rough Trade Books website
  • 04 Oct 2018 26/Imperial War Museums - Armistice 100 Days
    Public events

    Armistice 100 Days

    04 Oct 2018

    Every day from 5 August to 12 November the Imperial War Museum will publish a 'centena' - a 100-word poem in which the first and last three words repeat - in commemoration of someone who was alive at the start of the First World War. Each of the 100 centenas has been written by a member of the writing organisation 26.

    Free

    View 26/Imperial War Museums website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Verses and Vampires
    Public events

    Verses and Vampires

    04 Oct 2018

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, Say Owt are teaming up with The Big City Read and inviting you to a special open mic. This very special event will be set outside under the skies of York in the Shambles Food Court. Here you’ll hear poetry on the theme of ’vampires’. Poets are welcome to share their verse. For more details email info@sayowt.co.uk

    Free, Library, Open mic

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Pop-up poet in residence at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
    Public events

    Pop-up poet in residence at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe

    04 Oct 2018

    Come along to our informal Poetry afternoon and enjoy, discover and share poetry this National Poetry Day 4 October 2018. Meet and hear from Leeds poet Hannah Stone and share the poetry which inspires you.

    Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Poet – TEA at New Earswick Folk Hall
    Public events

    Poet – TEA at New Earswick Folk Hall

    04 Oct 2018

    Come along to our informal Poetry Tea, see our newest library in New Earswick Folk Hall and enjoy, discover and share poetry this National Poetry Day 4 October 2018. Meet and hear from two stunning local poets Mary Ann Dearlove and Patrick Lodge and share the poetry which inspires you.

    Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Finding the Words poetry evening
    Public events

    Finding the Words poetry evening

    27 Sep 2018

    Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.

    Doors open 6.45pm

    September's event features poets Nick Allen, Katharine Goda and Pauline Kirk.

    Performance, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Poetry Cafe at Acomb Explore
    Public events

    Poetry Cafe at Acomb Explore

    04 Oct 2018

    Come along to our informal Poetry Cafe and enjoy, discover and share poetry this National Poetry Day 4 October 2018. Meet and hear from some brilliant local poets and share the poetry which inspires you.

    Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Poetry Cafe at Tang Hall Explore Library
    Public events

    Poetry Cafe at Tang Hall Explore Library

    04 Oct 2018

    Come along to our informal Poetry Cafe and enjoy, discover and share poetry this National Poetry Day 4 October 2018. Meet and hear from some brilliant local poets and share the poetry which inspires you. Featuring Janet Dean, Mary Ann Dearlove, Patrick Lodge and Hannah Stone.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 04 Oct 2018 ExploreYork Libraries and Archives - Poetry Coffee Morning with Pauline Kirk
    Public events

    Poetry Coffee Morning with Pauline Kirk

    04 Oct 2018

    Join Pauline Kirk and the Friends of Dringhouses library to celebrate National Poetry Day.

    Free, Library

    View ExploreYork Libraries and Archives website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Canolfan Ysgrifennu Tŷ Newydd/ Llenyddiaeth Cymru - Sgwad Sgwennu / Writing Squad
    Public events

    Sgwad Sgwennu / Writing Squad

    06 Oct 2018

    Sgwad Sgwennu Gwynedd / Writing Squad yn cael ei gynnalgyda Malachy Doyle yng Nghanolfan Ysgrifennu Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd ar Hydref 6ed 2018

    Performance

    View Canolfan Ysgrifennu Tŷ Newydd/ Llenyddiaeth Cymru website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Explore York Libraries & Archives - Poetry Cafe at Tang Hall Explore
    Public events

    Poetry Cafe at Tang Hall Explore

    04 Oct 2018

    Come along to our informal Poetry Cafe and enjoy, discover and share poetry this National Poetry Day 4 October 2018. Meet and hear from some brilliant local poets and share the poetry which inspires you. Featuring poets Janet Dean, Mary Anne Dearlove, Patrick Lodge and Hannah Stone.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries & Archives website
  • 30 Sep 2018 Mid-Wales Arts - Poetry Event :The Bright Field: Poems of Faith and Doubt
    Public events

    Poetry Event :The Bright Field: Poems of Faith and Doubt

    30 Sep 2018

    Join us in Mid Wales for a one-off reading from 3 surprising, challenging and beautifully-inspired contemporary poets: Robbie Burton, Roy McFarlane and Eira Murphy. Each will explore their own personal response to the single, incendiary words: 'faith' and 'doubt'.

    Reading, Performance

    View Mid-Wales Arts website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Poetry Village - The Poetry Village
    Public events

    The Poetry Village

    04 Oct 2018

    The Poetry Village together with Friends of Marsden Library are delighted to present a very special evening of poetry to celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day. Direct from the poetry town of Otley, we will be showcasing some of the most exciting new poetry published by local community interest company, Half Moon Press.

    The evening will feature readings and book launches from poets including Andy Armitage, Barbara Howerska, Rachel Kerr, Nick Allen and Alicia Fernández.

    The event will be hosted by local poet and artist, David Coldwell.

    Performance, Library

    View The Poetry Village website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Apples and Snakes - FORKED!
    Public events

    FORKED!

    04 Oct 2018

    Join Apples and Snakes for a super special FORKED in celebration of National Poetry Day!

    We welcome two headline acts plus a selection of speed date style workshops to get your poetry paws into. Join Deanna Rodger, Rosy Carrick and Alexander Rhodes for three 30 minute power workshops followed by Artists talks and Q&A. Subjects will range from publishing, performance and writing tips to setting up and getting tech savvy.

    Performance

    View Apples and Snakes website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Carcanet Press - Gilgamesh Launch: Jenny Lewis & Philip Terry
    Public events

    Gilgamesh Launch: Jenny Lewis & Philip Terry

    03 Oct 2018

    Book launch of Gilgamesh Retold by Jenny Lewis and Dictator by Philip Terry introduced by Michael Schmidt

    The book launch and readings by the poets are part of a private view of the major 'Touching Mesopotamia: Text and Texture' exhibition of poetry, art, music and film collaborations by Jenny Lewis and Adnan al-Sayegh from their six year, Arts Council- funded 'Writing Mesopotamia' project. The exhibition features new Gilgamesh-related work by artist/ printmaker Frances Kiernan and images by photographer, Tom Hatton.

    Please register your interest by emailing jazmine@carcanet.co.uk

    Jenny Lewis has produced a versatile and inventive retelling of Gilgamesh which brings alive a story that is as resonant today as it was when first composed in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) four millennia ago. In 2012 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship to study cuneiform and she has worked with the British Museum, the Ashmolean Musem, Oxford, and Pegasus Theatre, on seminars and performances. Her approach relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language - emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure of the world's oldest poem and gives it a fresh dynamic while creating a fast-paced narrative for a new generation of readers, students and scholars. She is the first practicing woman poet to produce a full poetic translation.

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View Carcanet Press website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Carcanet Press & National Poetry Library - Poetry and the Political
    Partner events

    Poetry and the Political

    03 Oct 2018

    Four poets from Carcanet, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Robert Minhinnick, Rory Waterman and David Herd, discuss what kind of difference poetry can make.

    In a discussion chaired by Drew Milne, the poets read from their latest collections and talk about the urgent topics that inform and colour their writing.

    Their poetry calls attention to issues from the impact of uncaring governments and environmental change to the current displacement of peoples around the world.

    Poetry can alert and inform, challenge fixed ideas and prejudices. In this conversation, four socially conscious writers ask what constitutes the political and what place can be found for the imagination in a world of hard facts.

    Library

    View Carcanet Press & National Poetry Library website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Friends of Oundle Library - Poetry for a Change
    Public events

    Poetry for a Change

    06 Oct 2018

    Poetry readings at Oundle Library by the Oundle U3A Poetry Group. They'll read a selection of their favourite poems and some of their own verse. And audience participation is encouraged! So if you'd like to read a poem, please just tell one of the organisers when you arrive.

    Refreshments will be available.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Friends of Oundle Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Flapjack Press - Word Central
    Public events

    Word Central

    04 Oct 2018

    Open mic & spoken word hosted by Tony Curry. With special guest Kieren King. In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Library and Information Service.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Flapjack Press website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poetry Swindon - WHAT ARE YOU AFTER?/ PATTERN BEYOND CHANCE/ THE WARD at Poetry Swindon Festival
    Public events

    WHAT ARE YOU AFTER?/ PATTERN BEYOND CHANCE/ THE WARD at Poetry Swindon Festival

    04 Oct 2018

    Three of Swindon’s favourite poets celebrate making the big time with a special reading. Nine Arches debutante Josephine Corcoran, who has read many times in Swindon over the years, brings us her fantastic debut collection, What Are You After? Stephen Payne has shared a bill this year with Carol Anne Duffy, Gillian Clarke and other top poets. Louisa Campbell poet and activist, uses her work to fund good causes. Sales of her latest collection, The Ward, will help fund the rescue and care of dogs.

    This event will take place at 19:00 - 20:00 at the Tent Palace of the Delicious Air.

    Performance

    View Poetry Swindon website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Penrallt Gallery Bookshop - Menna Elfyn on her biography of Eluned Lewis
    Public events

    Menna Elfyn on her biography of Eluned Lewis

    04 Oct 2018

    Join award-winning poet Menna Elfyn in discussion about and reading from her biography of Eluned Phillips: 'Absolute Optimist'

    Eluned Phillips was a passionate woman who ignited equally passionate responses in others. The second woman ever to wear the National Eisteddfod crown – Wales’ most prestigious Welsh language literary prize – she is the only woman to have won it twice.

    This is an affectionate and yet critical biography of an unsung heroine of Welsh literature during a time of great change – taking her from rural Carmarthenshire to bohemian Paris and urban Los Angeles. She was often frowned upon, but never less than true to herself.

    Award-winning poet Menna Elfyn examines Phillips’ life and work and argues convincingly that Eluned’s poetry is undoubtedly hers and more than worthy of two Crowns. Absolute Optimist was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year on publication in Welsh. It has been translated for Honno by Elinor Wyn Reynolds.

    Performance, Free

    View Penrallt Gallery Bookshop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Artery, MAP Cafe - The Artery
    Public events

    The Artery

    04 Oct 2018

    The Artery at MAP Cafe in Kentish Town has traditionally been a music open mic event, but for National Poetry Day the emphasis will be on Spoken Word, in collaboration with musicians. It is an informal and spontaneous evening with booked performers and floor spots, hosted by Laurence Wood and Alan Wolfson.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Artery, MAP Cafe website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival - Birmingham Literature Festival
    Public events

    Birmingham Literature Festival

    04 Oct 2018

    Happy National Poetry Day! Join us for a fantastic evening of poetry to mark this annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems.

    As part of our National Poetry Day celebrations, we are delighted to present three of the best contemporary poets from across the West Midlands – Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane – who will be reading poetry from their latest collections.

    We will also be announcing our new Birmingham Poet and Young Poet Laureates 2018 – 2020.

    Come and be part of our 2018 National Poetry Day celebrations and enjoy an evening of inspiring and thought-provoking poetry, from some of the most exciting established and emerging contemporary poets from across the region.

    This event will be hosted by Jonathan Davidson.

    Tickets from £8.

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Birmingham Literature Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Loftus Library - Poetry Workshop
    Public events

    Poetry Workshop

    04 Oct 2018

    A morning of sharing and reading favourite poetry and verse.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Friends of Loftus Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Penketh Library - FOPL After School Story and Craft Session- National Poetry Day Event
    Public events

    FOPL After School Story and Craft Session- National Poetry Day Event

    04 Oct 2018

    Free! A poem themed story and craft session for children.

    4pm to 5pm.
    No Booking Required.
    All Welcome x

    Free, Library

    View Friends of Penketh Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Chichester Library - A Celebration of Poetry with Carrie Etter
    Public events

    A Celebration of Poetry with Carrie Etter

    04 Oct 2018

    Join award-winning American poet Carrie Etter reading from her new collection, The Weather in Normal. Carrie's credits include the London New Poetry Prize and a shortlising for the Ted Hughes Award.

    'Deeply moving and richly inventive' - Cole Svenson (US poet)

    Live music from Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar and open mic poetry combine to offer a stimulating mix of words and music. Readers and listeners equally welcome.

    Thursday 4 October 7.30pm, Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QJ.

    Tickets: £7 ( to include a glass of wine) available from the library: 01243 777351

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Chichester Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Gnash Comics - Comics meets Poetry
    Public events

    Comics meets Poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    Gnash Comics is hosting an evening of poetry by local artists who work with visual illustration and the written word. Creators/Poets /artists supreme so far attending Donya Todd, Tom Hirons more to be announced ...

    Performance

    View Gnash Comics website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Seren - First Thursday with Marianne Burton & David Llewellyn
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    First Thursday with Marianne Burton & David Llewellyn

    04 Oct 2018

    First Thursday is a monthly celebration of new poetry and fiction. Falling on National Poetry Day, October’s event features poet Marianne Burton with her new collection, Kierkegaard’s Cupboard, which is inspired by the life and failed love of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. David Llewellyn will read an extract from his new novel, A Simple Scale.

    There will be two additional special guests reading: poets Chad Norman and Emily Blewitt. After this we will have our famous Open Mic – all are welcome to read a poem or a short piece of prose.

    Entry is £3 on the door (redeemable with purchase of a book).

    Performance, Open mic

    View Seren website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poetry Swindon Festival - Poetry Swindon Festival
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    Poetry Swindon Festival

    04 Oct 2018

    There's an exciting line-up of poetry events this year at the Poetry Swindon Festival, includig workshops, readings, late-night toast, poetry film, fire-side chats and song, Domestic Cherry partying, piano and soprano, poetry pub quizzing with Carrie Etter, publishers, discussions, and all that is marvelous in the Tent-Palace of the Delicious Air at the Richard Jefferies Museum.

    Reading, Performance, Open mic

    View Poetry Swindon Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Crichton Writers with Dumfries Museums - The Nature of Trees
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    The Nature of Trees

    04 Oct 2018

    Join the Crichton Writers at Dumfries Museum at 6.30pm on National Poetry Day for an evening of arboreal celebration with live readings of poetry and prose about trees. Ecology, biology, history, folklore and memory will be explored in a stunning live set. Souvenir poetry postcards will be available, and refreshments will be served.

    Performance, Free

    View Crichton Writers with Dumfries Museums website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe
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    The Swansea Fringe

    04 Oct 2018

    The Swansea Fringe Festival returns this year, with a huge number of diverse events at venues throughout city centre showcasing the best in Welsh culture.

    Pop it in your diaries - 4th- 7th October 2018.

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 06 Oct 2018 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe: Where I’m Coming From
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    The Swansea Fringe: Where I’m Coming From

    06 Oct 2018

    Join The #SwanseaFringe for performances by young, new and emerging writers from 'Where I'm Coming From'.

    Where I'm Coming From is a regular monthly open mic night that takes place at Tramshed, Cardiff. It was founded in 2017 by Hanan Issa and Durre Shahwar to create a platform predominantly for BAME writers in Wales. Over the year, it has evolved to a welcoming environment where writers from all walks of life and all stages of their careers can share their work.

    At the heart of WICF is the aim to highlight and confront topical and difficult issues in a safe environment. This special Swansea Fringe event will showcase some of the regular performers from the WICF open mic, who will share new, exciting and challenging work.

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 05 Oct 2018 The Brecknock Society - An evening with Robert Minhinnick
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    An evening with Robert Minhinnick

    05 Oct 2018

    An evening with Robert Minhinnick, winner of the 2018 Roland Mathias Prize for poetry with ‘Diary of The Last Man (Carcanet).

    Performance

    View The Brecknock Society website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Kilmarnock Station Community Village - National Poetry Day Event Kilmarnock
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    National Poetry Day Event Kilmarnock

    03 Oct 2018

    Local poets and new poets from the Poetry for Mental Health Group will get together to read poems on the theme of change to raise funds to help with community activities for the socially isolated.

    Open mic

    View Kilmarnock Station Community Village website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle University - NCLA: First Thursday Reading
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    NCLA: First Thursday Reading

    04 Oct 2018

    Join poets Olivia McCannon and David Spittle at this lunchtime reading to celebrate National Poetry Day. The reading runs from 1pm to 1.50pm and will be held at Newcastle University - please check the website for the venue.

    Performance, Free

    View Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle University website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Southbank Centre - Schools National Poetry Day Live
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    Schools National Poetry Day Live

    04 Oct 2018

    Calling all 11- to 18-year-olds – join a poetry revolution in this free event with Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society on National Poetry Day 2018.

    This afternoon of poetry in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer showcases radical poetry, looking at this year's National Poetry Day theme of 'change'.

    Join the poets that are bringing about shifts in culture and society through their work and inspiring generations of young poets, including Young People’s Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri; Raymond Antrobus; Joelle Taylor and Anthony Anaxagorou.

    Performance

    View Southbank Centre website
  • 06 Oct 2018 RSPB Scotland - Outdoor learning for educators
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    Outdoor learning for educators

    06 Oct 2018

    This informal training session is aimed at teachers and others who are working, or would like to work, within an education or learning setting.

    Join us as we mark National Poetry Day 2018 with a morning of poetry, risk management and nature play in the woods.

    We will provide ideas and resources to enhance and expand your outdoor learning work or help get you started! Followed with the option to stay for a campfire lunch weather permitting.

    This is a free event but booking is essential on 01577 862355 or email Miranda.shephard@rspb.org.uk

    Free

    View RSPB Scotland website
  • 04 Oct 2018 NCLA - National Poetry Day – Poetry Translation Duel!
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    National Poetry Day – Poetry Translation Duel!

    04 Oct 2018

    Join Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts on National Poetry Day 2018, to celebrate this year’s theme of Change with a Poetry Translation Duel in association with Modern Poetry in Translation.

    Jennie Feldman and Jade Cuttle, hosted by Olivia McCannon, will cross swords by presenting rival translations of the same French-language poem to the audience. Join in the conversation about what makes a poem work in English. No knowledge of French required!

    Performance

    View NCLA website
  • 08 Oct 2018 Inua Ellams - The R.A.P Party
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    The R.A.P Party

    08 Oct 2018

    What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop's past, present and future? Come chill and find out at Inua Ellams' Rhythm And Poetry Party... a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs.

    This special R.A.P Party gathers the most incredible contemporary poets writing to create and share new verse in response to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, an album released 20 years ago, that changed the face of music. Joins us for fresh perspectives on the timeless songs, journeys, questions and reflections raised by Lauryn Hill.

    Performance

    View Inua Ellams website
  • 04 Oct 2018 National Trust - Thomas Hardy poetry at Max Gate
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    Thomas Hardy poetry at Max Gate

    04 Oct 2018

    Readings of Thomas Hardy's Max Gate related poetry and tours of the garden (weather permitting).

    Claim a free cuppa if you write a 'poem on a postcard' in Hardy's Poetry Study.

    Free to National Trust members, normal admission prices apply.

    Reading

    View National Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 National Trust - Thomas Hardy poetry at Hardy’s Cottage
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    Thomas Hardy poetry at Hardy’s Cottage

    04 Oct 2018

    Readings of Hardy's poetry related to his birthplace and where he spent the first half of his life. There will also be a woodland poetry walk (weather permitting).

    Write a 'poem on a postcard' for a free cup of tea (just visit nearby Max Gate on the same day to claim).

    Free to National Trust members, normal admission prices apply.

    Reading

    View National Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Living With Integrity Group - Poems In The Kitchen
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    Poems In The Kitchen

    04 Oct 2018

    A community and enthusiast drop-in, 10am-6pm, to celebrate National Poetry Day. Bring ANY poems, published or your own, and share informally over a cuppa or soup. This year's theme is 'Change'. No charges, but donations to Medecins Sans Frontieres appreciated.
    Roseyard Cottage, Primrose Lane, Waterbeach. 01223 860214. Please park on Waterbeach Green. Look for lane entrance by new Opticians.

    Reading, Free, Open mic

    View Living With Integrity Group website
  • 07 Sep 2018 Poetry in Tenbury - Young People’s Poetry Competition Prizegiving
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    Young People’s Poetry Competition Prizegiving

    07 Sep 2018

    Prizegiving for this year's Poetry in Tenbury competition is on 7th September in the Regal Cinema Tenbury Wells.

    We had almost 300 entrants this year in two categories 7-11 and 11-17. The competition involved 6 local primary schools and 2 high schools.

    We have winners, runners up and 9 Highly Commended poems in each category.

    Well done to everyone who entered ... the standard was amazing

    Performance, Free, Prize, Exhibition

    View Poetry in Tenbury website
  • 04 Oct 2018 The Poetry Cafe Eastbourne - National Poetry Day Celebration
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    National Poetry Day Celebration

    04 Oct 2018

    CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY DAY
    EXPLORE THE THEME OF CHANGE
    With leading local poets and musicians
    7-15 The Crown and Anchor Eastbourne
    Free Entry
    Susan Evans, Hugh Dunkerly, Tanaka Mihshi , Keith Willson, Julia Desch,Larry Navon, John Wright, William Chasseaud, Shell Huggett,Flora Sidebottom,Alice Denny,Peter Wathen,Dave Swann,Stacy Mcgrath

    Performance, Free

    View The Poetry Cafe Eastbourne website
  • 28 Sep 2018 Poetry on Loan - Poetry as Therapy
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    Poetry as Therapy

    28 Sep 2018

    FREE workshop with local poet Jane Seabourne

    Join Jane Seabourne for a ‘poetry as therapy’ writing workshop at Codsall Library on Friday 28th September between 10am and 11am.

    Jane’s visit, funded by the Poetry on Loan group, is just before National Poetry Day on 4th October and World Mental Health Day on 10th October and this workshop brings the two together and will help people discover how poetry can help with positive thinking and good mental health.

    Free, Library

    View Poetry on Loan website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bodenham Arboretum - Bodenham Arboretum Autumn Poetry Trail
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    Bodenham Arboretum Autumn Poetry Trail

    04 Oct 2018

    Meander around the wonderful woodland walks of Bodenham, soak up the splendour of the beautiful Autumnal colours and find inspiration with a collection of poems decorating the trees in celebration of the most colourful season of the year!

    The Trail will showcase the work of local writing group ‘The Bewdley Bards’ who wish to share their odes to Autumn, as well as featuring the poetry of some of our finest poets such as John Clare, Shakespeare and Keats.

    We will also be running a Poetry Competition for anyone wishing to try their hand…details can be found on the Trail. Plus you can pop along and meet some of the members of the Bewdley Bards for some poetry readings on Thursday 4th October, National Poetry Day!

    Standard Arboretum Admission fees apply – £6.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (5-16yrs) Under 5s Free. Open every day throughout October 11am – 5pm. Booking is not required.

    Reading, Performance

    View Bodenham Arboretum website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Naviar Records - Naviar Haiku Fest
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    Naviar Haiku Fest

    06 Oct 2018

    The third edition of the Naviar Haiku Fest, a day event exploring the relationship between music and haiku poetry, comes back to London for the second time after our first show in October last year.

    The event will start with an introductory workshop to haiku, a traditional short form of Japanese poetry. In the afternoon there will be a series of talks and panel discussions focused on creativity, 'arts-meets-science' and more.

    The Haiku Fest will end with a series of live performances by members and friends of Naviar Records, working in the fields of ambient, electronic and contemporary classical music.

    More info at http://www.naviarrecords.com/naviar-haiku-fest

    Performance

    View Naviar Records website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Back Room Poets - Infinite Forms
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    Infinite Forms

    04 Oct 2018

    Back Room Poets and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be hosting a reading of newly written poetry inspired by the museum's collections, written by local poets.
    There will be an open-mic opportunity at the end of the event for anyone who would like to read their poetry on themes of natural history.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Back Room Poets website
  • 04 Oct 2018 St. Columba's United Reformed Church North Shields - Pin up a Poem
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    Pin up a Poem

    04 Oct 2018

    We are inviting people to come in and pin a poem on our Poetry tree.
    Thursday October 4th 3:30-5pm

    The poems you choose may be a favourite poem or a one you have written.

    If it is one you have written, please be comfortable with sharing it in this way as the display of poems will be in a public forum.
    This is a Free event and open to anyone wanting to come and share a poem that they love with others.
    So, whether you are new to poetry or a connoisseur, please come and see what’s going on.
    As well as the poetry-tree we will have some workshop materials for you to have a go at writing your own poem.

    Refreshments will be available for a donation and all donations will be used by the church to help others in our Community.

    Free

    View St. Columba's United Reformed Church North Shields website
  • 04 Oct 2018 North End Writers - Poetry readings at the Life Rooms
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    Poetry readings at the Life Rooms

    04 Oct 2018

    For the third year running we bring people together to read poems on National Poetry Day at the Life Rooms in Walton, Liverpool. This is a partnership event between Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and North End Writers and will start at 11 am and finish at 4 pm. To get involved contact Pauline at northendwriters@gmail.com

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View North End Writers website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Merchant Taylors Junior School - Poetry Day
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    Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    MerchantTaylors Junior School, Stanfield is taking part by the whole school spending the day reading, reciting and writing poetry. Each Year group is concentrating on a different type of poetry, including haikus, limericks and nursery rhymes.

    Performance

    View Merchant Taylors Junior School website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Soulful Publishing - Poetry Spoken Word and Book Launch
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    Poetry Spoken Word and Book Launch

    29 Sep 2018

    Join us for an intimate afternoon of poetry and creative prose. Meet local poets Talesha Chauhan, Richard C. Bower & Joel Hedlund as they share their works with you. Relax over coffee at this wonderful new venue in Leicester ! Bring your own original poems to recite or some of your all time favourites from classic or modern poets. Either way, join us and let's get soulful !

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Soulful Publishing website
  • 04 Oct 2018 National Trust and Spike Island - Little Elevations: Close Reading Night
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    Little Elevations: Close Reading Night

    04 Oct 2018

    This National Poetry Day, poets Holly Corfield Carr, Rachael Boast and Samantha Walton host a celebration of re-reading. Through relaxed and open discussion they explore how we read our favourite poems and writing by women.

    This event is organised in partnership with the National Trust, Tyntesfield as part of Holly Corfield Carr's Women and Power residency, responding to the legacy of 18th-century Bristol poet Hannah More.

    Performance

    View National Trust and Spike Island website
  • 04 Oct 2018 David Oluwale Memorial Association - Launch of ‘Any Change?’
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    Launch of ‘Any Change?’

    04 Oct 2018

    The 'Any Change?' poetry anthology comprises work from immigrant communities close to where it will be launched, from 7-9pm on National Poetry Day at Chapel Allerton Library.

    With readings by contributors and editor Ian Duhig, Ahmed Kaysher and others.

    All proceeds to local charities.

    Performance, Library

    View David Oluwale Memorial Association website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Dwell Time - Interchange
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    Interchange

    04 Oct 2018

    Interchange
    Thursday 4 October
    13:12-14:28 Huddersfield to Sheffield
    14:35-15:50 Sheffield to Huddersfield

    Interchange: Participative Poetry on the Penistone Line for National Poetry Day. Embark at any station on these routes to hear poetry and writing curated by Dwell Time. Join in with some words of your own on provided postcards in exchange for a limited edition pin badge. You can read your own contribution or we will perform your words, credited or anonymous, if preferred.

    Interchange
    In to change
    Change your mind
    Change your life
    Change your Thursday
    Change your head space
    Change your view, as the world gently slides on by

    All change
    Transformation
    Train information
    Letting off steam
    Articulation
    All aboard
    Onwards journey
    Interchange
    Next destination

    As it says in the song, “Change your heart, look around you, change your heart, it will astound you.” Can we change your heart with Interchange?

    Send your contributions in advance to avavprojects@yahoo.co.uk and/or join us on our train journey* to listen and participate. All contributions will be included on the Dwell Time blog http://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/

    *Standard train fares apply

    Performance, Open mic

    View Dwell Time website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Verse First - Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War
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    Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War

    04 Oct 2018

    What does it mean to fight for a ‘mother country’ that refuses to accept you as one of its own? Britain’s First World War poets changed the way we view military conflict and had a deep impact on the national psyche. Yet the stories of the 15,600 Caribbean volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment remain largely unknown.

    Co-commissioned by BBC – Contains Strong Language, 14-18 NOW – WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and the British Council, Unwritten invited contemporary Caribbean diaspora poets to write into that vexed space.

    Joining us this evening to share their poetry from this new collection are Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Kat Francois, Jay T. John, Ishion Hutchinson, Charnell Lucien, Vladimir Lucien and Tanya Shirley. The event will be hosted by Karen McCarthy Woolf.

    Tickets: £15 (includes a copy of the book)

    Reading, Performance

    View Verse First website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Durham Book Festival - Durham Book Festival
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    Durham Book Festival

    06 Oct 2018

    Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals.

    Poets appearing this year include Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Jacob Polley and more.

    Reading, Performance

    View Durham Book Festival website
  • 11 Oct 2018 Next Step HR - Unlocking Creativity – the Power of Poetry In Business
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    Unlocking Creativity – the Power of Poetry In Business

    11 Oct 2018

    90 minute taster session where we use poetry to inspire us to think differently about what it means to be successful in business and in life.

    An energising and inspiring event - hosted in the office of Eversheds In Manchester.

    Anyone 16 or over with experience of the working world can take part - reimagine your future amongst friends!

    Performance

    View Next Step HR website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Museum of Walking - Hidden Garden Haiku Vauxhall
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    Hidden Garden Haiku Vauxhall

    04 Oct 2018

    A 90 minute walkshop aimed at adults or children over 12 in discovering hidden gardens minutes from Vauxhall transport interchange in which you get to compose and recite haiku - 3 lined short poem usually associated with Japanese culture.

    Novice or expert, join in this fun walking activity in which you get to compose, write and recite short 3 line poems (known as haiku) and see your work published in a 'zine anthology. Be inspired by the beauty and calm of hidden gardens just minutes from the bustle of Vauxhall’s transport interchange.

    Find no better way
    To be inspired by gardens
    Claim calm from bustle

    Suitable for adults (£12 in advance) and accompanied children 12+ (free). All materials provided.

    View Museum of Walking website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Libraries - A Celebration of Poetry
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    A Celebration of Poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    Bring a favourite poem to read with our Shared Reading Group in West Howe Library. 10am to 12 noon. Refreshments. Free street parking outside library.

    Free, Library

    View Bournemouth and Poole Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury - An Evening with Pam Ayres
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    An Evening with Pam Ayres

    04 Oct 2018

    Charity show with Pam Ayres, in aid of the Sebakwe Black Rhino Trust, Zimbabwe.

    Performance

    View Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Five Leaves Bookshop - The Surrender of Silence: poetry with Jonathan Taylor and Sue Dymoke
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    The Surrender of Silence: poetry with Jonathan Taylor and Sue Dymoke

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us on National Poetry day for the launch of two new collections of poetry

    Jonathan will be reading from his latest collection, Cassandra Complex, a collection of poems, found poems, found translations, mis-translations, prophecies, pseudo-prophecies, apocalyptic visions and moments of retroactive clairvoyance.

    What They Left Behind is Sue Dymoke’s third Shoestring Press collection after Moon at the Park and Ride and The New Girls – new and selected poems.

    Free, refreshments included. Please let us know you are coming, on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

    Performance

    View Five Leaves Bookshop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Tongue Fu / Boat Poets - Tongue Fu feat. Boat Poets
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    Tongue Fu feat. Boat Poets

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us for a special Tongue Fu for National Poetry Day at Arnolfini, where we will be delighted with performances from some of the hottest UK poets and spoken word artists performing with the Tongue Fu Band. This show will also be BSL interpreted.

    Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word and music shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw- dropping improvised soundtracks from a crack team of improvising musicians whose credits include Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum and Beardyman.

    Headliners for this show include; Salena Godden - performer, essayist, radio presenter (BBC R4) and activist, she is one of the UK’s foremost poets. Featured regularly on BBC R3's The Verb and BBC R4's Saturday Live, she is regularly anthologised and headlines in festivals nationally and internationally.

    Former Boat Poet participant Toby Campion - UK Slam Champion, award winning playwright, artistic director of Uni Slam and resident artist at London's Roundhouse.

    Amerah Saleh, one of Birminghams leading spoken word artists, recently performed at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. She is associate artist at MAC, resident artist at Birmingham Rep and co-founder of Verve Poetry Press.

    In addition to this stellar crew Danny ‘Craft D’ Pandolfi from Bristol, Ruth Sutoyé from London and Chris White from Exeter will be performing new work inspired by the Boat Poets talent development project.

    It is also supported by Apples and Snakes and produced by Hannah Nicholls in association with the Thames Festival Trust. Follow us @BoatPoets

    Performance

    View Tongue Fu / Boat Poets website
  • 03 Oct 2018 The Birmingham and Midland Institute - Roy McFarlane and Friends
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    Roy McFarlane and Friends

    03 Oct 2018

    Join the Birmingham and Midland Institute's Poet in Residence for a lively evening of poetry and discussion. Roy McFarlane will give an informal reading to celebrate National Poetry Day and this year's theme of 'Change'. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Roy.

    Performance, Library

    View The Birmingham and Midland Institute website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Beatfreeks - Poetry Jam
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    Poetry Jam

    04 Oct 2018

    A monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click, every first Thursday of the month.

    Since 2013 Poetry Jam has opened its doors every first Thursday of the month, and has grown in love, attendance and adoration ever since. It's a monthly open mic platform to jam and share stories with a community of creatives.

    Free entry. Starting promptly at 7pm to fit as many performers in as possible (advised to come early to get the best seats).

    Want an open mic slot? Arrive 15 minutes before the night kicks off to sign up to the open mic list.

    Free, Open mic

    View Beatfreeks website
  • 31 Aug 2018 North Lanarkshire Council - National Poetry Day competition
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    National Poetry Day competition

    31 Aug 2018

    Do you fancy yourself as a poet? This is your chance to show off your writing talents to the rest of North Lanarkshire by entering our National Poetry Day competition.

    Open to residents of North Lanarkshire of all ages, the competition opens Wednesday 1 August, 9am and closes on Friday 31 August, 5pm. Entrants are challenged to submit an entry of no more than 500 words of their own work based on Change – the theme of National Poetry Day 2018.

    Find out more here.

    Library

    View North Lanarkshire Council website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Woodland Academy Trust - National Poetry Day – Time for a Change
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    National Poetry Day – Time for a Change

    04 Oct 2018

    Each year group across our family of schools will be sharing the same poem and writing their own in response. As all four schools are following the same poem we hope the day will lead to some fantastic sharing and collaboration between children.

    View Woodland Academy Trust website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival - Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival
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    Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival

    29 Sep 2018

    This September, Yorkshire’s majestic Broughton Hall Estate plays host to a spectacular weekend of performances, workshops and literary magic for children. The stellar line-up includes poet Tony Walsh who performed at the One Love Manchester concert and World Slam Poetry champion Harry Baker plus Brian Moses and CLiPPA winner Karl Nova.

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bath Festivals - Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam
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    Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam

    04 Oct 2018

    The first ever Bath Children's Literature Festival Poetry Slam will be feature local children and young people and will be hosted by Rebecca Tantony. We have invited local schools to take part in Poetry Slams in their schools in September and the winners will compete in the grand final on the festival stage on National Poetry Day.

    Performance

    View Bath Festivals website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Foyles - The People versus Poetry at Foyles
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    The People versus Poetry at Foyles

    04 Oct 2018

    Where does poetry stand in 2018? Does it deserve its reputation or are poets having us on, leading us astray, deliberately and wilfully obscuring meaning to keep us not only in the dark but in our place?

    Four poets: Craig Raine, Sandeep Parmar, Richard Scott and Victoria Adukwei Bulley step up to defend their art and place their poetry in the firing line ready to face whatever you can figuratively throw at them.

    Adjudicators Will Harris and Richard Osmond will oversee readings from each poet followed by a Newsnight-style grilling from the panel and audience on their poetic choices – this is your chance to demand answers and hold poetry accountable or defend it with every fibre of your being.

    Reading

    View Foyles website
  • 05 Nov 2018 The Charles Causley Trust - The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition
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    The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

    05 Nov 2018

    The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is now open. First prize is £2,000 plus a 1-week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley's former home in Launceston. The closing date is 5 November 2018. We look forward to receiving your entries! Please see our website for full details.

    Prize

    View The Charles Causley Trust website
  • 07 Oct 2018 Hampshire Cultural Trust - Milestones of Change
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    Milestones of Change

    07 Oct 2018

    Celebrate National Poetry Day at Milestones Museum. Explore the old fashioned streets and become inspired. Attend live poetry readings and have a go at creating your own!

    Performance

    View Hampshire Cultural Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poet in the City - Poet in the City presents: Shifting Dimensions
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    Poet in the City presents: Shifting Dimensions

    04 Oct 2018

    This National Poetry Day, Poet in the City transports you inside four of Kings Cross’s most fascinating facilities, inviting you to explore the themes of change and transformation through an exciting programme of live poetry performances and discussion. From the societal shifts in attitude and the activists that instigate them, to the blossoming biological patterns of the natural world and the alternating architecture we build upon it, we’ll be using poetry to interpret the meaning of change throughout our environment.

    Events at British Museum, The Francis Crick Institute, UCL and The Matter of Stuff exhibition space taking place throughout the day.

    Performance, Free

    View Poet in the City website
  • 21 Oct 2018 Liverpool Literary Festival - Peace Poetry at Liverpool Literary Festival
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    Peace Poetry at Liverpool Literary Festival

    21 Oct 2018

    Fiona Sampson reads her newly commissioned peace poem as well as poems by Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and other poets writing through conflicts to find a route to peace.

    Public tickets £6/£4

    Reading

    View Liverpool Literary Festival website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Royal Society of Literature - Truth to Life
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    Truth to Life

    05 Oct 2018

    A celebration of Seamus Heaney's poems and his enduring presence in the work of poets writing now. Discussions and readings with Inua Ellams and Sinead Morrissey, chaired by Andrew O'Hagan.

    Reading

    View Royal Society of Literature website
  • 21 Sep 2018 Central Tramway Company Scarborough - Poems on the Tramway: Poetry Competition for children 5-11
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    Poems on the Tramway: Poetry Competition for children 5-11

    21 Sep 2018

    Do you enjoy days out in Scarborough? Can you be creative with words and have fun with rhyme? Enter our poetry competition for children aged 5-11. The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day and displayed in the carriages until Christmas.
    Write a poem, long or short, about a day out in Scarborough or a ride on the historic Central Tramway. Closing date 21st September.

    Free, Prize

    View Central Tramway Company Scarborough website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Dempsey & Windle - National Poetry Day Competition Dempsey & Windle
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    National Poetry Day Competition Dempsey & Windle

    04 Oct 2018

    Dempsey & Windle are running a competition for poets who live within reach of our base, Guildford, UK, with the winners announced and a prize-giving in Waterstones Bookshop, High Street, Guildford, at 6pm on National Poetry Day. The first prize will be a voucher from Waterstones and three books from our catalogue.
    Runners-up will receive book prizes.
    The top 20 entries will be published in a pamphlet with a free copy to each contributor.

    Find out more. The closing date is 31st August.

    Reading, Prize

    View Dempsey & Windle website
  • 04 Oct 2018 St Andrew's Junior School - National Poetry Day Whole-School Write
    School events

    National Poetry Day Whole-School Write

    04 Oct 2018

    We will be exploring the theme of 'Change' and writing our own poems.

    View St Andrew's Junior School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize - Betjeman Poetry Prize Awards Ceremony
    Partner events

    Betjeman Poetry Prize Awards Ceremony

    04 Oct 2018

    The BPP annual awards ceremony invites the top 6 finalists of the Betjeman Poetry Prize to St Pancras International, where the winner of the competition is announced in front of an audience of teachers, pupils, parents, poets and journalists, as well as trustees and supporters of the Betjeman Poetry Prize.

    Performance, Free

    View Betjeman Poetry Prize website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Devon and Exeter Institution - Clocking the Changes
    Public events

    Clocking the Changes

    04 Oct 2018

    'Clocking the Changes'
    Reading poems at noon and 1pm members of the Devon and Exeter Institution will be invited to hear poetry read aloud.

    Between 2 and 3:30 a new weekly poetry group will be launched and members will be invited to join what will hopefully become a regular opportunity to enjoy sharing poetry.

    Performance, Library

    View Devon and Exeter Institution website
  • 01 Oct 2018 Great Malvern Primary School - Great Malvern Primary School Poetry Festival
    School events

    Great Malvern Primary School Poetry Festival

    01 Oct 2018

    The children and adults at Great Malvern Primary School will be celebrating a week of fantastic poetry around National Poetry Day. Activities will be based around The Lost Words with inspiration being found in the ever changing landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB. The events taking place during this week will be invite only.

    Reading, Performance

    View Great Malvern Primary School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Stonar School - School assembly
    School events

    School assembly

    04 Oct 2018

    Staff performances of poetry to whole school.

    Performance

    View Stonar School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bath Children's Literature Festival - Writing for Young People with NPD Ambassador Liz Brownlee
    Public events

    Writing for Young People with NPD Ambassador Liz Brownlee

    04 Oct 2018

    Join three published graduates from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing For Young People including poet Liz Brownlee as they discuss the creative process with MA Course Leader and author Julia Green. Join the panelists afterwards for a friendly drinks reception for a chance to mingle and ask questions of these and other local published authors.

    View Bath Children's Literature Festival website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Martin Harris Centre - Creative comedy, poetry and music – with John Hegley
    School events

    Creative comedy, poetry and music – with John Hegley

    05 Oct 2018

    The renowned John Hegley is coming to the Martin Harris Centre this Oct for an exciting event for primary schools! If your pupils would benefit from creative comedy, poetry & music, book now!

    11.00 am. Friday 5th October

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Martin Harris Centre website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival - Winchester Poetry Festival
    Public events

    Winchester Poetry Festival

    05 Oct 2018

    Celebrating the very best poetry and poets from the UK and across the world. Readings, workshops, tours and special events. More than 40 poets and speakers including Liz Berry, Kathleen Jamie, Frances Leviston, Ian McMillan, and popular spoken word poet Hollie McNish. In the spotlight also, exciting new voices.

    Performance, Library, Prize

    View Winchester Poetry Festival website
  • 14 Oct 2018 Thomas's Clapham - Chrissie Gittins Makes A Return NPD Visit to Thomas’s Clapham
    School events

    Chrissie Gittins Makes A Return NPD Visit to Thomas’s Clapham

    14 Oct 2018

    National Poetry Day Ambassador Chrissie Gittins is delighted to be returning to Thomas’s Clapham to perform to and worskop with Years 3 & 4.

    Performance

    View Thomas's Clapham website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Apples and Snakes - Rallying Cry
    Partner events

    Rallying Cry

    04 Oct 2018

    The UK’s leading spoken words artists declare their rebel yell as Battersea Arts Centre is plunged into a rebel rousing rukus.

    This is not a moment to keep calm and carry on.

    Rallying Cry is an immersive journey across the building, presented as part of Apples and Snakes 35-year celebrations. Presented by Apples and Snakes
    Directed by Rob Watt

    Age Recommendation: 12+

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Apples and Snakes website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Cam Everlands Primary School - School assembly
    School events

    School assembly

    28 Sep 2017

    Whole school assembly at 1.20 to celebrate National Poetry Day

    Performance

    View Cam Everlands Primary School website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival - Winchester Poetry Festival 5-7 October
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    Winchester Poetry Festival 5-7 October

    05 Oct 2018

    The 2018 programme for the Winchester Poetry Festival draws from the deep well of contemporary writing and performance and features poets from across the UK, Ireland, the USA, Syria, Macedonia, and the Caribbean. Whatever their debt to poets who have gone before, whatever the culture, language or style from which their work springs, these poets are connected by similar concerns of identity and place.

    Tickets are available in person or by telephone (01962 840440) from the Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office.

    Reading, Performance

    View Winchester Poetry Festival website
  • 26 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Dead Poets Society (PG) at Mansfield Central Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Dead Poets Society (PG) at Mansfield Central Library

    26 Sep 2018

    The chance to revisit the 80s favourite that ignited an interest in the wonder of poetry for many.

    Set in an exclusive boys’ preparatory school in 1959, a newly appointed English teacher uses unconventional techniques to inspire his students to look at poetry with a different perspective. Poetry, he says, is about, ‘sucking marrow from the bones of life.’

    Watch the wonderful Robin Williams at his finest on the library’s big screen, and enjoy poetry from Byron, Frost, Whitman and more.

    £2

    Booking advised

    Please note that this event will take place at Mansfield Central Library, tel: 01623 664 972

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: The Glummer Twins – Taking it Badly at Worksop Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: The Glummer Twins – Taking it Badly at Worksop Library

    27 Sep 2018

    David Harmer and Ray Globe have just turned 60. They’re taking it badly. Come and join the irrepressible Glummer Twins as they celebrate the joys, absurdities and indignities of getting older. Stand-up spoken word from the Beat Generation.

    A delightfully downbeat double-act with a unique take on stand-up spoken word comedy and music.

    Warning: May contain Dad dancing . . .

    For more about The Glummer Twins visit their website.

    £8 / £6

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Please note that this event will take place at Worksop Library, tel: 0115 8044373

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Old Library – Raphael Blake, Ben Norris and Georgina Wilding
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Old Library – Raphael Blake, Ben Norris and Georgina Wilding

    27 Sep 2018

    Inspire presents some exciting spoken word talents, live at The Old Library:

    Raphael Blake is a spoken word poet and visual artist living in Nottingham. he has performed at LOVEBOX and Splendour Festival 2016 with full six-piece live band, and has garnered support from various BBC radio stations and been playlisted on Kemet FM. he is constantly putting together various video releases, shooting music videos and running creative writing and visual media workshops in schools and the community.

    For more on Raphael visit his websiteopens in a new window.

    “Nottingham based spoken word prodigy…” Clash

    Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion and has appeared all over the UK including at Latitude Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also written commissions for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label, among others, and was recently writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd. He is currently developing a new show for the Roundhouse. Ben was born and raised in Nottingham.

    For more on Ben visit his websiteopens in a new window.

    Georgina Wilding is Nottingham born and bred, and the city’s first Young Poet Laureate (2017/18). She has written and performed for radio and TV and has toured her poetry in the UK and Germany. A former member of Mouthy Poets, she is the founding editor of Nottingham publishing house Mud Pressopens in a new window.

    Please note that this event will take place at The Old Library Mansfield, tel: 01623 644 377

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 26 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Poetry Cafe – Jo Bell and Georgina Wilding at Worksop Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Poetry Cafe – Jo Bell and Georgina Wilding at Worksop Library

    26 Sep 2018

    Join us for wonderful words and tasty treats live at the Poetry Café! What better way to enjoy the wit and wisdom of two brilliant poets?

    Poet, writer and performer Jo Bell is a ‘unique force’ in poetry – she was the director of the UK’s National Poetry Day, and the first-ever Canal Laureate. Her poem The Currency of Kindness features on the Nationwide TV adverts.

    Georgina Wilding
    Georgina Wilding is a poet and performer who has appeared on TV, radio and the stage. In 2017, she became UNESCO Nottingham City Literature’s first ever Young Poet Laureate.

    Includes the opportunity for three poets to take to the stage in the open mic.

    £5

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Inspire website
  • 28 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Kei Miller at Southwell Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Kei Miller at Southwell Library

    28 Sep 2018

    Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. His poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) won the Forward Prize Best Poetry Collection. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

    £10 / £8

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Coaching with Cathy Grindrod at Beeston Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Coaching with Cathy Grindrod at Beeston Library

    29 Sep 2018

    Are you writing poetry and in need of advice, guidance or information about developing your work? Cathy Grindrod is an accredited Coach for writers at all levels and is offering hour-long sessions during which you can chat to her about anything and everything to do with your poetry, including how you feel about it, how it fits into your life and how to take it further.

    The sessions do not include detailed feedback on work, but you are welcome to bring 2 of your poems with you to the session if you think it would be useful as an example of your writing. Open to poetry writers at all stages.

    Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published East Midlands writer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and is also an experienced facilitator of poetry reading and writing workshops. She specialises in Writing for Wellbeing and is a writer coach and mentor.

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Jo Bell at West Bridgford Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Jo Bell at West Bridgford Library

    25 Sep 2018

    Jo Bell was born in Sheffield and grew up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District. A winner of the Charles Causley Prize, the Manchester Cathedral Prize and the Saboteur Award, she was the first Canal Laureate for the UK. Her latest book is Kith (Nine Arches Press), other books include 52: Write a Poem a Week and How to be a Poet. She has been commissioned by the National Trust, Canal and River Trust, Stratford Poetry Festival and Glastonbury Festival and has written for Heritage magazine and Country Walking. She is a tutor for The Poetry School, Poetry Society and Arvon Foundation and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and 6 Music Live. Jo was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to poetry in 2015. She will be familiar to audiences as a poet featured in the current Nationwide TV adverts

    £10 / £8

    Booking strongly advised

    Please note that this event will take place at West Bridgford Library, tel: 0115 981 6506

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 26 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: WORD! with Vanessa Kisuule at Beeston Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: WORD! with Vanessa Kisuule at Beeston Library

    26 Sep 2018

    WORD! – the longest running poetry night in the Midlands - returns to Beeston Library for this very special festival edition, featuring the mighty Vanessa Kissule. Hear her read from her latest spellbinding collection, Recipe for Sorcery, along with guest poets.

    To perform on the open mic, email compere and WORD! organiser, Lydia Towsey in advance via secretagentartist@hotmail.com. Some spots will also be available on the night.

    Vanessa Kisuule has won numerous slam titles and featured everywhere from the Southbank Centre, RADA and Radio 4's Woman's Hour to The Guardian, Sky TV and Blue Peter… Lauded by her peers her performance credits include: Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, The British Library and internationally - Vienna, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Bangladesh and New York.

    £7 / £5

    Booking strongly advised

    Age guidance: 16+

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: God Save the Teen at West Bridgford Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: God Save the Teen at West Bridgford Library

    27 Sep 2018

    A troubled teenage son and his aloof single father pick their way through a bitterly indifferent relationship in a funny and moving coming of age show about growing up and getting it wrong. Poet and former youth worker Andrew Graves relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion and working class rebellion. Expect disappearing goths, sadistic PE teachers and a search for the truth and somewhere to belong.

    Whether a teen or not, everyone will relate to this honest and nostalgic prayer to that joyously painful, pimple-faced period in our lives where everything and nothing seems possible; where you can be earnest, awkward, beautiful and ridiculous all at the same time.

    Supported by funding from Arts Council England.

    £8 / £6

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Please note that this event will take place at West Bridgford Library, tel: 0115 981 6506

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: How To Be a Poet with Jo Bell, West Bridgford Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: How To Be a Poet with Jo Bell, West Bridgford Library

    25 Sep 2018

    Referring to her book of the same name, Jo Bell leads a session for poets of any level who are serious about their writing. Through exercises and discussion, this workshop will delve into the challenges and realities of writing poetry, with the aim of helping participants become the best poets they can be.

    For more about Jo Bell visit her website.

    Tickets: £10

    Booking Essential

    Please note that this event takes place at West Bridgford Library, tel: 0115 981 6506

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Getting Into Poetry at Worksop Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Getting Into Poetry at Worksop Library

    25 Sep 2018

    New to poetry? Mystified? Interested, but don’t know where to start? Or already hooked?

    In this Poetry Reading Workshop, we will have fun looking at a range of poems – approaching them in different ways - and will share our responses and experiences. Led by writer Cathy Grindrod.

    Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published East Midlands writer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and is also an experienced facilitator of poetry reading and writing workshops. She specialises in Writing for Wellbeing and is a writer coach and mentor.

    £4

    Booking Essential

    Please note that this event will take place at Worksop Library, tel: 0115 8044373

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Afternoon Tea with Maura Dooley at Southwell Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Afternoon Tea with Maura Dooley at Southwell Library

    29 Sep 2018

    Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (2016). In 2015 she was Poet-in-Residence at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, and her poems from the residency are published as A Quire of Paper. This year she will publish (with Elhum Shakerifa) versions in English of poems by the exiled Iranian writer Azita Ghahreman, Negative of a Group Photograph. She has been short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize twice and received both the Eric Gregory and the Cholmondeley Awards. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

    £10 / £8

    Booking advised.

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.

    Please note that this event will take place at Southwell Library, tel: 01636 812 148

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Translations with Maura Dooley and Special Guests at Beeston Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Translations with Maura Dooley and Special Guests at Beeston Library

    29 Sep 2018

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH NOTTINGHAM POETRY SOCIETY, BEESTON POETS AND FIVE LEAVES BOOKSHOP

    Join us to celebrate international poetry in a reading featuring translated works from original languages including Farsi, Greek, Russian, and Irish. Members of Nottingham Poetry Society and Beeston Poets will share their favourite poetic voices from around the world, and special guest poet Maura Dooley will talk about her experience of translating the work of Iranian refugee Azita Ghahreman , collected in her new book of Ghahreman’s poetry, Negatives of a Group Photograph.

    £5

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Please note that this event will take place at Beeston Library, tel: 0115 925 5168

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Pick-Me-Up at Mansfield Central Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Pick-Me-Up at Mansfield Central Library

    25 Sep 2018

    Always fancied having a go at writing your own poems, or already writing and wanting to do more? In this friendly, supportive workshop led by writer Cathy Grindrod, we will read, write and share poetry, and talk about where you might go with your poetry-writing from here.

    Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published East Midlands writer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and is also an experienced facilitator of poetry reading and writing workshops. She specialises in Writing for Wellbeing and is a writer coach and mentor.

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Cumbria County Council - Neil Curry On Keeping Company With Mrs Woolf
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    Neil Curry On Keeping Company With Mrs Woolf

    27 Sep 2018

    Local Poet and Author Neil Curry reading from his latest collection, 'On Keeping Company With Mrs Woolf'
    An informal evening with a chance for questions, discussion and refreshments.

    Performance, Library

    View Cumbria County Council website
  • 12 Oct 2018 The Willoughby Memorial Trust - Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition 2018
    School events

    Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition 2018

    12 Oct 2018

    A competition open to pupils of Lincolnshire Schools in 4 age groups - Age 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16.
    A poem on the theme of 'CHANGE' or 'a poem of your own choice' Closing date for entries 12 October 2018.

    Prize

    View The Willoughby Memorial Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Luckley House School - Poetry by stealth….
    School events

    Poetry by stealth….

    04 Oct 2018

    Students and teachers will be entering into a competition to secretly use poetry across the day in all their lessons.

    View Luckley House School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poole Libraries - Di Castle poetry reading
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    Di Castle poetry reading

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us and Di to hear some of her humorous reflections on life, love and the changing world we inhabit.

    Event takes place from 2-3
    Refreshments will be provided by Tesco Community Tower Park

    Free, Library

    View Poole Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Springdene residential homes - National Poetry Day at Spring Lane
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    National Poetry Day at Spring Lane

    04 Oct 2018

    We are Springlane residential home in Muswell Hill London N10 3PA.

    We will be hosting a poetry day with readers and music with refreshments.
    Come along and enjoy the poetry on Thursday 4th October 2018.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Springdene residential homes website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Upperthorpe Library - Women’s Voices
    Public events

    Women’s Voices

    04 Oct 2018

    A community event linked to Older Women's Reading Group and a Yemeni Ladies Group.

    Opportunity to read local poetry by local people.

    Free, Library

    View Upperthorpe Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wells Maltings and Ambit Magazine - The Maltings and Ambit celebrate National Poetry Day
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    The Maltings and Ambit celebrate National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Wells-next-the-Sea will celebrate National Poetry Day in style this year. Starting with workshops at Alderman Peel High School lead by Cheryl Moskowitz, followed by Poet in a Boat with Will Burns and finishing with Strictly Speaking when members of the public will be invited to come and recite their favourite poems in front of a panel of judges with cash prizes!

    Performance, Prize, Open mic

    View Wells Maltings and Ambit Magazine website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Hartlepool Borough Libraries - Pass on a Poem
    Public events

    Pass on a Poem

    04 Oct 2018

    Reading group for people who love poetry and would like to share the poems they love with others. people can opt to read a favourite poem or just come along to listen. It is very relaxed and informal - you don't need any previous experience of reading aloud. The only stipulation is your poem must be a published work, and can be written by any poet as long as it is not your own work!

    Library

    View Hartlepool Borough Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Literature Wales - Her 100 Cerdd
    Partner events

    Her 100 Cerdd

    04 Oct 2018

    Literature Wales challenges four poets to compose 100 original Welsh-language poems in just 24 hours, to celebrate National Poetry Day.

    Previous Her 100 Cerdd challenges have been completed with only seconds to spare.

    Free, Prize

    View Literature Wales website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Somervale School - Toby Thompson Performing Poet School Visit
    School events

    Toby Thompson Performing Poet School Visit

    03 Oct 2018

    As part of the Bath Festivals Schools Outreach Programme, Toby Thompson local performing poet, will be attending Somervale School to work with and entertain the KS3 students with his fun and unique poetry show. He'll also be working in poetry writing workshops with groups of students to bring out their poetic potential!

    Performance, Library

    View Somervale School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 A car load of poets - Hull National Poetry Day
    Public events

    Hull National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Local poets and groups working collectively to celebrate the art of spoken word

    Free

    View A car load of poets website
  • 18 Oct 2018 Camden School for Girls - Poetry by Heart finals
    School events

    Poetry by Heart finals

    18 Oct 2018

    Students from Years 7-13 at Camden School for Girls will perform their choice of poem from memory to an audience of peers, staff and parents.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Camden School for Girls website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Malton Poetry Group - Malton Poetry Group
    Public events

    Malton Poetry Group

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry displays and poetry readings by members of Malton poetry group and others.
    Readings will start at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Malton Poetry Group website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Malton Poetry Group - National Poetry Day Norton Library Event
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Norton Library Event

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry displays and poetry readings by members of Malton poetry group and others.
    Readings will start at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

    Performance, Library, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Malton Poetry Group website
  • 04 Oct 2018 South Bank Centre - National Poetry Day Live
    Partner events

    National Poetry Day Live

    04 Oct 2018

    National Poetry Day Live is back for a free evening of poetry in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.

    Join us to hear radical poetry that looks at this year's theme of 'change'.

    Hear the poets that are bringing about shifts in culture and society through their work and inspiring generations of young poets, including Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Lowe, Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial.

    Presented by Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View South Bank Centre website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poetry Swindon - Emergency Poet at Poetry Swindon
    Partner events

    Emergency Poet at Poetry Swindon

    04 Oct 2018

    Emergency Poet

    The UK's best-known mobile poetic first aid service comes to Swindon for the first time, as poet Deborah Alma dispenses poetry prescriptions from her 1970s ambulance. Just turn up!
    Richard Jefferies Museum
    Marlborough Road (corner of Day House Lane) Coate Water Swindon

    Performance, Free

    View Poetry Swindon website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Aisholt Church - Poetry Evening
    Public events

    Poetry Evening

    04 Oct 2018

    A community social evening for all, with readings of poetry, hosted in the ancient All Saints'Church, 'a church in a green romantic chasm', as Coleridge described it, located in the small rural hamlet of Aisholt,Somerset. There will be readings of poems written by local poets as well as historically famous poets associated with the locality with opportunity to discuss and appreciate the works. There will be an attempt to entwine the theme of 'Change' into the poems selected for airing at the event. There will be refreshments of wine, fruit juice, tea coffee and nibbles available.

    Performance

    View Friends of Aisholt Church website

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