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  • 27 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Mythology of the moon: Creative writing with Emily Rose Galvin
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    Mythology of the moon: Creative writing with Emily Rose Galvin

    27 Nov 2019

    Mythology of the Moon: Creative Writing Workshop with Emily Rose Galvin
    Wednesday 27 November | 18:00-19:30

    Emily Rose Galvin, the 2017-2019 Staffordshire Poet Laureate, is an avid writer and performer. A regular participant at various poetry and performance events around the county, Emily celebrates the modern poetry scene. Emily has just been named poet in residence at Lichfield Library

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 28 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Between the Sacred and the Profane: A workshop with Rachel Mann
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    Between the Sacred and the Profane: A workshop with Rachel Mann

    28 Nov 2019

    Between the Sacred and the Profane: A Workshop with Rachel Mann
    Thursday 28 November | 10:30-12:00

    Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian. In this workshop, poet and priest Rachel Mann invites participants to explore the possibilities of writing about the Holy in anxious and questioning times. Participants will have an opportunity to read, reflect on, and make their own written responses to a selection of poems. No previous experience of writing poetry is assumed, but it is hoped that participants come prepared to begin writing new work.

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 28 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - The Word poetry competition prize giving
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    The Word poetry competition prize giving

    28 Nov 2019

    The Word poetry competition winner announcements and prize giving evening.
    Thursday 28 November
    17.15
    Judge and winner announcer is multi award winning poet, broadcaster and writer, Michael Symmons Roberts.

    Prize

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 27 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Reuse, reduce, recycle – creative writing workshop with Emma Purshouse
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    Reuse, reduce, recycle – creative writing workshop with Emma Purshouse

    27 Nov 2019

    Reuse, Reduce, Recycle: Creative Writing Workshop with Emma Purshouse
    Wednesday 27 November | 10:30-12:00

    Emma Purshouse has just been named Wolverhampton's first poet laureate!! She is a freelance writer and performance poet and a poetry slam champion. She will be talking about inspiration and exploring how to find it and use to shape your writing.

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 26 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Let’s talk poetry with Bert Flitcroft
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    Let’s talk poetry with Bert Flitcroft

    26 Nov 2019

    Let’s Talk Poetry
    workshop with Bert Flitcroft
    Tuesday 26 November | 10:30-12:00

    Ex Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft will lead a discussion workshop - no writing involved - for those who like their poetry but may not be confident enough to write themselves. Bert will chat informally about a selection of poems: their starting points, the process of writing, and decisions made along the way to produce (hopefully!) a successful poem.

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 25 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Poetry and pizza – Slam poetry workshop
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    Poetry and pizza – Slam poetry workshop

    25 Nov 2019

    Poetry and Pizza: Slam poetry workshop | FREE (ticketed)
    Monday 25 November | 16:30-18:30

    Are you a budding slam poet? Are you aged 11 - 17 and looking for a place to show off your skills? If so, join Staffordshire Poet Laureate 17-19 Emily Rose, and founder of Poetry for the People Lichfield Phillip Knight, for a session of poetry, performance, and most importantly, pizza! We'll a look at what makes a stand out performance, and give you the chance to take the mic and wow the crowds in a welcoming and beginner-friendly environment.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 28 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts
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    An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts

    28 Nov 2019

    An evening with Michael Symmons Roberts

    Thursday 28th November 2019 | 19:00

    Michael Symmons Roberts is a multi-award-winning poet, writer and broadcaster. His broadcast works include BBC4 verse film ‘Men Who Sleep in Cars‘– described by the Observer as “a work of genius”. He will share his latest work with us.

    Performance

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 27 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann
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    A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann

    27 Nov 2019

    A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann
    Wednesday 27 November | 19:30

    Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties as a result of major illness and will be reading from her latest poetry collection A Kingdom of Love

    Performance

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 01 Jan 1970 Lichfield Cathedral - Poetry by Candlelight
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    Poetry by Candlelight

    01 Jan 1970

    A multi performance events around the Cathedral beginning with a celebration of Evensong. A free-flow experience, where visitors can enjoy a range of performances by alternative artists including live poetry readings. The event will explore the diversity of poetic forms, set to the glow of candlelight.

    FREE | Donations welcomed

    Performance, Free

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 25 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Malcolm Guite – Songs and Sonnets
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    Malcolm Guite – Songs and Sonnets

    25 Nov 2019

    Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite
    Monday 25 November | 19:30

    Malcolm Guite is a poet, singer- songwriter, academic and priest. He is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

    Performance

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 24 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - Benjamin Zephaniah in Lichfield Cathedral
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    Benjamin Zephaniah in Lichfield Cathedral

    24 Nov 2019

    An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah
    Sunday 24 November | 19:00

    Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but has become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. Now he’s back to share a selection of his famous poems and to discuss his autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah.

    Performance

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 24 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - The Word Poetry Festival
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    The Word Poetry Festival

    24 Nov 2019

    Join us at Lichfield Cathedral for our first ever poetry festival. We’ll be celebrating our creativity through the form of the written word, exploring themes of ‘Awe & Wonder’ and ‘Light in our Darkness’.
    Come along to our evening Poetry showcases to hear from some of the most inspiring poets of our day, including Benjamin Zephaniah and Michael Symmons Roberts.
    Learn to hone your craft or explore whether creative writing is for you in a week full of workshops from poets including current Wolverhampton Poet Laureate, Emma Purshouse or Ex Staffordshire Poet Laureate Emily Rose Galvin.
    Whether you are new to poetry or a creative writer already, this poetry festival has something for everyone to find meaning and expression through words.

    Performance

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 05 Oct 2019 The Bard School and Farm Street Church - Tell me Something Beautiful about Truth!
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    Tell me Something Beautiful about Truth!

    05 Oct 2019

    A poetry performance of 45 mins from bard Sarah de Nordwall celebrating all the beautiful things about truth, followed by a time where the audience writes their poetic responses to their favourite poem in the show and after drinks gets to perform them in an open mic! Saturday 5th October!

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Bard School and Farm Street Church website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Penteract Press - Penteract Press Autumn Book Launch Party
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    Penteract Press Autumn Book Launch Party

    04 Oct 2019

    Join us for an evening of poetry and conversation to celebrate the launch of our four newest titles.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Penteract Press website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership - Poems in the wild
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    Poems in the wild

    04 Oct 2019

    Poet Paul Lyalls will run workshops with pupils from St. Michael's and Talavera Junior Schools.

    The children will venture out into the wildest corners of the school grounds and draw inspiration from all they see, smell, hear and touch.

    View Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership website
  • 03 Oct 2019 In The Know - Sexually Transmitted Sadness
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    Sexually Transmitted Sadness

    03 Oct 2019

    An exploration of youth, and all that youth entails, Frozen Grass and Greenhouses is a series of emotive poetry that ponders on what it is to be young. Drawing on various events in her life, Reid has converted the raw and somewhat-difficult emotion into verses which are beautifully aware and highly tangible, exploring the somewhat-symbiotic themes of love and loss, mentality, sexuality, relationships with the people and places around you, and one's sense of self and self-discovery. The book is a journey of intertwined pains and passions, creating a beautiful and real representation of what it is to be young and confused and full of the world.

    Performance, Free

    View In The Know website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Meadowside Primary School - Meadowside’s Poetry Slam!
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    Meadowside’s Poetry Slam!

    04 Oct 2019

    Each class will perform a poem of their choice to the rest of the school! Some of the classes are even writing their own poems to perform!

    Performance

    View Meadowside Primary School website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Medway Libraries - A Date with Dyslexia
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    A Date with Dyslexia

    05 Oct 2019

    An afternoon of talks, poetry performances, a creative writing workshop and you can perform what you've written! Event is open to everyone.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Medway Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Euro-Mediteranean Resources Network - “Poems on Air” at Radio Euro-Mernet
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    “Poems on Air” at Radio Euro-Mernet

    03 Oct 2019

    Presented by Brighton-based charity Euro-Mediterranean Resources Network, the weekly radio show Radio Euro-Mernet will be dedicating the first hour of the show (2pm to 3pm) to National Poetry Day. There will be a briefing about the day and examples of poetry by poets from the UK and from across the world. We will also recite a few lines from poets who will perform at our forthcoming Black History Month special poetry event, 'Black Lines Matter' (8th October, at Jubilee Library in Brighton, 5.30pm to 6.30pm).

    View Euro-Mediteranean Resources Network website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Gillari Books - #RubyTubeDay Poetry
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    #RubyTubeDay Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    **ONLINE** YouTube poetry sharing event, check it out from the comfort of your own home. Poetry shared throughout the day.

    Miss Ruby Heart is a character from the 'Young Ebenezer' books. Children's stories in verse. Think Charles Dickens for kids.

    Find out more on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaol1uLQp-Vg9T2e8b0BmBQ

    Free

    View Gillari Books website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Hartlepool Borough Libraries - Pass on a Poem
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    Pass on a Poem

    03 Oct 2019

    Pass on a Poem is a poetry reading group for anyone who loves poetry. Bring along a poem that you love to read and share with the rest of the group. Your poem can be by any published poet, all we ask is that it is not your own work!

    Free, Library

    View Hartlepool Borough Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Grammar School at Leeds - Poetry Open Mic Session
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    Poetry Open Mic Session

    03 Oct 2019

    This is an open mic session available to all students during lunch time on national poetry day. Students will be reciting/ performing their own and/or published poems. There will also be a station for students to write poetry.

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Grammar School at Leeds website
  • 11 Oct 2019 The Everybody's Reading Festival - Poetry for Pleasure
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    Poetry for Pleasure

    11 Oct 2019

    Those attending will be using copies of The Nation's Favourite Poets, choosing favourites to read out, or have read out for them, and sharing the enjoyment of discussing the poems and the reasons for the choice.
    This is Part of the Everybody's Reading Festival in Leicester.
    It is being held at The Central Library, Bishop Street, Leicester,between 12.30 and 1.30 Age 12+

    Performance, Library

    View The Everybody's Reading Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Martin Harris Centre - Literature Live: Paul Muldoon and Alice Oswals
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    Literature Live: Paul Muldoon and Alice Oswals

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us for a reading by two of the finest English-language poets at work in the world today.

    Paul Muldoon is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, this autumn, Frolic and Detour (Faber).

    Carol Ann Duffy describes Alice Oswals as “the best UK poet now writing, bar none” and her collections include Dart, which won the 2002 T.S. Eliot Prize, Woods etc. (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Hawthornden Prize), Weeds and Wildflowers (Ted Hughes Award), Memorial (Warwick Prize for Writing), and Falling Awake, which won the 2016 Costa Poetry Award and the Griffin Prize for Poetry. Just elected as Oxford Professor of Poetry, Nobody, her latest work, is out this autumn.

    To book please visit https://tinyurl.com/yyt8ckqp or telephone the Martin Harris Centre box office.

    Reading

    View Martin Harris Centre website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Alderman Knight School - Poetry Day and Truth Workshops
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    Poetry Day and Truth Workshops

    03 Oct 2019

    Students will create their own poems on Truth across the school looking at a range of topics varying from dinosaurs to numbers.

    All students aged 4 - 19 will take part in the event throughout the day.

    At breaktime students will listen to and create poetry.

    Teachers will share their favourite poems with their pupils and students.

    Free

    View Alderman Knight School website
  • 10 Oct 2019 Sutton Library - How to love Life (even when it’s a bit rubbish)
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    How to love Life (even when it’s a bit rubbish)

    10 Oct 2019

    Stand up poet and comedian Rachel Sambrooks presents a warm comic take of wellbeing to celebrate Mental Health day.
    Including an opportunity to perform your own work with this friendly evening in Sutton Central Library. Performers and audience members are all welcome, cafe on site.6.30pm

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Sutton Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 New College School - Poetry Slam over lunchtime
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    Poetry Slam over lunchtime

    03 Oct 2019

    Whole school activity where boys can perform a poem in the school library during lunchtime.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View New College School website
  • 06 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Track Record
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Track Record

    06 Oct 2019

    Track Record is a collaboration between contemporary jazz duo Eyebrow and poetry collective The Spoke, inspired by the Severn Beach railway line between inner-city Bristol and the Severn Estuary. This is a route packed with wonderful variety, history and inspiration, passing through landscapes that are by turns urban, suburban, industrial, post-industrial, rural, picturesque, bleak, homespun and spectacular.

    Through image-rich, beautifully-crafted poems, Track Record is a celebration of the communities, stories and environment along this stretch of railway. Performed against the evocative background soundtrack of Eyebrow’s jazzy-minimalist-ambient trumpet and drum sound-textures, and accompanied by stunning photographic projections, this is the perfect event to mark the transition between Sunday afternoon and evening at the #SwanseaFringe.

    The event also marks the Swansea launch of Mulfran Press's limited edition chapbook of poems and photographs and accompanying CD, capturing the Track Record experience to take home with your afterwards.

    Event held at Cinema and Co.

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    THE SPOKE is a Bristol-based collective of poets: Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson, Paul Deaton and Robert Walton. Formed in 2012 to workshop each other’s poems, the group has subsequently been highly successful in organising a series of poetry-&-music events, and has participated in numerous festivals and poetry readings across England and Wales. In the past 18 months, each member of The Spoke has had a full collection of poems published by Seren Books and received critical acclaim. Although they meet and work together so closely, they offer four very different and distinctive poetic voices.

    EYEBROW is Pete Judge (trumpet, electronics) and Paul Wigens (drums, violin). Formed in 2009, they released their fifth album, Strata, in 2017. Eyebrow occupies a unique place in Southwest England’s musical soundscape, somewhere between jazz, minimalism and ambient music. The duo’s music has featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music and Resonance 104.4fm, and previous collaborations include b-side multi-media festival in Dorset, dance company TaikaBox, and visual artist Kathy Hinde.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 06 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | First Collections
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | First Collections

    06 Oct 2019

    On #SwanseaFringe Sunday, we’re excited to showcase four writers from Wales who have recently published their first collections. In the cosy, relaxed atmosphere of Cinema & Co, Jane Fraser, Matthew Haigh, Hanan Issa and João Morais will all read from their keenly-anticipated books of poetry and prose.

    Jane Fraser’s short story collection ‘The South Westerlies’ swells and falls with the tide of her native Gower. Each story conveys an aspect of life on the peninsula, as Jane lets her gaze fall on the downsides of a much-vaunted tourism destination and a place that is too beautiful, perhaps, for its own good.

    In Matthew Haigh’s ‘Death Magazine’, many of the poems confine themselves to the precise aesthetics of magazine columns, and aim to replicate the untrustworthy, hyperbolic stream of media that absorbs our lives every day. This radical work creates a futuristic landscape of human emotion as product – a pink, shattered diamond refracting our chaotic times.

    ‘My Body Can House Two Hearts’ skips across the fragile boundaries of history, culture, relationships, and language, as Hanan Issa explores the transitory balance of belonging by tying threads between different places and ideas not often compared. This is a pamphlet of poems that traverse the poet’s perception of her Welsh and Iraqi heritage, her positioning as a woman of colour, and the nuances of feminist action.

    João Morais's debut collection of stories beats paths through Cardiff, from street food markets and art galleries to the park and the pub. From illegal raves to prison visits, João turns his unflinching beam on the quickened pulse of urban living. Often comic, sometimes tragic, ‘Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster’ details the moments in their characters’ lives when everything changes.

    There's something inspiring about being one of the first to hear the work of a debut author, so if you aren’t already acquainted with these four new voices then be sure to head down to Cinema & Co and experience them first hand. And if you’re already acquainted, then you’ll know this is an event not to miss.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 06 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | All My Dark Daughters
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | All My Dark Daughters

    06 Oct 2019

    At Swansea's Cinema and Co, award-winning poets Natalie Ann Holborow and Mari Ellis Dunning read new work from their collaborative poetry project ‘All My Dark Daughters’, which revisits and retells the stories of various female figures from myth, legend and fairy tales. From Rapunzel pacing her tower fishing for dumb casanovas, to Hecuba mourning the loss of her infant son (a 'despised little omen'), expect an afternoon of myth and magic through the medium of poetry, as Natalie and Mari seek to reclaim these dark daughters and give them real voices.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 06 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Found Poetry & Zine-Making Workshop
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Found Poetry & Zine-Making Workshop

    06 Oct 2019

    Join Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press for a fun, hands-on workshop at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. In this session, Jeremy will introduce the basics of Found poetry and zine making. Using traditional zine methods of cut and paste, and black and white photocopier reproduction, participants will make their own poetry zine. You’ll learn how to collate, fold, bind and reproduce your zine ready to take home.

    Found poetry is created by taking existing texts and refashioning, reordering and presenting them as poems. A zine is a self-published, small-circulation publication. Zines have a long history rooted in DIY cultures and methods of production and are a fast, proactive, cheaper and more democratic alternative to mainstream publishing.

    This two-hour workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to be creative, and all materials are provided. If you have any existing texts you want to use to generate Found poetry, then please bring them along.

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 05 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Milieu: Welcome to Swansea
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Milieu: Welcome to Swansea

    05 Oct 2019

    Milieu’s moving to Swansea! Milieu is a night of literature, spoken word, art, photography and visual concepts, bringing together a collective of writers and artists alike. Held quarterly in Cardiff since 2015, this year Milieu will move to a new permanent home in Swansea. Join the #SwanseaFringe in welcoming Milieu to this ugly, lovely town with this special celebratory spoken word event at Cinema and Co, featuring poets Glyn Edwards, Mab Jones, Rhys Milsom and Bobby Parker.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 05 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Three Poets
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Three Poets

    05 Oct 2019

    To kick off your Saturday evening at the #SwanseaFringe, come to Cinema and Co and listen to three poets making waves in the Welsh literary scene and beyond.

    A past winner of the Welsh Poetry Competition, Rae Howells’ poems often have nature at their heart, exploring the importance of our deep human connection with the natural world. Taylor Edmonds has collaborated with BBC Sesh and the Nescio Ensemble, and writes poetry that comes from a feminist perspective, exploring what it's like to be all kinds of women in today's society. And, last but certainly not least, Costa Prize-winning Jonathan Edwards’ poems are poignant, funny and full of pop culture references, with Marty McFly, Evel Knievel and Sophia Loren all enjoying walk-on parts.

    Expect poems rooted in Wales that open a window to the world.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 05 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Real People, Real Stories
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Real People, Real Stories

    05 Oct 2019

    Every culture around the globe tells stories. Storytelling predates writing, and the ancient practice of sharing stories has long been a means of entertainment, education and cultural preservation. Even in today’s technological age, face-to-face storytelling still has a dramatic effect on people.

    This #SwanseaFringe Saturday, join social arts and wellbeing enterprise PeopleSpeakUp at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, as they present a morning of real people telling real stories. These stories could be autobiographical, fictional or anything in between, but you can guarantee they will be delivered from the heart.

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    PEOPLESPEAKUP is a social arts and wellbeing enterprise based in Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Fach theatre. PSU connects communities through storytelling, spoken word, creative writing and participatory arts, and offer workshops, training, events, volunteering and conversations. Through artistic exploration, the aim to tackle loneliness and isolation, build confidence, and promote health and wellbeing through creative practice. Find out more at peoplespeakup.co.uk

    Performance, Free

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 04 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Live Poets Society
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Live Poets Society

    04 Oct 2019

    If you like radical politics with your poetry, with a dash of rant and revolution thrown in for good measure, then head down to Basekampswansea and kick off your #SwanseaFringe Friday with the Live Poets Society.

    Live Poets perform poetry with a political edge. Gigging across the UK, the group regularly draw large audiences of people – often in triple figures – all eager to listen to and read poetry calling for an end to racism, sexism, homophobia, war and exploitation.

    La lucha continua! No pasaran! One solution, revolution!

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    LIVE POETS SOCIETY are a political poetry group that hosts a regular evening of radical socialist poetry and music in Swansea, and perform as a group elsewhere. They have performed at vigils, protests and on picket lines. Recent gigs have included the 2019 Marxism Festival in London and the ‘No Justice – No Peace’ night at the Llanelli Uprising commemoration.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 04 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Big Book Giveaway
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Big Book Giveaway

    04 Oct 2019

    Following the success of last year, we've teamed up with Swansea University's Cultural Institute to offer you lovely people another Swansea Fringe Big Book Giveaway across this year's festival weekend.

    If you fancy a free book then head down to the following venues and have a browse:

    The Brangwyn Hall (Thursday 3rd only)
    Cinema & Co (Friday 4th–Sunday 6th)
    Three Lamps (Friday 4th–Sunday 6th)

    If you're looking for a catch, there isn't one! All books located on the giveaway table(s) are very kindly provided by the Cultural Institute, and are completely free to take home.

    The only thing to consider is that this is on a first-come-first-served basis, and so when the books are gone, they're gone!

    Happy reading!

    Free

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Swansea Fringe - The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Official Launch Party
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    The Swansea Fringe 2019 | Official Launch Party

    03 Oct 2019

    We have the utmost pleasure of presenting the launch of this year's Swansea Fringe from Swansea's historic Brangwyn Hall. Joining us on the evening will be poets Rosie Buf, Mari Ellis Dunning, Rhian Edwards and Swansea's own Joe Dunthorne.

    There'll also be music and comedy performances, exhibitors, activities and more food and drink than you can feasibly consume in an evening.

    Doors at 18:00.

    £6 ADV/£8 OTD or FREE ADMISSION with any Fringe ticket.

    Under 16yrs free, but should be accompanied by an adult.

    Performance

    View The Swansea Fringe website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Andover Radio - Poets on 95.9FM Andover Radio
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    Poets on 95.9FM Andover Radio

    03 Oct 2019

    National Poetry day 2019 on Andover Radio

    Throughout the day on Thursday, 95.9FM Andover Radio will be broadcasting poetry from new, emerging and established poets.

    Organised by local man Daniel Hooks.

    Poems will be heard every hour from midnight to 7pm from: Dan Hooks, Cathy Hendrick, Marcus Harrowell, SJ Platt, Kevin Ridgeon, Michael Johnson, Cathy Sherlock, Kirsty Norgate, Martin McGregor, Carole Payne and Maisie Lees Sandey

    You can hear the poems again online at www.loveandover.com

    Performance, Free

    View Andover Radio website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bolton Hospice - Hospice Poetry on Social Media
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    Hospice Poetry on Social Media

    03 Oct 2019

    A day sharing examples on social media of poetry inspired by true stories of patients at Bolton Hospice. Creative Therapies is a key part of the wellbeing of patients and poetry is inspired by patient stories, memory boxes and art and craft work produced by patients.

    View Bolton Hospice website
  • 29 Oct 2019 Courtyard Arts - Photography & Poetry
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    Photography & Poetry

    29 Oct 2019

    Showcase exhibition at Hertford Theatre gallery (29th Oct - 23rd Nov) juxtaposing the expressive forms of poetry and photography. Highlighting individual stories and shared concerns with composition, light and language.

    You are warmly invited to submit your poems by 14th Oct - selected works will be wall-mounted and displayed side-by-side with photographic works.

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View Courtyard Arts website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Henrietta Barnett School Library - Truth Lies…
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    Truth Lies…

    03 Oct 2019

    Poetry Competition (open to all), aligned with this year's theme, and performance of the shortlisted ones in the Library.

    Performance, Library, Exhibition

    View Henrietta Barnett School Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Denmark Road High School - Poetry Competition
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    Poetry Competition

    03 Oct 2019

    Students are invited to write a poem on the theme of Truth.

    Library

    View Denmark Road High School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Lister Steps - National Poetry Day with Lister Steps
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    National Poetry Day with Lister Steps

    03 Oct 2019

    We're celebrating National Poetry Day on Thursday 3rd October with three free poetry workshops. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome, even if you've never read or written a poem in your life! Drop into one of our friendly & informal sessions and try something new!

    Free

    View Lister Steps website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Minehead Library - Minehead Library Poetry Reading and Workshop
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    Minehead Library Poetry Reading and Workshop

    03 Oct 2019

    Three types of Change - the theme of this year's National Poetry Day - will be considered: Climate Change, the mining of personal experience for poetry, and translation, with a workshop to follow.

    Poet and teacher Matt Bryden will discuss his own experience as a writer and introduce poems by himself as well as work by Simon Armitage, Ted Hughes and Glyn Maxwell.

    All Welcome from 2pm.

    Library

    View Minehead Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 University of Lincoln - Library Poetry Takeover
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    Library Poetry Takeover

    03 Oct 2019

    A poetry takeover in the library that takes its form through out Short Story Kiosks that for ONE DAY ONLY will just be dispensing poems. The event is happening at our specifically made 'poetry corner' that will allow students the chance to also write their own poems and add them to our poetry line to #shareapoem. We are giving out badges, sweets, chocolate and much more all day for National Poetry Day.

    Free, Library, Prize, Exhibition

    View University of Lincoln website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Downside School - Poetry Karaoke
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    Poetry Karaoke

    03 Oct 2019

    Staff and pupils come with a poem ready to read or that they have learned by heart. They can also select from the poetry books available. Or they take a chance, throw a die to choose and book and then up to 3 dice to choose a page number of a poem to read.

    This is an event for staff and pupils at the school only.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Downside School website
  • 02 Oct 2019 St Aubyn's School - Karl Nova Visit
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    Karl Nova Visit

    02 Oct 2019

    Karl Nova is visiting Senior School pupils to perform poetry and host workshops for budding poets.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View St Aubyn's School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 University of Liverpool Library - Poetry Recital celebrating National Poetry Day
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    Poetry Recital celebrating National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    The University of Liverpool Library is holding a poetry recital in celebration of National Poetry Day.

    When: Thursday 3rd October 12-1pm

    Where: Sydney Jones Library

    Staff and students are encouraged to attend and enjoy a variety of poetry and light refreshments in the relaxed setting of the library.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View University of Liverpool Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Holsworthy Library - A Celebration of Poetry
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    A Celebration of Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us to mark the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day. Poetry readings. Bring & share a poem of your choice. It could be by another poet or one that you have written yourself. Or just come along to listen!

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Holsworthy Library website
  • 31 Oct 2019 Leicestershire Libraries - Share a Poem
    Public events

    Share a Poem

    31 Oct 2019

    Leicestershire Libraries challenges you to write a poem of no more than 15 lines on the theme of 'Truth' by 31st Oct 2019. These will be displayed in the library and one entry per library will be shared on our social media channels.

    Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Leicestershire Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Hendon School - National Poetry Day celebrations
    School events

    National Poetry Day celebrations

    03 Oct 2019

    For National Poetry Day, prize-winning poet Gale Burns will deliver a special assembly and a workshop for year 8 and year 9. There will be also a meet and greet with the poet for all the students in the library during lunch time.

    Library

    View Hendon School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre - Oxford Brookes Hidden Poem
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    Oxford Brookes Hidden Poem

    03 Oct 2019

    Organised by two of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre's Interns, Joanne and Zoe, we'll be hiding poems around the campus! Find them, post photos on Twitter, and win poetry prizes!

    Free, Prize

    View Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Solent Poetry Collective - Solent Poetry Collective
    Public events

    Solent Poetry Collective

    03 Oct 2019

    The group is sponsored by Rethink and we will be performing our poems in Eastleigh Library at 2.30pm .

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Solent Poetry Collective website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Retford Library - The Poetry of Philip Larkin and a Truth themed Poetry Cafe
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    The Poetry of Philip Larkin and a Truth themed Poetry Cafe

    03 Oct 2019

    An afternoon of poetry at Retford Library. Join Library staff in celebration of National Poetry Day.
    We start off with Rob White taking us through a selection of Larkin's poems to give an insight into the great poet. This will be followed by a Poetry Cafe where you can bring along a favourite poem on Truth to share or just listen to others.

    Library

    View Retford Library website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Biddulph Library - Read in Rhyme
    Public events

    Read in Rhyme

    01 Oct 2019

    A family session for pre-school children and their parents/carers. We'll be sharing our favourite rhyming stories and songs and encouraging everyone to join in.

    10.30-11.00

    Free, Library

    View Biddulph Library website
  • 01 Oct 2019 The Platform - The Platform – Open Mic
    Public events

    The Platform – Open Mic

    01 Oct 2019

    A FREE event welcoming poets and musicians at coffee shop 'Meet & Sip' in Bournemouth Triangle.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Platform website
  • 17 Oct 2019 Dorchester Literary Festival - Chrissie Gittins at the Dorchester Literary Festival
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    Chrissie Gittins at the Dorchester Literary Festival

    17 Oct 2019

    Chrissie Gittins will be running though my five children's poetry collections and reading a selection. Then organising a poetry writing activity for the group.

    Performance, Library

    View Dorchester Literary Festival website
  • 28 Sep 2019 Wigtown Book Festival - Chrissie Gittins reading from ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster’
    Public events

    Chrissie Gittins reading from ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster’

    28 Sep 2019

    Reading from her collection 'Adder, Bluebell, Lobster', thinking about nature words, and writing a poem together.

    Performance

    View Wigtown Book Festival website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Renishaw Hall and Gardens - Gardens – Poetry Reading
    Public events

    Gardens – Poetry Reading

    05 Oct 2019

    Locally-based, published poet and former Renishaw Hall volunteer, Ted Fairclough, will read his poem “Edith Sitwell’s Words” as well as some of the written works by the Sitwell Trio, in a special, free poetry recital for visitors.

    Performance

    View Renishaw Hall and Gardens website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Nantwich Library - Nantwich Library
    Public events

    Nantwich Library

    03 Oct 2019

    Bring along one of your favourite poems or one of your own to share at our Poetry Cafe. 2.00 - 3.00pm.

    Refreshments available from £1.50

    Reading, Library

    View Nantwich Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Maidenhead Arts - “Pop-up Poetry”
    Public events

    “Pop-up Poetry”

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day

    Read a poem Share a poem Bring your own
    Readings and opportunties for audience participation

    Library

    View Maidenhead Arts website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Renishaw Hall & Gardens - POETrees Trail
    Public events

    POETrees Trail

    04 Oct 2019

    The historic house in north Derbyshire surrounded by award-winning gardens will host a special POETrees trail around the grounds; guiding visitors throughout the garden to appreciate fine tree specimens in Renishaw’s famous collection, each displaying a poem written by Edith, Osbert or Sacheverell Sitwell.
    Stroll down the Lime Avenue, made famous in one of Sacheverell Sitwell’s poems. Meet Renishaw’s former head gardener via Osbert Sitwell’s poetic portrait: “Mr Hague in the Park” and spend a quiet moment in the Secret Garden - Dame Edith Sitwell’s favourite place in the garden - reading her poem ‘Romance’.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Renishaw Hall & Gardens website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Westray Writers - Westray Writers Tea and Poetry at the Wheeling Steen
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    Westray Writers Tea and Poetry at the Wheeling Steen

    03 Oct 2019

    A reading of poems we've found and want to share as well as of our own poems. In the gallery which belongs to one of our members at the north tip of our island home.

    Free

    View Westray Writers website
  • 08 Oct 2019 Newhaven School - Visit by Poet Sophia Thakur
    School events

    Visit by Poet Sophia Thakur

    08 Oct 2019

    SCHOOL EVENT
    Sophia will meet with Year 10 students to talk about her new book 'Somebody give this heart a pen' and her life as a poet.

    Performance, Library

    View Newhaven School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 St John’s on-the-Hill School - House Poetry Recital Finals
    School events

    House Poetry Recital Finals

    03 Oct 2019

    Whole school poetry event, where pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 perform poems of their choice from memory.

    Performance

    View St John’s on-the-Hill School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum - Oswald the Cat’s challenge
    Public events

    Oswald the Cat’s challenge

    03 Oct 2019

    Oswald, resident cat at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, invites girls and boys to compose poems on the theme of 'Truth' related to items in 'The Smith'.

    Prize, Exhibition

    View The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum website
  • 02 Oct 2019 The Advocacy Project - Healing Words 2019
    Public events

    Healing Words 2019

    02 Oct 2019

    A special exhibition of 600+ poems on the theme of mental health, plus workshops on creativity and wellbeing. There's a lunchtime open mic session on Thursday 3 October. Workshop leaders include rapper and poet Fisky; poet and playwright Cecelia Knapp.

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View The Advocacy Project website
  • 06 Oct 2019 Back Room Poets - Poetry Reading: Truth or truths
    Public events

    Poetry Reading: Truth or truths

    06 Oct 2019

    We are hosting an event at which local poets have been invited to read poems on the National Poetry Day subject of Truth or a truth. There will also be an open mic section and a writing challenge with prompts. Some refreshments available. Entry is free.
    St. Hilda's College has kindly allowed us to use one of their rooms. Doors open at 6pm.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Back Room Poets website
  • 03 Oct 2019 St Aubyn's School - St Aubyn’s School Library Poetry Slam
    School events

    St Aubyn’s School Library Poetry Slam

    03 Oct 2019

    Pupils will be performing poetry in the Library in front of a panel of judges to attempt to win prizes.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize, Open mic

    View St Aubyn's School website
  • 04 Oct 2019 She Grrrowls - She Grrrowls: Feminist Arts Night
    Public events

    She Grrrowls: Feminist Arts Night

    04 Oct 2019

    CARYS HANNAH & MYRIAM SAN MARCO

    For this event, we will also be collaborating with So Just Shop.

    CARYS HANNAH

    Carys Hannah is a Birmingham-based poet, musician, and educator. She has performed extensively both in the UK and internationally, and is the founder and former host of Lyrically Minded, a spoken word event based in Seoul, South Korea.
    T: @caryshannah
    I: @caryshannahpoetry
    F:https://www.facebook.com/caryshannahpoetry/

    MYRIAM SAN MARCO

    Myriam San Marco is a poet, promoter and creative writing facilitator. As the Bournemouth Poet Laureate, Myriam San Marco has been leading a creative writing and development program for local writers with the support of Bournemouth Libraries and continues to support poetic initiatives in local schools.

    F: facebook.com/MyriamWordMaker

    SO JUST SHOP

    So Just Shop is a sustainable lifestyle brand, with a curation of ethically sourced accessories and homeware.

    I: @sojustshopaccessories
    W: www.sojustshop.com

    Important Information:
    FILMING: She Grrrowls aims to record at least one poem per act and takes photos throughout the night, which are then posted on social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. By performing at She Grrrowls, you consent to this, but there is an option to opt out.

    Performance, Open mic

    View She Grrrowls website
  • 08 Oct 2019 Word Makers and Silence Breakers - Wordmakers special #speakyourtruth
    Public events

    Wordmakers special #speakyourtruth

    08 Oct 2019

    Word Makers #speakyourtruth National Poetry Day special

    Headline Guest : BirdSpeed (Hammer&Tongues UK finals champion)

    Support: Sophie Macaroni

    You Ain't My Mum open mic

    Poetry Shenanigans should be expected

    £5 on the door

    Performance, Open mic

    View Word Makers and Silence Breakers website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Berrington Press - These Are My Words – Poetry and Print
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    These Are My Words – Poetry and Print

    05 Oct 2019

    These Are My Words is a creative writing and letterpress printing workshop bringing together the combined talents of Francesca Kay - Poet, Printer and Word Artist, and Sarah Wood Lane - Designer and Letterpress Printer of Berrington Press. Working with poet Francesca you will explore and find words that have meaning for you. They may be inspiring, thoughtful, poignant or funny, but uniquely yours. Using your chosen words you will then work with designer and printer Sarah to give your words expression, beauty and a life of their own. Under her guidance you will have the opportunity to employ traditional letterpress techniques to create your own unique printed postcards to take home.

    View Berrington Press website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Hilaire - Free Poetry Reading at Vibes Cafe
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    Free Poetry Reading at Vibes Cafe

    03 Oct 2019

    Join local poet Hilaire upstairs at Vibes Cafe to celebrate National Poetry Day.
    Hilaire will read a selection of her own and other poems on this year’s theme of ‘Truth’. Bring a poem you’ve written or a favourite poem to share, or simply sit and listen!
    Grab a coffee or juice, and settle in for an informal reading in a relaxed environment. All welcome!

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Hilaire website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Faber and Faber - Faber at 90: A Celebration
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    Faber at 90: A Celebration

    01 Oct 2019

    Join us on 1 October at the Bloomsbury Theatre for a once-in-a-generation event, featuring some of the world’s leading poets whose work has been published by Faber this year.

    Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will perform on stage alongside Rachael Allen, Mary Jean Chan, Julia Copus, Joe Dunthorne, Lavinia Greenlaw, Ilya Kaminsky, Zaffar Kunial, Paul Muldoon, Christopher Reid, Hugo Williams and the 2018 T. S. Eliot Prize winner, Hannah Sullivan. The evening will also feature historic audio recordings from the Faber archive, and offer a rare opportunity to enjoy both established and new voices reading together for this special anniversary celebration.

    Tickets for Members are £15/£12.50 using the code MEMBERS at checkout.

    Reading, Performance, Spectacular

    View Faber and Faber website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Poetry Society - The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt
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    The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt

    03 Oct 2019

    In celebration of National Poetry Day, pianist Annie Yim will perform solo works with recorded voices in a brilliant poetry-inspired concert, featuring her fascinating MusicArt cross-disciplinary collaborations.
    Joining the Guildhall alumna for live dialogues will be the poet Zaffar Kunial – shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2018 – and composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Raymond Yiu.
    Presented in association with Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
    7pm. Free and unticketed.

    Performance, Free

    View The Poetry Society website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Poetry Society - Time Line drop-in workshop
    Partner events

    Time Line drop-in workshop

    03 Oct 2019

    This National Poetry Day join master calligrapher Paul Antonio at a free drop-in session at the Poetry Café, during which he will demonstrate how to interpret lines of poetry into beautiful pages of script. Should you feel inspired, you can join in and create some calligraphy of your own to take home!
    Drop in to the session at any time. Relax before or afterwards with a truth-themed cocktail.
    6.30-8.30pm. Free and unticketed.

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View The Poetry Society website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Poetry Prescribed - Poetry Prescribed: Speaking Truths
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    Poetry Prescribed: Speaking Truths

    05 Oct 2019

    In celebration of National Poetry Day, this months Poetry Prescribed workshop will explore 'Speaking Truths'.

    What exactly does it mean to 'speak your truth'? Why is it important to speak truths to power? How easy is it to face home truths? What happens when the truth is hidden from us? Join us as we delve into a range of spoken word poetry guaranteed to spark discussion and provide you with food for thought, before creating our own poetry.

    We look forward to prescribing you poetry!

    View Poetry Prescribed website
  • 20 Oct 2019 Poet in Residence at Sidcot School - Sidcot School’s National Poetry Day
    School events

    Sidcot School’s National Poetry Day

    20 Oct 2019

    The entire school will be celebrating poetry. We will be writing a poem as a whole school, going from classroom to classroom and asking each class to contribute a line towards the theme of 'Truth'. There will also be impromptu spoken poetry pitching up without warning.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Poet in Residence at Sidcot School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Waterstones Gower Street - National Poetry Day: Sophia Thakur at Gower Records
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    National Poetry Day: Sophia Thakur at Gower Records

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day at Gower Records with an intimate and powerful performance from acclaimed poet Sophia Thakur.

    Sophia’s debut poetry collection Somebody Give This Heart a Pen is filled with earnest poems from a young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. Listen to her stunning performance and hear more about the writing process; how she cut herself off from the outside world in order to understand isolation, and visited young offenders to learn about new perspectives. Sophia wrote this collection to help people “grow through what they go through”, and her sincere narrative voice will resonate with all people, whatever their background and whatever their dreams.

    Thursday 3rd October 18:30

    Tickets are priced £10 / £8 students and Plus cardholders, or £15 including a discounted copy of Somebody Give This Heart a Pen. All tickets include a drink and booking fees.

    Performance

    View Waterstones Gower Street website
  • 05 Oct 2019 National Trust, Dunham Massey - A is for Acorn
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    A is for Acorn

    05 Oct 2019

    Help us to celebrate National Poetry Day by casting your own acrostic spells and creating your own clay acorns inspired by The Lost Words.

    Come along to explore words from ‘The Lost Words ‘ Spell Book and to cast your own acrostic spells at Dunham Massey. Have fun writing poems to hang on our special poetry tree in the Orangery for others to find. Decorate your own clay acorn in the Stables and discover more about words being lost from children's language.

    All materials provided, just bring your imagination. We’ll help you to find the words.

    Free

    View National Trust, Dunham Massey website
  • 18 Oct 2019 Bournemouth Collegiate School - ‘Truth’ Poetry in Performance
    School events

    ‘Truth’ Poetry in Performance

    18 Oct 2019

    Students will create their own 'truth' poems regarding current world events (climate issues, for example) and perform these as part of a poetry slam.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Bournemouth Collegiate School website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Lichfield Library - Pop-Up Poet
    Public events

    Pop-Up Poet

    05 Oct 2019

    Meet Pop-Up Poet Tim Siddall with his vintage typewriter who will write instant, bespoke, hand-typed poems for you to take away.

    View Lichfield Library website
  • 02 Oct 2019 Uttoxeter Library - Read in Rhyme
    Public events

    Read in Rhyme

    02 Oct 2019

    A family session for pre-school children and their parents/carers. We'll be sharing our favourite rhyming stories and songs and encouraging everyone to join in.
    Come and join us 9.30 -10.30.

    Free, Library

    View Uttoxeter Library website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Leek Library - Read in Rhyme
    Public events

    Read in Rhyme

    04 Oct 2019

    A family session for pre-school children and their parents/carers. We'll be sharing our favourite rhyming stories and songs and encouraging everyone to join in.

    Free, Library

    View Leek Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Tor Bridge High - Poetry and Pastries
    School events

    Poetry and Pastries

    03 Oct 2019

    Students and staff will share their favourite poem as well as 'truth' poems during lunchtime on National Poetry Day. They will be able to enjoy poetry with a yummy pastry!

    Performance, Library

    View Tor Bridge High website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Stoke Poges Society - Thomas Gray Monument Tidy Up
    Public events

    Thomas Gray Monument Tidy Up

    03 Oct 2019

    Volunteer Day

    Please help on Thursday 3rd October, 2019 between 10:30 am to 5 pm to tidy up the area around the Gray’s Monument, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4NZ.

    The work will be co-ordinated by Josh Turner, a National Trust Ranger.
    National Trust Volunteers and Members of The Stoke Poges Society will be helping.
    Josh will provide gardening equipment, yet volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment, especially gloves. Cutting back and digging up brambles is often a task!

    Material about Thomas Gray, the famous 18th century poet who wrote, ‘Elegy written in a Country Churchyard’ will be available to read and look at.
    Soft drinks will be provided by The Stoke Poges Society.

    Come for the day or just an hour – all help will be appreciated.

    Harvey Whittam, Chair of The Stoke Poges Society 01753 642873

    Josh Turner, National Trust Ranger (Cliveden) 01628 550325

    Free, Exhibition

    View The Stoke Poges Society website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Filey Library - Workshop & Open Mic
    Public events

    Workshop & Open Mic

    03 Oct 2019

    Workshop 2-4 pm facilitate by Adrienne Silcock. Open mic event 6-7pm.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Filey Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Friends Of Tate Library, Brixton - The Berlin Blues Cabaret
    Public events

    The Berlin Blues Cabaret

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebration in a cabaret style of the poetry of the late Beata Duncan, including her collections Berlin Blues and Breaking Glass, presented by her son poet Stephen Duncan, with performance by celebrated singer and composer Andreas Demetriou and musicians of Beata's poems as cabaret songs.
    Free event on Oct 3 at 7pm, Brixton Library (close to Brixton tube), London SW2 1JQ.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Friends Of Tate Library, Brixton website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Library/English - Truth lies…
    School events

    Truth lies…

    03 Oct 2019

    Poetry Competition (open to all), aligned with this year's theme, and performance of the shortlisted ones in the Library.

    Performance, Library, Exhibition

    View Library/English website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bloomsbury and CLPE - An Evening With AF Harrold
    Public events

    An Evening With AF Harrold

    03 Oct 2019

    Spend National Poetry Day with the fabulous AF Harrold as he launches his new anthology 'Midnight Feasts' in the beautiful Literacy Library at the Centre for Literacy in Education. AF will be joined by Katy Riddell the illustrator of the collection and by Emily Gravett the illustrator of his novel, The Afterwards.

    Free to attend - please email grace.ball@bloomsbury.com if you would like to come along.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Bloomsbury and CLPE website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Blackwell's Bookshop - Mary Jean Chan & Anthony Anaxagorou
    Public events

    Mary Jean Chan & Anthony Anaxagorou

    03 Oct 2019

    Mary Jean Chan and Anthony Anaxagorou will be with us at 5.30pm to read from their Poetry Book Society recommended collections, Fleche and After the Formalities.

    Performance

    View Blackwell's Bookshop website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Alveston CofE Primary School - Alveston’s Poetry Week 2019
    School events

    Alveston’s Poetry Week 2019

    03 Oct 2019

    Whole-school poetry week where children are enjoying listening to, reading, reciting and writing poems.

    View Alveston CofE Primary School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy - Our Poetry Day
    School events

    Our Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Our school will be exploring the theme of 'Truth'. We will be reading, writing drawing images which relate to our 'Truth'.
    During the week, poems will be performed and recited in a whole school assembly, by children and teachers!

    Performance

    View Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy website
  • 03 Oct 2019 St. Oswald's C.E. Primary Burneside - St. Oswald’s School Burneside Poetry Anthology
    School events

    St. Oswald’s School Burneside Poetry Anthology

    03 Oct 2019

    A school anthology of children's and teachers' poetry will be produced and performed in an assembly either on Thursday or Friday.

    Performance

    View St. Oswald's C.E. Primary Burneside website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Elian's La Nucia - Open Mic Poetry Reading
    School events

    Open Mic Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    Students from Elian's La Nucia in Spain will be sharing poems they have written over lunchtime in the library.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Elian's La Nucia website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Literature Works - Poetry, Place and Haiku with Sara-Jane Arbury
    Public events

    Poetry, Place and Haiku with Sara-Jane Arbury

    03 Oct 2019

    We mark National Poetry Day with poet Sara-Jane Arbury, who will introduce and perform a sequence, or renga, of haiku. The haiku were all contributed by members of the public who visited historic locations around the city as part of the recent Exeter Heritage Open Days. As writer-in-residence for Exeter Heritage Open Days, Sara-Jane invited people to write their own haiku inspired by the location and she has put them together as a renga.

    Haiku is a Japanese verse form of three lines and just seventeen syllables. Haiku give a snapshot of life and feeling. As with all poetry, every word counts. Contributors to the Places of Poetry project, who have written poems about places in Devon, are also invited to share their poem(s) at the mic following Sara-Jane’s performance.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Literature Works website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Totnes Bookshop - Chris Waters at Totnes Bookshop
    Public events

    Chris Waters at Totnes Bookshop

    04 Oct 2019

    On Friday 4th October at 7pm, local poet Chris Waters will be launching his new collection 'Dancing Satyr' - free event, all welcome!

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Totnes Bookshop website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Wandsworth Town Library - Poetry Performance at Wandsworth Town Hall
    Public events

    Poetry Performance at Wandsworth Town Hall

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with Tony Maude, a songwriter and poet who combines great stories from literature with music,guitar and occasionally ukulele!

    As part of his Autumn 2019 tour of libraries and theatres, this poetry performance of original works with accompanying illustrations by Monica Brufton and Peter Jones also introduces Kipling, Shakespeare and R. L. Stevenson, among others! Music,songs and poetic riddles will guarantee an entertaining, stimulating and interactive experience for all.

    Performance, Library

    View Wandsworth Town Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Clitheroe Library - Poetry Karaoke
    Public events

    Poetry Karaoke

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with our Poetry Karaoke! Not an event with poets reading, but a chance for customers and friends to get together, read and discuss their favourite poems, and discover some new ones. Perhaps you'd like to share a poem - from memory or from the page? Perhaps you'd like to join in the conversation? Or maybe you'd just like to come along and listen. All are welcome. No expert knowledge required!

    Free, no need to book.

    Free, Library

    View Clitheroe Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 F Live - Fermanagh Arts Festival - Dawn to Dusk 2019 – poems on the hour every hour.
    Public events

    Dawn to Dusk 2019 – poems on the hour every hour.

    03 Oct 2019

    Annual event. Based this year in the Enniskillen Museums complex, a wonderful venue which provides a team of volunteer readers great scope for exploring various themes through poems, e.g. Art of the Troubles, Hearth and Home, Truth, The Maguire bardic poems, Around the Island Town, each linked to exhibitions within the museum and by the lake nearby.
    Beautiful location and a good cafe on site!

    Finishing the day with a light-hearted poetry themed table quiz in the Atrium bar at Blake's

    Performance, Free, Exhibition

    View F Live - Fermanagh Arts Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2019 St. Columba's United Reformed Church - Poems and Prayers Concerning Truth
    Public events

    Poems and Prayers Concerning Truth

    03 Oct 2019

    An open event for anyone wishing to hear or share poems, prayers, and short readings on “Truth”, the theme for National Poetry Day 2019.

    Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. (Henry David Thoureau)
    ‘The truth is out there.’ (The X-Files)
    ‘For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ (Jesus Christ)
    ‘What is truth?’ (Pontius Pilate)

    Free

    View St. Columba's United Reformed Church website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Longfield Academy Darlington - Exploring ‘Truths’
    School events

    Exploring ‘Truths’

    03 Oct 2019

    Whole school event. 950 students. We are writing poems about ‘Truth’ exploring what the word implies, drawing images that relate to poems about ‘Truth’

    View Longfield Academy Darlington website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Greensquare Group Ltd - The Paddocks Speech Choir National Poetry Day
    Public events

    The Paddocks Speech Choir National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    We will be holding various workshops around reading, writing and speaking poetry.
    We will be having a Poet Tree where you can write and hang your poems for everyone to see.
    Come and listen to our Very Own Speech Choir read their original poems.
    Tea, Coffee and Cake is on sale.
    The Paddocks Speech Choir Poetry book will be on sale.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Greensquare Group Ltd website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Live Life Aberdeenshire - Open Poetry Session
    Public events

    Open Poetry Session

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us for an open poetry session at the Brander Library to celebrate National Poetry Day.

    Come listen, share and be inspired by poetry that explores truth…

    In partnership with Huntly Writers

    Time: 18:30-19:30

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Live Life Aberdeenshire website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Cornwall Council Bodmin Library - Cornish Songs and Poems
    Public events

    Cornish Songs and Poems

    03 Oct 2019

    Bodmin Library and The Story Republic are celebrating poetry with a Cornish flavour. A fun and interactive performance for all ages.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Cornwall Council Bodmin Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Apples and Snakes - FORKED Truth: Boat Poets Special
    Public events

    FORKED Truth: Boat Poets Special

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day in style as we welcome three brilliant Boat Poets to share new commissions based on this year’s theme.

    Hear captivating sets from theatre artist and resident writer for Women & the Arts, Sophie Dumont, alongside fellow boat poet Emmie Readman, plus rapper and winner of the Tony Tokunbo Fernandez Poetry Prize, Dauda Ladejobi.

    We’ll also have mesmerising multi-instrumentalist lo-fi music from The Diamond Family Archive.

    in partnership with BoatPoets

    Performance

    View Apples and Snakes website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Rothley Community Library - National Poetry Day
    Public events

    National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Come along with a poem or two, or just come along. We'll be reading the poems we love, some of them might touch on the day's theme: truth.
    Organised by Rothley Community Library and Maxine Linnell.

    Free, Library

    View Rothley Community Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 QEGS - Paul Jenkins visit
    School events

    Paul Jenkins visit

    03 Oct 2019

    A day of poetry with performance poet Paul Jenkins including a lunchtime poetry picnic. These sessions are aimed at Yrs 5, 6, 7 and 8.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View QEGS website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Wycombe Abbey School - Wycombe Abbey School Poetry Slam
    School events

    Wycombe Abbey School Poetry Slam

    03 Oct 2019

    An evening of slam poetry with original poems created by students and staff.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Wycombe Abbey School website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Staffordshire Libraries and Arts - Cannock Library Youth Cafe Poetry Jam
    Public events

    Cannock Library Youth Cafe Poetry Jam

    01 Oct 2019

    Teen group creating poetry to be performed as part of their show in April 2020

    Free, Library

    View Staffordshire Libraries and Arts website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Lightwoods House - Lightwoods House Poetry Workshop
    Public events

    Lightwoods House Poetry Workshop

    03 Oct 2019

    Take time at Lightwoods to write: be inspired by this beautiful house and park. Receive writing guidance by award-wining and much published Poet laureate of Wednesbury Brendan Hawthorne.

    Performance, Free

    View Lightwoods House website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Monmouthshire Libraries - Poetry Karaoke – and cake!
    Public events

    Poetry Karaoke – and cake!

    03 Oct 2019

    Poetry Karaoke - read your favourite poem or just sit back and enjoy

    3pm - 4pm

    Free event

    Everyone welcome

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Monmouthshire Libraries website
  • 02 Oct 2019 Bream Community Library - Poetry Karaoke at Bream Community Library
    Public events

    Poetry Karaoke at Bream Community Library

    02 Oct 2019

    Come to our Poetry Karaoke and celebrate National Poetry Day. Its a chance to get together with others who love poetry. Bring your favourite poems, share them with others and discover new ones. Or read your own!

    Free, Library, Open mic

    View Bream Community Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery - Truth
    Public events

    Truth

    03 Oct 2019

    A Celebration of National Poetry Day with 'Poet in Residence' Jan Noble on Thursday 3rd October 19:00 - 20:30.

    Jan Noble has written and performed his own poetic monologue “My Name is Swan” live in every Swan named pub in London as well as on BBC Radio, with former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and at festivals across Europe. He’s equally comfortable teaching poetry and creative writing with small groups locally or performing in on stage in New York.

    Free

    View The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Lancaster Central Library - Write a Poem Session
    Public events

    Write a Poem Session

    03 Oct 2019

    Come along to write a poem in the afternoon at Lancaster Central Library in the meeting room. Please bring pen and paper. No previous poetry experience required. Free event.

    Free, Library

    View Lancaster Central Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation - The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Keats, Shelley & Byron
    Public events

    The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Keats, Shelley & Byron

    03 Oct 2019

    Great poetry read by great actors - we will be reading from Keat’s Odes to celebrate the bi-centenary, Byron’s ‘Don Juan’ and a selection from Shelley.

    Stars of stage & screen to confirm shortly.

    Performance

    View The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Nottingham City Libraries - ‘Truth or Dare’ Central Library Takeover
    Public events

    ‘Truth or Dare’ Central Library Takeover

    03 Oct 2019

    Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, FUEL and Small Green Shoots bring you ‘Truth or Dare’; a Nottingham Central Library Takeover by and for young people to celebrate National Poetry Day. Come along to the Ground Floor between 6pm and 8pm and enjoy live spoken word, music, poetry slams, artwork and an interactive poetry workshop. Energy, lyricism and truth guaranteed!

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Nottingham City Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Community Links Engagement and Recovery (CLEAR) - Poetry in the Park
    Public events

    Poetry in the Park

    03 Oct 2019

    Set in the beautiful and inspirational surroundings of Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, we have workshops, open mic and poetry performances from professional and amateur poets, promoting poetry as a wellbeing tool.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Community Links Engagement and Recovery (CLEAR) website
  • 03 Oct 2019 King's Lynn Library - For the Love of Poetry
    Public events

    For the Love of Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Reading of loved poems and discussing our favourites. The event will be held in King's Lynn Library, London Road, King's Lynn PE30 5EZ

    12 - 1 pm
    Refreshments available

    Free, Library

    View King's Lynn Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Islington Libraries, North Library - Truth Poetry competion, and Open Mic at the Library
    Public events

    Truth Poetry competion, and Open Mic at the Library

    03 Oct 2019

    Free poetry competition.
    Poets are invited to interpret ‘Truth’ in whatever way you wish:
    Poems will be judged by John Hegley, Saradha Soobrayen and
    Paul Lyalls.

    Open Mic Open to all over-18s, to read a piece of poetry or two. MC'd by Sandra Agard.

    Performance, Free, Library, Prize, Open mic

    View Islington Libraries, North Library website
  • 24 Nov 2019 Lichfield Cathedral - The Word
    Partner events

    The Word

    24 Nov 2019

    Dub, slam and sacred - poetry in all its forms will ring out from Lichfield Cathedral as it hosts its first poetry festival with Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Symmons Roberts, Revd Rachel Mann, Malcolm Guite and Staffordshire poet laureate Emily Rose Galvin and performance poet, Emma Purshouse. Poems by candlelight; pizza and slam, and creative writing workshops....amongst the events

    Nov 24 - 28th.

    Performance, Prize

    View Lichfield Cathedral website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Reader - Workplace Wellbeing: Celebrating National Poetry Day
    Partner events

    Workplace Wellbeing: Celebrating National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019


    The Mansion House, Calderstones Park, L18 3JB

    8 - 9.30am, Thursday 3rd October 2019


    The Reader is hosting a special business breakfast on National Poetry Day to celebrate the power of reading great poetry, aloud, together, in the workplace.


    Shared Reading – weekly groups where great literature is read aloud – brings thousands of people together to connect with others and feel good in communities across the country. Join us at this event for a taster of what it can do for you in the workplace – from building closer relationships with colleagues and learning to give honest feedback, to creating a space to take time out from the busyness of the working day.


    There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the Mansion House – recalled to life after a £5M refurbishment – Liverpool's newest venue for reading, community, cultural events, away days and much more.


    By invitation only. Please email development@thereader.org.uk for enquiries.


    Reading, Exhibition

    View The Reader website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Islington Libraries - Truth competition and Pop-Up Poetry Open Mic
    Public events

    Truth competition and Pop-Up Poetry Open Mic

    03 Oct 2019

    In celebration of National Poetry Day you are invited to enter Islington Libraries poetry competition. Poets are invited to interpret truth in whatever way you wish. Poems will be judged by John Hegley, Saradha Soobrayen and Paul Lyalls. Closing date Monday 23rd September.

    Winners will be announced at the Pop-Up Poetry Open Mic competition at North Library, 6. - 9.30pm on Thursday 3rd October.

    Library, Prize, Open mic

    View Islington Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Great Ayton Discovery Centre - Kathleen Swann – Ripples Beyond the Pool
    Public events

    Kathleen Swann – Ripples Beyond the Pool

    03 Oct 2019

    Join poet Kathleen Swann on National Poetry Day for a poetry workshop including reading, writing and discussion. For more information or to book ring (01642)723268.

    Library

    View Great Ayton Discovery Centre website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The City Chapter, Armagh - The City Chapter Poetry Reading
    Public events

    The City Chapter Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    To celebrate National Poetry Day Armagh City Chapter, in association with The John Hewitt Society and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland presents a Poetry Reading with

    GAIL McCONNELL & NOEL MONAHAN

    at Armagh City Library, 2 Market Street. at 7.3opm.

    Admission Free, Donations to City Chapter welcome.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View The City Chapter, Armagh website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Pop-up Poetry with Anthony Costello, Mary Ann Dearlove and Hannah Stone
    Public events

    Pop-up Poetry with Anthony Costello, Mary Ann Dearlove and Hannah Stone

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us for some poetry performances and be inspired to write your own poems with the prompts provided!

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Sad Poets’ Doorstep Club
    Public events

    Sad Poets’ Doorstep Club

    03 Oct 2019

    We are hosting a special poetry circle focussing on mental health. You are welcome to share your own poetry or short story in a supportive environment or just come and listen

    Free, Library, Open mic

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - National Poetry Day Morning Reading
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Morning Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    If you pop into The Marriott Room at York Explore on National Poetry Day who will you find there? You may be in for a big surprise as we have invited some marvellous poets to pop- up and read their work.

    *STOP PRESS*

    Phil Connolly and Mary Ann Dearlove confirmed

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - The moment that gets you in – Poetry workshop with John Foggin
    Public events

    The moment that gets you in – Poetry workshop with John Foggin

    03 Oct 2019

    A fast moving practical workshop which will focus on memory – of sight, sound, touch and empathy as the basis for re-imagining those moments that are significant, around which a poem can grow.

    Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - National Poetry Day Afternoon Reading
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Afternoon Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    If you pop into The Marriott Room at York Explore on National Poetry Day who will you find there? You may be in for a big surprise as we have invited some marvellous poets to pop- up and read their work.

    *STOP PRESS*
    Laura Potts and John Foggin confirmed

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Remarkable Occurrences: Circumnavigate the World with Captain Cook
    Public events

    Remarkable Occurrences: Circumnavigate the World with Captain Cook

    03 Oct 2019

    Sail with Cook at a reading of Remarkable Occurrences – Patrick Lodge’s third collection of poetry including a sequence celebrating Cook’s first voyage. York musician Judith Haswell provides appropriate musical interventions.

    Performance, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Coffee, Cake & Poetry
    Public events

    Coffee, Cake & Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Join author Pauline Kirk as she talks about writing poetry and reads some of her poems with York settings. The Friends of Bishopthorpe Library will be serving coffee, tea and delicious home-made cakes!

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Short and Sweet
    Public events

    Short and Sweet

    03 Oct 2019

    Poet Tristan Moss will lead this special workshop for National Poetry Day in the lovely surroundings of Rowntree Park. Participants will sample a range of short poems, such as Haikus, Limericks, Epigrams, Tankas, and Cinquains, discuss those they like, and potentially write one themselves.

    Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Lordshill Library - Poetry Bracelets
    Public events

    Poetry Bracelets

    05 Oct 2019

    Come and make a poetry bracelet at Lordshill Library for National Poetry Day. This is a craft activity suitable for children ages 3-11. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Free, Library

    View Lordshill Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Explore York Libraries and Archives - Acomb Explore Pop-up Poetry Cafe
    Public events

    Acomb Explore Pop-up Poetry Cafe

    03 Oct 2019

    Join poets John Gilham, Doreen Gurrey and Yvie Holder for an afternoon of sharing poetry over a cup of tea

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Explore York Libraries and Archives website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Advocacy Project - Healing Words Poetry Open Mic
    Public events

    Healing Words Poetry Open Mic

    03 Oct 2019

    An exciting spoken word open mic event celebrating the power of creativity in mental health recovery. Held at Paternoster square -an amazing outdoor venue - and hosted by the very talented Cecilia Knapp.

    Join us on National Poetry Day to experience performances by emerging spoken word artists, plus have an opportunity to read your own poems (3 minutes per person).

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The Advocacy Project website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Advocacy Project - Healing Words 2019 Exhibition & Workshops
    Public events

    Healing Words 2019 Exhibition & Workshops

    03 Oct 2019

    The Healing Words 2019 Poetry Exhibition and Workshops celebrate the power of creativity in mental health recovery. It showcases the entries of this year’s Healing Word’s poetry competition in a special public exhibition, with over 620 poems from the UK and around the world.
    Alongside the exhibition, The Advocacy Project is running 14 free workshops on creativity and wellbeing. There is a chance for everyone to get involved: from tips for building your confidence, to techniques for getting you writing – and there is even an opportunity to take part in an open mic poetry slam! A talented bunch of workshop leaders will guide the public through 30 minute taster sessions so that they can dip their toe in and learn new skills.
    Take a look at the full workshop programme. Reserve your seat today, and come and join us.

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View The Advocacy Project website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Ink@84 - Poetry launch party: The Women Left Behind
    Public events

    Poetry launch party: The Women Left Behind

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us to celebrate the launch of The Women Left Behind by Imogen Russell Williams, illustrated by Chris Riddell. 'Now and then writer and subject are perfectly matched. This is true of Imogen Russell Williams and her stranded women, drawn from from mythology, drama, as well as adult and children's fiction.' Kevin Crossley-Holland

    6.30 - 8.00pm

    Reading, Free

    View Ink@84 website
  • 03 Oct 2019 All Saints Church - All Saints Session Candlelit Music and Poetry
    Public events

    All Saints Session Candlelit Music and Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Music & Poetry performance hosted by Cheryl Moskowitz and musician/composer Alastair Gavin.

    Special guests poet Richard Price and cellist Ian Burdge.

    £5/free to N9/N18 residents

    Reading, Performance

    View All Saints Church website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Walsall Council - Children’s Poetry Reading
    Public events

    Children’s Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us at the Lichfield Street Hub to celebrate National Poetry Day with a children's poetry reading.

    We will be reading poetry from Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen and more!

    £1 per child

    Performance, Library

    View Walsall Council website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Northumberland Libraries - Cosy Truths A Workshop for National Poetry Day with Jean Laurie
    Public events

    Cosy Truths A Workshop for National Poetry Day with Jean Laurie

    03 Oct 2019

    Jean Laurie from Inline Poets will be leading a poetry workshop exploring real and imagined truths about our family and national heritages at the Northern Poetry Library at Morpeth Chantry.

    Reading, Library

    View Northumberland Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Museum of Walking - Haiku Encounter: In search of Truth
    Public events

    Haiku Encounter: In search of Truth

    03 Oct 2019

    A 90 minute walkshop aimed at adults or children over 12 in discovering how ‘Truth’ is commemorated in the City of London, in which you get to compose and recite haiku - 3 lined short poem usually associated with Japanese culture.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Museum of Walking website
  • 08 Oct 2019 Haddo Arts - Jackie Kay at Haddo Arts Festival
    Public events

    Jackie Kay at Haddo Arts Festival

    08 Oct 2019

    Enjoy an hour in the company of Jackie Kay, The Makar, as she reads some of her poetry and talks about her work with the exuberance that has endeared her to audiences. Jackie's session is preceded by a 20 minutes recital of cello and piano music performed by Ruaraidh Williams and Jermey Coleman of North East Scotland Music School.

    Performance

    View Haddo Arts website
  • 27 Sep 2019 Stockton Library Service - Library Limerick Competition
    Public events

    Library Limerick Competition

    27 Sep 2019

    Have a go at creating a 'Library Limerick' for National Poetry Day and be in with a chance to win a prize and have your limerick immortalised on a plaque to keep forever!
    entries to be submitted to stocktonborough.libraries@stockton.gov.uk

    Closing date 5pm Friday 27th September

    Free, Library, Prize

    View Stockton Library Service website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Pankhurst Centre - National Poetry Day
    Public events

    National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Come and discover Sylvia Pankhurst's poetry in her former home, and the birthplace of the suffragette movement. We'll have a selection of Sylvia's poetry available to read in the Pankhurst parlour and throughout the museum from 10am - 4pm on October 3. Free entry.

    Free

    View The Pankhurst Centre website
  • 24 Sep 2019 NHS - The Zen of Ordinary Things
    School events

    The Zen of Ordinary Things

    24 Sep 2019

    We are holding workshops over three weeks combining the art of Enso and poetry of Haiku at St. Nicholas Hospital Gosforth. Although not open to others to attend, the work created through this recovery college, art and education event will be displayed as part of an exhibition at the hospital and in the future a local museum. The workshops are taking place 10-24th of September.

    View NHS website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bangor Drama Club - Poetry Night at Studio 1A theatre
    Public events

    Poetry Night at Studio 1A theatre

    03 Oct 2019

    Everyone sits in a circle on the stage and in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere we take turns to read a poem or two that we've brought along. Follow this year's theme if possible but all poems and all visitors are welcome. The event is free.

    Reading, Free, Open mic

    View Bangor Drama Club website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Wandsworth Town Library - Tony Maude Poetry Performance
    Public events

    Tony Maude Poetry Performance

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with Tony Maude, a songwriter and poet who combines great stories from literature with music, guitar and occasionally ukulele!

    As part of his Autumn 2019 tour of libraries and theatres, this poetry performance of original works with accompanying illustrations by Monica Brufton and Peter Jones also introduces Kipling, Shakespeare and R. L. Stevenson, among others! Music, songs and poetic riddles will guarantee an entertaining, stimulating and interactive experience for all.

    A unique opportunity to see how music and poetry build their own stage and the audience is, as in Shakespeare's time, drawn into the action.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Wandsworth Town Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Voicebox - National Poetry Day Wrexham
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Wrexham

    03 Oct 2019

    Voicebox will host a 12 hour poetry extravaganza with local showcase, talks and workshops. There will also be a local highlights book stall and community poems. It will be hosted at Ty Pawb, Wrexham.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Voicebox website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Harlington Library - Poetry workshop
    Public events

    Poetry workshop

    03 Oct 2019

    Truth, beauty, love, freedom .... but the greatest of these is Truth!
    Are the muses speaking to you? Come and join our Poetry Workshop with poet Charlotte Baldwin.
    Harlington Library - October 3rd 2.40-3.40

    Free, Library

    View Harlington Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Erdington Hall Primary School - Erdington Hall Primary Poetry Day
    School events

    Erdington Hall Primary Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Our whole school day will focus on poetry, looking at this year's theme of Truth.

    View Erdington Hall Primary School website
  • 08 Oct 2019 Scarborough Writers' Circle - Scarborough Writers tell the truth about life
    Public events

    Scarborough Writers tell the truth about life

    08 Oct 2019

    Members of the Scarborough Writers' Circle and guests get together for a themed evening for National Poetry Day: 'Truth'. Bring a poem you have read that stops you in its tracks, or one that you have written.

    Library

    View Scarborough Writers' Circle website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Dogberry & Finch Books - Poetry Karaoke
    Public events

    Poetry Karaoke

    03 Oct 2019

    This evening you are warmly invited to spend some time in the company of favourite and new friends, sharing favourite and new poems!
    Thursday 3rd October is National Poetry Day with the theme of Truth and is 'open mic' night at Dogberry & Finch. Bring along your favourite poem to read out, or pick one to read from our Poetry Lucky Dip, or if you'd prefer, just sit and listen.

    Free, Open mic

    View Dogberry & Finch Books website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Macclesfield Writing Group - National Poetry Day readings
    Public events

    National Poetry Day readings

    03 Oct 2019

    Members of the Macclesfield Writing Group and members of the public will be reading both poems they have written and those already in the public domain in Macclesfield library. Anybody is welcome to join in.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Macclesfield Writing Group website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Apples and Snakes, Team London Bridge and London Bridge Station - Spoken Word at London Bridge
    Partner events

    Spoken Word at London Bridge

    03 Oct 2019

    Connect with the power of poetry as 10 of the county’s most outstanding spoken word poets perform at London Bridge on 3rd October for National Poetry Day.

    Join us beside the ticket office on the concourse from 4pm-5pm and 6pm-7pm and stop for a moment to witness the power of a single, passionate poetic voice.

    Performance

    View Apples and Snakes, Team London Bridge and London Bridge Station website
  • 26 Sep 2019 Broughton Junior School - Truth Poetry Day
    School events

    Truth Poetry Day

    26 Sep 2019

    Poetry & Music Assembly led by James Carter - Truth poems / Poetry Writing Workshops around the classrooms on the theme of 'Truth/ Big Finale - children reading their poems at the end of the day!

    Performance

    View Broughton Junior School website
  • 12 Oct 2019 Stoke-on-Trent Libraries - Postcard Poems launch
    Public events

    Postcard Poems launch

    12 Oct 2019

    Stoke-on-Trent Libraries is proud to host the launch of Poetry on Loan’s Postcard Poems.

    Poetry on Loan, an organisation which promotes contemporary poetry through libraries in the West Midlands, has commisioned eight poems on the theme of “Anniversary”. The poems are published on illustrated postcards, and will be free to collect from libraries across the city.

    Four of the featured poets – Jane Seabourne, Steve Pottinger, Mandy Ross and Cathy Whittaker - will appear at City Central Library, Hanley, on Saturday 12 October at 11am, to read and perform their work. The event is aimed at adults and is free to attend, although tickets should be booked in advance. It is supported by City Voices Creative Writers’ Group.

    To book tickets, contact City Central Library on 01782 238455, or central.library@stoke.gov.uk

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Stoke-on-Trent Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bristol Libraries - Meet your Bristol City Poet
    Public events

    Meet your Bristol City Poet

    03 Oct 2019

    Vanessa Kisuule is the Bristol City Poet for 2018 - 2020 and on National Poetry Day she is visiting Fishponds library to talk all things poetry, books and stories.

    Come and have a bespoke poem written, get book recommendations, or even tips on your own creative writing.

    People of all ages welcome - it's free and there is no need to book.

    Thursday 3rd October - Fishponds Library during opening hours (11-7pm).

    Free, Library

    View Bristol Libraries website
  • 10 Oct 2019 After Hours - After Hours spoken word and music open mic
    Public events

    After Hours spoken word and music open mic

    10 Oct 2019

    Open mic in a historical theatre.
    Groundlings Theatre.
    In Portsmouth.
    7pm to 9pm.
    All welcome.
    Only £3 fee towards room hire.

    Performance, Open mic

    View After Hours website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Crediton Community Bookshop Ltd. - NPD 2019 with Matt Harvey!
    Public events

    NPD 2019 with Matt Harvey!

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate the 25th National Poetry Day at CCB with Matt Harvey.

    Matt will be performing poems from his book Sit! a book with dogs in – dogs by turns: alert, helpful, disobedient and tuneful. All with largely well-meaning ‘owners’, and all drawn for your pleasure and understanding by Claudia Schmid.

    Matt will somehow be tying this in to the National Poetry Day theme of TRUTH and signing copies of Sit! (ideal as presents for dog-lovers, poetry-lovers, and pretty much anyone else).

    Tickets £5

    Performance

    View Crediton Community Bookshop Ltd. website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust - Poetry readings at the Life Rooms
    Public events

    Poetry readings at the Life Rooms

    03 Oct 2019

    Poetry readings from a range of local people, service-users, carers, staff and members of the the Life Rooms writing groups.

    10.30 am - 12.45 pm at Life Rooms, Walton.

    1 pm - 3 pm at Life Rooms, Bootle.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The 1000 Monkeys - National Poetry Day Open Mic
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Open Mic

    03 Oct 2019

    A local celbration of National Poetry Day with five poets from The 1000 Monkeys reading as features: Heather Moulson, Jeremy Loynes, Ray Pool, Rochelle Parker and Kyle McHale. Hosted by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. An open mic (five minutes each reader) - sign up at the door. Free, with a bar.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The 1000 Monkeys website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Wordsworth Trust - Poetry Party for National Poetry Day
    Public events

    Poetry Party for National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Come and join our Poetry Party and celebrate National Poetry Day at the Wordsworth Trust, with special host Kim Moore.

    The theme for this year is ‘Truth’ and our guest poet will be the fabulous Ruby Robinson. Ruby’s debut collection 'Every Little Sound' was published in 2016 by Pavilion Poetry. Colette Bryce wrote that ‘The most vital poetry is fuelled by truth, even when it may expose us to the source of pain. Ruby Robinson’s poems enact this risk with great skill, reaffirming the power of the art’.

    There will also be an open mic session during the evening – sign up on the door to read your own poems or a favourite poem by someone else that explores the theme of truth.

    Cost: £5

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View The Wordsworth Trust website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Lewisham Libraries - In Poetry, Truth
    Public events

    In Poetry, Truth

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with us! It is a day to enjoy, discover and share poetry and the spoken word.
    All are welcome to an open mic night led by Lewisham Multicultural Writers’ Group. In this session, the theme will be Truth.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Lewisham Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Arts All Over The Palce - Digbeth Poetry Trail
    Public events

    Digbeth Poetry Trail

    03 Oct 2019

    The poetry trail starts at Gibb Street plaza, by the graffiti shop at 11 am on Thursday 3rd October. It ambles around places including the Old Crown pub and ends at The Arches where Arts All Over The Place have a multi arts festival. In the afternoon there's a gathering in the café at The Arches, Adderley Street, with a chance for creative writing led by Jan Watts and Cathy Crossley. All free and all welcome.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Arts All Over The Palce website
  • 03 Oct 2019 CUH - Live Poem Reveal
    Public events

    Live Poem Reveal

    03 Oct 2019

    CUH are going to be unveiling one of the poems taken from the 'Taking Note' project as a permanent fixture on our Art Walk corridor. The poem by one of the poets will be read at the unveiling. The poet whose work we will be celebrating is Kaddy Benyon who is a Cambridge woman who is quite popular in the poetry world.

    Performance, Free

    View CUH website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Renishaw Hall & Gardens - Poetry weekend at Renishaw Hall & Gardens
    Public events

    Poetry weekend at Renishaw Hall & Gardens

    04 Oct 2019

    Poetry trails in the award winning gardens.
    Recitals of the Sitwell's poems and local poets inspired by Renishaw.
    Historic Hall Tours.
    Poems in the Cafe.
    Museum focusing on the life of the Sitwell Trio.

    Reading, Performance

    View Renishaw Hall & Gardens website
  • 07 Sep 2019 Pan Macmillan - Allie Esiri and Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year at the FT Weekend Festival
    Public events

    Allie Esiri and Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year at the FT Weekend Festival

    07 Sep 2019

    Join Allie Esiri with a stellar list of performers reciting from her new anthology of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year.

    Performance

    View Pan Macmillan website
  • 04 Oct 2019 The London Spanish Book & Zine Fair - The London Spanish Book & Zine Fair
    Public events

    The London Spanish Book & Zine Fair

    04 Oct 2019

    The London Spanish Book & Zine Fair presents authors and publishers, showcasing artist’s books, fanzines and related material. Talks, workshops, activities and signings will take place throughout the fair on 4th and 5th OCTOBER.

    The London Spanish Book and Zine Fair is the first fair of its kind in the United Kingdom showcasing books and fanzines in Spanish.

    LSBF aims to generate a place for promotion and recognition of literature written in Spanish (bilingual/English) generating new links between authors, publishers and new audiences in the UK. At the same time it serves as a meeting place of book enthusiasts.

    LSBF is sponsored by OWRI Cross Language Dynamics, The Institute of Modern Languages (School of Advanced Studies – University of London), The European Bookshop and La Tundra Revista

    The event is free but visitors must register in advance. The event will take place at InSpire - the Crypt at St Peter's, Liverpool Grove, London SE17 2HH

    Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View The London Spanish Book & Zine Fair website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Goldstone Books - Poetry Reading with Menna Elfyn and Guests
    Public events

    Poetry Reading with Menna Elfyn and Guests

    03 Oct 2019

    A poetry reading in Goldstone Books Carmarthen with Menna Elfyn, Jeni Williams, Ros Hudis and Guests.

    Tickets £5 -- profits to charity.

    Reading, Performance

    View Goldstone Books website
  • 22 Oct 2019 In The Works - Within Sight
    Public events

    Within Sight

    22 Oct 2019

    A poetry theatre show about disability and the Paralympics at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Written and performed by Ellen Renton, funded by Unlimited and Creative Scotland.

    Performance

    View In The Works website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Wokingham Borough Libraries - National Poetry Day Celebration
    Public events

    National Poetry Day Celebration

    03 Oct 2019

    Members of the Wokingham Library Poetry Group will be reading from their work to celebrate National Poetry Day, with the theme of: The Truth Will Out.
    Free event, not bookable. Refreshments available. Thursday October 3 6.30pm to 7.45pm

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Wokingham Borough Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Nottingham City of Literature - Poetry Funfair
    Partner events

    Poetry Funfair

    03 Oct 2019

    Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and the Poetry Pulse project have joined forces with Nottingham Playhouse and poet Ben Norris to offer a whole evening of festivities to celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 3rd October.

    From 5pm to 6pm, three poets from the Nottingham Creative Writing hub are leading a free writing workshop for writers: Moments of Truth. Then, from 6pm to 8pm, NUCoL present the Poetry Funfair! We celebrate the National Poetry Day theme of truth with a fanfare of funfair activities, including guess-the-weight-of-the-truth, poetry hook-a-duck, a poetry fortune teller, juggler, and ghost train!

    With a chance to see films produced as part of the Midlands3Cities Poetry Pulse project, there’s also the chance to bring a long and film your own poem, as well as adding your words to our collaborative poem to celebrate the occasion. All events are free and suitable for all ages!

    Performance, Free

    View Nottingham City of Literature website
  • 30 Sep 2019 Newcastle Library - Chat and Choose – Celebrating National Poetry Day
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    Chat and Choose – Celebrating National Poetry Day

    30 Sep 2019

    Come along to our Poetry themed chat and choose morning on the 30th Sept at 11am and bring a poem to share over tea and coffee. This will be a lovely way to celebrate National Poetry Day which is on the 3rd October.

    Free, Library

    View Newcastle Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Suffolk Poetry Society - Poetry from the lookout
    Public events

    Poetry from the lookout

    03 Oct 2019

    Members of Suffolk Poetry Society and anyone who wishes to join us will read their poems with the theme of TRUTH from the steps of the South Lookout Aldeburgh beach as guests of Poetry Arts Club.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Suffolk Poetry Society website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Northumberland National Park - Northumbrian Evening for National Poetry Day
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    Northumbrian Evening for National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Day to celebrate National Poetry Day the Northumbrian way.

    Hear original, evocative poetry from the InHouse writers group; enjoy traditional music and song (including the Northumbrian pipes).

    All this and Northumbrian themed nibbles too!

    6.30pm - doors open - Northumbrian nibbles & welcome drink

    7.00pm - Northumbrian pipes

    7.30pm - 8.00pm - InHouse Poetry reading & pipes

    Reading, Performance

    View Northumberland National Park website
  • 03 Oct 2019 John Clare readers - A reading of John Clare on National Poetry day
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    A reading of John Clare on National Poetry day

    03 Oct 2019

    This is our 17th year - a reading of John Clare poetry in Northampton town centre. In the Guildhall courtyard by the statue of John Clare. Guest speakers.

    His story is told then everybody reads on of his poems.

    7pm

    NATIONAL POETRY DAY in Northampton

    Performance, Free

    View John Clare readers website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Living With Integrity sustainability group - Poems in the Kitchen
    Public events

    Poems in the Kitchen

    03 Oct 2019

    For its 7th year, a drop-in to a large Waterbeach family kitchen to share poems we have loved or valued, either published or written by ourselves. All welcome :free refreshments (10am-6pm)- park by Waterbeach Green. Bus-stops nearby.[Only one disabled-parking space outside Roseyard Cottage, Primrose Lane, CB25 9JZ. Use the lane access by the Opticians on CB25 9HW)

    Donations for MSF humanitarian work in Middle East.

    Free, Open mic

    View Living With Integrity sustainability group website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Chippenham Shop Windows - Chippenham shop window
    Public events

    Chippenham shop window

    03 Oct 2019

    Shops in the market town of Chippenham, Wiltshire, will have a poem in their shop window  on National Poetry Day so that it can be read by passing shoppers. Each display will be photographed and shared via the local press. Don't forget you can pick up some great poetry books in the town's charity shops too.

    Free, Exhibition

    View Chippenham Shop Windows website
  • 18 Sep 2019 Reading Zone and LGfL - Reading ZoneLive/NPD filming
    School events

    Reading ZoneLive/NPD filming

    18 Sep 2019

    Poetry performance and Q and A with Michaela Morgan filmed on Sept 18th and distributed to schools for National Poetry Day.

    Performance

    View Reading Zone and LGfL website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Live from Worktown - The Truth about Poetry
    Public events

    The Truth about Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Open mic with 20 pre-booked slots. All readers allowed two poems only, one of which should be about the theme of 'Truth'.

    Thursday 3 October, 3.00-5.00, Bolton Central Library and Museum, BL1 1ST.

    Free.

    Details on LfW website or from LAMS. Slots can be booked via Paul@livefromworktown.org. Readers to provide two/three line biography so we know who we're introducing. Comperes, Dave Morgan and Paul Blackburn from Live from Worktown. All welcome. Anyone turning up who wants to read but hasn't booked will be put on a reserve in case we don't have full 20 readers on the day. Refreshments provided by Bolton LAMS.

     

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Live from Worktown website
  • 08 Oct 2019 Staffordshire Library and Arts Service - Every Object Tells a Story
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    Every Object Tells a Story

    08 Oct 2019

    Come and explore the stories and history of Perton on your doorstep with poet Mal Dewhirst and objects and documents from the Staffordshire County Collections.

    Tuesday 8th October 10:00am – 12:00
    FREE (Refreshments provided)

    Contact Perton Library for more information on 0300 111 8000 or at perton.library@staffordshire.gov.uk

    Free, Library, Exhibition

    View Staffordshire Library and Arts Service website
  • 10 Oct 2019 Staffordshire Library and Arts - Perton Library Teen Poetry Group
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    Perton Library Teen Poetry Group

    10 Oct 2019

    On Thursday 10th October the Perton Library Teen Poetry Group will be looking at 'Truth' in poetry for National Poetry Day.

    Free, just drop-in

    5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Contact us on 0300 111 8000 for more information

    Free, Library

    View Staffordshire Library and Arts website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Codsall Library - Codsall Writers Group hosts Jane Seabouren through Poetry on Loan
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    Codsall Writers Group hosts Jane Seabouren through Poetry on Loan

    01 Oct 2019

    Jane Seabourne, local poet, will be talking to Codsall Writers Group at the weekly meeting.

    Please note: this is a closed event for members of the group only.

    Performance, Library

    View Codsall Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Staffordshire County Council Libraries and Arts - Announcement of Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate
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    Announcement of Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate

    03 Oct 2019

    Announcement of the new Poet Laureates at Stafford Library during an Poetry open mic night

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Staffordshire County Council Libraries and Arts website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Friends of Oundle Library - Saturday Poetry
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    Saturday Poetry

    05 Oct 2019

    Poetry readings at Oundle Library on Saturday, 5 October @ 2.30pm to celebrate National Poetry Day. From favourites to free form verse. Refreshments. Free to attend.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Friends of Oundle Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Elizabeth Gaskell's House - National Poetry Day: Poems In The Period Rooms
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    National Poetry Day: Poems In The Period Rooms

    03 Oct 2019

    There'll be poems on display in the beautifully-restored period rooms of Elizabeth Gaskell's House - the former home of Manchester's most famous novelist.Come along and soak up the poetry in the place where some of English literature's best-loved novels were written.

    Exhibition

    View Elizabeth Gaskell's House website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Walsall Council - Children’s Poetry Reading
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    Children’s Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    We will be having a children's poetry reading at the Lichfield Street Hub Library.

    The session is £1 per child.

    Performance, Library

    View Walsall Council website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Walsall Council - Poetry For Lunch
    Public events

    Poetry For Lunch

    03 Oct 2019

    Poetry for Lunch will be an opportunity for aspiring poets and writers to showcase their work and for poetry lovers to share their favourite poems.

    Tickets are £2 per person. Email ahead for a chance to perform or just book to watch.

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Walsall Council website
  • 03 Oct 2019 University of East Anglia - UEA Live: National Poetry Day
    Public events

    UEA Live: National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    UEA LIVE, in collaboration with The National Centre for Writing, brings you a series of readings showcasing the past, present and future of UEA writing talent. Headline authors are supported by student writers from across the current UEA Creative Writing programmes, as well as faculty and fellows. Books and Drinks available!

    Entrance is free and unticketed.

    The first event of the 2019/20 season will celebrate National Poetry Day 2019 with an all poetry line up including Cat Woodward, Kendel Hippolyte and Andrea Holland.

    Performance, Free

    View University of East Anglia website
  • 02 Oct 2019 University of Glasgow - Come Back To Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies
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    Come Back To Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies

    02 Oct 2019

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme in association with the Scottish Poetry Library are delighted to present this very special event with Professor J. Edward Chamberlin introduced by Colin Herd.

    Come Back To My My Language: Poetry and the West Indies has just been re-published (with a new Afterword) this spring by Peepal Tree Press, 25 years after its first publication in the United States, Canada and Jamaica.

    The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

    Free

    View University of Glasgow website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Wordsworth Trust - Poetry Party with Ruby Robinson
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    Poetry Party with Ruby Robinson

    03 Oct 2019

    Come and join our Poetry Party and celebrate National Poetry Day at the Wordsworth Trust, with special host Kim Moore.

    The theme for this year is ‘Truth’ and our guest poet will be the fabulous Ruby Robinson. Ruby’s debut collection Every Little Sound was published in 2016 by Pavilion Poetry. Colette Bryce wrote that ‘The most vital poetry is fuelled by truth, even when it may expose us to the source of pain. Ruby Robinson’s poems enact this risk with great skill, reaffirming the power of the art’.

    There will also be an open mic session during the evening – sign up on the door to read your own poems or a favourite poem by someone else that explores the theme of truth.
    Cost: £5

    Performance, Open mic

    View The Wordsworth Trust website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Highgrove Gardens - Pam Ayres at Highgrove Gardens
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    Pam Ayres at Highgrove Gardens

    03 Oct 2019

    AN AUDIENCE WITH PAM AYRES

    Thursday 3rd October 2019

    At this special event to celebrate National Poetry Day, you’ll enjoy an Audience with Pam Ayres, savouring either a delicious two-course lunch, or a champagne tea, and a guided tour of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove.

    All guests will receive a signed copy of Pam’s new book ‘Up in the Attic’ which will be published in September 2019.

    Pam’s new book, ‘Up in the Attic’, is her first new collection since 2013. From the horror of playing host in ‘The Dinner Party’, and complaints about tableware in ‘Don’t Put My Dinner on the Slate!’, to the poignant ‘Up in the Attic’, and the sadness of wartime ‘Down the Line’, this new collection will tickle and move guests in equal measure.

    For further information, and to book tickets, go to the Highgrove Gardens website at www.highgrovegardens.com/collections/events.

    Performance

    View Highgrove Gardens website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bradford Libraries - Sue Dyde’s Poetry Pop Up
    Public events

    Sue Dyde’s Poetry Pop Up

    03 Oct 2019

    Zany storyteller and poet Sue Dyde will be performing the picture book Sometimes I Feel Sunny by Gillian Shields and making us laugh with her silly rhymes and poems.

    Sometimes I Feel Sunny by Gillian Shields is a lovely book that explores all the different emotions that young children feel. Celebrating happy times as well as acknowledging 'scratchy, grumpy and yucky days.'

    These events are free and suitable for under fives. Please contact the library for further details.

    1.30pm - 2.30pm

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Bradford Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Otherwise Education - Zaytouna Primary Day of Poetry
    School events

    Zaytouna Primary Day of Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Pupils at Zaytouna Primary School in Derby will be celebrating National Poetry Day with a series of workshops with teachers and with Jonny Walker, a writing teacher and founder of OtherWise Education.

    Children will be interrogating different understandings of truth, and writing expressive poetry from their experiences, in response to the poems of Karl Nova, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Rachel Roony Joseph Coelho and Michael Rosen,

    Performance

    View Otherwise Education website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Defend Our NHS - Defend Our NHS: speaking truth – about health and the NHS
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    Defend Our NHS: speaking truth – about health and the NHS

    03 Oct 2019

    As part of National Poetry Day, and noting the day's theme of 'truth', Defend Our NHS invites you to Birkenhead. You can sit, listen, chat and enjoy a drink. Or - it's an open mic event - you can recite a poem, sing a song, tell us a story. Be creative. Tell us the truth about health and defending OUR NHS. If you want to perform email defendournhswirral@gmail.com with your name and your proposed contribution. DONHS knows the truth. Who wants to hear it?

    Open mic

    View Defend Our NHS website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Church Stretton Library - Home Truths Poetry Workshop
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    Home Truths Poetry Workshop

    03 Oct 2019

    ‘Ordinary people with extraordinary stories’

    A workshop in which you can tell the truth about something that matters to you, or deliver a home truth, or – just possibly – tell a big lie. The workshop will be led by Jean Atkin, National Poetry Day BBC Poet for Shropshire. Jean will also perform the poem commissioned for Shropshire.
    Workshop supported by Arts Alive, part of Creative Conversations.

    Performance, Library

    View Church Stretton Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Nottingham Playhouse - A Quite Enormous Poetry Event
    Partner events

    A Quite Enormous Poetry Event

    03 Oct 2019

    Nottingham Playhouse is the place to be on National Poetry Day.

    Hosted by Ben Norris and featuring performances from a frankly ridiculous line-up including Dizraeli, Liz Berry, Caroline Bird, Vanessa Kisuule, Debris Stevenson, Bohdan Piasecki, Will Harris, Georgina Wilding, Jamie Thrasivoulou and Michael Southan, A Quite Enormous Poetry Event promises to be just that: enormous. And doubtless, very, very good.

    The main stage show is preceded by several hours of poetic amusements and distractions in the shape of The Poetry Funfair, curated by Becky Cullen.

    Reading, Performance, Spectacular

    View Nottingham Playhouse website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Portobello Book Festival - Portobello Book Festival
    Public events

    Portobello Book Festival

    03 Oct 2019

    The Portobello Bookshop hosts prize-winning Edinburgh poet Michael Pederson who will talk about his recent work including his collection Oyster.

    6.30pm-8pm

    All events free but ticketed and available in advance from Portobello Library.

    Reading, Performance, Free, Library

    View Portobello Book Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Newcastle University Library - Off The Shelf
    Public events

    Off The Shelf

    03 Oct 2019

    Teaching Fellow Sue Spencer will be returning to Newcastle University Library to take poetry off the shelf and share some meaningful conversations about the truths that really matter.

    Drop in for a one-to-one chat and she’ll offer a listening ear and a poem to inspire, soothe and comfort you!

    Wednesday 2nd October, 3-5pm - Law Student Common Area, Newcastle Law School

    Thursday 3rd October, 4.40-6.30pm - Walton Library, Newcastle University Medical School

    No appointments necessary.

    Brought to you in conjunction with the Medicine in Literature and Law in Literature Collections.

    Library

    View Newcastle University Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Dove Cottage - Poetry Party for National Poetry Day
    Public events

    Poetry Party for National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    A Poetry Party to celebrate National Poetry Day at the Wordsworth Trust, with special host Kim Moore.

    The theme for this year's National Poetry Day is ‘Truth’ and our guest poet will be the fabulous Ruby Robinson. Ruby’s debut collection Every Little Sound was published in 2016 by Pavilion Poetry. Colette Bryce wrote that ‘The most vital poetry is fuelled by truth, even when it may expose us to the source of pain. Ruby Robinson’s poems enact this risk with great skill, reaffirming the power of the art’.

    There will also be an open mic session during the evening – sign up on the door to read your own poems or a favourite poem by someone else that explores the theme of truth.

    Reading, Performance, Open mic

    View Dove Cottage website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Plymouth Central Library - Poetry Karaoke
    Public events

    Poetry Karaoke

    03 Oct 2019

    Open Mic, an opportunity for people to share their own poems and their favourite poems with each other or, if they prefer, to sit and listen.

    Free, Library, Open mic

    View Plymouth Central Library website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Poole Central Library - Poetry Open Mic
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    Poetry Open Mic

    05 Oct 2019

    Join our Poetry Group in reading your own or your favourite poems.

    10:30 am to 12:00 noon

    This event will be occurring in the main library space, therefore all poems must be family friendly.

    Free, Library, Open mic

    View Poole Central Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Goose Crafthouse - Saying Words at the Goose
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    Saying Words at the Goose

    03 Oct 2019

    It's National Poetry Day, so let's have some words said at us.

    This is Saying Words, an evening of poetry that comes from the mouths of the people who have written those poems.

    FEATURING THESE PEOPLE SAYING WORDS

    Pete Strong - Poet
    Lizzy Coad
    Daniel Parsonage
    Lia Burge Rogers
    Tamara Cornish
    Gary Goodman

    With an end of the night words-being-said from

    Brendan Cleary

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Goose Crafthouse website
  • 03 Oct 2019 West Sussex Libraries - A Celebration of Poetry with Hugh Dunkerley
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    A Celebration of Poetry with Hugh Dunkerley

    03 Oct 2019

    Chichester Library - Thursday 3 October 2019, 7.30pm.

    Celebrate National Poetry Day with award-winning poet Hugh Dunkerley reading from his new collection, 'Kin.'

    Hugh’s accolades include the Eric Gregory and BBC Wildlife Poet Awards.

    Enjoy live music from Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar and share your own poetry in the open mic section of the evening. Readers and listeners are equally welcome.

    Copies of Hugh Dunkerley’s collections will be available to purchase at the event (payment by cash only.)

    Tickets £7.00 each (to include a glass of wine 18+) available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351 / chichester.library@westsussex.gov.uk

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View West Sussex Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Crichton Writers - No Stone Unturned
    Public events

    No Stone Unturned

    03 Oct 2019

    Join the Crichton Writers at Dumfries Museum for a literary evening celebrating the built history of Dumfries, with readings of poetry and prose about the sandstone, structures and sculptures of the town. The art and craft of Dumfries’ architects, builders and stonemasons will be explored in a stunning live set. Refreshments will be served. The Crichton Writers is a group of Dumfries and Galloway writers who meet monthly in Dumfries at the Crichton Campus. Members' work has been prize-winning, widely published and anthologised.
    Entry is free, and all are welcome.
    7pm to 9pm.

    Performance, Free

    View Crichton Writers website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Better Read Books - Open Mic poetry evening
    Public events

    Open Mic poetry evening

    03 Oct 2019

    Open Mic poetry evening open to all to contribute or just to listen on National Poetry Day

    Free, Open mic

    View Better Read Books website
  • 11 Nov 2019 Pan Macmillan - Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year at the National Theatre with Allie Esiri
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    Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year at the National Theatre with Allie Esiri

    11 Nov 2019

    For the fourth year running, and following the success of A Poem for Every Night of the Year, A Poem for Every Day of the Year and Women Poets Through the Ages, Allie Esiri is back with a show based on her latest anthology; Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. Actors who will reading from the anthology will be announced shortly.

    Performance

    View Pan Macmillan website
  • 30 Sep 2019 Pan Macmillan - Poems To Fall In Love With Poetry Event
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    Poems To Fall In Love With Poetry Event

    30 Sep 2019

    Love is in the air as former Children's Laureate, Observer political cartoonist and award-winning writer and illustrator Chris Riddell will be hosting a poetry event to please both the eyes and ears. Accompanied by some very special guests, Chris will guide you on visual journey through a selection of his very favourite classic and modern poems about love, heartbreak and passion from his new poetry anthology, Poems To Fall In Love With.

    Performance

    View Pan Macmillan website
  • 24 Sep 2019 Pan Macmillan - Poems To Fall In Love With Poetry Event
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    Poems To Fall In Love With Poetry Event

    24 Sep 2019

    Beloved illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is coming to Ely to celebrate his beautiful new book. In Poems to Fall in Love With Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This gorgeously illustrated collection celebrates love in all its guises, from silent admiration through passion to tearful resignation. These poems speak of the universal experiences of the heart and are brought to life with Chris’s exquisite, intricate artwork. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses sit alongside the modern to create the ultimate collection.

    We are delighted to welcome Chris to Ely for the first time, and we hope you can join us for this early autumn highlight!

    Performance

    View Pan Macmillan website
  • 23 Sep 2019 Macmillan Children's Books - Poems To Fall In Love With
    Public events

    Poems To Fall In Love With

    23 Sep 2019

    Love is in the air as former Children's Laureate, Observer political cartoonist and award-winning writer and illustrator Chris Riddell will be hosting a poetry event to please both the eyes and ears. Accompanied by some very special guests, Chris will guide you on visual journey through a selection of his very favourite classic and modern poems about love, heartbreak and passion from his new poetry anthology, Poems To Fall In Love With.

    Performance

    View Macmillan Children's Books website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Staffordshire County Council Library and Information Service - Emily Galvin – Poet in Residence at Lichfield Library
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    Emily Galvin – Poet in Residence at Lichfield Library

    03 Oct 2019

    Emily Galvin will officially become the Poet in Residence at Lichfield Library from the 3rd October 2019. Look out for some exciting events to follow!

    Library

    View Staffordshire County Council Library and Information Service website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize - Betjeman Poetry Prize
    Partner events

    Betjeman Poetry Prize

    03 Oct 2019

    The winners of the 2019 Betjeman Prize for Poetry will be announced a special ceremony at St Pancras Station on National Poetry Day, 3 October. This year's competition judges are poets Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon.

    Performance, Prize

    View Betjeman Poetry Prize website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Doncaster Central Library - Books and Beverages
    Public events

    Books and Beverages

    03 Oct 2019

    Listen to a selection of our favourite poems and short stories whilst having refreshments.

    Performance, Library

    View Doncaster Central Library website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Hive - Chapter and Verse Poetry Reading
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    Chapter and Verse Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    Enjoy an evening of live literature from three established and award-winning poets, David Clarke, Ross Cogan and Amanda Bonnick, as they take you on a thought provoking spoken word journey at The Hive.

    David Clarke Winner of the Michael Marks award in 2013, David’s first collection, 'Arc', was published by Nine Arches Press in 2015 and was longlisted for the Polari Prize. 'Scare Stories' was published by V Press in 2017 and was named a Poetry School ‘Book of the Year.’

    Ross Cogan Ross has published three collections: 'Stalin’s Desk' (2005) and 'The Book I Never Wrote' (2012) and 'Bragr' (2018) with Seren. Ross won first place in The Exeter Prize, The Staple Open Poetry Competition, The Frogmore Poetry Prize, The Crabbe Memorial Prize, and The Cannon Poets Sonnet Competition and second prize in the Troubadour International Poetry Competition.

    Amanda Bonnick has co-hosted the Word and Sound open mic event and has performed her poetry at Parole Parlate, SpeakEasy, Licensed to Rhyme, and Stirchley Speaks spoken word events. She recently published her poetry pamphlet 'Pick Your Own'.

    Time: 7pm (starting 7:30pm)

    FREE but booking is essential

    Book tickets here

    Performance, Free, Library

    View The Hive website
  • 28 Sep 2019 Essex Cultural Diversity Project - What is Truth? Daljit Nagra at Chelsmford Library
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    What is Truth? Daljit Nagra at Chelsmford Library

    28 Sep 2019

    Join award-winning poet Daljit Nagra as he delves into the theme for this year’s National Poetry Day: Truth.

    Daljit possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry: through his work, he explores the idealism and reality of multicultural Britain with wit, intelligence and no small sense of mischief. With a political and often challenging edge, and always with a powerful play on language, his poems meditate on a wide range of subjects, from race-relations, aspiration, assimilation and alienation; to heritage, legacy and our shared sense of a national identity.

    This is a free event but booking is required.

    Reading, Performance, Free, Library

    View Essex Cultural Diversity Project website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Balsall Common Library - Library Lates National Poetry Day Celebration
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    Library Lates National Poetry Day Celebration

    03 Oct 2019

    Thursday 3rd October 5.45pm - 7.00pm

    Join us at Balsall Common Library to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day, with readings from students at Heart of England School and a guest performance from Giovanni 'Spoz' Esposito.

    A limited number of open mic slots are available. Please contact the library on 01676 532590 for more information.

    This is a free event supported by Balsall Common Writers and Poetry on Loan.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Balsall Common Library website
  • 27 Sep 2019 BBC Radio Humberside - BBC Contains Strong Language
    BBC Local Radio

    BBC Contains Strong Language

    27 Sep 2019

    Fake tan and body builders, flat caps and old factories, #BBCLocalPoets challenges the outdated clichés and celebrates all that is regionally distinctive about the North.

    Ian McMillan introduces a group of spoken word poets whose work pays homage to the culture, customs and unexpected delights of living in the North of England. Each poet has teamed up with their BBC Local Radio station to create a brand new commission inspired by listeners who love their local area.

    The BBC Local Poets are Jean Atkin, Alice Gretton, Theresa Lola, Molly Naylor, Nairobi Thompson, Timi Amusan, Warda Yassin, Jamie Thrasivolou, Kimwei McCarthy, Harry Gallagher, Jodie Langford, Jane Routh and Liv Torc.

    Free but ticketed.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View BBC Radio Humberside website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Five Leaves Bookshop - Jasmine Gardosi and Rupinder Kaur
    Public events

    Jasmine Gardosi and Rupinder Kaur

    03 Oct 2019

    Jasmine Gardosi is a Birmingham based poet of national and international standing and renown. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and Glastonbury Festival.

    Rupinder Kaur is a Birmingham born Panjabi poet and biomedical science student with a love for South Asian arts. She sees writing and reading poetry as a way to liberate the soul.

    Performance

    View Five Leaves Bookshop website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Staffordshire Libraries - In poetry, truth – celebrating National Poetry Day
    Public events

    In poetry, truth – celebrating National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    An Open Mic evening starting at 7pm featuring local poets including Mel Wardle Woodend, current Staffordshire Poet Laureate Emily Rose Galvin and Staffordshire's Young Poet Laureate Lily Massey, among many others. The new Poet Laureates for Staffordshire will be announced during the evening, along with many poetry contributions. Entrance is free, donations for delicious home made cakes gratefully received!

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Staffordshire Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Wokingham Borough Libraries - The Truth Will Out!
    Public events

    The Truth Will Out!

    03 Oct 2019

    Members of the Wokingham Library Poetry Writing Group read from their work to celebrate National Poetry Day. Light refreshments wil be available

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Wokingham Borough Libraries website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Foyles - Tell Me The Truth About Life: Cerys Matthews and Michael Morpurgo in conversation
    Partner events

    Tell Me The Truth About Life: Cerys Matthews and Michael Morpurgo in conversation

    03 Oct 2019

    Celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day with songwriter, singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews, curator of this year's companion anthology Tell Me the Truth About Life, as she discusses the extraordinary range of the collection with special guest Michael Morpurgo.

    Reading, Performance

    View Foyles website
  • 07 Oct 2019 Appledore Book Festival - Appledore Book Festival
    School events

    Appledore Book Festival

    07 Oct 2019

    National Poetry Day Ambassador Joseph Coelho is appearing on the Appledore Book Festival schools programme.  Schools looking to book can find out more here.

    Reading, Performance

    View Appledore Book Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Somerset Literacy Network - Joseph Coelho at the Somerset Literacy Network Conference
    School events

    Joseph Coelho at the Somerset Literacy Network Conference

    04 Oct 2019

    National Poetry Day Ambassador Joseph Coelho will be sharing poems at the Somerset Literacy Network Conference

    Reading, Performance

    View Somerset Literacy Network website
  • 03 Sep 2019 Barton Muse Poetry Group - Nothing but the Truth
    Public events

    Nothing but the Truth

    03 Sep 2019

    Barton Muse has around attenders in Barton upon Humber. We meet monthly and encourage others to join in with an informal Open Mic. Attenders have written on the theme of Truth and these have been collected in the form of an anthology to be published on National Poetry Day. We hope to launch the booklet locally.

    Performance

    View Barton Muse Poetry Group website
  • 12 Oct 2019 Little Ripon Bookshop - The Third Ripon Poetry Festival
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    The Third Ripon Poetry Festival

    12 Oct 2019

    Sue Hardy Dawson Performance from Where Zebras Go and Apes to Zebras in the Ripon Library. Free 12th October

    lots of events with different poets 10th to 13th October

    Performance, Library

    View Little Ripon Bookshop website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Ibstock Place School - Poetry Reading
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    Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    On National Poetry Day 2019, our shortlisted Year 7-Year 9 pupils at Ibstock Place School, London, will perform the poems they have written about this year's NPD theme. Teachers will select a winner who will receive a ticket to hear Simon Armitage speak at Wimbledon BookFest.

    Performance

    View Ibstock Place School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bute House - Rachel Rooney at Bute House
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    Rachel Rooney at Bute House

    03 Oct 2019

    National Poetry Day ambassador and award-winning poet Rachel Rooney is visiting Bute House Preparatory School to celebrate National Poetry Day.

    View Bute House website
  • 26 Sep 2019 Manchester Writing School - Forward Prizes for Poetry: Northern Preview
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    Forward Prizes for Poetry: Northern Preview

    26 Sep 2019

    In this unique event, jointly supported by Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met, and Forward Arts Foundation, we’ll whet your appetite for the Forward Prizes Ceremony by hearing from the poets shortlisted for the Best Collection Prize. Join us to celebrate the very best in this year’s poetry and hear what the poets have to say about their work, and the shortlist they’ve found themselves on. Featuring Fiona Benson, Niall Campbell, Ilya Kaminsky, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Helen Tookey.

    Book your free tickets on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forward-prizes-for-poetry-northern-preview-tickets-69025516177

    Reading, Performance

    View Manchester Writing School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Cellar Arts Club - A Literation
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    A Literation

    03 Oct 2019

    A Literation - Poetry, Prose and Performance
    Thursday 3rd October 7:30pm to 11:30pm

    Cellar Arts Club Worthing, bring you an evening of original Poetry, Prose and Performance.

    Performance

    View Cellar Arts Club website
  • 03 Oct 2019 the Sugar Club - Stephen James Smith live with special guest Tony Walsh
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    Stephen James Smith live with special guest Tony Walsh

    03 Oct 2019

    Dublin poet Stephen James Smith live with special guest Tony Walsh.

     

    Reading, Performance

    View the Sugar Club website
  • 02 Oct 2019 The Black Box - The Black Box presents Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh
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    The Black Box presents Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh

    02 Oct 2019

    The Black Box is delighted to present Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh

    Reading, Performance

    View The Black Box website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Seamus Heaney HomePlace - Stephen James Smith with special guest Tony Walsh
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    Stephen James Smith with special guest Tony Walsh

    01 Oct 2019

    Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. For this special reading at HomePlace he'll be joined by Manchester poet Tony Walsh.

    Reading, Performance

    View Seamus Heaney HomePlace website
  • 08 Sep 2019 Penzance Poetry Parlour - Penzance Poetry Parlour
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    Penzance Poetry Parlour

    08 Sep 2019

    Penzance Poetry Parlour is back with poets Ann Gray and Sarah Cave, plus cava and popcorn. The event is hosted by Katrina Naomi.

    Reading, Performance

    View Penzance Poetry Parlour website
  • 11 Sep 2019 Katrina Naomi - Reading and open mic: Katrina Naomi at the Admiral Benbow
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    Reading and open mic: Katrina Naomi at the Admiral Benbow

    11 Sep 2019

    Poet Katrina Naomi will be reading at the Admiral Benbow pub with Sue Johns. Plus open mic.

    Reading, Open mic

    View Katrina Naomi website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Town Close School - An Evening of Poetry and Music
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    An Evening of Poetry and Music

    03 Oct 2019

    Children will recite favourite poems and read their own poems - ballads, spoken word and monologues - with musical interludes under the theme of truth. Town Close School., Norwich

    Performance, Free

    View Town Close School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Rabbit Hole - Celebrate Local Poetry
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    Celebrate Local Poetry

    03 Oct 2019

    Details to follow. A number of local poets will be visiting the Rabbit Hole throughout the day.
    Times to be confirmed.

    Performance, Free, Prize, Exhibition

    View The Rabbit Hole website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Soulful Group - National Poetry Day 2019
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    National Poetry Day 2019

    03 Oct 2019

    The Soulful Group is an emerging social enterprise based in Leicester with an international footprint. We are hosting a COMPLIMENTARY gathering which promises to be intimate, supportive and relaxed in honour of NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2019 ! Join in the fun and bring an existing poem or original work to share with us on the day. Email us hello@soulfulgroup to reserve a 5 minute open mic slot.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Soulful Group website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Alsop High Secondary School - Our Truth @Alsop
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    Our Truth @Alsop

    03 Oct 2019

    Open Mic Lunchtime Library

    All Day: Poetry Event with poets
    1. Hilary Walker
    2. Phil McNulty

    Student performance throughout the day with visiting poets.

    Performance, Free, Library, Open mic

    View Alsop High Secondary School website
  • 20 Sep 2019 Oundle Festival of Literature - Charles Bennett: Cloud River
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    Charles Bennett: Cloud River

    20 Sep 2019

    Charles Bennett is the Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Northampton. His latest book Cloud River is a book of lyrical landscape poetry set in the Cambridgeshire Fens. The startling originality of the book stems from its mission to revise and overturn the impression of a flat, dull and featureless Fens. A light supper is included at our wonderfully atmospheric venue.

    Venue: The Old Barn, Mill Lane, Wadenhoe PE8 5XD
    Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm
    Tickets £10 available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

    Performance

    View Oundle Festival of Literature website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Parish of Central Exeter - Poetry & Prayer
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    Poetry & Prayer

    03 Oct 2019

    A poetry-writing workshop grounded in the truths we find in prayer and inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem, ‘Praying’. Designed for people new to writing poetry but also suitable for more experienced poets seeking writing time and inspiration. The day will start and end with a 10-minute service of worship but you don’t have to be a Christian to come. It is being run by Helen Evans on behalf of the Parish of Central Exeter. There are seven spaces available.

    View Parish of Central Exeter website
  • 08 Sep 2019 The Advocacy Project - Healing Words Poetry Competition
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    Healing Words Poetry Competition

    08 Sep 2019

    Have you experienced mental health problems, or are you a family member or friend of someone who has?

    We’re inviting you to enter our poetry competition, Healing Words, which is back for its second year.

    Creativity is known to help people express themselves during the darkest days of their mental illness and throughout their recovery. It helps support self-understanding of mental health conditions.

    We want to celebrate the recovery journey by sharing this creativity with a wider audience to help improve understanding, tolerance and respect of mental health problems.

    You can write, record or film your poem (we know some people prefer to record the spoken word or film their entry instead of writing it down). Your poem should be a maximum of 25 lines and only one entry per person.

    The closing date is Sunday 8 September 2019, 5pm.

    Free

    View The Advocacy Project website
  • 02 Oct 2019 BBC - BBC Scotland Authors Live
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    BBC Scotland Authors Live

    02 Oct 2019

    Ahead of National Poetry Day, Gray Crosbie speaks to Dean Atta and Rachel Plummer about LGBTQ identities in poetry. (For S1-S6 pupils).

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View BBC website
  • 26 Sep 2019 British Library - Banned Book Weeks: Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature
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    Banned Book Weeks: Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

    26 Sep 2019

    As part of Banned Book Week 2019, we explore the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature with a panel of authors and experts. What are the invisible barriers to expression and publication? And how do editors, publishers, teachers, librarians, parents or even authors contribute to unofficial censorship around LGBTQ+ issues?

    Featuring Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series and Polari-shortlisted poet Dean Atta.

    Reading, Performance, Library

    View British Library website
  • 27 Sep 2019 Sydenham Arts - Sydenham Arts: Dean Atta
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    Sydenham Arts: Dean Atta

    27 Sep 2019

    Performance, Q&A plus book signing

    Reading, Performance

    View Sydenham Arts website
  • 14 Sep 2019 The Roundhouse - What Words Are Ours
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    What Words Are Ours

    14 Sep 2019

    A tongue-twisting, thigh-slapping, tear-jerking poetry-cabaret show.  This sell-out, text-based variety show features a kaleidoscope of performances, from comedians, cabaret artists, visual vernacular performers, to rising stars of the spoken word scene.

    Performance, Spectacular

    View The Roundhouse website
  • 13 Sep 2019 The Coast is Clear - Coast Is Queer Festival, Dean Atta & Niven Govinden In Conversation
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    Coast Is Queer Festival, Dean Atta & Niven Govinden In Conversation

    13 Sep 2019

    Join writers Dean Atta and Niven Govinden for a conversation about their new books, which, in different ways, are both about standing up in pursuit of the truth – your own personal truths, or the buried facts surrounding the persecution of your community.

    Reading, Performance

    View The Coast is Clear website
  • 15 Aug 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival - Edinburgh International Book Festival, Speaking Up: Dean Atta & Elizabeth Acevedo
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    Edinburgh International Book Festival, Speaking Up: Dean Atta & Elizabeth Acevedo

    15 Aug 2019

    Two powerful verse novels about identity and self-acceptance are unlocked by National Slam Poetry Champion Elizabeth Acevedo and BBC Young Writers’ Award judge Dean Atta.Get ready to learn the secrets to finding your voice.

    Reading

    View Edinburgh International Book Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2019 National Trust - National Trust Poetry Reading
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    National Trust Poetry Reading

    03 Oct 2019

    A poetry reading to raise funds for the National Trust. Come to The George Inn in Southwark at 6pm on National Poetry Day to listen to poems from some of the nation's best-loved poets. Opportunity will also be given to recite or listen to one of your favourite poems in exchange for a donation.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View National Trust website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Defend Our NHS - Poetry to Defend Our NHS
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    Poetry to Defend Our NHS

    03 Oct 2019

    Wirral campaign group Defend Our NHS hopes that people who share our concerns that the NHS is being 'slashed, trashed and privatised' will join us to add a poetic voice to our more usual campaign strategies. The event depends on YOU!

    Free, Open mic

    View Defend Our NHS website
  • 05 Nov 2019 OtherWise Education - New Forest Poetry Retreat
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    New Forest Poetry Retreat

    05 Nov 2019

    This November, schools in the New Vision Trust family will be taking part in a Poetry Retreat in the New Forest, led by Jonny Walker and Adisa the Verbaliser. Through wandering around in nature and reflecting on our East London lives, we will interrogate and write on the theme of truth(s), before sharing our work in an anthology and recital in December.

    Participating Schools: Elmhurst, Nelson, Vicarage, Gallions

    Performance

    View OtherWise Education website
  • 06 Oct 2019 Shoreham Wordfest - Simon Armitage – Reading from Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic
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    Simon Armitage – Reading from Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic

    06 Oct 2019

    Simon Armitage will read from his latest collection of poetry, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, along with others from his varied career as a musician, poet and playwright.

    Reading

    View Shoreham Wordfest website
  • 02 Oct 2019 Williamson Art Gallery - First Thursday Presents Simon Armitage
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    First Thursday Presents Simon Armitage

    02 Oct 2019

    First Thursday presents Simon Armitage for an evening of poetry

    Performance

    View Williamson Art Gallery website
  • 16 Oct 2019 King's Place - Poet in the City presents The Black Flamingo Cabaret
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    Poet in the City presents The Black Flamingo Cabaret

    16 Oct 2019

    Dust down your feathers for a night at The Black Flamingo Cabaret, a sumptuous display of wordplay and gender-defying drag featuring black and queer performers. Hosted by poet and drag queen Dean Atta as The Black Flamingo, the evening will feature a collection of spectacular artists subverting gender through spoken word and poetry. The evening’s line-up will include performance artist, poet and LGBTQ+ activist Travis Alabanza and Sea the Poet, an artist whose work aims to empower marginalised people, whilst dismantling oppression. Prepare for a night of spellbinding cabaret you won’t want to miss!

    Performance, Spectacular

    View King's Place website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Birmingham Literature Festival - Birmingham Literature Festival
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    Birmingham Literature Festival

    03 Oct 2019

    Sue Brown, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Jessica Mookherjee, Jacqueline Saphra, and Julia Webb at Birmingham Literature Festival.

    On National Poetry Day, Birmingham Literature Festival will gather some of the most exciting female poets working in the UK today, for a special performance of their latest collections. Five poets, each with a different story to share about place, relationships, activism, feminism, faith, love and womanhood.

    Just one of the highlights on a packed programme.

    Reading, Performance, Spectacular

    View Birmingham Literature Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Ilkley Literature Festival - Ilkley Literature Festival with Simon Armitage
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    Ilkley Literature Festival with Simon Armitage

    04 Oct 2019

    Simon Armitage Poet Laureate will be opening the 2019 Ilkley Literature Festival with a reading of poems from his new collection, Sandettie Light Vassel Automatic, at the King’s Hall on the evening of Friday 4 October.

    The full Festival programme will be announced on 14 August.

    Tickets go on general sale on 27 August but Festival Friends will be able to book from 19 August.

    Reading, Performance

    View Ilkley Literature Festival website
  • 20 Sep 2019 Settle Sessions - Settle Sessions: competition, results and readings
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    Settle Sessions: competition, results and readings

    20 Sep 2019

    BBC Local Poet Jane Routh will announce the winning poems of the 2019 Settle Sessions Poetry Competition which she has adjudicated, followed by readings from Jane and from Lancaster poet and publisher Mike Barlow.

    7.30 pm
    Friends Meeting House

    Tickets £6

    Performance, Prize

    View Settle Sessions website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Suffolk Poetry Society - Poetry at South Outlook Tower
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    Poetry at South Outlook Tower

    03 Oct 2019

    Suffolk Poetry Society members will meet a 12:30 at South Outlook Tower on Aldeburgh beach under the kind auspices of Caroline Wiseman. Poems will be read from the spiral staircase and we will be joined by passersby and the seagulls.

    Performance

    View Suffolk Poetry Society website
  • 04 Oct 2019 BLACK HORSE POETS - BHP PRESENTS SOUNDING OFF
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    BHP PRESENTS SOUNDING OFF

    04 Oct 2019

    Celebrating 25 Years of National Poetry. BLACK HORSE POETS & FRIENDS & MUSICIANS present an evening of Poetry & Music. This combined Charity Event is on FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER at the RED SHED WAKEFIELD 7 pm to 10.30PM

    Tickets are £5 on EVENTBRITE All money raised going to local women’s & men’s mental & physical health local charities. Our Theme is TRUTH ABOUT MEN & WOMEN, poems about relationships of all kinds.

    Performance

    View BLACK HORSE POETS website
  • 24 Oct 2019 Tate Britain - The Poetry of London
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    The Poetry of London

    24 Oct 2019

    Join artists and poets exploring how London inspires them.

    Born in Soho, William Blake delved into the bright and dark sides of London throughout his life. This special panel discussion brings together contemporary artists and poets to consider how Blake’s vision of London has inspired their own work, and how they imagine the city today. Contributors include the poet Chris McCabe and poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer.

    Reading, Performance, Exhibition

    View Tate Britain website
  • 20 Sep 2019 Tears in the Fence - Tears in the Fence festival
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    Tears in the Fence festival

    20 Sep 2019

    This year’s Tears in the Fence Festival runs 20th to 22nd September 2019 on the theme of ‘Transitions’ at the Stourpaine Village Hall.

    This will be another stimulating and inspiring weekend with a strong sense of community and engagement where everyone has an opportunity to read and speak on what matters to them. Poets taking part include Alison Winch, Simon Collings, National Poetry Day ambassador Sophie Herxheimer and many more.

    Festival Weekend tickets are £35
    Festival Friday tickets are £15
    Festival Saturday tickets are £25
    Festival Sunday tickets are £15

    Reading, Performance, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Tears in the Fence website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Ripon Poetry Festival - Ripon Poetry Festival market stall
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    Ripon Poetry Festival market stall

    03 Oct 2019

    Just a week ahead of the start of Ripon Poetry Festival, we'll have a stall on Ripon market - encouraging people to talk to us about poetry (including their own), ask us about the festival, and get tickets for events.

    Exhibition

    View Ripon Poetry Festival website
  • 10 Oct 2019 Ripon Poetry Festival - Ripon Poetry Festival
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    Ripon Poetry Festival

    10 Oct 2019

    A bumper weekend of pop-up poetry, poetry readings, poetry-inspired art, performances, workshops, book launches, poetry with wine and cheese, open mics and more. Over four days, the festival offers something for everyone of all ages: poetry-lovers, poetry-writers and even the doubtful explorer. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Performance, Free, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Ripon Poetry Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Poetry Pharmacy - Poetry Pharmacy: Grand Opening
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    Poetry Pharmacy: Grand Opening

    03 Oct 2019

    You are cordially invited to a special preview event & opening of the Poetry Pharmacy for National Poetry Day.

    From 4 to 7pm with a poetry reading at 6. There will be sherbets, sodas, seltzers & poetry potions for your refreshment.

    Please bring along a single poem to read for the occasion.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Poetry Pharmacy website
  • 19 Oct 2019 Southbank Centre - Poems from the Edge of Extinction
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    Poems from the Edge of Extinction

    19 Oct 2019

    The launch of a groundbreaking anthology of poetry from around the world written in endangered languages.

    Edited by National Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe, Poems from the Edge of Extinction brings together poets from each continent to highlight the pressures their languages are placed under and to celebrate their work as poets and activists. The anthology brings together some of the most dynamic and engaging poets at work around the world today whose languages are under threat for reasons as diverse as political upheaval, climate breakdown, genocide, war and the enduring impact of colonialism.

    Reading, Performance

    View Southbank Centre website
  • 26 Sep 2019 Booka Bookshop - Booka Bookshop presents An Evening with Gyles Brandreth
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    Booka Bookshop presents An Evening with Gyles Brandreth

    26 Sep 2019

    Gyles Brandreth – raconteur, former MP, One Show reporter, Just A Minute star, and author of the best-selling word-lover’s companion, Have you eaten Grandma? – has a passion for poetry. His brilliant new book – Dancing by the Light of the Moon – is both a celebration of the best-loved poems in the English language and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. With the secrets of how to improve your memory (whatever your age) and poetry that’s by turns funny, sad, and moving, Dancing by the Light of the Moon is a book designed to lift your spirits and change your life.

    Reading, Performance

    View Booka Bookshop website
  • 05 Sep 2019 Topping and Company Booksellers - An Evening with Gyles Brandreth
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    An Evening with Gyles Brandreth

    05 Sep 2019

    Topping and Company are thrilled to be hosting the launch of Gyles Brandreth’s new book, Dancing By the Light of the Moon, both a celebration of the best-loved poems and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. With the secrets of how to improve your memory (whatever your age) and poetry that’s by turns funny, sad, and moving, Dancing By the Light of the Moon is a book designed to lift your spirits and change your life.

    Reading, Performance

    View Topping and Company Booksellers website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Wakefield Museums & Castles - The Truth About Objects with Matt Abbott – Home Educators Session
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    The Truth About Objects with Matt Abbott – Home Educators Session

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us at Wakefield Museum to celebrate National Poetry Day 2019 with poet Matt Abbott.

    Using our collections as inspiration we will try to discover the truth about objects. Meet a professional poet who will guide children through creating a piece of original work. Images will be taken by your child/children on iPads to record which objects inspire them to create poetry – images will be sent via email to each family for post visit work.

    Library

    View Wakefield Museums & Castles website
  • 09 Sep 2019 Places of Poetry - Places of Poetry: The Kia Oval
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    Places of Poetry: The Kia Oval

    09 Sep 2019

    Places of Poetry’s final stop is the Kia Oval, for the 5th Test Match of the 2019 Ashes series between Australia and England. Life-long cricket fan Zaffar Kunial is poet-in-residence. Zaffar will be producing cricket-based poetry and reading one of his poems during Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5. Places of Poetry will be running a flash sports-themed poetry competition – all you have to do is pin a sports based poem onto our map (dates for entries will be announced week commencing 2nd September, so keep an eye on the website).

    Reading, Performance

    View Places of Poetry website
  • 20 Sep 2019 Oundle Literary Festival - Oundle Festival of Literature
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    Oundle Festival of Literature

    20 Sep 2019

    Prize-winning poet Charles Bennett reads from his new book Cloud River, a book of lyrical landscape poetry set in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

    A light supper is included, and you may take your own drinks or purchase hot or soft drinks at the venue.

    Tickets £10 available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

    Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

    Reading, Performance

    View Oundle Literary Festival website
  • 01 Oct 2019 Birmingham Library Service - Poetry Month
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    Poetry Month

    01 Oct 2019

    A whole month dedicated to the wonders of Poetry. Including Poetry Pick and Mix, Our Favourite Poem, displays and poetry events throughout the month.

    Free, Library

    View Birmingham Library Service website
  • 12 Sep 2019 Richmond Theatre - Allie Esiri presents Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year
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    Allie Esiri presents Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

    12 Sep 2019

    Following the resounding success of her intimate poetry evenings at the National Theatre and Bridge Theatre, Allie Esiri’s latest show celebrates her new anthology: Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year, published by Macmillan this autumn. The evening will feature powerful and timely readings from Christopher Eccleston and two further actors, to be announced shortly.

    Reading, Performance, Spectacular

    View Richmond Theatre website
  • 12 Sep 2019 The Good Life Experience - The Good Life Experience
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    The Good Life Experience

    12 Sep 2019

    A festival of discovery and fun, curated by Cerys Matthews and featuring a line up of star poets including Salena Godden, Raymond Antrobus and Helen Mort.

    Reading, Performance, Spectacular

    View The Good Life Experience website
  • 26 Sep 2019 Enderby library - Reading the Nation’s Favourite Poems
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    Reading the Nation’s Favourite Poems

    26 Sep 2019

    We will choose as many poems as possible in the time available to be read aloud and discussed in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Ticket: £5 to include a glass of wine/tea/coffee.

    Age: 12+

    Ring the library to reserve a place on
    0116 3053523

    Reading, Performance, Library

    View Enderby library website
  • 30 Sep 2019 Sir Graham Balfour - National Poetry Day Celebrates Creativity
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    National Poetry Day Celebrates Creativity

    30 Sep 2019

    1. House tutor to read their favourite poem.
    2. Watch NPD clips from the website.
    3. Houses to make a display of a NPD recommended poem for display in corridor.
    4. Creative writing club to run a poetry competition through Houses.
    5. Poetry lines hunt.

    Library, Prize, Exhibition

    View Sir Graham Balfour website
  • 23 Sep 2019 Bodelschwingh Gymnasium - Poetry writing competition at Bodelschwingh Gymnasium
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    Poetry writing competition at Bodelschwingh Gymnasium

    23 Sep 2019

    The pupils are invited to write their own poems and hand them in to the English Room at our school. These poems are judged, exhibited for the whole school to read, and prizes and certificates are awarded. This will be our third year of taking part in the National Poetry Day here at the Bodelschwingh Gymnasium in Herchen, Germany. The pupils love it and are always thrilled with the typically English prizes they receive, such as tea or Union Jack pencils!🇬🇧

    Free, Prize, Exhibition

    View Bodelschwingh Gymnasium website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Books Up North - Dancing With Words
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    Dancing With Words

    03 Oct 2019

    Dancing with Words explores the relationship between poetry and dance. Three dancers and three poets have taken inspiration from the NDP theme of Truth and worked in pairs to create a trilogy of exciting new work. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

    Kala Sangam Arts Centre at 7.30pm

    Pay what you decide

    Performance

    View Books Up North website
  • 02 Oct 2019 Oxton Grange Care Home - Festival of Poetry
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    Festival of Poetry

    02 Oct 2019

    Join us in a celebration of poetry at the Chatterbox Tea Room in Oxton Grange Care Home on Bidston Road, Wirral. Bring a favourite short poem or one you've written. Everyone welcome!

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Oxton Grange Care Home website
  • 30 Sep 2019 Crickhowell Literary Festival - Paul Henry | Crickhowell Literary Festival, ‘The Glass Aisle’ with Rev Margaret Williams
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    Paul Henry | Crickhowell Literary Festival, ‘The Glass Aisle’ with Rev Margaret Williams

    30 Sep 2019

    Explore the stretch of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal above Crickhowell, which inspired Henry’s long poem, 'The Glass Aisle'. Including readings from the poem and talk from local historian Margaret Williams.

    Time: 2 - 4pm
    Tickets: £15

    Buy tickets from: https://cricklitfest.co.uk/event/paul-henry-the-glass-aisle-with-rev-margaret-williams/

    Performance

    View Crickhowell Literary Festival website
  • 22 Oct 2019 Poetry Upstairs at the Hen & Chicks - Katherine Stansfield | Poetry Upstairs at the Hen & Chicks Abergavenny
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    Katherine Stansfield | Poetry Upstairs at the Hen & Chicks Abergavenny

    22 Oct 2019

    Katherine will be reading alongside Frank Olding and John Jones at this monthly poetry happening organised by Ric Hool.

    Time: 8pm
    Entry: £5 on the door

    Flannel Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EG

    Performance

    View Poetry Upstairs at the Hen & Chicks website
  • 14 Oct 2019 Loose Muse, Winchester - Katrina Naomi | Reading at the Loose Muse, Winchester
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    Katrina Naomi | Reading at the Loose Muse, Winchester

    14 Oct 2019

    Katrina will be reading from her new pamphlet 'Typhoon Etiquette', published by Verve Poetry Press.

    Time: 7:30-9:30pm
    Tickets: £6 on the door

    Performance

    View Loose Muse, Winchester website
  • 23 Sep 2019 Inspire – Culture, Learning and Libraries - Inspire Poetry Festival 2019
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2019

    23 Sep 2019

    Featuring celebrated poetry stars, regional favourites and cutting-edge newcomers, and with styles ranging from the formal lyric to freestyle spoken word, this year’s festival promises a plethora of poetry delights at venues around the county.

    Reading, Performance, Library

    View Inspire – Culture, Learning and Libraries website
  • 11 Oct 2019 Willoughby Memorial Trust - Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition 2019
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    Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition 2019

    11 Oct 2019

    Competition for a poem on the subject of - “TRUTH” open to pupils of Lincolnshire Schools in the following groups:- Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) 2 (7-11 years) 3 (11-14 years) 4 (14-16 years). Entries will be judged by Chris Martin, Stamford Poet Laureate and winners will be invited to read their poem at a Prize-giving Evening on Friday 29th November 2019.
    Entries via the website or by post.

    Free, Prize

    View Willoughby Memorial Trust website
  • 03 Oct 2019 St Margaret's School, Hampstead - National Poetry Day Celebration with Chrissie Gittins
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    National Poetry Day Celebration with Chrissie Gittins

    03 Oct 2019

    National Poetry Day Ambassador Chrissie Gittins will be performing her poems and running workshops at St Margaret's School, Hampstead.

    Performance

    View St Margaret's School, Hampstead website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Hope Valley College - Visit from Poet and Illustrator Chris White
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    Visit from Poet and Illustrator Chris White

    03 Oct 2019

    A visit by poet/illustrator Chris White. More later ...!

    Performance, Library

    View Hope Valley College website
  • 18 Oct 2019 St Bartholomew's Church - St Bartholomew’s Church
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    St Bartholomew’s Church

    18 Oct 2019

    We are running a competition for our young parishioners for the best poem.

    Prize

    View St Bartholomew's Church website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The Quality of Mersey Poets - The Quality of Mersey
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    The Quality of Mersey

    03 Oct 2019

    Contributers to the Quality of Mersey anthology will be reading their odes to our great river at the fabulous Museum of Liverpool.

    Performance

    View The Quality of Mersey Poets website
  • 04 Oct 2019 Martin Harris Centre - An Interactive Poetry Performance with John Hegley
    School events

    An Interactive Poetry Performance with John Hegley

    04 Oct 2019

    National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical. This year’s theme will be Truth. Many a true word is spoken in jest – No Nonsense Poetry!

    For primary school years 4, 5 and 6, enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of a mandolin playing poet, acclaimed as one of the greatest and wittiest wordsmiths in the UK.

    Accompanied by the many keyboard voices of the fascinating Clare Elstow, with music ranging from the Blues to Baroque and Roll.

    Performance

    View Martin Harris Centre website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Poetry Cafe Eastbourne - Celebration of National Poetry Day
    Public events

    Celebration of National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Poetry Cafe will be putting on a staged showcase of local poetry to celebrate the day. Admission £2
    East Sussex based poets are invited to take part.
    If you would like to perform your poems based on the theme 'truth' at this evening event, please submit your request for a slot of 5 minutes maximum. Email to poetrycafeugt@aol.com

    Performance, Open mic

    View Poetry Cafe Eastbourne website
  • 03 Oct 2019 The 1000 Monkeys - National Poetry Day with The 1000 Monkeys
    Public events

    National Poetry Day with The 1000 Monkeys

    03 Oct 2019

    An evening of Open Mic with local guest readers at the Cranleigh Arts Centre, with Janice and Dónall Dempsey hosting. Performers will be announced nearer the date, by email to subscribers to our newsletter at our website and on our facebook and twitter pages.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View The 1000 Monkeys website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Nook Lane Junior School - National Poetry Day Nook Lane
    School events

    National Poetry Day Nook Lane

    03 Oct 2019

    An annual National Poetry Day event. It culminates in an extended assembly of live poetry readings by children and links to published poets. I prepare a poetry anthology which is read in classes in the weeks leading up to NPD and the children vote on their favourite poem in it. We also launch our poetry competition, The Nooker Prize, which takes place one month after the NPD event, where poetry based on the NPD theme is written and judged, and prizes awarded.

    Performance, Prize

    View Nook Lane Junior School website
  • 28 Sep 2019 Henley Literary Festival - Henley Literary Festival
    Public events

    Henley Literary Festival

    28 Sep 2019

    Celebrate National Poetry Day at the Henley Literary Festival. The line up includes two National Poetry Day Ambassadors - Michael Rosen and Roger Stevens. Tickets on sale now.

    Reading, Performance

    View Henley Literary Festival website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Davenies School - National Poetry Day celebration with Joshua Seigal
    School events

    National Poetry Day celebration with Joshua Seigal

    03 Oct 2019

    A special celebration with National Poetry Day Ambassador Joshua Seigal

    View Davenies School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bute House School - National Poetry Day celebration with Michaela Morgan
    School events

    National Poetry Day celebration with Michaela Morgan

    03 Oct 2019

    National Poetry Day Ambassador Michaela Morgan will be leading the celebrations at Bute House School with poetry performances and workshops.

    View Bute House School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Southbank Centre - Discover Literature: Schools National Poetry Day Live
    School events

    Discover Literature: Schools National Poetry Day Live

    03 Oct 2019

    Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019.

    After an introductory performance from SLAMbassadors and former winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year award, pupils take part in two poet-led workshops on the 2019 theme of ‘truth’ to develop their writing and poetry reading skills. Workshop leaders include Raymond Antrobus, Dzifa Benson and Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola.

    The day is followed by a performance from all the workshop leaders plus Daljit Nagra, which is open to additional school groups.

     

    Performance

    View Southbank Centre website
  • 20 Oct 2019 Forward Prizes for Poetry - Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019 Ceremony
    Partner events

    Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019 Ceremony

    20 Oct 2019

    The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019 will be awarded at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 20th October 2019.

    See the nation’s most coveted poetry prizes awarded live on stage by the chair of the jury Shahidha Bari, and hear readings from the 15 poets shortlisted.

    Performance, Prize

    View Forward Prizes for Poetry website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Scottish Poetry Library - Sweetshop of Words
    Public events

    Sweetshop of Words

    03 Oct 2019

    This sweetshop of conceptual confectionary offers each member of the public a small gold coin which they can spend on just one thing at the counter and it explores the notion of choice in our lives - “Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless” as Goethe says.

    NPD Ambassador Sally Crabtree will then invite visitors to design a sweet wrapper for the confectionary that will fill a PinARTa which is hanging on the stall. The PinARTa can be ‘bashed’ at a spoken word event called GOBstopper where all the ‘goodies’ are shared out.

    Performance, Exhibition

    View Scottish Poetry Library website
  • 30 Sep 2019 Great Malvern Primary School - Great Malvern Primary Poetry Festival
    School events

    Great Malvern Primary Poetry Festival

    30 Sep 2019

    In its second year, the Great Malvern Primary Poetry Festival will be launched this year by none other than 2018 CLiPPA Award winner and National Poetry Day Ambassador, Karl Nova. This year, the school community will be celebrating rhythm and rhyme in a blockbuster week of all things poetry related!

    Performance, Free

    View Great Malvern Primary School website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Caswell Clinic - Caswell Chat
    Public events

    Caswell Chat

    03 Oct 2019

    In celebration of National Poetry Day Caswell Clinic Patient Magazine, the Caswell Chat, has brought all the poems ever published in the magazine together into one place.

    Between now and National Poetry Day the posters are placed around the clinic and now await responses that will be published in the magazine.

    Some patients are too unwell to leave the clinic or interact with the outside world so outside encouragement is welcomed on many fronts.

    Free

    View Caswell Clinic website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Bath Festivals - Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam
    School events

    Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam

    03 Oct 2019

    Schools from across Bath and the surrounding area will be coming together on National Poetry Day to perform on the festival stage and to compete for the title of Slam Champion!

    Performance

    View Bath Festivals website
  • 03 Oct 2019 St George's Hospital Charity - Poetry at George’s
    Public events

    Poetry at George’s

    03 Oct 2019

    Patients in hospital at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust write poems.

    Free

    View St George's Hospital Charity website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Ouse Muse - A day of poetry at the Place Theatre
    Public events

    A day of poetry at the Place Theatre

    03 Oct 2019

    The Place Theatre is giving over the whole of the 3rd of October to a mini-festival of poetry. Workshops in the morning, networking at lunch, readings in the afternoon and performances in the evening.

    Performance, Open mic

    View Ouse Muse website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Literature Wales - Her 100 Cerdd
    Partner events

    Her 100 Cerdd

    03 Oct 2019

    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 compose at least one poem every hour in order to complete the challenge in time. Past teams have reached the deadline with only seconds to spare. Will this year’s fabulous four follow suite and finish as the clock strikes twelve?

    Free

    View Literature Wales website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Brave Poets - Brave Poets National Poetry Day
    Public events

    Brave Poets National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    We hold curated open mics - invitees are welcome to read a poem of their own.

    Date: Thursday 3 October 2019
    Location: Soho
    Theme: Truth

    Poets, writers, singers, rappers perform original work of their own, of any genre, in exchange for audience feedback. We include a live band in the second half. email:bravepoets@gmail.com or see facebook/bravepoets or instagram @bravepoets for more details.

    Performance

    View Brave Poets website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Story Chaplain - Truth in Nature
    Public events

    Truth in Nature

    03 Oct 2019

    Verses in the veg patch, and stanzas in the leaves!

    Come along to community allotment PLOT 22 in Hove to discover some poems that explore Truth in nature.

    This two hour workshop will facilitated by Story Chaplain, a social enterprise that encourages moments of connection through 'words for wellbeing'.

    Reading, Free

    View Story Chaplain website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Westray Writers - Poetry Breakfast
    Public events

    Poetry Breakfast

    03 Oct 2019

    Breakfast followed by workshop.

    View Westray Writers website
  • 05 Oct 2019 Chicken and Frog Bookshop - A.F.Harrold Creative Writing Club
    Public events

    A.F.Harrold Creative Writing Club

    05 Oct 2019

    Performance poet and all round wonderful author, A.F.Harrold, will be joining us for Creative Writing Club.

    There's no need to book.
    £5 each, age 6+
    Saturday 5th October, 4:00pm-5:30pm

    Performance

    View Chicken and Frog Bookshop website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Chicken and Frog Bookshop - Poetry Slam
    Public events

    Poetry Slam

    03 Oct 2019

    Join us on National Poetry Day for a poetry slam!
    You can bring along your own verses to share, recite a well-loved poem or simply be part of the audience.
    This is suitable for poetry lovers of all ages and abilities.
    Book your free place to avoid disappointment.

    Performance, Free

    View Chicken and Frog Bookshop website
  • 03 Oct 2019 Waterstones Gateshead - National Poetry Day
    Public events

    National Poetry Day

    03 Oct 2019

    Come along to Waterstones Gateshead and share your poetry about Truth with us 3rd October from 5pm

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View Waterstones Gateshead website

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