September 17, 2018
Monday 17th September 2018: National Poetry Day, the world’s biggest 24-hour celebration of poetry, will see poems shared in the tunnels of Cornish tin mines, in the mirrors of Scottish gyms, on Welsh trains and the concourse of St Pancras station, on Newcastle’s metro system and Bradford’s big screens as the people of the United Kingdom turn to verse en masse.
The day, supported by Royal Mail, BBC Local Radio, publishers and thousands of schools, libraries and bookshops across the nation, is a chance for everyone to hear, speak, read, write and perform poetry, for a change. This mass participation event is co-ordinated by the charity Forward Arts Foundation to highlight poetry’s power to change perceptions, renew communities and enable people to find the words they need for what really matters.
Last year #NationalPoetryDay trended globally on Twitter, with over half a million active participants reading, writing and performing poems: 2018 looks set to be even bigger.