NPD Anthologies

Tell Me the Truth About Life

Tell Me the Truth About Life is National Poetry Day's official 25th anniversary publication, an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter.

Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this new National Poetry Day collection draws on the wisdom of crowds and features poems nominated for their insight into truth by a range of ordinary and extraordinary people: from Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, to criminologists and comedians, from sporting heroes and world-famous musicians to teachers, artists and politicians. Their choices include contemporary work by Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kei Miller and John Cooper Clarke alongside classics by W H Auden, Emily Dickinson and Sappho. Here you will find poems to revive the spirit, ballads to mobilize and life-lines to hold you safe in the dark.

Tell Me the Truth About Life is a book that reminds us we are never completely alone in our search to glimpse the truth. It is published by Michael O'Mara Books, price £12.99.


'All will love Tell Me the Truth About Life, an anthology edited by musician Cerys Matthews to mark the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day. Poems were nominated by the public and by luminaries in many fields and it's impossible to open the collection without pulling out a plum.'

Bel Mooney, Metro


The Tell Me the Truth About Life podcast

Don't miss Tell Me the Truth About Life: Poems that Matter and Why - a Poetry Podcast, a five-episode podcast series in which five well-known names read and discuss their favourite poems and the truths that poetry speaks to them.

The podcast, introduced by poetry lover and BBC presenter Cerys Matthews, features Susannah Herbert, Executive Director of the Forward Arts Foundation, in conversation War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, writer and poet Nikita Gill,  comedian and TV producer Henry Normal, actor Jade Anouka, and teacher/author Kate Clanchy.

Poetry for a Change

This special anthology features poems by the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, a top team of fantastic poets who bring poetry alive all year round.

Includes new poems by Deborah Alma, Joseph Coelho, Sally Crabtree, Jan Dean, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Chrissie Gittins, Matt Goodfellow, Sophie Herxheimer, Michaela Morgan, Brian Moses, Abigail Parry, Rachel Piercey, Rachel Rooney, Joshua Siegal and Kate Wakeling (winner of the CLiPPA, 2017).

And each poet has chosen a favourite poem to share, so look out for classics by Chistina Rossetti, WB Yeats, Shakespeare and Keats among others.

Take a look at Poetry for a Change and be part of the celebration!