Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Artist Chris Riddell and poet Nikita Gill have made this beautiful film to flag up the possibilities of National Poetry Day 2020 and encourage you to hold your own events on October 1st, sharing them online with the #ShareAPoem and #NationalPoetryDay.

You can buy Nikita and Chris’s wonderful new books, which both feature on the National Poetry Day recommended reads, via Waterstones. Be sure to use this discount code – NPD2020 – there’s 20% off.


Nikita is a British-Indian poet with a world-wide fan-base, who has won praise and the attention of 500,000 Instagram followers for poetry collections and plays that offer a largely female readership the chance to recognise the value of their own experiences.

She discovered her own poetry vocation as a schoolgirl in New Delhi through reading the work of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost: she now champions the work of others, particularly the new generation of young poets who discovered the power of poetry on-line and are as happy streaming new work as reading it in books. Her latest collection The Girl and the Goddess is due out in September, as is her new anthology SLAM! You’re gonna wanna hear this which is billed by publisher Macmillan as the “perfect introduction to the world of modern poetry”.