July 11, 2016
In 2011, we gamely celebrated National Poetry Day on 6th October. Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate, read in The Big Tent in Wimbledon from her new collection ‘The Bees’. Wendy Cope hosted ‘Games People Play,’ her interpretation of the theme.
Katy Evans-Bush wrote a roundup of what poetry looks like on National Poetry Day: like “1,000 people at any given point in a whole afternoon, jammed into the most central open public building in London. We thought this only happened in the sixties! It was like Woodstock! Who says we can’t pull ’em in?”
The Telegraph reported on a poetical event in Lancashire. “Two rival car dealerships have declared a poetry war. Bowker BMW staff in Preston and Blackburn are currently engaged in a battle of rhyming couplets which began two weeks ago after each staff member was challenged to write and submit a short poem between four and 12 lines long. The poems have been shortlisted online for public vote and the winner will be announced on the 9th prize? Glory for the dealership of course, oh and dinner for two at Huntley’s in Samlesbury.”