July 11, 2016
Alan Bennet reading Larkin on the Today programme. Michael Sheen and Aardman creating a short animation of Dylan Thomas poem. Thousands of participants sharing their favourite lines of poetry online in the #thinkofapoem challenge. Poetry ambulances. Poetry police. Poetry fire-brigades. Poetry tube-stations. Poetry supermarkets, parks, bus-stops and post-boxes.
Poetry is the one art form you can keep in your head, and last year Cambridge University launched a massive Poetry and Memory survey on National Poetry Day to discover what poems the nation remembers. Poetry is sticky and stays with you: surprise us with what you know.
Teachers and students can keep the NPD spirit alive all year by using our free activity/lesson plans and cool posters and sharing the fun via Twitter #thinkofapoem. You can still download a set of eight new poems for primary school children by five leading contemporary children’s poets.