2020 – Vision

January 14, 2021

2020 was a whirlwind of a year, but through it all, people still came together – physically and virtually – to #SeeItLikeaPoet.

We held our first ever 24 Hour Poetry Lock-in on IG Live with booktuber Leena Norms, and a host of your favourite poets, including Nikita Gill, Inua Ellams, Don Paterson and a special session with Cerys Matthews.

Liv Torc brought the nation together with haiku’s via her #ProjectHaiflu initiative, supported by NPD, Forward Arts Foundation, the British Library and Arts Council England. Thousands of people submitted poems and photographs which were built into short films, released on Liv’s YouTube channel.

Former Children’s Laureate, Observer political cartoonist, poetry lover, award-winning writer and illustrator, Chris Riddell OBE, took viewers on a visual journey by live-illustrating a selection of his favourite poems from his new poetry anthology, Poems To Save The World With. With special guest appearances and readings from Foyle Young Poet Khushi Daryani and Brian Bilston, whose witty bite-sized verses have won him the accolade of “the poet laureate of Twitter.”