National Poetry Day 2019

National Poetry Day is an annual event, where anyone across the country can participate, hold an event, and register to be counted by the Forward Arts Foundation on their National Poetry Day page and map.  This year is the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Day.  If you are holding an event for it, please let us know and we’ll tell everyone about it.  Last year Nailed ran a poetry competition.  This year we are inviting anyone who wants to send in their poems to

When is it?

Next Thursday, 3rd October 2019

Every year there is a different theme and in 2019 the theme is Truth.

What is National Poetry Day?

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. It is supported by:  BBC, Arts Council England, Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

Who can put on an event?

Anyone. Individuals, groups or organisations can participate in any way they choose. The organisers ask that if you use their logos or posters, or put photos on social media, that you use the hashtag #nationalpoetryday.

What does it cost?

It’s intended to be free, although individual locations might charge for events. To list any public event as part of the official day, you can register it on the Events page of the National Poetry Day website. Charges must be listed on the registration.

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