National Poetry Day


Forward Arts Foundation is responsible for National Poetry Day, an annual mass celebration of poetry that unites people throughout the UK in the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poems. Everyone is invited to take part, by listening, reading, writing or performing poems they love.

The media reach of our campaign for poetry last year exceeded 217 million, trended worldwide on Twitter and enabled more than half a million children to engage with poems. We do this by enabling poets, publishers, booksellers, schools, libraries, city councils, train operators, pubs, coffee shops and cultural organisations of all description to work together year round to grow the audience for poetry: our partners include the BBC and the Royal Mail.

To prepare now for the big day on October 4th, download our resources and list your event on our website.

Visit our National Poetry Day Website