National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical, will take place this year on Thursday 6 October 2016. The theme is Messages: all are invited to participate by enjoying, discovering and sharing poetry. We will soon be filling this site with Message poems, ideas, activities, downloadable images. Just sign up with us to ensure you don’t miss out.
You can still download last year’s National Poetry Day anthology of Light Poems here, and check out the poems and poets involved here. What does it mean, to see the world as a poet does? The best responses to our Make Like A Poet digital challenge were blazed across Blackpool Lights on the day.
National Poetry Day is co-ordinated by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates poetry and promotes it as part of everyday life. Learn more about our plans and offers by signing up to our mailing list.
Who can put on an event?
Anyone. We welcome events of all shapes and sizes, whether from individuals, groups or organisations. And if you are using our logo, take pictures and tweet them with the hashtag #nationalpoetryday
When is National Poetry Day 2016?
The next National Poetry Day will be Thursday 6th October 2016.
What is the theme of National Poetry Day 2016?
The theme for National Poetry Day 2016 will be Messages.
All about National Poetry Day
National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, and has engaged millions of people across the country reading, writing and listening to poetry.
From 1999 onwards, National Poetry Day has been loosely themed: the theme is not prescriptive but it serves to kick start inspiration. Our partners at The Poetry Society have a great page with more detail here. Here is some of the best of National Poetry Days of yore.
2013: Water, water everywhere
2009: Heroes and Heroines
2005: The Future
2000: Fresh Voices
1999: Song Lyrics