Forward Arts Foundation is responsible for National Poetry Day, an annual mass celebration of poetry that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. As the artform’s most visible moment, it showcases the ways in which poetry adds value to society.

We enable poets, publishers, booksellers, schools, libraries, city councils, train operators, pubs, coffee shops and cultural organisations of all descriptions to work together year round to grow the audience for poetry: our partners include the BBC, Waterstones, the Booksellers Association and Gardners Books.

National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 5 October 2023, and this year’s theme is Refuge.


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