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National Poetry Day Live

Thursday 6 October 2016, 2:00 pm7:45 pm

PJ Harvey. Credit: Anna van Kooij

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National Poetry Day Live is a FREE celebration of all things poetry, presented by The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre.

This year features readings from Mercury Prize-winning artist PJ Harvey, Ian McMillan, Keaton Henson, Salena Godden, Hannah Silva and many more… PLUS live drawing from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, and a live recording of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

Stand by to receive and respond as we celebrate the 2016 National Poetry Day theme of ‘Messages’ with a non-stop interchange of live poetry and spoken word hosted by Inua Ellams and Indigo Williams.

Programmed with a group of young poetry producers aged 18-25, National Poetry Day Live presents the last word in all that’s new and most exciting in poetry, with an array of activities for all ages. 

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Some of the performers at NPD Live 2016. (From top left) Ian McMillan, Hannah Lowe, Keaton Henson, Indigo Williams, Salena Godden, Luke Kennard (c. Billie Charity-Prescott), Fran Lock, Hannah Silva and PJ Harvey (c.Anna van Kooij).

1pm – 2pm
A showcase of the UK’s best children’s poetry featuring John Lyons, Cheryl Moskowitz and Simon Mole.

2.15pm – 3.45pm
Hear from poets including Fran Lock, Rob Auton, Hannah Lowe and folk-musician, artist and poet Keaton Henson.

4pm – 6.45pm
An array of poetic talent, including performances from Sabrina Mahfouz, Vahni Capildeo, Ian McMillan, Avaes Mohammad, Hannah Silva, Luke Kennard, Salena Godden and Mercury Prize-winning artist PJ Harvey. Including a live recording of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb from 4pm – 5pm


Everyone is welcome – and don’t forget to come and say hello to The Poetry Society team, who will be on hand with games, quizzes, information and advice.

If you’d like to bring a school group then please contact Bea Colley, [email protected]

Find out more about how The Poetry Society is celebrating National Poetry Day – and read some ‘Messages’ poems from our archives – over on the NPD Project Page.

Event website:

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/national-poetry-day-live-1001613?dt=2016-10-06