Happy National Poetry Day!

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It’s that time of year again – a day when we can all don our bardic hats and advocate for the artform we love by sharing, reading, teaching, speaking or writing poetry. And, as ever, there are many, many ways to get involved!

We’ve been posting great lines of ‘Messages’-related poetry from our archive over on Facebook and Twitter – feel free to share those or your own, using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay.

We’re running events, too, including the exciting, and free, National Poetry Day Live at the Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre in London… featuring lots of poetry including PJ Harvey and a live recording of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. And there’s a free event outside the London Transport Museum from 12-2, and poetry to listen to throughout Covent Garden Station.

We’ve announced the winners of our Stanza Poetry Competition, (congratulations Pat Winslow!) and later in the day, you can find out all about the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

Messages - A National Poetry Day BookThat’s a lot of poetry to enjoy, and we hope you make the most of it! If you’re hungry for more, there’s loads to explore on the National Poetry Day website, including free learning resources, a map of events and poems to read. And you can download a free e-book of poetry, too.

You can find out more about how The Poetry Society is celebrating the day over on the project website. But most importantly – get involved! Even if all you do today is re-read a poem you love, or Tweet a couple of lines of verse, it’s a happy few moments in the company of poetry you might not have otherwise enjoyed.

Have wonderful and verse-filled day.