Since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people throughout the country. Such a variety of poetry is written and read that each year the day is given a new theme, in order to highlight particular poets and styles of poetry.
In 2007 the organisation of National Poetry Day was transferred to a dedicated organisation, though The Poetry Society continues to celebrate the day with exciting events and initiatives each year, including a whole day of poetry at National Poetry Day Live, held each year at the Southbank Centre, London.
The next National Poetry Day will be on 6 October 2016, and the theme will be Messages.
The Poetry Society will be working again with the Southbank Centre to put on a free afternoon of poetry, 1-6.30pm, at National Poetry Day Live. Programmed by 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 messages-themed performances and workshops, and activities for all ages.
Prior to 1999 National Poetry Day was not themed. Since then it has had a new theme each year.
2013: ‘Water, water everywhere’
2009: Heroes and Heroines
2005: The Future
2000: Fresh Voices
1999: Song Lyrics