National Poetry Day


Francesca Beard c. Talissa Makdessi
Francesca Beard c. Talissa Makdessi

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.

National Poetry Day in 2015 was celebrated on 8 October, and the theme was Light.


Prior to 1999 National Poetry Day was not themed. Since then it has had a new theme each year.

2015: Light
2014: Remember
2013: ‘Water, water everywhere’
2012: Stars
2011: Games
2010: Home
2009: Heroes and Heroines
2008: Work
2007: Dreams
2006: Identity
2005: The Future
2004: Food
2003: Britain
2002: Celebration
2001: Journeys
2000: Fresh Voices
1999: Song Lyrics