2017 – Freedom

National Poetry Day 2017: Thursday 28 September

It’s the annual feast day and festival for poetry lovers. There are 1,001 events and activities taking place round the UK – visit the NPD website  for details of what’s happening in your neighbourhood. Here’s what’s happening in ours …

10am-4pm, Covent Garden tube station

‘The next train to arrive … will wander lonely as a cloud’. Poets take over the tube station tannoy for the day, interspersing the gap-minding broadcasts with poems. Meanwhile, Poetry Society staff will be giving away Poems on the Underground posters, mix and match sonnet cards and other delights – come and say hello.

Lunchtime at the Poetry Café

Have you checked in at our newly refurbished Café yet? We’ve got a great selection of treats, artisanal beverages and veggie fare, and our surroundings have been spruced up no end. Come and admire the new fixtures – you bring the slim volume, we’ll sell you the light lunch.

Poetry @ 3 Open-Mic

Hosted by the Poetry Society’s own Paul McGrane, a daytime session for anyone who wants to give a poem an airing. The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is Freedom: let your poems fly! No booking required, just sign up between 2.30 and 3pm to read.

Evening at the Poetry Café

Bang Said The Gun Presents: Rob Auton’s Sit Down Reading

It’s National Poetry Day! Fed up of Stand Up Poetry? Come and enjoy Sit Down Reading – a poetic Jackanory for grown ups from the team who created Bang Said The Gun and Pagematch. Featuring Rob Auton, Maria Ferguson, Richard Sandling, Martin Galton and Daniel Cockrill. Plus open mic (sign up on door). A night of writers reading out their own writing and a great way to spend National Poetry Day. Find this event on Facebook.

£5 on the door, doors 7 pm.