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 coordination of National Poetry Day was transferred to a dedicated organisation (where you can find out about other NPD events, and even add your own to their map), 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, which has been held each year at the Southbank Centre, London.
This year’s National Poetry Day is on 7 October 2021. The theme for National Poetry Day 2021 is Choice.
If you’re a teacher, inviting a poet into your school is one of the best ways to celebrate National Poetry Day. We’d love to find you the perfect poet for your students through our Poets in Schools service: make an enquiry today. We have also created a free to download KS2-3 resource on the theme of choice, inspired by Theodora Shillito’s ‘The Story of Squiddly Diddly’, a poem about marine conservation and recycling, commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020.
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