This year National Poetry Day was on 4 October 2018. The Poetry Society celebrated the day once again at National Poetry Day Live at Southbank Centre, with events for schools and adults. Readers included: Young People’s Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri; Raymond Antrobus; Joelle Taylor; Anthony Anaxagorou; Caroline Bird; Zaffar Kunial; and Hannah Lowe. The adult event also featured the premiere of the poetry film ‘The Opened Field’ directed by Helmie Stil based on Dom Bury’s National Poetry Competition 2017 winning poem. Find out more.
At the Poetry Society’s Poetry Café in Covent Garden, there was a National Poetry Day special Poetry @3 and The Poetry Society also celebrated a panoply of winners on the day – the announcement of the winners of the Stanza Poetry Competition on the theme of ‘Tradition’ (the orthodox-leaning twin of ‘Change’). Meanwhile poet judge Meryl Pugh selected members’ poems inspired by the NPD theme of ‘Change’.
The Poetry Society also produced a free teaching resource on the theme of change, available for teachers, educators and parents.
National Poetry Day Live 2018 at Southbank Centre (photo credit: Hayley Madden)