2019 – Truth

This year’s National Poetry Day was on 3 October 2019 and the theme was truth.

There was a swathe of Poetry Society events that day including:

  • all day: poems being broadcast at selected stations on the London Underground (including Covent Garden, Moorgate and Walthamstow Central) and online (listen here
  • 2pm: a free series of readings Schools National Poetry Day Live in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre featuring a fabulous line-up of poets including Raymond Antrobus, Jasmine Simms, Theresa Lola, Dzifa Benson, Joelle Taylor, and Daljit Nagra – open to all, find out more here
  • 3pm: a truth and lies themed open mic Poetry @3 at The Poetry Café 
  • 6.30pm: a free poetry calligraphy demonstration at The Poetry Café with Paul Antonio – find out more here 
  • 7pm: a free poetry-inspired concert ‘The Poet Speaks’ with pianist Annie Yim at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the Barbican – find out more here

The Poetry Society was delighted to announce the Stanza poetry competition winner judged by Geraldine Clarkson on the theme of ‘lies’ as the poet Penny Boxall for her poem ‘The Dub Artist’ – you can read her winning poem to the right of this page, along with the runner-up and commended entries.

You can also read the winning poems for the Members’ poetry competition on the theme of truth here. Congratulations to David Borrott, Sue Burge, Jo Burns, Eleanor Hooker, Mark Fiddes and Jonathan Greenhause.

The Poetry Society was also pleased to announce the digital release of a poetry film of Katie Griffith‘s poem ‘Do not indulge indigo’ (which won second prize in the 20a8 National Poetry Competition) by filmmaker James W Norton and produced by Helmie Stil of poetrycinema, in partnership with The Poetry Society and MotionPoems.  Watch the film here 

The Poetry Society also uploaded to PoetryClass a free teaching resource about truth in poetry, based on ‘6 Ways of Looking at the Very Hungry Caterpillar’, a Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award winning poem.

Also, to tie in with the National Poetry Day theme The Poetry Society’s tote bags featured the John Keats quote: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’ –  buy one here.