A bard’s eye view: National Poetry Day 2020

Happy National Poetry Day!

This year’s National Poetry Day is on the theme of ‘Vision’ and to celebrate The Poetry Society has assembled a glittering array of activities through the day including video readings of Stanza and Member competition winners, a retrospective of poetry films, a quiz, a writing resource and a special free online event launching the Places of Poetry book with headline readers Ian Duhig, Suji Kwock Kim and Jen Hadfield.

Every National Poetry Day The Poetry Society announces the winner of the Stanza competition (this year on the theme of ‘Hear’) – Lesley Ingram has been selected by judge Heidi Williamson as the winner for her poem ‘Confession’.

Meanwhile, the Members’ competition winners on the subject of ‘Vision’ have been chosen by judge Moniza Alvi – they are Frances Malaney, Isabella Mead, Christine Marshall, Madeleine Wurzburger, Mary Mulholland and Jo Burns. All the winning poems can be read here.

With the National Poetry Competition closing at the end of October, there is a new resource on the ‘Vision’ theme to inspire writing and conversation courtesy of previous winner and judge Jane Yehread it here.

A special filmpoem retrospective with poetrycinema will be screened via The Poetry Society’s Vimeo, offering a chance to see (or see again) six film poems that have had great success at film festivals worldwide, including an interview with founder Helmie Stil and a commentary track.

Then at 7pm BST join the live digital launch of the Places of Poetry book published by Oneworld (book here).  There’s a chance to win a copy of the book by taking part in the Poetry Eye Test quiz – find it here

Whether you’ve time to give it a fleeting glance or a good long stare, The Poetry Society wishes you a very happy day in the company of poetry.

You can find all the latest National Poetry Day updates here

1 October 2020