National Poetry 2019 – if truth be told…

Happy National Poetry Day 2019!  National Poetry Day is a big annual celebration of poetry across the UK, this year on the theme of ‘Truth’.

To mark the occasion, The Poetry Society is today delivering a swathe of activities including:

  • poems being broadcast at selected stations on the London Underground (including Covent Garden, Moorgate and Walthamstow Central) and online – find out more 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 Poetry @3 at The Poetry Café – a chance to read your own work or just sit back and listen to new work from others at this vibrant free poetry gathering (if you want to read turn up at 2.30pm to book a slot) – find out more here
  • 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
  • during the day: the announcement of this year’s Stanza poetry competition winner on the theme of ‘lies’
  • during the day: the digital release of a poetry film of Katie Griffith‘s poem ‘Do not indulge indigo’ (which won second prize in the 2018 National Poetry Competition) by filmmaker James W Norton and produced by Helmie Stil of poetrycinema, in partnership with The Poetry Society and MotionPoems
  • during the day: look out for announcements of spot prizes for selected lucky individuals entering the National Poetry Competition online during National Poetry Day!

Poetry events will be happening all over the country under the National Poetry Day banner and you can find out more through the National Poetry Day website, with a map of events and poems to read which you can browse here. Poetry Society Stanza groups will also be reading, writing, sharing and performing poems.

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’s tote bags are on theme this year featuring the John Keats quote: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’ –  buy one for yourself or a fellow poetry enthusiast here

However you might mark National Poetry Day – though attending an event, listening to, reading or writing a poem, tweeting a favourite couplet, entering the National Poetry Competition or perhaps by getting more involved with poetry through becoming a Poetry Society member – The Poetry Society wishes you a truly happy day in the company of poetry.

3rd October 2019