The lyric eye: National Poetry Day 2020

Now less than a month away, this year’s National Poetry Day takes place on 1 October 2020 and the theme is vision.

To celebrate the occasion on the day, The Poetry Society is lining up a glittering array of activities for you to engage with, whether you’ve time that day to give poetry a fleeting glance or a good long stare:

  • announcements of the winners of the Members’ Poetry Competition on the to-be-expected theme of ‘Vision’ and the Stanza Poetry Competition on the contrary theme of ‘Hear’ will be unveiled with planned video readings from the winners
  • the release of a special short film programme showcasing the collaboration over the years with The Poetry Society and poetrycinema, featuring an interview with its founder, filmmaker Helmie Stil
  • a new National Poetry Competition writing guide on the theme of ‘Vision’
  • the digital book launch of the Places of Poetry anthology, which features selected verse from around England and Wales from last year’s hugely popular Places of Poetry project. There’ll be readings from selected poets in the anthology and spot appearances from featured bookshops around the country
  • a special ‘Vision’ themed quiz, the fun and challenging ‘Poetry Eye Test’.  Are you hawk-eyed enough to seize a prize?

Also, if you are a teacher, The Poetry Society has released a lesson plan for National Poetry Day (suitable for KS 3/4), a surreal guessing game which takes the poem ‘Diamonds’ by Evelyn Byrne as a source of inspiration, which you can find here.

You can see the latest updates on The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Day activity on the National Poetry Day page

2 September 2020