Since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people throughout the country. Such a variety of poetry is written and read that each year the day is given a new theme, in order to highlight particular poets and styles of poetry.
In 2007 the coordination of National Poetry Day was transferred to a dedicated organisation (where you can find out about other NPD events, and even add your own to their map), though The Poetry Society continues to celebrate the day with exciting events and initiatives each year, including a whole day of poetry at National Poetry Day Live, which has been held each year at the Southbank Centre, London.
This year’s National Poetry Day is on 3 October 2019. The theme for National Poetry Day 2019 is Truth. We’re currently running a Stanza competition on the theme of ‘lies’, closing 9 September. Visit PoetryClass to download our 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. If you’d like to book a poet to visit your school on or around National Poetry Day this year, we’d love to find you a suitable poet: make an enquiry today.
Prior to 1999 National Poetry Day was not themed. Since then it has had a new theme each year.
2013: ‘Water, water everywhere’
2009: Heroes and Heroines
2005: The Future
2000: Fresh Voices
1999: Song Lyrics