2009 – Heroes and heroines

The knitted poem. Photo: Hayley Madden for the Poetry Society.
The knitted poem. Photo: Hayley Madden for the Poetry Society.

National Poetry Day 2009

On National Poetry Day 2009 (Thursday 8 October), the Poetry Society celebrated its centenary in the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank with an event: National Poetry Day Live! There were readings from Carol Ann Duffy, John Hegley, Roger McGough, Selima Hill, Lemn Sissay and Joelle Taylor. Also, rare footage of poetic heroes and heroines, beach-ball haiku, a woolly extravaganza from the makers of the world’s first giant knitted poem, and a celebration of the winner of the BBC’s Nation’s Favourite Poem poll: T.S. Eliot. 

The winner of the Stanza Poetry Competition was announced, as were the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award at a special prize giving ceremony at the Southbank. All 100 winners were invited.