This year’s National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 1st October 2020. National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2019 the theme was Truth.
National Poetry Day is an annual event that has been taking place since 1994 when it was founded by William Sieghart and the Forward Arts Foundation. The main aim of the day is to increase the audience for poetry and celebrate all things poetic by promoting discovery, enjoyment and sharing of poetry. Since 1999 each national poetry day has had a theme which is said to be inspirational rather than prescriptive.
The day is supported by Arts Council England, the BBC, Royal Mail and many literary organisations and businesses from bookstores to libraries and schools.
All are invited to take part either by hosting or attending events and competitions or simply getting involved on social media by using the hashtag #nationalpoetryday to share lines of your own or your favourite poems.
If you are thinking of hosting your own event, there are many free downloadable resources available from the National Poetry Day website www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk You can also list your event on the website for free.