NATIONAL POETRY DAY
National Poetry Day is celebrated on the first or second Thursday in October.
To find out more about this UK Celebration, go to http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/national-poetry-day/what-is-national-poetry-day/
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National Poetry Day 2014 – Remember
Thursday 2nd October 2014
The nation biggest celebration of poetry
Today, people of all ages are taking part in the 20th annual National Poetry Day.
National Poetry Day is the nation’s biggest celebration of
poetry. Everyone joins in, releasing poetry into streets, squares,
supermarkets, parks, train stations and airwaves.
There are poetry police in schools, poetry funeral directors in Northern
Ireland and even a poetry ambulance in Wales. Covent Garden tube
station public announcement system will be given over to poetry for the
day, and shoppers at Waitrose in Westfield will see their thoughts turned
into verse and arranged among the groceries by an award-winning poet.
This year’s theme is Remember, so remember a poem, however short,
and pass it on with hashtag #thinkofapoem. National Poetry Day
challenges everyone to share poetry: whether song lyrics, nursery rhymes,
limericks, haikus or jingles. Renowned graphic artist Anthony Burrill has
devised a striking downloadable poster and temporary tattoo to
celebrate poetry: download his images at http://www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk
Poetry is the only art form you can keep in your head, and this year
Cambridge University is launching a massive Poetry and Memory survey
to discover what poems the nation remembers.
The survey is the first ever investigation into the relationship between
memorisation, recitation and understanding. The ‘Poetry & Memory’
survey is seeking to find out more about the lines of poetry that are
lodged in your mind; it seeks to learn what makes language memorable
and the ways in which we are shaped by unforgettable words. To take
part visit http://www.poetryandmemory.com
Around the country, prizes, poetic installations, performances and online
competitions are bringing poetry to the people. In London, at the
Southbank Centre, National Poetry Day Live presents jubilant
performances, readings, films programmed by young people. The Poetry
Society also announces the Foyle Young Poets of the Year and presents
commissions from emerging poets, taking WW1 as a starting point.
Commuters at St Pancras station will be entertained by readings from
this year’s John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People. Poet in
the City hosts readings by award winning poets Leontia Flynn, Wendy
Cope and Imtiaz Dharker and BBC Radio broadcaster Peggy Reynolds is
hosting a discussion which asks what it means to be a poet, exploring the
personal process of writing poetry.
In Wales, four poets are writing one hundred new poems – in Welsh.
Developing Dylan 100 is initiating exciting collaborations between writers
and musicians. In Scotland, more than 300,000 poetry postcards are
being given away by the Scottish Poetry Library.
Jackie Kay, award winning writer of poetry, plays, novels and short
stories hosts the Birmingham Literature Festival and there’s a poetry
slam at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth exploring themes of war
and remembrance. Online, Poetry By Heart is inviting the public to learn,
recite, record and upload a poem to their facebook page.
Winners of the 2014 Forward Prizes for Poetry Kei Miller and Liz Berry
will be performing at the Cheltenham Literary Festival this Sunday
October 5th at 5.30 pm
Read or perhaps write some poetry and post on social media using #NationalPoetryDay to encourage others to do so as well.
National Poetry Day was founded by in 1994 by William Sieghart with the Forward Arts Foundation. It is now a major national event with an annual reach of more than 50 million people.