Wednesday, October 7, 2015

National Poetry Day 2015

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

National Poetry Day 2015 is today (08/10/15) and the theme is Light. The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre have once again assembled a team of Young Producers aged 18-25 who will curate a day of illuminating poetry readings, workshops and installations. 

National Poetry Day Live will see an afternoon of free readings will take place in Royal Festival Hall, London featuring performances from some of the UK’s biggest and newest talents in poetry and spoken word, including Karen McCarthy Woolf, Michael Symmons Roberts, Rachel Rooney, John Hegley, and more. Working with Jaybird Live Literature, there will be a special evening event featuring new work by a range of contemporary poets who will examine what’s illuminated and what stays in the shadows. and styles of poetry. 


Be part of National Poetry Day & think, act,love, live & dream like a poet. The day is a chance to break with the tyranny of prose for 24 hours by sharing poetry in every conceivable way, with the hashtags


#nationalpoetryday and #thinkofapoem.

Contains Strong Language!!!!!

Contains Strong Language is a major season celebrating the disruptive power of poetry, centred around National Poetry Day on 8 October.
The BBC is putting poetry at the heart of the schedules across its services, with new commissions from many of our major poets.
You can view the trailer below, along with details of just few of the highlights - for more details check out the full schedule or read the BBC press release.

My Brilliant Image - Hafez

I wish I could show you
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being!



  1. Happy National Poetry Day!

    I love the term 'The tyranny of prose".

  2. Hi Brian, Thanks. Yes I loved that phrase & like some words one comes across am dying to find a context to fit it into a conversation :-)


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