Get Poetical – It’s National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry, taking place tomorrow, 28th September 2017. Over the years, poetry has sprung up in the most diverse of places with poetry in burger vans, poetry on the news, poetry on the side of buildings, poetry strapped to the legs of carrier pigeons, and much much more. Why don’t you get poetical in your school this year and let us know using the hashtag #nationalpoetryday!

Below are some suggestions and links to help you get started.

 Read a poem

There’s a selection of poems on the National Poetry Day 2017 website on the theme of “freedom” to get you inspired. National Poetry Day is all about enjoying, discovering and sharing poems. the NPD team have also created a recommended poetry reading list, comprising 40 books: anthologies, poetry for children, for reading groups and current collections.  Whoever you are, and whatever your reading tastes, there will be a poetry book here to suit. There are also toolkitsteaching resources and posters for teachers.

And don’t forget, tell us what you’re reading and enjoying by using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay

Write a poem

National Poetry Day’s resident poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer has come up with a great activity to inspire a poem about Freedom. It uses some very odd rules – invented by mathematicians and poets together. An Oulipo poem works with anyone, of any age.

Share a poem

Send a poem to a friend or loved one. Or use #nationalpoetryday to share any poems more widely.

Visit your local library or bookshop

Libraries and bookshops across the country are celebrating National Poetry Day. Pop in to see what is going on. For more on what libraries are doing in your area, click here!

Let us know how you get on

National Poetry Day celebrations have got bigger and bigger each year, with more and more people joining in.
Let us know what you get up to using #nationalpoetryday so that we share your successes with all our supporters!