National Poetry Day 2016: All you need to know

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetic. Started in 1994 by William Sieghart, it has engaged millions of people across the country with reading, writing and listening to poetry.

This year, National Poetry Day is taking place on Thursday 6th October. The 2016 theme is Messages – think texts, emails, letters, cards, speech; sad messages, hopeful ones, happy messages and even unspoken ones. They could be spooky, paranormal messages or those you hear every day, such as “hello” and “goodbye”.

Say it with a poem – be inspired by this years theme of Messages, and write a poem of your own to express yourself!

poetry-book-coverposterfinalupdate2-675x1024Download this year’s FREE poetry eBook – Messages: National Poetry Day 2016 is a free anthology of wonderful Messages poems – old and new. The fourteen poets in this eBook (created by MacMillan Children’s Books with Forward Arts Foundation) are all National Poetry Ambassadors.
Featured poets: Deborah Alma, Liz Brownlee, Paul Cookson, Sally Crabtree, Joseph Coelho, Matt Goodfellow, Sophie Herxheimer, Rachel McCrum, Brian Moses, Michaela Morgan, Joshua Seigal, Roger Stevens and Indigo Williams.

Download your free copy of the National Poetry Day 2016 anthology here.

Get involved! Attend one (or more) of the many National Poetry Day events happing all over the UK.
There are loads of events happening on and around National Poetry Day, 6th October, including two of our own:

First Thursday: New Fiction and Poetry at Chapter, Cardiff
Seren’s monthly celebration of new poetry and fiction returns after the summer break. Join us for readings from our special guests and then the famous open mic.
Cardiff poet and author Peter Finch presents: The Roots of Rock, from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back, and Jayne Joso reads from her new novel, set in the outskirts of tokyo: My Falling Down House.

Berkhamsted Waterstones: Caroline Smith, Graham Clifford & Rosie Shepperd
Celebrate National Poetry Day at Berkhamsted Waterstones with an evening of poetry readings, featuring three Seren poets: Caroline Smith (The Immigration Handbook), Graham Clifford (The Hitting Game) and Rosie Shepperd (The Man at the Corner Table).

Take a look at the National Poetry Day events map and go along to anything that catches your eye.

Take advantage of free online resources – There are loads of resources on the National Poety Day website, including advice on how to get your school enjoying poetry, news, and free poems to read and share. Take a look here.


Seren’s own celebrations will kick off with a flash poetry sale – keep an eye on our website (or social media channels) on 6th October to take advantage of our special National Poetry Day book offers!







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