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World Poetry Day
on: March 02, 2022, 10:50:35
« Last Edit: March 02, 2022, 10:52:16 by LePlongeur »
From the ‘World Poetry Day’ mailing list.

That day is fixed now, and the theme is ‘environment’. In hindsight, we are ahead of our times with the green songs in our bandcamp.

Perhaps we could make a sort of faux entry (since we missed FAWM) and enter the result in our Bandcamp. Did I make myself clear? If not, please ask.

The National Poetry Day

This month we bring you the theme for NPD 2022, some highlights from last year and a host of exciting opportunities from our friends.
Next year's theme...
Each year we suggest a theme that will encourage people to create poems and share words that matter to them. We're delighted to announce that the theme for National Poetry Day 2022 is...


The environment refers to the natural world. Whether that's huge like rainforests and icebergs, or small like your local park and ladybirds on your window sill. This is your chance to shout about the ways in which we could be more sustainable, or add your voice to those who are helping us in the fight against climate change. Whatever way the theme speaks to you, we hope you'll be able to express this feeling with poetry this year.

Celebrations will be on THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER 2022 and we cannot wait to revel in all things poetry with you then!

Highlights from NPD 2021

Check out our National Poetry Day 2021 campaign report which details some of the highlights from the day (and week!) and some of the successes.

Check it out here >>
Coming up this month

World Book Day

World Book Day is on the 3 March 2022, with children of all ages coming together to appreciate reading. Be sure to include poetry in your World Book Day celebrations and remember to share your activities using the hashtag #WorldBookDay!

Find out more here >>
World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day will be the 21 March 2022. UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetry and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard. Join on social media by sharing with the hashtag #WorldPoetryDay.

More info here >>
Articles we love
from Apples & Snakes – 'Kate Fox: This is a Neurodivergent Poet'

We're really excited to see Apples and Snakes's new series: Behind The Words. And if the first in the series is anything to go by – an essay from poet Kate Fox about her experience as a neurodiverse poet – it's going to be something to look out for in the months to come!

Read it here >>
Opportunities from our friends

Poetry Teaching National Survey

The English teaching community, including NATE, Poetry By Heart, The Poetry Archive, The Poetry Society, National Poetry Day, The English Association and The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, believes that the lives of young people can be enriched by their experience of poetry, within and beyond the classroom.

We are keen to get the views of classroom practitioners at all key stages (and levels of experience) on their experience of poetry from the perspective of a learner and teacher. The aim of this survey is to raise the profile of poetry teaching, share good practice and explore some of the challenges that young people and teachers face. We plan to publish the findings of this survey later in 2022. As a thank you for your time, your name will go into draw to win a set of the 2021 CLiPPA shortlisted texts.

Take part here >>

Poetry By Heart National Competition

There’s still time to enter the national recitation competition held by Poetry By Heart.

The competition is open to all ages, from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

You just never know where you’ll end up with Poetry By Heart – some of last year’s finalists even performed at 10 Downing Street – but you have to be in it to win it!

Deadline for entry is midnight 31 March 2022.

More info here >>


The Poetry Archive Obsidian Collection

The Obsidian Collection is a collaboration between The Poetry Archive and the Obsidian Foundation to recognise the importance of the inspirations, stories and social and cultural commentary that British Black Poets bring to the UK's poetry landscape.

It includes poets such as Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Inua Ellams and Roger Robinson, and is available now to explore!

Check it out here >>


'About Us' from The Poetry Society

'About Us' is a spectacular free open-air event which opens in Paisley on 1 March before travelling to Derry-Londonderry, Caernarfon, Luton and Hull throughout the spring.

The event combines live performances, large scale projected multimedia installations, a soundtrack by Nitin Sawhney and poetry generated by The Poetry Society.  The show is a collaboration between 59 Productions, The Poetry Society and Stemettes, and includes new work by poets including Stephen Sexton, Jen Hadfield, Jason Allen-Paisant, Khairani Barokka, Grug Muse and Llyr Gwyn Lewis plus amazing contributions from young people aged 4 to 18, generated through an extensive school workshop programme and UK-wide schools competition. Teachers of students aged 4-18 can access free resources that explore the intersection between poetry and science at aboutus.earth/resources

Also look out for the launch of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2022 for young poets aged 11-17, which opens for entries on Thursday 3 March at foyleyoungpoets.org
Check it out here >>


Simon Armitage embarks on his UK’s libraries tour

Join the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, on the next leg of his 10-year adventure, from 24 March – 1 April, for a series of free poetry readings live in libraries.

Each spring this decade, Simon Armitage will give readings across the UK, from the flagship libraries of the big cities to smaller libraries serving rural and remote communities. Using the alphabet as a compass, his journey will celebrate the library as one of the great and necessary institutions.

The C to D Libraries Tour launches in Chadderton Library, Oldham, one of the UK’s first Libraries of Sanctuary, and will visit a variety of libraries during the week, stopping in Caerfyrddin (Carmarthen), Clevedon, Colyton, Chatham and Clydebank. The week includes a reading celebrating Cambridge University Library’s poetry archive featuring its former Poet-in-Residence, Imtiaz Dharker.

Other guest poets during the week include the National Poet for Wales Ifor ap Glyn, Scottish Makar Kathleen Jamie, spoken word artists Patience Agbabi, Keisha Thompson and Tawona Sitholé, eco-poet Elizabeth Jane Burnett and four times Foyle Young Poet winner Phoebe Stuckes.   

For more info and to book go here >>

Spoken Word Power: Celebrate World Poetry Day with Eastside

Celebrate World Poetry Day with a free Resource Pack from Eastside. Use the Lesson Plans to take your students through the process of poetry writing; from conception to performance. Then, use the handy guide to host your very own Poetry Slam, where your students will be able to stand up and speak their truth! Participating schools are then invited to submit one poem to represent their school in our annual anthology, and receive a free copy to celebrate the achievement.

If you want to delve into this, please check the NPD site!
Thank you!
Kind regards, Gus



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Re: World Poetry Day
Reply #1 on: March 02, 2022, 20:43:09
Good idea @LePlongeur  - it wouldn't need to be a faux[/i entry, and FAWM2023 is already in our agenda.
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