Hello everyone, [K] here. Happy National Poetry Day!
Did you know it is the 25th National Poetry Day in the UK today?
National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2019 the theme is Truth.
The annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.
The Origins of National Poetry Day
Forward Arts Foundation was created in 1991 by William Sieghart, the founder of the publisher Forward Worldwide, now known as Bookmark. A poetry-lover, he wanted an anthology containing the best poetry of the year. Since none existed, in 1992, he published one himself.
The contents of the first Forward Book of Poetry were chosen over 1991/1992 by the five judges of the first Forward Prizes for Poetry, including Sir Stephen Spender, Margaret Drabble and Roger McGough. The Forward Book and Forward Prizes attracted both people who did not know where to begin with contemporary poetry, and die-hard poetry readers. The Forward Prizes’ power to make reputations is comparable to that of the Man Booker Prize.
In 1994, Sieghart founded National Poetry Day, a day of mass celebration of all things poetical which was taken up enthusiastically by schools, libraries, the media and even railway stations. Since then, the campaign has increased its impact: worked closely with schools, libraries, booksellers and retailers, joining with BBC Local Radio to commission new poems celebrating the nation’s different regions. National Poetry Day now reaches over 500 million people annually, through its booktrade promotion of new poetry, its NPD ambassadors, its publications, its posters, badges, bookmarks, its educational resources and its network of partner organisations and activists. It is particularly popular on social media, where the hashtag #nationalpoetryday and the invitation to share a line of poetry prove a winning combination.
If you wish to read some of the poems on offer on the website please click the button:
Now I have been know to dabble with reading a bit of poetry (I read Dante’s The Divine Comedy) and can quote some very small parts of poems – “I wander lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills” unfortunately I have not yet found a favourite yet.
Is there any that you recommend I try?
Is there any posted on the National Poetry Day website you think I should read? (Click the button above to be taken to the website)
Please let me know in the comments below!