This year’s National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 2 October. The theme for 2014 is ‘remember’.
Whether it’s Thomas Hood or Philip Larkin‘s ‘I Remember, I Remember’; the centenary of the First World War; or the national Poetry by Heart recitation competition; memory is an important part of poetry.
This year, refreshing our collective poetry memories, there will be readings, launches, prizes, performances and happenings. Details of the Poetry Society’s work is below, but for details of other events taking place visit: www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk.
You can also keep a track of everything that’s going on by following the Poetry Society on Twitter, or watching the hashtag #nationalpoetryday.
National Poetry Day Live
The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre, London, present National Poetry Day Live from the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of poetry for all ages, including school groups, families and an evening of performances for adults. Featuring performances from some of the biggest names in poetry, including Julia Donaldson, John Hegley, Daljit Nagra, Kei Miller and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.
Several new Poetry Society commissions will also premiere at National Poetry Day Live, including a new film of Marian Allen’s ’The Wind on the Downs’ and several new Page Fright films, featuring spoken word legends.