Happy National Poetry Day! I hope you find some good words to dive into today.
Here’s a small guide to places you can spend some time in. Enjoy!
The main website for National Poetry Day is worth a good look around, but in case you are snatching a poem on your lunch break or pressed for time, I have selected some options.
7 poems to listen to.
There are plenty of events happening online, nearly all are ticketed, some are free and there are lots of poetry take overs across social media platforms.
An exciting aspect of this year’s NPD is we are no longer bound by Geography – look beyond your region, spread the poetry love!
You could treat yourself and listen to Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reading in Dove Cottage (Wordsworth). This is a ticketed event.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm BST
Tickets £7; £5 to current supporters of the Wordsworth Trust.
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist. In 2010 he was awarded the CBE for services to poetry and in 2019 he was appointed Poet Laureate. This year we have invited him to take over Dove Cottage for an exclusive performance of his own poetry, bringing to life the house that Wordsworth lived in 200 years ago.
Or you could just find a quiet spot, take a book off the shelf and indulge in a read, or grab a notebook and pen and have a write.
Between 2013-2018 I offered an annual writing retreat here on AWF. Over the 6 years of INKSPILL we had various guest poets gift us writing prompts, I have included a couple in this selection.