First, a hand-grasp of solidarity to all the quiet heroes reading this, whether teachers, librarians, parents or students. Alan Bennett once said that good writing makes you feel as if “a hand has come out and taken yours”. This newsletter - six months ahead of National Poetry Day on October 1st - includes a few poetry-activities to try at home, our way of keeping-in-touch. Because making and sharing a poem is an act of connection..
Activities from our Ambassadors!
For younger kids, poet and YouTube star Simon Mole is running a series of free live poetry workshops online via Zoom. Sessions run on Tuesdays mornings, with a sharing session on Thursday. For more information on how to join, visit www.simonmole.com/online-poetry-workshops and follow Simon on Twitter @Si_Mole.
For older kids, author Sarah Crossan is sharing a poetry workshop every day at noon on Instagram Live. Featuring poetry challenges focusing on different themes, our personal favourite so far being her Vision themed lesson for National Poetry Day! Head to Sarah's Instagram @sarahcrossanwriter to view them all. Sarah will be sharing some of your poems so use the hashtag #WeAreThePoets when joining in.
And for the grown ups...
Liv Torc, #BBCLocalPoet 2019 for BBC Radio Somerset, asked her friends to tell her how they were feeling, in the form of a haiku. Her invention, the Haiflu, has inspired hundreds of witty, moving takes on the lockdown experience – and now you can join in too: just tag your creations #haiflu so we can see them. Find out more and view the Haiflu film on the National Poetry Day blog.
National Poetry Day is co-ordinated by the charity Forward Arts Foundation. We are delighted by 2019's National Poetry Day successes, and in the run up to October, we will focus on supporting schools, teachers, students and strengthening communities, particularly those in isolated places or in areas of multiple deprivation.