National Poetry Day is nearly here! There are so many ways to join in the UK's biggest celebration of poetry on October 4: you can drop in on events across the country, or simply share a line of poetry you like. The theme this year is CHANGE.
Here are some recommendations - they include the latest Forward Book of Poetry, a selection of the best new poetry published over the past year: it features poems by Forward Prizes winners Danez Smith, Phoebe Power and Liz Berry. For a chance to win your own copy, simply tweet your poetry day plans on Twitter, hashtagged #PoetryForaChange: we have 20 books to give away before October 1.
HOW WILL YOU SPEND NATIONAL POETRY DAY?
Our jam-packed events map features a selection of the special poetry events taking place on National Poetry Day. Here's our pick of gigs worth traveling miles for on and around October 4: Jay Bernard and Malika Booker are among the poets lighting up the Birmingham Royal Conservatoire, with readings from Unwritten: Caribbean Poems after the First World War, courtesy of BBC Contains Strong Language, 14 -18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and the British Council; from Oct 4 to Oct 6, Apples and Snakes is unleashing Rallying Cry at Battersea Arts Centre. a stunning immersive poetry journey with Francesca Beard, Roger Robinson and Joelle Taylor; Ilkley is offering a Silent Poetry Disco: Winchester is allowing a poetry festival to take over the town: Poet in the City is staging poetical interventions at the Francis Crick Institute, the UCL campus and the British Museum, while Foyles Charing Cross Road hosts a Poetry Inquisition in which Craig Raine, Sandeep Parmar, Richard Scott and Victoria Adukwei Bulley brace themselves for your toughest questions.
MORE TO DO & TO SHARE
Now it's YOUR turn. Try your hand at this special NPD flash poetry competition. Caboodle, the National Book Tokens reward scheme, is offering the chance to win a gorgeous £100 personalised National Book Token featuring your poem. The winner will also get a box of new poetry books worth £300. Deadline is midnight on October 7 and the judges are poets Kate Clanchy and Joseph Coelho. Click on the button below for a flash course in flash poetry, plus terms and conditions.
! FLASH POETRY COMPETITION !
Remember to share your poetry plans by tagging them
#NationalPoetryDay and #PoetryForaChange