National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. This year, National Poetry Day takes place on 1st October 2020, and the theme is Vision. National Poetry Day encourages you to get involved with activities nationwide on the day, to See It Like a Poet and to #ShareAPoem with friends, family and neighbours, online and in the places you live and work.
Here at World Book Day, we are proud to present our £1 book, The River Whale
by Sita Brahmachari which is partly written in free-verse. We hope you’ll find lots of fantastic books like The River Whale and other poems to enjoy on National Poetry Day.
Join in on hundreds of mini-events, including bubble-friendly #ShareAPoem get-togethers around the nation’s kitchen tables with cups of tea; meanwhile, thousands of schools and libraries across the nation, including The British Library, are putting on poetry readings and performances on this year’s National Poetry Day theme of Vision.
Check out some recommended poetry reads for book lovers of all ages, watch Chris Riddell’s Poetry Live Draw, and join in with an event near you. Better yet, consider hosting your own Poetry Tea (tips available here) with friends and family and #ShareAPoem online.
World Book Day is a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland.