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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

National Poetry Day 2020 - 5 months to go!

National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages us all to enjoy, discover and share poetry.

As the artform’s most visible moment, it showcases the ways in which poetry adds value to society. Writers, readers and people looking for a distraction during lockdown of all ages will find a lot to engage with and be inspired by.

This year, National Poetry Day will take place on the 1st October 2020, and the theme is Vision. We are being encouraged to get involved with activities nationwide on the day, and to See It Like a Poet.

National Poetry Day generates an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together.

The Day starts conversations, it encourages love of language—and best of all, it is open to absolutely everyone to join in, quietly or noisily in rewarding and enjoyable ways.

Find out more about National Poetry Day’s reach, impact and effect on poetry book sales with a handy leaflet, downloadable at

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