Happy National Poetry Day 2020

Happy National Poetry Day from the WLF Team! Here’s a small guide to places you can spend some time today.

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, we have selected some options.

36 Poems to read

Articles National Poetry Day

Poetry Recommendations

If you prefer to listen to a poem, there is a great selection on the Poetry Archive – 7 poems to listen to.

Attend one of the many events on offer today, nearly all are ticketed, some are free and there are lots of poetry take overs across social media platforms.

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.

Simon Armitage Trailer

Or join Leena Batchelor (Worcestershire Poet Laureate) this evening. To find out more about the event click here.

Or 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.

The original post can be found here it includes additional links to writing exercises.

WPL National Poetry Day Plans

Worcestershire Poet Laureate

– September 2020

Wow – what a fortnight! When I took to the stage for my first spoken word event 6 years ago, I never thought that I would be here as your poet laureate; I feel very proud! It’s been a real whirlwind planning for the first events of October – I am determined that current coronavirus restrictions will not deter creative forces, and am on a mission to share the love and hope created by our artistic community to all over the forthcoming year. We need this more than ever!

With National Poetry Day looking fast and large on the 1st October, this week is already busy planning, writing and recording. Not one to shy from a challenge, I have installed and learnt how to use video recording software to create a presentation video for the English Department at The Chase School, where I work as Headteacher’s PA, and will be delivering my first ever workshops this week to two A-level English Lit classes! The last time I was in a classroom was as a student (no, I’m not going to divulge how many centuries ago that was!!). We will also be installing a display of poems the students have written to this year’s National Poetry Day prompt of ‘Vision’ – I’m excited at the thought of reading them all!

The 1st October also sees the launch of an anthology by Mel Wardle-Woodend and Dreamwell Publishing to raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. My talented youngest son, Liam, has had two photographs selected for the collection, and I have a poem in the anthology inspired by one of his photos entitled ‘Envisioned in a moment’. The launch will be online (as with everything at the moment), and I’m looking forward to a lovely evening of inspirational words and pictures. Well done to Mel and her team, and to all the contributors.

To ensure that I don’t have enough time to get up to mischief (my little thought-hamsters create enough havoc in my mind as it is!) I am also liaising with Worcester City Council and local independent businesses for an event to link with National Poetry Day (let’s make it a whole month, why not!?) bringing visions of hope and joy to people at a time when words can offer much needed comfort – watch this space and my social media for more details as this develops! There will be prizes, and the opportunity for tea and cake (got to love some sweet encouragement!).

Final thought, since I’m now living mine…….

If you really want to catch your dreams – you have to chase them.

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