Running annually since 1994, National Poetry Day encourages people from around the country to discover and share poetry, both in person and online. It’s the perfect day to browse the poetry shelves at the local library, get writing some verses of your own, share lines from your favourite poems, or take a trip to a local book shop and pick a new collection to enjoy.
Over on the National Poetry Day website, you can find out how to suggest your favourite poems on the theme of freedom, enter competitions to win prizes for your own poetry, and download free resources to get poetry into your school. The theme this year is Freedom, and you can get involved by using #NationalPoetryDay.
Why not celebrate yourself in person by heading along to one of the many Edinburgh events listed below:
Thompson’s Tower, Duddingston, Edinburgh – Thu 28 Sep, 11am-4.30pm
A gathering of artworks by Brigid Collins inspired by poems by Kathleen Jamie, Diana Hendry, Seamus Heaney and others.
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh – Thu 28 Sep, 7pm. Tickets: £12
Situated in the mysterious and culturally significant grounds of Jupiter Artland, among key contemporary art works, Paterson will read from selected works for this unique event which is co-hosted by the Scottish Poetry Library.
Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh – Thu 28 Sep, 7-8pm
The launch of Edinburgh: Singing the City, a collection of poetry inspired by Edinburgh and its citizens by Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca.
Central Library, Edinburgh – Thu 28 Sep, 12-2pm
Celebrate National Poetry Day with poet Stewart Sanderson. Sit back and enjoy listening to Stewart’s work, before sharing a favourite poem of your own with the group (be sure to take a poem to read!)