National Poetry Day: Refuge

By National Poetry Day UK

National Poetry Day: Refuge

By National Poetry Day UK

National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends.


Each year we come together because voices, words and stories help to bridge understanding in our community.
 

National Poetry Day generates an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – on doorsteps and at kitchen tables, in gardens and streets, in schools, libraries and public spaces both online and offline – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. 
 

The Day starts conversations, it encourages love of language and, best of all, it’s open to absolutely everyone to join in. Whether quietly or noisily in rewarding and enjoyable ways. As the artform’s most visible moment, it showcases the ways in which poetry adds value to society.


This year's theme is refuge.

 

The Forward Book of Poetry 2024

Various Poets

£9.99 £9.49

Published today! This is poetry for our times. The Forward Book of Poetry is the indispensable annual guide to contemporary poetry. In bringing together the best new work published in the UK and Ireland, as chosen by the jury of the annual Forward Prizes, this anthology offers a vital overview of the literary landscape to seasoned poetry lovers and new readers alike.

Let the Light Pour In: A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Lemn Sissay

£12.99 £12.34

We are thrilled to welcome the inimitable Lemn Sissay to the #NationalPoetryDay family as our newest Ambassador! Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster. He has authored collections of poetry and plays and his memoir My Name Is Why was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. His Landmark poems are visible in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. He has been made an Honorary Doctor by the universities of Manchester, Kent, Essex, Huddersfield and Brunel, and in 2019 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He received an MBE in 2010 and an OBE in 2021 for services to literature and charity. In 2023, Sissay was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He is British and Ethiopian.

On the Move: Poems About Migration

Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

£7.99 £7.59

"What you leave behind / Won't leave your mind. / But home is where you find it. / Home is where you find it."

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