National Poetry Day 2004:

National Poetry Day 2004's theme, Food, had something for everyone to savour. The Poetry Society and its national partners produced a complete menu of activities in the UK on and around National Poetry Day - see below for a synopsis, or download a press release for more detail (this is a Word Document link).

Visit our Food Poetry Bookshelf, and photo diary of National Poetry Day.


  • Apples & Snakes
    Commissioned poets to work with mentors writing about the theme of Food, performance in October.
  • Children's Book Week
    2004's campaign featured poetry books as part of Children's Book Week. See Booktrust website for details.
  • Keats House
    2003's top Poetry Landmark passed the baton to the most poetry-active schools in Britain.
  • Manchester & Northwest Libraries
    Readings, events and library activities across the North West.
  • The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Julia Darling and a host of local poets held a Feast of Poetry.
  • Orange Birmingham Book Festival
    Roz Goddard and Dreadlock Alien created a poetic dinner at the Orange Restaurant.
  • Poetry Book Society
    A bookshelf featuring delicious Food poems.
  • Poetry Library
    The place to find food poems!
  • The Reading Agency
    Featuring an NPD-specific 'Toolkit for Libraries' on their website. Also, events in libraries around the UK.
  • Salt Publishing
    Publishers of Poetry on a Plate. A donation from each book sold will be made to support National Poetry Day.
  • Scottish Poetry Library
    The place to find food poems... and many activities planned for this year's NPD across Scotland!
  • Welsh Academi
    Writers on Tour for NPD in Wales; launch of the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry; links to events and activities for NPD; news updates in A470, the bimonthly literary magazine.