National Poetry Day

Since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people throughout the country. Such a variety of poetry is written and read that each year the day is given a new theme, in order to highlight particular poets and styles of poetry. 

In 2007 the organisation of National Poetry Day was transferred to a dedicated organisation, though the Poetry Society continues to celebrate the day with exciting events and initiatives each year. Find out more about each year by clicking on the links to the right. Please note, archive pages exist only for years 2003-2007 and 2009-2012.


Prior to 1999 National Poetry Day was not themed. Since then it has had a new theme each year.

  • 2013: 'Water, water everywhere'
  • 2012: Stars
  • 2011: Games
  • 2010: Home
  • 2009: Heroes and Heroines
  • 2008: Work
  • 2007: Dreams
  • 2006: Identity
  • 2005: The Future
  • 2004: Food
  • 2003: Britain
  • 2002: Celebration
  • 2001: Journeys
  • 2000: Fresh Voices
  • 1999: Song Lyrics