National Poetry Day: Remember

This year's National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 2 October. The theme for 2014 is 'remember'. 

Whether it's Thomas Hood or Philip Larkin's 'I Remember, I Remember'; the centenary of the First World War; or the national Poetry by Heart recitation competition; memory is an important part of poetry.

This year, refreshing our collective poetry memories, there will be readings, launches, prizes, performances and happenings. Details of the Poetry Society's work is below, but for details of other events taking place please visit:

National Poetry Day Live

The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre, London, present National Poetry Day Live from the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of poetry for all ages, including school groups, families and an evening of performances for adults.

Several new Poetry Society commissions will also premiere at National Poetry Day Live. Firstly, a new film of Marian Allen's 'The Wind on the Downs'.

And this year, National Poetry Day Live will be programmed for the first time by a group of the Poetry Society's Young Associates – young poets at the start of their careers.

The day will end with 'The Pity', a special premiere of four new commissions on the theme of 'conflict'. Denise Riley, Warsan Shire, Steve Ely and Zaffar Kunial will each showcase new pieces in the Purcell Room of the Southbank Centre. More information is available on the Southbank website. Tickets for The Pity are £10 – Poetry Society members receive a 50% discount.

National Poetry Day teacher resources

Looking for teaching resources? Literature organisations across the country are producing teaching resources for National Poetry Day, which can be downloaded from the National Poetry Day website.

We also have a number of teaching resources you can use to plan your National Poetry Day activity:


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About 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 young and old throughout the country. Each year the day has a new theme. You can find out more about previous National Poetry Days and the Poetry Society's involvement by looking at our National Poetry Day history pages.

The Poetry Society always celebrates National Poetry Day with exciting events, though we're not the official organisers.

More Information

Various Poetry Society competitions take place on or around, or have celebrations linked to, National Poetry Day. The Stanza Poetry Competition winner is announced on National Poetry Day, as are the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. The National Poetry Competition closes at the end of October, giving poets inspired by the day time to pen their poems and enter. 

The Poetry Society runs an extensive education programme of education work: Poetryclass INSET days, school membership packages (for individual schools and networks) and the SLAMbassadors UK nationwide youth slam championship. To find out more about the education work that we offer or to organise a poet visit, please see our education pages. Alternatively you can contact our education team.