‘Water’ is the subject of this year’s National Poetry Day, Thursday 3 October, inspired by Coleridge’s mariner’s famous cry: “Water, water, everywhere”. Be carried along on a wave of words as the Poetry Society and Southbank Centre, London present National Poetry Day Live from the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall in a day of poetry readings, launches, prizes, performances and happenings.
The day will kick off with 100 world-class young poets being celebrated in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Ceremony. The Foyle Award is the Poetry Society’s competition for writers aged 11-17 which has broken all records to become the most popular in the world; a total 7,478 young poets entered from a staggering 75 countries in total. The 15 Overall Winners and 85 Commended poets are travelling from across the UK and as far afield as Nigeria and the USA to claim their prize.
Compered by John Hegley and Joelle Taylor, National Poetry Day Live showcases readings from a range of acclaimed poets throughout the afternoon, including Patience Agbabi, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Lowe, Francesca Beard, David Morley and John Wedgwood Clarke. The performances close with a shanty choir and a special reading of sea poems by the brilliant Simon Armitage and friends, relayed to the Clore Ballroom from A Room for London, the boat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.