National Poetry Day, U.K.

October 4th is National Poetry Day in the U.K., with many events leading up to the day.  Here are the main ones:

Monday October 1st, 7.30pm
The Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB
Tickets £10 (£8 conc). To book call Ticketmaster on 0870 154 4040

Tuesday October 2nd, 7.30pm
Millennium Centre, Mount Stuart Square, CF10 5DP
Tickets £5 (£4). To book call 02920 472266 or

Wednesday October 3rd, 7.30pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 45 High Street, EH1 1SR
Tickets £8 (£5). To book call 0131 556 9579

Thursday October 4th, 7.30pm
The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tickets £8 (£5). To book call 028 9097 1070

View more scheduled events at the What’s On page.  The theme this year is “Dreams.”  Find out more at the National Poetry Day homepage.

In related news, August 18th is Bad Poetry Day.  Here’s how to celebrate:

“After all the ‘good’ poetry you were forced to study in school, here’s a chance for a pay back.  Invite some friends over, compose some really rotten verse, and send it to your old high school teacher.”

Also, October 17th is Black Poetry Day; March 21st is World Poetry Day; April is National Poetry Month in both the United States and Canada; and July 27th is Montana Poetry Day, which is the national poetry day for New Zealand (not the state of Montana).

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