World Poetry Day 21st March 2018
World Poetry Day is held annually on the 21st March.
Details of its formation are detailed on the UN website: http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/index.shtml
“Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.
UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.
World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media. As poetry continues to bring people together across continents, all are invited to join in.”
We have almost 50 poets to choose from, including children’s poets, rappers, performance rhymers and world slam poetry winners with names including Karl Nova, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Coral Rumble, Christina Gabbitas, Terry Caffrey, Harry Baker, Sara Hirsch, Inua Ellams and the Manchester poet Tony Walsh who spoke to the crowds after the tragic event at the MEN arena.
If you would like to arrange for a poet to visit to take part in this celebration please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org