National Poetry Day

The theme of National Poetry Day 2014 was Remember, and the Poetry Centre had been active in celebrating the annual event through three different projects, all of which have been coordinated by our interns.

The first of these is the Memorable Poem Project, an initiative inspired by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project in the United States. The Poetry Centre asked the Brookes community for its most memorable poems, and produced five videos of students and staff talking about the poems which mean the most to them. In addition, six more written responses were selected, and you can read these, and the poems which inspired them, here on our site as well.

The Poetry Centre has also been running two other projects to coincide with National Poetry Day: a wellbeing poetry competition, and a series of pop-up poetry events all around Oxford and the Oxford Brookes campuses. 

Run by the Forward Arts Foundation, National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, and has engaged millions of people across the country in reading, writing and listening to poetry.