World Poetry Day


Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, EYFS

Region(s): All of UK

World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21st March. The date was adopted by UNESCO in 1999 with the aim of recognising and celebrating one of our oldest and most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression.

World Poetry Day provides an opportunity to honour poets around the world and to promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry in all its forms.

Cost: Free.

About  UNESCO: UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Its aim is to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development through international cooperation in the key areas of Education, Science and Culture.

Further resources:

  • The CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme is an opportunity for pupils to explore and engage with the work of the poets shortlisted for the annual Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award. Registration for this year’s Shadowing Scheme is now open.
  • Find a comprehensive bank of resources to support the teaching of poetry in the primary classroom at the National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools.
  • The BBC Teach website also has a range of Poetry Resources for primary and secondary teachers.
  • Generate ideas for poetry writing with a jar of Poetry Stones.
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive provides recordings of poems being read aloud, mostly by the poets that wrote them. There are also teaching resources and activities built around Poetry Archive recordings.
  • Find more recommendations for poetry books at Books for Topics and LoveReading4Schools.
  • Young Writers runs regular poetry writing competitions for KS1, KS2 and KS3/4 all through the year.
  • The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize is a poetry writing competition for KS2 children.
  • The Foyle Young Poets Award is a poetry writing competition for young people aged 11-17.
  • Young poets can submit their poems to be published on the Poetry Zone website, which also includes interviews with poets and tips for teaching poetry.
  • Interested in running a poetry workshop? The Poetry Society offers a service matching poets with schools.
  • Authors Live On Demand has a bank of recorded events featuring poets performing and talking about their work. See the selection here.

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