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:

  • Interested in running a poetry workshop? The Poetry Society offers a service matching poets with schools.
  • Authors Live On Demand has a bank of free recorded events featuring poets performing and talking about their work. See the selection here.
  • Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho has launched Poetry Prompts, a series of weekly bitesize videos designed to celebrate and demystify the reading and writing of poetry. There are free posters and accompanying resources from CLPE to download.
  • 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.
  • The CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme is an opportunity for pupils to explore and perform the work of the poets shortlisted for the annual Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award.
  • Find more recommendations for poetry books at Books for Topics and LoveReading4Schools.
  • Generate ideas for poetry writing with a jar of Poetry Stones.
  • Encourage students of all ages to write their own poetry with a poetry writing competition. Find a selection here.
  • Find resources to support poetry all through the year here.

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