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National Poetry Day 2014

Poetry SocThursday 2nd October is National Poetry Day - are you planning something for your library?  There are several events happening you may find helpful.

National Poetry Day Live - A celebration of poetry exploring the theme ‘Remember’, curated by a group of young poetry producers aged 18 to 25 as part of London Literature Festival. Presented by Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society. The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, London.  1pm – 6pm Free.  School groups are welcome. If you are bringing your class and would like to plan your day out at Southbank Centre please email: bea.colley@southbankcentre.co.uk.

SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds has now been running for over a decade  – that’s more than ten years of exhilarating live events, showcasing of new talent, professional development for contestants, and the involvement of participants across a wide spectrum of faiths, backgrounds and abilities. We continue to aim to involve as many young people as possible in reading, writing, and performing poetry.  Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry before a loud and lively audience. Young people across the UK are invited to enter the Championship by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to the SlamCam YouTube channel.  Find out more, and look at the resources available on the website.

Win tickets to see Alan Bennett in performance for National Poetry Day: Reading Agency competition launches.  On National Poetry Day (2 October), Alan Bennett will present his anthology of verse, Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin, accompanied by his own enlivening commentary at the National Theatre in central London.  National charity The Reading Agency is thrilled to be partnering with publisher Profile to offer a pair of tickets to the sold-out event.

To enter the competition to win the tickets, poetry fans are being asked to name their favourite poem, and give a short commentary about the poem to be in with a chance. For inspiration, entrants can read what Alan Bennett had to say about the poem MCMXIV (1964) by Phillip Larkin.  To competition entry form can be found online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8JBKVPL -- the closing date is 26 September.

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