National Poetry Day


Pop Up Live Poetry on National Poetry Day

Local poets will be popping up in the four Lincs Inspire Libraries and giving live readings of their work on Thursday 28th September. The Libraries are Grimsby Central, Cleethorpes, Immingham and Waltham and the live readings are our contribution to National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a British campaign to promote poetry including public performances. National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart and takes place annually in the UK and Ireland on a Thursday in late September/early October. Since its inception, it has engaged millions of people across the country with live events, classroom activities and broadcasts. National Poetry Day is coordinated by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience

The pop up readings will be programmed by La Luna, an independent publishing company specialising in poetry projects and publications working in partnership with Lincs Inspire to offer a range of readings from popular Lincolnshire based poets in NE Lincs libraries on National Poetry Day, September 28th.  The full schedule is as follows

Schedule: 1.00 -3.00 pm

Grimsby Central Library: McCarthy and Moon, Poetry and Jazz

Waltham Library: Maria Garner

Cleethorpes Library: Rob Etty

Immingham Library: Caroline Burton and Margaret Griffiths

4.00 pm

As an additional event in partnership with Riverhead Coffee the Franklin Young Voices and guests will be reading at Riverhead Coffee, Grimsby from 4.00 pm.  Entry is free and proprietor Nic Till is offering  coffee and a bagel or coffee and cake for the special price of £3.50.  This event is part of a series of Young Voices events planned for the autumn and an opportunity to hear work from exciting, emerging poets.

Josie Moon, director at La Luna and poet says, ‘it’s important to participate in National Poetry Day to raise the profile of poetry and to give opportunities for poets to share their work with an audience.’

David Power, senior arts development officer for NE Lincs says, ‘working with Josie at La Luna and supporting the on-going development of poetry in the region is an important and exciting aspect of sustainable arts development. It is important to us that we nurture young writers while also supporting more established voices.’

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