There seems to be everyday more and more reasons to celebrate. There’s National Badger Day, National Hug-A-Ginger Day and even a National Talk Like a Pirate Day! All of these worthwhile causes, but today is about poetry.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart of the Forward Arts Foundation and the founder of the Forward Prizes of Poetry. He said of poets:

“They shouldn’t be embarrassed about reading their work out aloud. I want people to read poetry on the bus on their way to work, in the street, in school and in the pub.”

With performance poetry and popular as ever, it seems William got his wish. Up and down the country, there are spoken word nights, slams, open mics and readings in all manner of venues from those first-timers to those who eat poetry for breakfast. There are also publishers, like us, who wish to spread spoken word like butter on toast and let it melt into the hands of every person who buys a book.

Today’s theme is Light and has been commissioned by The Space and Thirteen Ways urging writers to explore light from candles to lighthouses to the stars as well as encouraging everyone to take part in the digital project #MakeLikeAPoet. The project calls for creative responses to best loved poems. Here is Samantha Morton’s video for Hafez Film Laure Prouvost’s poem My Brilliant Image

Find more examples and how you can join the project: http://www.thespace.org/artwork/view/make-like-a-poet

So even if you’re just going to the pub today, don’t be shy, stand up on that table and recite your favourite lines for everyone to hear, you never know who you might inspire.

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