The theme is Poetry Surprises! - whether you share a poem, read a poem, or programme your own event, everyone is invited to join in and celebrate on the day. We're marking the occasion with work from fourteen great poets, including Linda McKenna (winner of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing), Jo Burns (winner of the Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival's McClure Poetry Prize), Reggie Chamberlain-King, Karen J McDonnell (from This Little World, Doire Press), Marion Clarke, David Braziel, Patricia Devlin-Hill, Darren Reihill, Lynda Tavakoli, Colin Hassard, Siobhan Campbell (from Heat Signature, Seren Books), Phillip Crymble (from Not Even Laughter, Salmon Poetry), Jude Alexzander, and Brian Kirk (from After the Fall, Salmon Poetry).
We want everyone to read lots of poetry on the day, but we also want to celebrate the act of listening to poetry. So get a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy, or sneak on the headphones and grab a listen while on the bus on or a break. You can also listen back to our first Mix Tape from last year. Many thanks to our our contributors and everyone who submitted, and Happy Poetry Day!