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Contains Strong Language…National Poetry Day festivities in the City of Culture 2017

This year National Poetry Day has been brought forward from its usual early October slot, and will take place on 28 September. The theme for this year is ‘Freedom’. Hundreds of events are planned nationwide and the BBC is broadcasting a range of programmes, including a day of radio from Hull, the City of Culture 2017.


Contains Strong Language is the title of a new national poetry festival and celebration of the spoken word in Hull, starting on National Poetry Day.  Involving local, national and international poets, the festival features a plethora of events, many of which are being broadcast by the BBC. – for more information visit the BBC website

The programme is opened by BBC 3’s Petroc Trelawney in a breakfast broadcast on 28th September from the University of Hull.

Then at 11 am at Hull College, Radio 3’s Flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking discusses the 17th century Hull poet Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’. Tickets are available for this event and are free. Still at Hull College, BBC Radio 5 Live is being broadcast at 1pm and Sarah Brett will be talking to the Hull ‘17 poets about their work. There is a BBC webpage where you can meet the Hull ’17, who will be resident in the city for four days and have been commissioned to create new work to be premiered in Hull:

Listeners to BBC Radio Humberside have been writing their own ‘Poems on a Postcard’ about where they live in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Resident ‘Landline’ poets Dean Wilson and Vicky Foster perform some of the 2017 poems at Hull Central Library at 2.30 pm (free ticketed event).

Radio 3’s The Verb celebrates 35 years of spoken word at Jubilee Church at 6 pm (free ticketed event).

To finish off the National Poetry day programme, Jo Whiley broadcasts live at 8 pm from Hull College (free and ticketed).

For details of events and how to book tickets, check out the BBC National Poetry Day website


Hundreds of other events are planned nationwide.

The National Poetry Day website  also contains a Toolkit for schools with lots of ideas and suggestions

You can also follow events on Twitter is @PoetryDayUK   #NationalPoetryDay


The Poetry Society also has a National Poetry Day page on its website


Events continue until 1 October.