Literature Wales celebrates 25 years of National Poetry Day
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday. For more information, and to find out how you can get involved visit: nationalpoetryday.co.uk
As ever, Literature Wales is joining in with a number of projects and events celebrating all things poetic:
Poetry Postcards and Resources
Literature Wales has joined forces with The Scottish Poetry Library and Forward Arts Foundation to create a set of six unique poetry postcards.
Each individual card illustrates the 2019 National Poetry Day theme of ‘truth’, but together the whole set also marks the Unesco Year of Indigenous Languages with poems included in Gaelic, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and English.
The poems chosen include work by Anne Frater, William Soutar, Robert Corteen Carswell and Donald R. Rawe along with two original poems from current and former Bardd Plant Cymru, Gruffudd Owen and Casia Wiliam.
Both Gruffudd and Casia have created educational resources based on the theme ‘Truth’. Click here to download Casia’s Welsh-language resource. Gruffudd’s bilingual resource can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Further audio and educational content based on the six poems is now available on the Scottish Poetry Library website. http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk
The cards are available to schools, libraries and the general public free of charge from Literature Wales. Email firstname.lastname@example.org , with your postal address and the number of postcard sets (six cards per set) you would like to receive. Please note that cards are limited, and available on a first-come first-served basis.
Workshops at Tŷ Newydd
As well as writing poems and resources for National Poetry Day, Gruffudd Owen and Casia Wiliam will also lead a day of workshops as part of the celebrations. Children from Ysgol Treferthyr will head to Tŷ Newydd on 3 October for a day of workshops led by the two Laureates. The day also serves as the launch of Casia’s new collection, Eliffant yn Eistedd ar Enfys (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch), a book which is full of writing exercises for children and teachers alike. The day is organised jointly by Books Council of Wales, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch and Literature Wales.
Her 100 Cerdd
Literature Wales has challenged four poets to compose a total of 100 original Welsh-language poems in just 24 hours as part of the National Poetry Day celebrations. The team will start their challenge at noon on Wednesday 2 October, and the final poem must be finished by noon on Thursday 3 October.
The four brave poets undertaking this year’s challenge are Beth Celyn, Dyfan Lewis, Elinor Wyn Reynolds and Matthew Tucker.
Since its inception in 2012, #Her100Cerdd has offered a unique snapshot of Wales for one day – its politics, its interests, its news and culture. The public are invited to join the challenge by suggesting subjects for on-the-spot poems, and sending words of encouragement over social media.
Read more about Her100Cerdd here: www.literaturewales.org