Poetry crosses all boundaries, including age, gender, ethnicity and culture. […]
Again, our annual celebration of poetry has broken all records, with more than 150 events and competitions scheduled to take place nationwide. Expect #NZPoetryDay to trend on Twitter and people to greet each other in the streets saying, happy poetry day.'
Held every year on the fourth Friday in August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day unites poetry fans from all over Aotearoa in an action-packed programme of poetry slams and rap, open mic and spoken word performances, pop-up events, book launches, readings and competitions.
This year's celebration will be visible in communities all over Aotearoa – from pavements and public transport to parks, beaches, cafés, bars, bookshops, schools, university campuses, libraries, RSAs, community centres, marae and more. Many of the programmed events will be open to the public and free to enjoy. […]
Established in 1997, National Poetry Day is a popular fixture on the nation's cultural calendar and one that celebrates discovery, diversity and community.
“Celebrating the unifying power of poetry”, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and Sarah Thornton, The Big Idea, 2019.