National Poetry Day 25 August 2017

Monday 28 August 2017

This year is the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Day in New Zealand. The event is held on the last Friday of August each year.

This year, over one hundred events have been organised. They range from poetry spam challenges and interactive poetry maps to open mic sessions and a travelling box of poems.

New Zealand-themed poetry events will even occur as far afield as Germany and the Netherlands.

In order to mark the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Day, 20 acclaimed Kiwi poets have been asked to choose two poems for inclusion in The 20/20 Collection. The first poem is one of their own, and the second the work of another poet they saw as essential reading in 2017. This collection is available to download at the Book Awards Trust website.

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