National Poetry Day is a nationwide celebration of poetry for all and this year, on 3rd October at 19.30, Chichester Library will celebrate by holding an evening with award-winning poet John Greening as well as Open Mic poetry and live music!
This year, National Poetry Day is inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s well-known phrase: “Water, water, everywhere.” According to the National Poetry Day website, there are almost as many poems inspired by water as there are drops in the ocean.
As a keen poet herself, Katy of Chichester Copywriter is looking forward to reading the water poems on the National Poetry Day website by the likes of Cristina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare and William Wordsworth. Poems Underwater, a project exploring mermaids through poetry and artwork, including works written beneath the wet stuff, sounds particularly intriguing too.
At Chichester Library, you’ll be able to celebrate National Poetry Day 2013 with John Greening who is set to preview his much-anticipated collection To the War Poets. John, who has been praised by Envoi for his “rich and rewarding writing,” has already published 12 collections and received the Bridport Prize, TLS Centenary Prize and Cholmondeley Award for his poetry.
Linda Kelsall-Barnett will provide live guitar music during the interludes and there will be a chance for local poets to share their own creative writing during an Open Mic Poetry session to which readers and listeners are equally welcome.
Tickets for A Celebration of Poetry with John Greening on National Poetry Day are £4 each (to include a glass of wine). Tickets can be bought and collected from the venue: Chichester Library, Tower Street, PO19 1QJ. Please call Chichester Library on 01243 777351 for further enquiries.
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