National Poetry Day, founded by Forward Arts Foundation in 1994, 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.

The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘Change‘. Below we have created a collection of poems around the theme of change. We hope you enjoy!

Hurricane Hits England - Grace Nichols
Pathology of colours - Dannie Abse
The arrival of Brighteye – an extract - Jean Binta Breeze


Read by Andrew Motion
Ulysses - Alfred Tennyson - Read by Andrew Motion

The Send-off

Read by Andrew Motion
The Send-off - Wilfred Owen - Read by Andrew Motion
The Full Indian Rope Trick - Colette Bryce