Poetry Day Ireland 2020 is taking place on Thursday 30th April. The theme of this year’s event is ‘There Will Be Time’, a line taken from T.S. Eliot’s 1915 poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’.
The call is out to one and all to get involved in Poetry Day. Share a favourite poem, find a new poet online or in your local bookshop. On the day itself there will be events taking place up and down the country. Check out Poetry Ireland for event details coming soon.
Organise an Event
If you’re feeling creative, organise your own event. Events don’t have be huge, just gather a group of friends and throw some ideas around. It could be a poetry breakfast, a community poetry reading, poetry workshops – there’s even been a poetry 5k in the past – the whole point is to get people engaging with poetry in a way that is fun and inclusive. Poetry Ireland have great advice for planning a Poetry Day event on their website. There are great resources for teachers too, with lesson plans, videos and posters to get your class and school involved. Use the hashtag #PoetryDayIRL to share details and updates about your event.
If you have an event you can register it with Poetry Ireland to aid promotion. The deadline to be included in their printed programme has passed, but there is still time to have your event listed on their website.
There Will Be Time
To do our part, HeadStuff will be hosting Poetry Week on our site, publishing a new poem every day of the week beginning 27th of April 2020. This is a separate series running alongside our usual ‘Poem of the Week’. If you have a poem touching on the theme of ‘There Will Be Time’ send it on to us with ‘Poetry Day 2020’ in the subject line. Usual submission guidelines apply. See our submissions page for more details.
If you have an event you would like us to feature on our site, get in touch with us with details at [email protected].
Go on – get your poetry on!
HeadStuff is currently open for submissions for our ‘Poem of the Week’ series as well as for our ‘Poetry Week’ series. Deadline for both is the 31st of March.
Cover image from Poetry Ireland.