Celebrating National Poetry Day 2021

To mark this year's National Poetry Day, ALCS commissioned new work from Karl Nova about the choice enshrined in copyright.

Copyright is all about choice as it gives authors and creators the freedom to earn a living from their work.  To mark National Poetry Day 2021 on Thursday 7 October, ALCS shared newly commissioned work by poet and hip-hop artist Karl Nova on that very topic.

Watch Karl read ‘Ownership’:



National Poetry Day was celebrated in homes, schools, libraries, bookshops, up on screens, and down on paper. Poets, readers, writers and others from creative communities took to social media to share the reasons why they choose poetry and #NationalPoetryDay was trending #1 on Twitter that day.

Ian McMillan wrote an exclusive poem for The Big Issue entitled ‘A Shakespearean Sonnet About Doors’ to coincide with National Poetry Day and its campaign to end mass homelessness. Read Ian McMillan’s poem here.

A billboard project – where poems by Caleb Femi, Caleb Parkin, Imtiaz Dharker, Marvin Thompson and Warda Yassin were placed in five cities across the UK – was featured in The Guardian. Each poet introduced their poem and how the theme of choice is relevant to the work. Read the billboard poems here.

Catch up with all the day’s celebrations and events by visiting nationalpoetryday.co.uk


About National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. National Poetry Day generates an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – on doorsteps and at kitchen tables, in gardens and streets, in schools, libraries and public spaces both online and offline – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together.