World Poetry Day Competition: “Remember”

This year World Poetry Day falls on 2nd October 2014.

Ever since its birth in 1994, National Poetry Day has delighted millions of people with poetry in all its forms and genres, through a range of live events and web-based activities across the United Kingdom.

As part of World Poetry Day, The Poetry Society and the Forward Arts Foundation run a competition for the best new poem under a particular theme. Every year a different theme is allocated to the competition, and in 2014 the theme is to be ‘Remember.’

So why not have a go?

Any style of poem is acceptable, providing you stick to the topic of ‘Remember.’ How you interpret the theme is completely up to you. Perhaps you’ll delve into world history? Maybe your own family history will inspire you? A personal memory from childhood, or a retelling of a day that was important to you? A much loved teddy bear; all threadbare and well loved… The possibilities are endless!

Full details of this year’s competition can be found at –

Details and last year’s winners on the theme of ‘water’ can be found here


Many poetry societies have events planned to celebrate Word Poetry Day, such as…

The Wordsworth Trust

Forward Arts Foundation-


Check out your local libraries and museums for events running between now and the end of October.


Good luck from everyone at Oxford Open Learning.

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Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.

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