About National Poetry Day
Poet-Tree created by students at Ashburton College, National Poetry Day, 2015.

About National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day was established in 1997. A one-day national poetry-event extravaganza, it is held on the last Friday of August each year.

From seasoned poets to total newbies to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017 — on Friday, 25 August — have the opportunity to be touched by the magic and excitement of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community, and to discover New Zealand poets, share poems and explore and experience what poetry is all about.

In 2016, there were the highest recorded number of events - around 100 - organised by poetry-loving volunteers and involving thousands of people in more than 30 towns and cities all over the country. This year is the twentieth anniversary of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. We have some very exciting plans to celebrate this fantastic milestone, so watch this space!

Registrations for the official 2017 calendar of events will open 15 March. Click here to find out how to run an event.

The events programme for 2017 will be available from 1 August 2017.

There will also be several great competitions in the lead-up to Phantom Billstickers Poetry Day - some nationwide, others region-specific - and of course, our yet-to-be-announced special celebration.

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. The national administrator is Harley Hern.