About National Poetry Day
Alayne Dick and Sara Hirsch host the 'Windswept Slam' by Motif Poetry in Wellington, National Poetry Day 2020

About National Poetry Day

First established in 1997, National Poetry Day is a one-day national poetry event extravaganza held on a Friday in late August each year. For 2022, our 25th year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day was held on Friday 26 August!

The magic and excitement of poetry pervaded the day, with the poetry community turning out in person to discover New Zealand poets, share poetry, and experience the joy of the written and spoken word. There was something for everybody, from seasoned poets, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious!

Poetry appeared on beaches, on streets, in hospitals, in churches, and on public transport! Bookshops, marae, libraries, universities and schools hosted events such as book launches, poetry slams, readings, workshops, open mic nights, and performances. The events were all organised by poetry-loving volunteers and involved thousands of people in towns and cities all across the motu.

There was a massive amount of joyous energy created in 2022, and we're looking forward to that energy firing up again for 2023!

If you'd like to get involved for 2023, by running or organising an event, please check out this page.

To find out more about this year's event, see here:

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.