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. In 2022, our 25th year, the date for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will be Friday 26 August!

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

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

There was a massive amount of joyous energy created in our virtual event in 2021, and we're looking forward to that energy firing up again for 26 August 2022!

If you'd like to get involved for 2022, by running or organising an event, please check out this page.

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

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