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 2021, the date for Phantom National Poetry Day was Friday 27th August.

It's an event that always has something for everybody, from seasoned poets, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious! 2021's celebration turned out to be the only entirely virtual National Poetry Day so far, with one in-person event taking place in Berlin, Germany.

The magic and excitement of poetry always 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.

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 this year, and we hope to see everyone taking that energy in-person in 2022!

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

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