It’s #NationalPoetryDay!

Warwickshire Libraries loves poetry year round, but today is obviously a special day where we get to make a big noise about just how passionate we are about the written and spoken word.

On the day itself, we have a very special event happening at Stratford Library. Join Warwickshire Poetry Voices for a FREE evening of British Sign Language poetry performed by actors and poets from the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities. Tickets are limited, and can be booked here.

National Poetry Day event (28.09.17).png


Library staff member, and poet Andrew Button has written a poem to mark the day:

National Pottery Day

Today is the day

when you take your

clay of words

and shape something

unique and exquisite.

It will take many turnings

of your creative wheel

to perfect the perfect poem.

One that you are content with;

that will catch the ear.

Like a new child,

it will be fresh

and come out crying

to be heard.

Everybody will want to listen.

Nobody will care about

the spelling mistake

in the title.

They’ll only be concentrating

on what you are saying.

Andrew Button


Another colleague inspired to write is poet and artist in residence at Nuneaton Library Mary Courtney.



No longer a knot

No longer slave to the neck

Long lost tongue is found

Mary Courtney

Over the next couple of months Mary is hosting a variety of workshops in different libraries as part of the ‘Through the Wordrobe’ project. A wordrobe is a transformed wardrobe where clothes speak and words and poems are invented!

Warwickshire Poetry Voices Through the Wordrobe Workshop EVENTS


Happy #NationalPoetryDay from all at Warwickshire Libraries.