National Poetry Day: How the UK is celebrating, including Channel 4, Prince Charles, and The Royal Mail
Poems by young refugees and migrants will air before each programme on Channel 4
Across the country, thousands of people are celebrating National Poetry Day, including The Prince of Wales, Channel 4, and St Pancras International station in London. Here’s how the UK is celebrating National Poetry Day, the theme of which is "say it with a poem”.
National Poetry Day director Susannah Herbert told Press Association: "A poem can reach places that prose just can't.
"That's why we're inviting all with anything important to say today to say it with a poem. It can be new or old, utterly original or a familiar favourite.
"It can be deep and dark, funny or memorable. By enjoying, discovering or sharing a poem - words that draw attention to themselves - you change the nature of the national conversation."
Last year the likes of JK Rowling, Ellen DeGeneres and Sir Paul McCartney all shared poems on social media. The day is organised by the Forward Arts Foundation charity, which describes itself as being "committed to widening poetry's audience, honouring achievement and supporting talent”.