About National Poetry Day


Shukria Rezaei

National Poetry Day is coordinated by the Forward Arts Foundation. Our work includes education projects, such as The Poetry Takeover, and the Forward Prizes for Poetry.

Our donation target is to raise £7,500 to fund Shukria Rezaei, an 18-year-old Hazara refugee, to mentor pupils at Oxford Spires Academy, under the supervision of teacher/poet Kate Clanchy.


Shukria, the winner of several national awards, will work closely with a group of younger children, including a number of Afghan refugees from the nearby Campsfield Detention Centre, supporting them in writing and editing their own poetry.

In addition, as she waits for her immigration status to be confirmed, Shukria will be able to continue her education and focus on her own writing.

Your donation will also enable Kate Clanchy to develop with Forward Arts Foundation a poetry writing and reading programme replicable in other schools with high proportions of students eager to become at home in the English language.

To make a donation, start at our Just Giving page.