‘Poetry is the British art’

June 6, 2016

BBC Radio 4 announces that Andrew Marr, Dominic West and the nation’s greatest poets and performers will be marking this year’s National Poetry Day by weaving poetry through the schedule on Thursday 8 October 2015. ‘If there is a single art which the people of these islands have excelled at, beyond all others, it is surely poetry’, says Marr. ‘Poetry is the British art’.

Here’s our press release. And here’s how the BBC and Sunday Times reported the story.

National Poetry Day and the #thinkofapoem challenge reached millions worldwide, caused some gleeful collateral damage (Matt Hancock MP) and prompted the US comic Ellen Degeneres, of all people, to tweet poetry at her 36 m followers. (America woke up to NPD just as we went to bed: the Day therefore defied the laws of space and time and lasted 36 hours…)

In the meantime, read this fine BookTrust blog by Philip Ardagh, who has this P G Wodehouse gem to share with us all: “When cares attack and life seems black/How sweet it is to pot a yak”

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June 6, 2016

‘Poetry is the British art’

BBC Radio 4 announces that Andrew Marr, Dominic West and the nation’s greatest poets and performers will be marking this year’s National Poetry Day by weaving poetry through