National Poetry Day Events. 8 Oct 09

Get inspired … at the Walker – Poetry competition

What sort of paintings inspire you? Those with flame-haired Pre-Raphaelite muses or striking 20th century works? National Poetry Day is on Thursday 8 October 2009 and we want you to be involved. Get inspired by a painting at the Walker Art Gallery, write a poem about it and send it to us. We’ll publish a selection of them on the website and pick one winning poem. The winner can choose one poetry book from this selection:

•           ‘Rapture’ by Carol Ann Duffy (hardback)
•           ‘The Mersey Sound’ by Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri (paperback)
•           ‘Andraste’s Hair’ by Eleanor Rees (hardback)

The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘heroes and heroines’, so we have put together a selection of paintings that we think fit in with this idea on the website. So now it’s your turn to look through our paintings and get inspired!

How to enter:
•           Browse the paintings on the link below and find something that inspires you.
•           Write your poem.
•           Send it to us by Monday 2 November using the online form.

Full details online:

And at the Bluecoat

Illustration of Nathan Jones
Illustration of Nathan Jones

Date: Thursday, 08 October 2009 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Various

Ticket Prices: Free
The Bluecoat’s  poet-in-residence explores the Bluecoat’s hidden poetry. Come and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings.


  1. There is also a Poetry Marathon at Central Library, William Brown St – all day. This has been a popular event the last couple of years, includes new and established poets and is organised by Pauline Rowe (poet & founder of North End Writers). People are welcome to listen and read. I think it is in the Picton Room.

  2. Oh you’ve already listed that – sorry! – been out of the loop for a bit 🙂 cancel last comment


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