Warning: I will be talking about poetry for this blog :)
Happy Poetry day!! And if you missed it, that is really sad. However, it happens every year and if you live in the US or Canada there is a whole poetry month. So how did I spend my poetry day?
First order of business was waking up early for class discussing the British and European government. Interesting things… After that a friend and I made our way to the Southbank Centre for the National Poetry Day Live :) Tip: The SouthBank Centre is a great place to go to events while in London. (Just saying) Plus it is right by the London Eye and street performers are always around to entertain.
Back to Poetry Day :) It was really for all ages as this years theme was GAMES! They had a mix of things for children and adults alike. For all of my poets out there there are competitions that one can compete in. For those interested there is the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and that is for ages 11-17. This one ends on poetry day, but opens once more in March. There is also the for those over the National Poetry Competition age of 17. This one closes at the end of Oct., so jump on it. (There’s a fee though)
What did I see and what did I do? I heard many amazing poets. There was a wide range from prose writers, free verse, slam poets, an MC, and all from different careers and places. I felt at home with them. It still astounds me seeing so much diversity in London, but seeing how people respect their cultures and include their backgrounds. I got the sense of inclusion for young, old, and those undefined. Kids seemed to enjoy, the teens liked it, and the adults had good things to say.
All in all it was an evening well spent. I even got inspired with three poems ;) The only downfall was my desire to jump on stage and spit… But I didn’t. One year I aspire to be an invited guest. *cough,cough* Still loved it though.
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