Celebrate National Poetry Day at your local library

This story was published 30 September 2021

North Yorkshire libraries are preparing to celebrate National Poetry Day on October 7 by offering a range of exciting events.

Reading poetry

It is one of the highlights of Libraries Month, which will see a series of events to celebrate the county’s much-loved libraries.

From October, titles from the 2021 National Poetry Day collection will be displayed at Northallerton, Harrogate, Ripon and Scarborough libraries and are available to request and borrow from all libraries.

Among the events on offer is a poetry workshop and performance with local poet and Radio York’s Poet Laureate Olivia Mulligan at Thirsk Community library from 11am to 12noon on 7 October. Please contact the library for more details and to book a place, email library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk or call 01609 534589.

Poet Kate Swan will also be hosting a poetry session at Great Ayton library from 10.30am to 11.30am on 7 October. To book a place please email gadc-library@outlook.com or call 01642 723268.

The fourth annual Ripon Poetry Festival will begin at Ripon library on 7 October with a cheese and wine launch-party with an open mic, hosted by Darlington’s Vane Women poetry collective. Starting at 7pm, visitors are encouraged to bring their own poems and step up to the mic. Reserve a place please at cheese and wine launch-party.

As part of the festival Ripon library will host a poetry workshop for children about rhythm and rhyme with poet and children’s writer Andy Croft. It will be held at 11am on Saturday, 9 October.  Book a place on the poetry workshop for children.

Filey library volunteer Kyle will be making and sharing a recorded video of poetry signed using British Sign Language on National Poetry Day. Like and follow Filey library Facebook page to view the reading.

Malton library is hosting a poetry trail devised by the Malton Poetry Reading Group which will feature the work of different poets exploring choices in love and life. For more information please email malton.library@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 534565.

The Unfolding Origins – Last Walk Home exhibition will open at Pickering library on National Poetry Day. Part of the exhibition comprises six poems by artist Carolyn Thompson, which are inspired by the WWI appeal papers and the walks that she went on to gather information on flora and fauna. The library will be gifting prints of the poems to visitors. The exhibition is a partnership project between ourselves and Chrysalis Arts.

The library service is reassuring visitors that although coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed, its buildings are a safe place to be and they can return with confidence. Library staff and volunteers are continuing to wear face masks and customers are encouraged to do the same. Hand sanitiser stations are still in use and track and trace is available.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “We are pleased to support National Poetry Day as it is a chance to promote poetry to new audiences. Last year the coronavirus restrictions meant we had to celebrate the day virtually so our staff and volunteers are very excited to welcome people back into our buildings safely.”

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