Across the globe the word on everybody’s lips is ‘poetry’ as communities come together to celebrate UNESCO World Poetry Day.
Nottingham joins the rest of the world in embracing the art of poetry. Whether professional or amateur, the day gives the chance for people throughout the globe to come together and practice the craft.
According to UNESCO‘s website “Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.”
Throughout the city a wide range of activities will be taking place including ‘Poetry Is Dead Good’ – a night of spoken word in the Hockley area of the city. The evening sees poets of all ages and backgrounds pick up a mic to show off their skills for their 32nd event.
Leanne Moden recently performed at the monthly event, describing it as having “a nice and inclusive feel”.
Leanne is an ex poet Laureate for The Fens and has lived in Nottingham for the past 18 months. When she can, she spends her time performing at poetry slams and hosting open mic nights.
“It’s a means of getting poetry out to people who wouldn’t necessarily go to a spoken word event or pick up a poetry book”
Leanne moden, poet
At first she hid her passion from the people in her life.
“I was quite secretive about my poetry until I showed it to a friend of mine who said we needed to go to an open mic night. He secretly put my name down on the list without letting me know” said Leanne.
She didn’t let her nerves put her off. “I was absolutely terrified, but I got up on stage and I haven’t looked back since.”
Leanne believes that World Poetry Day makes the art form easily accessible to those who wouldn’t usually encounter it.
“It’s a means of getting poetry out to people who wouldn’t necessarily go to a spoken word event or pick up a poetry book. So being able to have poetry in places like newspapers or on the radio so that people can just catch a poem and maybe let it take them off in a different direction”.
March 21st has been UNESCO’s World Poetry Day since 1999.
The world famous poet Lord Byron is one of the many literary legends from Nottingham.
Some cafes offer a poem with their drinks on World Poetry Day
Lauren Elizabeth Day is studying English and Creative Writing at The University of Nottingham.
She says “Poetry is cathartic self expression, using emotive language to paint a thousand pictures.”