Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society celebrate National Poetry Day.

This special event is programmed by young poetry producers aged 18 to 25 on the theme of 'remember'.

Join us for an afternoon of free events with poetry readings and performances from some of the biggest names in poetry, featuring Julia Donaldson, John Hegley, Daljit Nagra, Kei Miller and Jean 'Binta' Breeze.

How can poetry help us recall what we have lost? How can poetry immortalise the past? Share your memories and celebrate new writing as we pull poetry from the past into the present.

Create a memory to take home with you and contribute to our scrapbook of memories with artist Davina Drummond. Bring in a photo of a loved one with a remembered line of poetry and add it to our public display.

1pm – 6pm

Thursday 2 October readings:

1pm – 2.15pmThe best of children’s poetry from leading UK poet Joseph Coelho, John Hegley and Gruffalo superstar Julia Donaldson.

2.30pm – 4.30pm Poems and performances for young people from Ross Sutherland, Raymond Antrobus, Joshua Idehen, Joelle Taylor and more. Plus, poetry films from poets such as Benjamin Zephaniah, Dizraeli, Marian Allen and Hollie McNish.

4.45pm – 6pm A host of special one-off performances from Daljit Nagra, Kei Miller, Emily Berry, Hannah Silva and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.

School groups are welcome. If you are bringing your class and would like to plan your day out at Southbank Centre please email

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall