literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

Discover Literature: Schools National Poetry Day Live

Part of Schools

Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019.

After an introductory performance from SLAMbassadors and former winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year award, pupils take part in two poet-led workshops on the 2019 theme of ‘truth’ to develop their writing and poetry reading skills.

Workshop leaders include Raymond Antrobus, Dzifa Benson and Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola.

The day is followed by a performance from all the workshop leaders plus Daljit Nagra, which is open to additional school groups.

The event is jointly presented by Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society.

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote ‘a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry’. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes leading poetry magazine The Poetry Review.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for young people in the world. The competition has discovered and nurtured some of today's best poetry talent, including Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Jay Bernard, Caroline Bird and Phoebe Power.

SLAMbassadors is the original national youth spoken word competition that was established in 2001.

Since then SLAMbassadors has discovered fantastic young artists, showcased new talent and supported young writers in their professional development.

Dates & times

3 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 270 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Thu 3 October 2019
      • 10:30 am


Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

need to know

Age recommendation
This event is suitable for classes of pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 (years 7 – 11). Please indicate which year group you are bringing when you book.

Each school may bring up to 30 students plus teachers and chaperones:
£5 per student, accompanying teachers and chaperones go free

A limited number of bursary places are available for schools who would otherwise not be able to access our school programme due to financial reasons. We evaluate bursaries three weeks before an event. To apply for a bursary place, please send an email with the relevant details to

Please note, this event is not available to book online. To book or enquire, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555.

Access information
If any of your students have access needs, please discuss this with us when booking.