National Poetry Day 2016: 'messages'

National Poetry Day, Thursday 6 October 2016 - MESSAGES.

Whatever your message is, say it with a poem!

We've got 8 wonderful poems on the theme of messages.  Pick up some of the printed poem cards from public libraries across Scotland. Or explore our resources right here - download poster versions of all the poems to print and stick up everywhere, or quickly share links to your favourites by email or social media.  

Got the bug? Want more ideas and resources? Dive into National Poetry Day UK's site for all their free goodies to help you say it with a poem...

1. Get our poem cards for 2016

Take a look at our 8 new poem cards by double clicking on the gallery of images above, then read all the poems here. Pick up copies in public libraries around Scotland just before National Poetry Day, or send us a SAE - see right for details. 

2. Or print them as posters...

Go to our learning ideas page, and print off each poem as a lovely A4 (or A3) colour poster. Brighten hallways, loos, staffrooms, workplaces... 

3. Say it with all sorts of poems...

Find a poem on almost any kind of topic on our website, and share the link with whoever you think will love it most.  Are you in a creative writing group, or a book group?  Take a look at our  writing and discussion ideas on all 8 poems on our cards.

3. Send a MESSAGE about what you're planning

  • PUBLIC EVENTS: List your public event on the Scottish Poetry Library site by filling out this quick form, then find out how to really put it on the map with National Poetry Day UK here 
  • OR... FURTHER PLANS: If your event isn't open to the public, but you're excited about what you're planning, then send us your news at

4. Say it with more great free stuff 

National Poetry Day UK will help you 'Say it with a poem' - with lovely free things to download like posters and images, a free ebook full of poems about messages, a quick form to add your event to the UK listings, and browse poems to share with others - all at

5.  and say it online at #nationalpoetryday

Send a message with poetry on Thursday 6 October 2016! Follow the Scottish Poetry Library on Twitter, sign up to our regular e-newsletter and like us on Facebook to make it easy to spread the word online.


A taster of plans across Scotland for National Poetry Day 2016

Take a look at our full events calendar for Scottish public event listings! What follows is just a snippet from plans we're hearing about...


Strathearn Library, Crieff is hosting an event with performance poet Robin Cairns


Glasgow City Libraries, the Big Issue, and poetry volunteers led by Glasgow's Makar, Jim Carruth, are sharing National Poetry Day poem cards and reading poems on the streets of Glasgow

You can pick up cards at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh - where @natlibscot and @nlsrarebooks shared short films of staff reading from Jackie Kay's poem, as well as some other personal favourites

NPD cards and poems all round Edinburgh City Council's Waverley Court offices

The Leader of Edinburgh City Council, Cllr Andrew Burns, has been sharing his favourite poems on @AndrewDBurns and on blipfoto (walkandrewwalk)


Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh are filling the school with poetry from 3-7 October, including pupils' messages, poster comments on this year's postcard poems, Twitter messages - and the return of Poetry with a P(ee) (guess where in the school this Particular Poetry Poster campaign is displayed...)

Buckie High School, Moray are writing poems to put in bottles placed round the school, creating a poetry show reel of pupils and teachers reading their favourite poems for showing on Thursday, poetry posts around the school as well as teachers displaying their favourite poems on classroom doors. Higher photography are taking photos of faces conveying emotions or messages, with higher English students using these as inspiration for writing poems.  And.. exploring the definitions of 'messages' to the full, they are creating a shopping basket of poems to be placed in the school foyer for people to enjoy.

Elgin Academy in Moray are pushing the boat out, including pupil poems everywhere from readings to plasma screens, tweets and classroom doors, a staff poetry competition, and a highly secret lunchtime event in the library...

The Gordon Schools in Huntly are working with National Trust Scotland, with pupils visiting Leith Hall in Kennethmont then writing poems in inspiration..   Look out for cards with some of the poems placed in different places around the town for people to find.

Milne’s High School in Moray will have a visit from Jackie Kay, doing a whole school session with the N5 pupils, a workshop with some higher pupils and a session with advanced higher pupils from across the county.

Inverkeithing High School in Fife is celebrating National Poetry Day on Friday 7th October with poetry writing and performance workshops, a poetry writing competition, and the annual poetry recital competition for S1 & S2 pupils.


Scottish Book Trust will be promoting all the poetry content in the Authors Live watch on demand section.


Colinton Parish Church in Edinburgh and three associated schools will be working with older local poets to display and read some of their work.



Have you got any events to list here?

Have you got plans you'd like to share with others here, or with the team at the Scottish Poetry Library? We're always keen to know what you're up to, so that we can plan how best to support poetry activities throughout Scotland.

Drop Lilias Fraser (Projects Manager) a line at - we'd love to hear from you.