National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day 2014

We saw a huge programme of events in 2014, thanks to our coordinator Miriam Barr, and the event-organising poetry-loving volunteers from all over the country.

With events stretching from Peria Valley in the Far North all the way down to Gore and across to Wanaka, with 48 coordinators organising over 60 different events and activities, we saw over 7,300 people head to their local maraes, vinyards or bookstores to celebrate poetry on Friday 22 August. See what went on by clicking on your region below. Alternatively, upload the printable entire events programme here

There were also loads of great competitions for you to enter in the lead-up to Poetry Day, some nationwide, others region-specific. 

Northland Thames
Central North Island

Announcing our new National Poetry Day Coordinator Miriam Barr

We are excited to announce Miriam Barr will be the National Poetry Day Coordinator for 2014.

Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based poet from the Far North with a background in psychology and community development.

Her poems have been published in Landfall, Takahe, Brief, Poetry NZ, JAAM, 4th Floor, Blackmail Press, Enamel, Wild Goose Poetry Review (USA), Potroast and REM Magazine. She has been a Poetry Idol slam champion (2007), creative director of The Literatti, a Poetry Live coordinator and editor of Side Stream, a bi-monthly poetry zine that was distributed for free in unexpected places by a network of poets from Kaitaia to Berlin.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a New Zealand-wide celebration of poetry and runs in conjunction with the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

In 2014 National Poetry Day will be held on Friday, 22 August. Events, locations and times will be posted on our Poetry Day events calendar.

If you have any questions about the National Poetry Day, please contact National Poetry Day Co-ordinator Miriam Barr at

For news about Poetry Day, you can link to this page, or the National Poetry Day Facebook page, which also has current information about poetry.