National Poetry Day


Dŵr Cymru and Literature Wales celebrate National Poetry Day with watery words and revolting rhymes.

  •  ‘Water, Water everywhere’ the theme for UK-wide National Poetry Day on 3 October
  • Dŵr Cymru hosts special day of poetry for school pupils
  • Aims to combine interest in poetry with learning about water and the environment

School pupils from Ysgol Pontshonnorton, Cilfynydd and Cwmffrwdoer Primary School near Pontypool will get the opportunity to create their own watery words and revolting rhymes as Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water helps celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day. ‘Water, Water everywhere’ is the theme for 2013 and the company has teamed up with Literature Wales to deliver a day of creative poetry workshops with Mab Jones and Rufus Mufasa.

The annual event, which started in 1994, aims to get millions of people across the UK involved with live events, classroom activities, conversations, broadcasts and tweets. Other events taking place across the UK will include poets writing in the London Underground and the incarceration of four Welsh poets overnight, with pen, paper, coffee and orders to create 100 new poems.

The Welsh Water event aims to encourage interest in poetry at the same time as pupils learn about water and the environment.  One of the company’s major education campaigns for 2013 is Let’s Stop the Block which shows how flushing the wrong things can cause blockages and pollution. Pupils will therefore get a special chance to create their very own revolting rhymes about sewage and pollution for National Poetry Day.

The poems created by the pupils will then be published as a poster given to schools taking part in Welsh Water activities as well as being shared on Twitter and Facebook.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Education Manager Claire Roberts said:  “We’re really excited to be marking National Poetry Day in such a fun way. With water as the theme for this year, these activities will be a fantastic way for children to learn about water and how they can help protect their own environment by reducing the risk of flooding and pollution.

“Dŵr Cymru Welsh Welsh Water invests heavily in our education services in order to ensure that the next generation can help play a part in protecting their local environment from pollution and flooding, as well as learning how to reduce the amount of water wasted. Our education activities help children become fantastic ambassadors, who then return home and often pass these messages on to their parents and grandparents.

“During the last academic year over 38,000 pupils visited one of our 4 Education centres or received one of our themed workshops as part of our schools outreach programme.”

Chief Executive of Literature Wales, Lleucu Siencyn, said: “Poetry and water are two subjects that Wales has long been familiar with, so we’re delighted to be joining forces with Dŵr Cymru to inspire young people to explore and celebrate both this National Poetry Day.”