In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019 is on April 18 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.
(C) T. Altman 2019
April is National Poetry Month and although it might of been instigated by Academy of American Poets in 1996, its gone worldwide and is something I have taken part in personally over the last several years.
This year instead of using the prompts by one FB group, blog or website I have used several which have inspired me.
Writing poetry is not a competition – its about encouraging creativity in a motivational way which is stimulating to the writer.
(C) T. Altman 2019
UNESCO declared World Poetry Day on the 21st of March in 1999
“Poetry’s has the unique ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind as well as provide individuals with the opportunity to discover and assert their identity.”
The Digital Writing Festival is happening from the end of this month.
The Digital Writers’ Festival takes place online, on their website.
Log on and tune in to join the conversation, wherever you are.
For all sessions and workshops check out their website here:
This year bookshops across Australia are throwing a party and you are invited! Love Your Bookshop Day is a chance to celebrate what makes your local bookshop great. Whether it’s for their amazing staff, their carefully curated range or specialisation or a must-see events program, we encourage you to visit your favourite bookshop on Saturday 11 August and join in with the celebrations.
Don’t forget to tag using #loveyourbookshopday and share why your bookshop is special using the hash tag #whyIlovemybookshop
For more info go here: Love Your Bookshop Day
Rosalie Ham the author of The Dressmaker taught at *Wordfest2018.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend her creative writing workshop and sheepishly asked her to sign my book at the end of the class, which she was only too happy to do! She commented it was lovely to sign a real life physical book and wished me luck with my writing.
I received some good productive tips to tighten my work and made a few new fellow writer friends . Overall I am glad I attended it was one of the best workshops I have attended at a writing festival.
*WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, writing workshops and competitions.