Sunday, March 24, 2019

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

Kia ora organisers, poets, librarians, teachers, book clubs, creatives and lovers of poetry.

It is with heavy hearts we contact you in the wake of such terrible events. We can only hope you are determined, like us, to promote and rejoice in ALL New Zealand voices, louder than ever. As poet, Paula Green says, “poetry connects us to human experience, to how we live and love and mourn. It is a window, it is a balm and it is an eye-opener. This is a time to reach out and make connections, to listen.”

Welcome to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, 23 August 2019. Registrations are open.

Returning 2018 organisers: Last year was huge – let’s do it again!

To those returning after a break: Welcome back.

To the newcomers: Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is an annual celebration of the power of poetry – in all its manifestations. Open to all ages, it is a chance to make poetry accessible, inclusive, and to showcase how extraordinary it can be. Events, activities or competitions can be large or small, from handing out free poems, making a Poet-Tree, or chalking on pavements, to larger-scale events such as workshops, readings with guest poets and book launches. At every level, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is a chance to make poetry soar.

Registrations and applications for seed-funding remain open until 5pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Visit our website for more information on how to register and/or apply for seed-funding, how to run an event, and for general guidelines and templates here.

Or you can follow this link straight to our …

We look forward to unleashing the power of poetry across Aotearoa and beyond on Friday, 23 August 2019.


If you have any queries, reply on a separate thread to: National Administrator | Jacqui Hammond | Otherwise we look forward to receiving your registration!



If you’d like to read the (full) poignant poem Paula Green was compelled to write in the wake of the events of 15.3.19, you can find it on her NZ Poetry Shelf blog here.


Sarah Thornton

Thornton Communications Ltd

PO Box 31954, Milford, Auckland 0741

M: 021 753 744

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