On National Poetry Day, Thursday 6th October 2016, 11am – 4pm, poets and artists will be “saying it with a poem” at Trowbridge Town Hall. The theme for NPD this year is ‘messages’ and poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer has designed the brilliant artwork which you might have already seen promoting the day.

Say it with a poem boy poster
Inspired by Sophie, poets, including Josephine Corcoran and members of a new Poetry Society Stanza which meets at the Town Hall, and artists are going to work together to make message poems and images to go on display. Poets and artists of all ages and abilities are invited to join in. Read on to find out how to be involved.

What ideas spring to mind when you think of ‘messages’? a message in a bottle? a letter? a postcard? a post-it note stuck to the fridge? a message to the milkman to leave an extra pint? a text message? a phone message left on an answering machine? a snapchat? a direct message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? a coded message? a secret message? a signal? a mixed message? a silent message? a wrong message? Bring all your ideas to Trowbridge Town Hall on National Poetry Day, 11am – 4pm

You can choose to write your poem in advance and bring it in on the day. Your poem will be displayed and you’ll be able to read everyone else’s. Or you might like to write and illustrate your own poem/s on the day. Or you could choose to collaborate with a poet or artist to make a poem image message. Whether you’re an artist, a poet, or both; whether you’d like to bring in a favourite poem which contains a message; whether you’d like to read everyone else’s poems; whether you’d like to pop in for a poetic lunchbreak (tea and coffee available); whether you’d like to meet and chat to other poets and artists; whether you’d like to help other people write a poem or illustrate a poem – you’ll be very welcome.

Say it with a poem cat poster
Poets and artists who would like their ‘messages’-themed work to stand alone (without an image or poem) are very welcome. It could be that poems and images created individually will complement each other. It will be interesting to see the different interpretations of ‘messages’ and we hope that poets and artists will inspire each other.


  • leave a message in the comment section of this post to let me know you’ll be there
  • email me josephinemcorcoran@yahoo.co.uk
  • tweet me @And_OtherPoems or @TrowbridgeArts
  • message me via my Facebook Page
  • contact me via Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ. Tel 01225 774306. Email trowarts@gmail.com
  • come along on the day, National Poetry Day, 6th October 2016, 11am – 4pm.

Say it with a poem girl poster

Hope to see you there!