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Phantom National Poetry Day [ONLINE]


Friday 27 August 2021

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day calls on team of five million to take celebration online.


Undeterred by the continuing restrictions caused by the Delta outbreak, the organisers and sponsors of Phantom National Poetry Day are encouraging poetry lovers across the motu to join them in a virtual celebration as scheduled, on Friday 27 August.


The more than 120 public events planned nationwide will not be able to proceed in person this week, so organisers are shifting the poetry party online.


To help put the fizz back into the celebration, a virtual open mic will be hosted by Phantom National Poetry Day on Facebook and Instagram. Poets and poetry lovers are invited to submit written poetry and share videos of their own poetry performance. New Zealanders can find out how to do this in the Phantom National Poetry Day Calendar of Events. And everyone is encouraged to share their love of poetry by using the hashtag #NZPoetryDay on August 27.


A number of online events were already planned and more have quickly converted to the virtual space.


Other organisers have elected to postpone their events so that they can celebrate in person in the coming weeks or months, meaning the poetry celebration will be extended, so keep a watch on the Calendar of Events for updates and details.


“We’re massively disappointed that so many of the innovative in-person events planned for Phantom National Poetry Day will have to be cancelled or postponed,” says Phantom Billstickers CEO Robin McDonnell. “But Aotearoa showed last year that poetry finds a way to sprout whatever the circumstances. So, look out for it online, on street billboards during your local walks, and emanating from locked-down households on the day. And join in the fun!”

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