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Celebrating the unifying power of poetry

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019
Poetry crosses all boundaries, including age, gender, ethnicity and culture.


Poetry crosses all boundaries, including age, gender, ethnicity and culture.  Right now, it’s hotter than hot, thanks to poetry royalty like Hera Lindsay Bird, Courtney Sina Meredith and Chris Tse.

This year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day takes place on Friday 23 August; the same day that New Zealand’s new Poet Laureate is announced.

Again, our annual celebration of poetry has broken all records, with more than 150 events and competitions scheduled to take place nationwide.  Expect #NZPoetryDay to trend on Twitter and people to greet each other in the streets saying, happy poetry day.’

Held every year on the fourth Friday in August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day unites poetry fans from all over Aotearoa in an action-packed programme of poetry slams and rap, open mic and spoken word performances, pop-up events, book launches, readings and competitions.  

This year’s celebration will be visible in communities all over Aotearoa – from pavements and public transport to parks, beaches, cafés, bars, bookshops, schools, university campuses, libraries, RSAs, community centres, marae and more.

Many of the programmed events will be open to the public and free to enjoy. For full details, including places, venues, times, tickets and more, go to:

Established in 1997, National Poetry Day is a popular fixture on the nation’s cultural calendar and one that celebrates discovery, diversity and community. For the past four years, Phantom Billstickers has supported National Poetry Day through its naming rights sponsorship.

Further information: 


National Poetry Day was established in 1997 with a mandate to celebrate discovery, diversity, community and pushing boundaries. It is a one-day national poetry-event extravaganza held every August.

Phantom Billstickers is a street poster company which has consistently helped New Zealanders express themselves since 1982. They actively promote New Zealand music, art, poetry and culture around New Zealand and the world.

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust was established as a charitable trust in 2014 to govern and manage the country’s two major literary awards – The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults – as well as National Poetry Day, and to ensure their longevity and credibility.

Contact details: 
Sarah Thornton, Thornton Communications,, 021753744

Written by

Sarah Thornton

22 Aug 2019