Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Robert Burns

January 25, 2012

Today is the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Here is some information from the National Library of Scotland about him:

And if you fancy a go at making haggis and other Burns Night cuisine:

National Poetry Day

October 6, 2011

Today is National Poetry Day and this year’s theme is GAMES. There are lots of national and regional events taking place and you can find out what going on in your area by visiting this website.

In Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Poetry Society will be giving readings at Southsea Library. The event is free, check with venue for times.

Junkyard Poet

September 21, 2011

TOTD was in the village of Lizio, Brittany, recently. Deciding to skip the local insectarium (apparently the cafe actually serves crickets and meal worms!), it was decided to pay a visit to the Poet Ferrailleur where you can watch extraordinary animated sculptures made from scrap metal. There was a cinema too. Expecting a 5-minute introduction to the site, there followed instead two incomprehensible art house films that one is probably meant to take seriously. There are clips of “The Secret of Mermoz” on the website.

Portsmouth poems

November 30, 2010

New here:

about a new collection of poems about our home city.

As wells as The News printing some, you can hear some here: (search for ‘poems’).

Tatties and Neeps

January 25, 2010

Whip out the Haggis, prepare your tatties and neeps and raise a glass of whisky to Robert Burns for tonight is Burns night. Tonight Scotland (and the rest of the world) celebrates the life and works of their national poet.

You can find out more about Robert Burns here

and what you need for an essential Burns Night supper here


December 15, 2009

This website will find you words that rhyme,

with other words and save you time.

If poetry you long to write, 

Then try this site….

Ok, not very good but hopefully you get the idea!

Remembrance Sunday

November 8, 2009

Lest we forget…

Full details of the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Sunday Service can be found here:   

At TOTD we thought it would  be nice to give a special mention to Harry Patch, the last soldier of the First World War

and if you would like to read some of the poignant poetry that arose from the First and Second World Wars, and from the war in Afghanistan, please see the links below.


Itinerant Poetry Librarian

October 28, 2009

The Itinerant Poetry Librarian (Sara Wingate Gray) operates a “non-static, special collections public library.  For free, for everyone, and for everywhere, or at least, everywhere we can get to.”

Check it out here:

Or follow the blog at:
Twitter at:

Or read an article about it on pages 14-15 of Panlibus, Autumn 2009 where the mobile library makes the cover.  Available for free at:

Vogon poem generator

October 8, 2009

Today is National Poetry Day. You can celebrate this occasion by generating your own Vogon poem.

For those not familiar with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Vogons are an extremely ugly alien race from the planet Vogsphere and are notorious for their appalling poetry.

Havant Literary Festival

September 25, 2009

Havant Literary Festival kicks off today with all kinds of events that will appeal to novelists, poets, people who enjoy reading, films and theatrte:

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that there is an event about blogging run by Creative Industries Business Advice and Services. CIBAS an initiative from the University of Portsmouth that provides services for artists and other creative professionals: