The Knitted Poem: National Poetry Day Live in London

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Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society puttin the finishing touches to the knitted poem

The Poetry Society has come up with a crafty way to mark their centenary – a giant knitted poem!

Knitters all over the world were asked to knit a letter on a blanket square and send it in. The poem chosen for the project has been a closely guarded secret. As each knitter was only working on a letter, they didn’t know what the poem would be! This morning it was revealed that the letters have been sewn together to spell out In My Craft or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas.

If you want to appreciate the full beauty of this poem (and the knitting!) head down to the Royal Festival Hall tomorrow for National Poetry Day Live!

You can join in the free events all afternoon in the Clore Ballroom, featuring live poetry readings from John Hegley, Roger McGough, Lemn Sissay and Selima Hill. Don’t miss the chance to see Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy reading her first National Poetry Day poem.

The afternoon also includes the prizegiving ceremony for the Foyle Young Poets and exclusive BBC archive footage of famous poets from the past reading their work.

National Poetry Day Live! – 8 October, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, 2-5pm


  1. Claire Doble says:

    Did you knit a square Lettice?!

    • Lettice says:

      No, I did notice the request for volunteers, but I’m rather engrossed in a few blankets of my own at the moment. None as big as this though – it’s absolutely enormous, you almost can’t read it if you’re standing next to it!

  2. Julie says:

    I wonder if Tracey Emin is having knitted letter envy?