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National Poetry Day 2021

National Poetry Day 2021 is on 7 October and is a day to celebrate poetry! These books have been specially selected for reading groups as there’s a lot to discuss in them. Find out more about the list and download discussion notes. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and @PoetryDayUK.

Poor by Caleb Femi
The Craft of Poetry: A Primer in Verse by Lucy Newlyn
The Historians by Eavan Boland
Crossing Lines: An Anthology of Immigrant Poetry by Aaron Kent
The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette by Angela Gardner
100 Poems to Save the Earth by Zoe Brigley, and Kristian Evans
100 Poets: A Little Anthology by John Carey
All The Names Given by Raymond Antrobus
Friend: Poems by Young People by Kate Clanchy
The Forward Book of Poetry 2022 by Various Poets

Booker Prize 2021

The Booker Prize is the leading literary prize for literary fiction written in English. These 6 books have been chosen by the judges as the 2021 longlist. Find out more about the list. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and @TheBookerPrizes.

No One Is Talking About This: 'A literary star' Guardian by Patricia Lockwood
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
The Promise by Damon Galgut
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

Climate Change
Books of the Year
Non-fiction November 2019
NaNoWriMo – Debuts of 2019
Food, Glorious Food
Space Chase
Changemaker Reads
Side-splitting Stories
Dementia friendly booklist from Wendy Mitchell
All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country

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