I have to confess that National Writing Day has somewhat sneaked up on me; it wasn’t something in my calendar. In fact, I’d never heard of it before, so it was by chance that I caught it was happening.
The main partner for this is “First Story” which promotes writing at secondary schools. This organisation and its work has to be applauded without hesitation; helping young people find their own voice is more than worthy. It is a sprinkling or magic into their lives.
All of which makes me wonder why I didn’t know more about it. To begin with, there are certainly a lot of other partners in this venture:
Absolutely Cultured, Apples and Snakes, Arts University Bournemouth, Arvon, Authorfy, Back to Ours, BBC Writersroom, Bishop Grosseteste University, Bradford Literature Festival, Bristol Culture, Cast Theatre, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, City, University of London, Critical Fish, Dramatic Impact, English and Media Centre, Eskimo Soup, Fabled, Forward Arts Foundation, Freedom Festival, Goldsmiths, University of London, Granta, Hachette, Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service, Koestler Arts, Leeds Beckett University, Literature Wales, Literature Works, Ministry of Stories, National Association of Writers in Education, National Literacy Trust, New Writing North, New Writing South, Nottingham Libraries, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham Writers Studio, Novel Nights, Rathbones Folio Prize, Ridley Scott Creative Group, Royal Society of Literature, The Book Edit, The Poetry School, The Writing Squad, Vital Arts, Women of Words, Wrecking Ball Press, WriteClub, Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands
But following these links tells me that very few have actually promoted National Writer’s Day.
It appears to be some kind of state secret.
So maybe it’s up to us writers to shout out a little more about this important day. For us and all the future writers follwoing on.