It's World Poetry Day on 21 March and to celebrate, we've teamed up with Young Poets Network to get young people writing and creating poetry.
Young Poets Network is an online resource from the Poetry Society for young poets up to 25. It's for everyone interested in poets and poetry - whether you've just started out, or you've been reading and writing for ages.
We challenge you to either:
Write your own poem about reading. What do reading and books mean to you - what effect have they had on your life? What worlds have they taken to you? Why are they important?
Or, create your own poetry hack. So, find some poems you like and turn them into something extraordinary. The video below gives an example of a poetry hack.
Other ideas for a poetry hack might be blanking out the words from a poem or book to create something new; rearranging the lines in a poem to create new meanings; replacing all the nouns (or verbs or adjectives) in a poem with ones chosen from a different poem - it's up to you!
Let us know what you've done to create your hack when you send in your poem - we will be intrigued to hear about your experiments.
Three winners will receive a £10 book voucher and an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook.
This challenge is for young people aged 25 and under, from all over the world. The deadline is Sunday 26 April 2015. You can send a page poem written down, or a performance poem as a video or as an audio file. Send as many poems as you like.
If you are sending a written version of your poem, please include it in the body of an email. If you are sending a video or audio file, please attach it to the email (making sure it's no bigger than 4MB or it won't come through) or send us a link to where we can see/hear it.
Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age and address. By entering, you give permission for Young Poets Network and The Reading Agency to reproduce your poem in print and online, though copyright remains with you.
You will also be added to the Young Poets Network emailing list - please let us know if you don't want to be added to the list.
About Reading Hack
The Reading Activists programme for 13-24 year olds will soon become Reading Hack. Watch this space for more updates.
We encourage 13-24 year olds to use the library, volunteer, and inspire others to read.
Our Reading Well titles also use reading as a tool to support young people’s health and wellbeing.