FRS is delighted to announce that for the first time we will be sponsoring The Poetry Society’s Christmas Tree Poem which will be on display around the famous Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the Norwegians sending a Christmas tree to London as a symbol of peace and friendship and in recognition of British support during World War II.
The Poetry Society launched the Christmas Tree Poem initiative in 2009 as part of its centenary celebrations. Each year, workshops take place in London primary schools where children compose their own poems on a given theme and provide inspiration for a final collaborative poem. This year over 300 children contributed and the final poem, based around the theme of friendship, was written by AF Harold.
The poem will be read live by three of the contributing children in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 7th December, when the Christmas tree lights are switched on. This will take place at a ceremony organised by The Mayor of Westminster and Royal Norwegian Embassy, attended by the public, the Mayors of London’s 32 boroughs and a host of VIP guests.
As well as bringing professional poets into London primary schools to work with the pupils on their ideas and words for the Christmas tree poem, this initiative provides 2,000 UK teachers with new digital resources to assist them in teaching poetry.
The poem will be on display around the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square until 6th January 2018.
Stephen Rodney, CEO of FRS, comments “we are very excited to be part of this wonderful tradition and also to bring poetry to so many London schoolchildren”.