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17/10/02
Motion Moves to Covent Garden
- Laureate in National Poetry Day centrepiece

COVENT GARDEN takes cenre stage tonight as Britain celebrates National Poetry Day.

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is to perform a reading outside St Paul's Church (not the cathedral!) which is on the west side of Covent Garden piazza and is usually the venue of choice for assorted fire-eaters, buskers and jugglers.

This year the theme of the day is 'celebration' and to coincide with National Poetry Day, a book called The Nation's Favourite Poems of Celebration is to be published.

As well as the main London reading, cities across the country are organising their own events. One angle being pushed by organisers of National Poetry Day is that writing poems is good for one's mental health.

"Three quarters of people said writing poetry helped by encouraging them to bring out disorganised thoughts, feelings and emotions," said Dr Robin Philipp of a research project involving 200 people.




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