Find out more about your favourite poets below and watch their performance films.
See 8 poets perform for National Poetry Day 2017
Allan Ahlberg is the author of over 150 books. He famously collaborated with his late wife Janet on picture books with rhyming texts such as Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo!
James Berry's poems celebrate the inner city life of Britain and the rural Caribbean. They draw on the language and speech rhythms of both cultures.
Valerie Bloom is a performance poet, originally from Jamaica, and many of her poems are in Jamaican Patois.
CLPE has run a number of poetry projects in Southwark and children from all over the country have also submitted their work to us.
Julia Donaldson MBE is a writer, playwright and performer and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate.
Allie Esiri, described in a Tatler profile as 'a poetry powerhouse', is a former English stage, film and television actress, now a writer.
Kathy Henderson is a writer, poet and illustrator with many published titles for children. She has won many awards for her titles including The Kurt Maschler Prize.
Joanne Limburg won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 1998, and her first book, Femenismo, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
John Lyons, winner of the WindRush Arts Achiever Award and Peterloo Poetry Prize, was born in Trinidad and educated as an artist and art educator in the UK.
Aoife Mannix was born in Sweden of Irish parents. She grew up in Dublin, Ottawa and New York before moving to the UK. She is the author of several poetry collections.
Tony Mitton wrote his first book Plum in 1998 and he has since had 14 more publications and won numerous awards for his work.
Grace Nichols draws on the language patterns, rhythms and themes of her Guyana homeland as well as those of contemporary Britain. Listen to the music of these lines as she reads aloud her poems.
Rachael was born in Birmingham in 1987. Her work has appeared in Magma, Gigantic Sequins and The Cadaverine. In 2012 she won an Eric Gregory Award.
George Szirtes was born in Budapest and came to England as a refugee in 1956. His poetry has been widely published in magazines and books.
Several of Jennifer Watson’s poems feature in the CLiPPA 2015 shortlisted book Let in the Stars: New Poetry for Children.