National Stationery Week 2017 is Coming! Are You Ready?

Next week sees the arrival of National Stationery Week 2017, the perfect event for every stationery addict! Now in its 6th year, the annual event celebrates all things stationery and writing.

Understanding that writing matters, the events organisers believe that even in our increasingly digital world, pen and paper are still important. The National Stationery Week 2017 will therefore see a host of events and celebrations on the high street and online, which will encourage everyone to get writing.

As a bit of a stationery addict myself I love the idea of National Stationery Week 2017 and here on the blog, and on our social channels I will be aiming to have a stationery-themed week.

But before we jump into all that let’s take a quick preview of what National Stationery Week 2017 has in store.

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The Low Down on National Stationery Week 2017

This year’s National Stationery Week runs from the 24th April – 30th April 2017. That’s 7 days jam packed with stationery goodness. Not to say you shouldn’t be loving stationery all year of course.

At the heart of all the stylish stationery is the fundamental idea that writing matters; as does drawing, doodling and generally getting creative with pen and paper in my humble opinion.

& once more it’s important to stress that even in times of increasingly clever and brilliant tablets and stylus type things, the old school pen and paper is still a winner.

Whether you write a short story, a letter to loved ones or just doodle your thoughts into a diary, a pen (or pencil) and sheet of paper lets your imagination run free.

Or if you want to think in statistical terms… according to YouGov research commissioned by National Stationery Week,

  • 94% of adults think that writing by hand is important
  • 97% think it is important for children to be taught to write.
  • 91% of children aged between 8 and 15 think it is important to be able to write by hand
  • 86% of business managers expect candidates for jobs to be able to write by hand, as well as have keyboard skills.

So why not spend a little time putting pen to paper and getting creative, and why not start that habit with the support of National Stationery Week.

If you’re on social media look out for these hashtags to find fellow Stationery Week devotees.

#natstatweek #writingmatters #writeit #getbritainwriting #keepwriting #keepkidswriting #lovestationery #stationeryaddict

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National Stationery Week Events

There’s lots of ways to get involved, here are just a few.

Seven Days of Stationery

National Stationery Week organisers will this year be hosting ‘Seven Days of Stationery’ to keep people excited and motivated across the week. Last year this saw a worldwide community of stationery addicts, get the event trending for 3 days of the week across social media channels.

This year the seven themed days are:

Monday – #PenAndPencilDay

Tuesday – #GetCrafty

Wednesday – #WorldStationeryDay

Thursday – #ThankYouThursday

Friday – #FountainPenFriday

Saturday – #SignatureSaturday

Sunday – #WriteALetterDay

The London Stationery Crawl

If you live or work in London (or are planning to visit) you could even take part in the London Stationery Crawl. Think pub crawl but with fantastic stationery stores rather than beer.

National Stationery Week 2017 organisers have even created this handy trail to get you inspired!

Stationery Crawl

More Ways to Get Involved with National Stationery Week 2017

  • Use Twitter and Facebook to share your favourite stationery products, brands and retailers.
  • Upload a stationery / writing themed picture to Twitter with any of the following hashtags
    #natstatweek #keepwriting #getbritainwriting #keepkidswriting #writingmatters #writeit #lovestationery or #stationeryaddict and upload onto Facebook
  • Look out for stationery prizes to be won from your favourite designers and makers.
  • Write a letter or card to a relative or friend.
  • Treat yourself to a new pen or notebook – or even both, it’ll make you feel good and get the creative ideas flowing.
  • Encourage little ones to write cards and letters.
  • Practice your handwriting, and if you are a teacher why not have some fun handwriting-themed activities in class during the week.
  • If you’re a blogger take part in the Stationery Week’s blogging competition; full details on their website (link below).

Find Out More

There will be tonnes of writing and stationery themed events going on throughout National Stationery Week 2017 so keep your eyes peeled; Especially when World Stationery Day hits on Wednesday 26th April.

If however you want to find out more right away please visit the official website.

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