The event's director, Susannah Herbet, told The Guardian:
A poem can reach places that prose just can't. That's why we're inviting all with anything important to say today to say it with a poem. It can be new or old, utterly original or a familiar favorite. It can be deep and dark, funny or memorable. By enjoying, discovering or sharing a poem – words that draw attention to themselves – you change the nature of the national conversation.
Harvey had previously explored these concepts in her most recent album The Hope Six Demolition Project; the musician and her frequent collaborator Seamus Murphy documented their travels through war-torn Kosovo, which seen in the video for "The Wheel."