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Found in his kitbag after a sniper blew his head off.
Charles Hamilton Sorley, 1895-1915

When you see millions of the mouthless dead
Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
Say not soft things as other men have said,
That you’ll remember. For you need not so.
Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know
It is not curses heaped on each gashed head?
Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.
Nor honour. It is easy to be dead.
Say only this, ‘They are dead.’ Then add thereto,
‘Yet many a better one has died before.’
Then, scanning all the o’ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook. None wears the face you knew.
Great death has made all his for evermore.

Dulce Et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen

read by Christopher Eccleston


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Attack
by Siegfried Sassoon

read by Gemma Arterton


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In Times of Peace
by John Agard

Read by Noel Clarke


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The Next War
by Wilfred Owen

read by Alex Jennings


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Suicide in the Trenches
by Siegfried Sassoon

Read by Stephen Graham
Remembering World War 1 Some of Britain's finest actors read poetry from World War I


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Anthem for Doomed Youth
by Wilfred Owen

Read by Sean Bean
Remembering World War 1 Some of Britain's finest actors read poetry from World War I


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So Below by By Alex McGinty

UoN Creative Writing
Halloween may be over but the spooky season is not, so give this a read to raise goosebumps across your skin!


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Hockley Hustled! by LytishaPoet
 Austerity - pants. Steps by the people to help the people affected by austerity - fabulous. Here's a blog about the #HockleyHustle events in Nottingham on Sunday.


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The Nerve Of It

I was trying to formulate
in my malfunctioning brain cell
an explanation
a credible reason
or even a half baked feeble excuse
to justify
sitting in the
'reserved for the elderly and infirm'
seat.

The look on her face
sort of required it.

She stood there
expecting
in the way that certain women
with a certain shade of blue rinse
expect.

I hesitated.

I had already been hesitating
for longer than
expectation allowed.

It was clear from the look on her face
that anything I said

no matter how well constructed
or nuanced
the argument

would go down
like a request
to surrender
her bus pass.

I knew the protocol.

I made to give up my seat.

It was then that it happened.

Something dark passed across my face.

It was involuntary of course
it would have been unforgivable
for it to be any other way.

The something was
I suspect
the visual equivalent
of the screams of children
at just that pitch that no human
at least those not
schizophrenically challenged
or out on the far reaches of the spectrum
can ignore.

My eyes probably went black
like a sharks
it is what my wife says they do
at times like this.

Slightly shocked
not knowing how to cope
with a look of barefaced agony
of wrenching pain
on her Tuesday morning bus trip
to trawl through the oversized knickers
at Marks and Sparks
she shuffled off
to a less contested seat.

Leaving me in peace
to fight the daemons
of a trapped nerve ganglia
through the living hell
that was the ride into town
and as it seems
across the boundary
between middle age
and seats reserved
for those of
a certain age.

by Guy Jones

For the Love of George

 An adaptation of the monologue that was a critical success at the Edinburgh Festival 2000. It follows the experience of a woman trapped in violent marriage and her relationship with George and biology.

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We Need To Talk About Erik

 A short story, based, rather loosely it has to be said on some actual things that actually happened one rainy Bank Holiday weekend in Whitby.

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We Are Nottingham by Georgina Wilding
Visit Notts

LeftLion Editor Bridie Squires and Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding have been writing poems with loads of people in the city. They created a series of workshops, which took place in Bestwood, Bulwell, the city centre, Hyson Green, Lenton and Sneinton. The aim of these was to celebrate Nottingham, with the aim of bringing different communities together.
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Our Nottingham Things
Nottingham City of Literature

LeftLion Editor Bridie Squires and Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding have been writing poems with loads of people in the city. They created a series of workshops, which took place in Bestwood, Bulwell, the city centre, Hyson Green, Lenton and Sneinton. The aim of these was to celebrate Nottingham, with the aim of bringing different communities together.
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A Thumbs-Up Cabaret Guest Post From Young Creative Awards Winner Andrew Tucker
Nottingham City of Literature

The winner of the Young Creative Awards for Creative Writing (19-24 group), Andrew Tucker, tells us of the importance of the awards and how they provide "scaffolding when you’re doing something wobbly at a rickety sort of age"
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Finding a Voice: Guest Post by Aisha Mohammed Audu
Nottingham City of Literature

We received an email off a student volunteer who lent us a hand at a recent event, and we thought it was a lovely read about the power of literature and volunteering. She's agreed to let us publish it in full:
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How to Write a List Poem
Notts poetry Festival

Look at this great ‘how to list poem’ video from Josie Alford & Callum Wensley! Why not give it a go & debut your work at NPF 2020 from the 8th - 17th of May?
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The Lenton Railway Triangle
Nottingham and Beyond
I’ve been fascinated for many years by the area of land enclosed by a triangle of railway tracks to the south of Castle Marina in Lenton. The formal designations of the junctions at the three points of the railway triangle are Lenton North Junction, Lenton South Junction and, at the eastern point, Mansfield Junction.

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Why Publishers prefer Burglars to Poets!
Mark Gwynne Jones
Why publishers prefer burglars to poets! Poet, Mark Gwynne Jones performs Nine Types of Poet. Opening with 'Me'. Recorded live by Julia Novak at Contact Theatre, Manchester.

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For the love of A boards
It's In Nottingham
Who doesn't love a good A board? from quirky ways of getting you into shops and restaurants, to simply brightening up your day as you walk to work or pop to get a coffee.

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The Importance of Poetry
Sarah Courthope
City of Literature

Sarah Courthope, daughter of Stanley Middleton, explains how her father shaped how she saw poetry.

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