Nottingham Poetry Festival
25 April – 5 May 2019

Nottingham Poetry Festival is back!

It is bigger and busier than ever with some of the biggest names in poetry and some of the most exciting new poets set to be the stars of the future.

There are all kind of events in all kinds of venues from the classic poet delivery their work to an appreciative audience to a poetry quiz, performance poetry and loads of open mic sessions.

There is more happening than we can put here, so treat this as selection to wet the appetite.

The best way to enjoy the festival is to treat it like a festival, show hop, try things out you would never think of trying otherwise and keep your mind well lubricated with the poison of your choice.

If you like words ... you will love this!

Here are some of the Highlights of the Festival

For a full list of events
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Paris Marathon 2019

 Guy will be running the Paris Marathon 2019 to raise funds for Hothouse Theatre.

All 26.2 miles of it! Paris. 14th April 2019. A day that will live in infamy.

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Friday 5th April

Preview Event
Fox & Grapes
5th April
7-11pm
2019’s Poetry Festival is set to be our busiest yet, with cross discipline collaborations, LGBTQIA & BAME writing workshops, new and exciting venues on board, and of course, a gaggle of must-see performers raising the roof for ten full days.

We also welcome our new Creative Director, Georgina Wilding, to the team, who has been busy booking acts and working behind the scenes to foster new creative opportunity in our Notts stomping ground.

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Thursday 25th April

Poetry from John Harvey
Five Leaves Bookshop
25th April
7pm - 8.30pm
John is best known for his crime fiction, but is also a poet with several collections to his name, and he used to edit the little magazine Slow Dancer and Slow Dancer Press.

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Totally Wired
Wired Café Bar, 42 Pelham Street
25th April
6pm - 8pm
We take a moment to celebrate Nottingham with our featured poet and NTU Writer in Residence Bridie Squires, and our regular open mic.

Pay what you can admission for Nottingham Refugee Forum.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Friday 26th April

Poets Against Racism
New Art Exchange
26th April
19:00-21:30
Poets Against Racism (PAR) are a performance collective bringing Midlands-based poets, spoken word artists and rappers together to challenge the rise in racism and bigotry in our society. This event encourages new performers to join more established poets in creating a safe space to explore identity, belonging and how to celebrate diversity in a post Brexit world. Hosted by Manjit Sahota, founder of PAR, and will include live performances and a short open mic section.

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NPF Present: Ian McMillan, Anne Holloway & Jim Otieno-Hall
Metronome, Huntingdon Street
26th April
April, 7pm - 10pm
Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb. He’s Poet-in-Residence for Barnsley FC, The Academy of Urbanism and, until recently, English National Opera. He’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Pointless Celebrities, Coast, Countryfile, Pick of the Week, Last Word, The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (C4) …

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Saturday 27th April

Nottingham Poetry Society Slam
Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street
26th April
2.30pm-5pm
The annual Nottingham Poetry Society, Poetry Slam is back! Enjoy poets competing over multiple rounds for cash prizes, but mostly for fun. The event is always a hoot and will once again adjudicated by poet and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature team member, Leanne Moden .

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Antosh Wojcik: How to Keep Time
Nonsuch Studios, 32a Clarendon Street, NG1 5JD Nottingham
27th April
18:00-19:15

Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, award-winning poet Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family in his debut work for theatre, How to Keep Time, produced by Penned in the Margins.

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Roger McGough: Joinedupwriting
Lakeside Arts, University Park, NG7 2RD
27th April
7pm-10pm
Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-lovedpoets, is the author of over seventy books of poetry and editor of numerous anthologies. His exuberant new collection ‘joinedupwriting’ ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Sunday 28th April

Amity: Folk Poetry
Café Roya, 130 Wollaton Road, Beeston
Sunday 28th April 2019 5pm - 8pm
Award winning Vegetarian eatery, Café Roya will host a global selection of poets and folk music with a focus on traditions from Gambia and the Arab World. Featuring renowned kora player Suntou Susso alongside poets and storytellers from Syria, Persia and the UK. The event has been supported by UK Food Aid and Himmah.

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NPF Present: Caroline Bird, Georgina Wilding & Ioney Smallhorne
Metronome, Huntingdon Street
Sunday 28th April 2019 7pm - 10pm
Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright. She has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award.

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World Jam Global Poetry and Music
@ at Peggy’s Skylight
Sunday 28th April 2019 7:00pm - 12:00am
World Jam, Nottingham’s Global Poetry and Music collective invite you to join them to celebrate the launch of their multi-lingual poetry anthology, as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019 at Peggy’s Skylight.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Monday 29th April

Science Rhymes
Room A17 Mathematical Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, University Park Campus,
29th April 2019
5.30pm - 7.30pm
Science meets poetry in this unique event: Nottingham scientists will recite sonnets and limericks to disseminate their research achievements in layman – and rhyming – terms.

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A Write Royal Performance
Royal Concert Hall, Level 4 Bar, Theatre Square
29th April 2019
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Special guest Henry Normal, poet, BAFTA winning screenwriter, TV and film producer and festival founder, joins The Royal Writers – members of the 55+ writing groups at Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall – in this poetic extravaganza. Also featuring Cathy Grindrod, widely published poet and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

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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Tuesday 30th April

NPF Present: Lorraine Mariner, Leanne Moden & Chris Lanyon
Waterstones, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate
30th April 2019
7pm - 10pm
A truly remarkable poet, Lorraine Mariner’s readings are often casual, quiet, funny, offbeat, almost deadpan; but to call her poems merely ‘quirky’ would be to do them a disservice – her work is too aware of the bleakness of its backdrops, the odds stacked against the small, humane occurrences of life, which makes their determined preserving of those occurrences an all the more remarkable achievement.

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“Poetic Justice” featuring Nafeesa Hamid and Arch Femmesis
National Justice Museum, High Pavement
30th April 2019
7pm - 9.45pm
Live from the iconic National Justice Museum courtroom, an eclectic evening of spoken word featuring acclaimed poet Nafeesa Hamid, electro-pop duo Arch Femmesis + a Robin Hood vs Maid Marian Poetry Slam!

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Poetry Aloud presents: To The Moon and Back
Fox and Grapes, 21 Southwell Road
30th April 2019
7.30pm-10.30pm
It’s the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. Bring your travel, space, star, love, poems and join us on a journey, To The Moon and Back.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Wednesday 1st May

NPF Present: Andrew McMillan, Milla Tebbs & Joshua Judson
Metronome, Huntingdon Street
1st May 2019
7pm - 10pm
Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical was the first poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014).

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WordDrop – Open Mic
Canalhouse, 48-52 Canal Street
1st May 2019
7.30pm -10pm
Blackdrop and Crosswords join forces for a spectacular event celebrating the Nottingham spoken word scene. Plenty of open mic slots available – come along, perform!

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Thursday 2nd May

Maresa MacKeith: I Can Still See The Sky
Waterstones, Waterstones, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate
2nd May 2019
6pm - 7.30pm
Maresa MacKeith is a force of nature. Her work is seeds grown into a field of sunflowers captured in a time-lapse.” Tshaka Campbell.

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DIY Poets Present
Sue Ryder, 30-32 Goose Gate
7-9 p.m. Thursday 2nd May
Local bards DIY Poets have been scribbling and performing fantastic poetry for over a decade. Join them as they showcase an evening of poetry, acoustic music and an open mic, open to all.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Wednesday 3rd May

Poetry Cocktail
Holy Calzone in Lady Bay
3rd May
7pm - 9pm

We serve up home- made poetry from Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham and any parts of the world you care to bring along. Come along to Holy Calzone in Lady Bay for a heady night of new poetry in an old chapel.

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Andrew Graves: God Save The Teen
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham
3rd May
7pm - 9pm

A troubled teenage son and his aloof single father pick their way through a bitterly indifferent relationship in a funny and moving coming of age show about growing up and getting it wrong. Ex-youth worker and poet Andrew Graves relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion and working class rebellion.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Saturday 4th May

NPF & NTU Curated and Created Present: Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamie Thrasivoulou & Bridie Squires
Metronome, Huntingdon Street
4th May
7.30pm - 10.30pm

The first black poet to be published in Penguin Modern Classics, Linton Kwesi Johnson’s work has always been political, vital and necessary, drawing attention to topics like systemic racism, police abuse and National Front attacks, calling for government, institutions and society to be held to account.

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These are some of the Highlights of the Festival.
For a full list of events check out the website

Sunday 5th May

LeftLion: Unheard Verse & Festival Closing Party
Fox and Grapes, 21 Southwell Rd
5th May
2pm - 11pm

It’s bank holiday, it’s the end of the festival, let’s have a party. Midnight Shelley headlines a selection of Nottingham’s unheard poets.

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Willis the Poet’s Adventures in Wordyland
The Angel Microbrewery, 7 Stoney Street
5th May
8pm - 9pm

Join Willis the Poet on a journey through his strange comedy poetry brain. Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed…

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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.

Click here

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