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
check out the website

Paris Marathon 2019

Guy ran the Paris Marathon 2019 to raise funds for Hothouse Theatre.

All 26.2 miles of it!
And his kees still hurt!!!

You can still donate to the cause.

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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

Guy Walks the Wight

 Guy will be Walking the Wight for Earl Mountbatten Hospice 2019, 12 May 2019


26 miles of nice views and blistered feet!

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For the Love of George

 They'll be painting the park fence soon. It could do with a new coat. They do it every now and then.

Of course there may be a closed season for fence painting, just like there is for football, and just like football its probably far too short.

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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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How to get your poetry published
Nottingham Writers' Studio
4th May
As part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival, publisher Teika Bellamy will help writers demystify the process of poetry publishing and share insider information so that writers can create a plan to achieve the publishing success they want.

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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

 They'll be painting the park fence soon. It could do with a new coat. They do it every now and then.

Of course there may be a closed season for fence painting, just like there is for football, and just like football its probably far too short.

Click here

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