Nottingham's Poetry Scene

Nottingham Poetry is big news!

The poetry scene is bigger than ever with regular poetry reading, open mic nights and people getting all poetic with each other at the drop of the proverbial,all over the place.

It is not so much a matter of where can you find poetry in Nottingham, as how you avoid having verse and rhyme, metaphorically, with a touch of onomatopoeiaic alliteration thrown in, shoved down your lugholes.

Not actually so bad if you happen to like the stuff ... which I do.

Although you don’t have to write poetry to get involved in all this, the likelihood is, that if you like poetry, you probably write it too. Luckily, many of the events have an open mic element, so you can get up there and share your work with an unsuspecting world.

Nottingham Poetry Society
The Society meets at various venues throughout the year.

We have a diverse programme of readings, talks, workshops etc, as well as an open forum, when members have the opportunity of presenting their own work.

You are always very welcome to join us as a visitor. The visitors’ fee varies between £3.00 and £5.00 per session (depending on location).

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DIY Poets Nottingham
Wednesday of each month at 8pm upstairs at the Broadway bar, Broad Street, Nottingham city centre.


DIY Poets Nottingham poetry collective has been in existence for over ten years. The aim of DIY Poets is to give budding poets the opportunity to perform their work in public and get their work published.

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Poetry Is Dead Good
Various venues


Reclaiming poetry for people who aren't boring.

Poetry is not confined to the arena of academia. Come down to our night and make Poetry meet you halfway.

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Blackdrop
Various Venues
A cultural exchange of raw emotion delivered through spoken word, song, social commentary, poetic expression and rhymes n beats.

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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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Poetry Aloud
Various Events

A curated platform for spoken word and music. Based in Nottingham, Poetry Aloud stages have been seen at: Green Fest, Exile Music Fest and West Bridgford.

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Poetry Scum
Last Mon of month

Gloden Fleece, Mansfield Road Nottingham
3rd May
7pm - 9pm

Nottinghams working class open mic, celebrating under class & activist art.

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Crosswords Open Mic
second Wednesday of each month

Cock and Hoop Pub in Nottingham.

Crosswords is Nottingham’s premier subterranean spoken word open mic night.

We love all things Spoken Word: from poetry to prose, storytelling to monologues. Everyone’s welcome.

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Nottingham Young Writers Groups
Saturdays 1pm – 3pm and are aimed at 11–15 year

Nottingham Central Library

Sessions take place on Saturdays 1pm – 3pm and are aimed at 11–15 year olds. Each session costs £6, but bursary places are available.

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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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