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.

Poet's Diary

Paper Crane Poets
Poetry Collective at Beeston Library

4 June 2019 - 17 March 2020
Beeston Library

Are you a secret poem writer or a loud and proud spoken word performer looking to develop your skills? Local poets Chris McLoughlin and Leanne Moden invite poets at all stages and abilities to join them for a series of fun and friendly workshops aimed at creating a supportive writing environment right in the heart of Beeston.

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AGM and Poetry Reading: Tony Challis and Teresa Forrest
Nottingham Poetry Society
25th Jan

Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

Come and join us at our AGM and have your say in the running of Nottingham Poetry Society. Volunteers to help us in 2020 are welcome! If any members have books or pamphlets they want to sell or events they want to publicise then we can set up a table for you at the AGM.

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Poetry Scum #7
27th Jan

The Golden Fleece, Nottingham

Kicking off what's looking to be a very exciting year we have headline poet Mike Took! Mike is the founder of Scriptstuff Poetry and is also one of the Four Poets of the Apocalypse who performed at 2019s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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DIY Poets
5th Feb

The Playhouse Bar and Kitchen , the cafe area ( next to the bar) at : The Playhouse , Wellington Circus, Nottingham

New Venue for the monthly DIY Meetings, held on the following Wednesdays, monthly meetings, 8 pm start.

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Teacher CPD – Demystifying Poetry
6th Feb

Mansfield Central Library

A practical, interactive FREE professional development workshop for primary school teachers led by Owen Craven-Griffiths AKA Berkavitch

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Shoestring poetry in translation night
12th Feb

Five leaves Bookshop

Do join us for an evening of poetry in translation from Chinese, German and Italian

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Poetry from Helen Mort
18th Feb

Five leaves Bookshop

Helen Mort won the Foyles Young Poet of the Year *five* times before going on the write two collections for Chatto, Division Street – many of the poems reflect her background in the Yorkshire mining area – and No Map Could Show Them, the theme of which was on women and mountaineering.

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Poetry Surgery with Charlotte Lunn
11th March

Scarthin Books of Cromford

Charlotte is a writer, spoken word poet, workshop facilitator and tea connoisseur. After studying Creative Writing at The University of Derby, she became the Events Co-ordinator at Scarthin Books and has regularly reviewed books for BBC Radio Derby.

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Poet's News

Poetry Aloud at Exile Festival
Poetry Aloud presents: Spoken Word at Exile Music festival. Bring your words, your poems, and join us. We have featured artists, an open mic, and a space for you to enjoy the words in the Fishpond Bar at the lovely, boutique, delight that is Exile Festival

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THE 2019 POETRY PRIZE IS NOW OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS

I do hope that the Poetry Prize will receive your support and continue to generate interest in our tiny, indie press and our books that aim to normalise breastfeeding and mindful parenting. It is also hoped that it will stimulate creativity and produce some great poetry! If you’re interested in submitting work, please do read all the below. Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

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Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition

Artlyst in association with The Poetry Society are pleased to launch a new international award for poetry based on works of art.

From ancient times poets have been inspired by art. Ekphrastic poetry has given us some of the most celebrated poems in the English language from Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, to W.H. Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux-Arts’, based on Brueghel’s famous painting of Icarus falling from the sky. In each case, what has been created is not a mere description but a fresh insight, a new world, an autonomous work of 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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New Venue for DIY Poets

New Venue for the monthly DIY Meetings, held first Wednesday of the month, 8 pm start. Venue : Leafi, the cafe area ( next to the bar) at The Playhouse , Wellington Circus,

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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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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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

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

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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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