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We will be posting events and news as soon we are made aware of them. If you are hosting a live or virtual event to do with the written or spoken word, and you want a bit of extra publicity, then send us a link.


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Women’s Poetry Competition 2022
Deadline: 5th December 2022


women's poetry This competition is open to unpublished poems of any length, on any subject. Your £10 entry fee allows you to submit up to three poems.

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On Finding Your Flow
Lemonade Anemone
Leanne Moden

Sometimes, I can be a little impatient.

Ok, that’s an understatement. I am a very, very, very impatient person. But when it comes to books, I can sit and read all day, without ever getting bored.

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WoLF Poetry Competition 2023

Deadline 31st Dec

wolf On November 1st 2022, Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its poetry competition to poets from across the globe for the sixth consecutive year. The competition this year will be an ‘open’ one, so send us poems on whatever subject you like. Surprise us, enthral us, astound us, but make sure you send your entries in before December 31st!

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Oh My Nottz Theatre Listing
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Solidarity With Iran and Ukraine World Jam

The Carousel 25 Hockley Nottingham
4th Dec

world jam Join the Iranian and Ukrainian communities of Nottingham for an afternoon of Music, Poetry, Speeches and Performances!

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Christmas Online Writing Retreat
Part of the October-December writing events collection

5th Dec

A five-day online writing retreat, covering a range of topics with guest workshoppers Joanna Courtney, Charlotte Lunn and Roz Watkins.

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Open Book
wordy stuff at the organ grinder
Andrea Bowd, Neil Fulwood & Trevor Wright 

Organ Grinder, Nottingham
6th Dec

open book Open Book is held on the first Tuesday of the month in the function room of the Organ Grinder, Nottingham. The format is two (sometimes three!) headline poets and an open mic slot.

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Yarns at Yuletide
Discover Stamford at Christmas

Stamford Arts Centre
7th, 10th, 14th, 17th Dec

carol singers Meet at 3pm at Stamford Arts Centre for a guided walk with tales of Stamford at Christmas, expect twinkly lights and traditions, followed by warming mulled wine or hot chocolate and mince pies.

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Catch Your Breath
comedy with plenty of laughing gas
with Ed Patrick

Five Leaves Bookshop
8th Dec

rick Strong drugs for his patients, strong coffee for him. But it’s not just sleep-giving for this anaesthetist, as he navigates emergencies, patients not breathing for themselves and living with a terrifying sense of responsibility. It’s enough to leave anyone feeling numb. Ed is, by the way, an anaesthetist and a comic. So don’t worry, there’s plenty of laughing gas to be had.

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Writer Highway
Anthology Launch
Five Leaves Bookshop

International Community Centre, Nottingham
8th Dec

writer highway Join the Writer Highway for the launch and celebration of their first Writer Highway Anthology. There will be readings from contributors.

The Writer Highway is a community of creative writers with writers’ individual wellbeing at its heart. It offers workshops and coaching support on a termly basis, and was founded and is directed by Cathy Grindrod, who is the main Course Tutor and Coach, currently assisted by co-tutor Lizzie Dunford and occasional guest tutors.

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Real Talk
Tender folk/soul singer Aayushi Poet, writer, storyteller, musician, Noor Comedic poet and storyteller, Robert Stamper.
plus open mic

Maypole Derby
8th Dec

real talk Real Talk is back with a bang! You don't want to miss this one. Last one of the year and sadly the last one at the Maypole! So come along and say goodbye.

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Merrily Ever After
with Cathy Bramley, Cressida McLaughlin & Isabelle Broom

Newark Town Hall, Newark-on-Trent
10th Dec

merrily ever after Get into the Christmas spirit with romantic fiction authors Cathy Bramley, Cressida McLaughlin and Isabelle Broom as they engage in feel-good festive conversation with Tim Rideout about writing Christmas and romance.

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Jingle Spells
with James Brown
Newark Book Festival

Newark Town Hall
10th Dec

child holding book Join Trixie and Rudy the cat in Jingle Spells, a beautifully illustrated picture book by children’s author James Brown.

This event includes storytelling, a sing-along, a drawing demo, colouring in, activities, and the chance to draw yourself as an elf!

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Cuba ’62
an illustrated talk by JS Tennant
Five Leaves

Five Leaves Bookshop
12th Dec

cuba '62 poster The thirteen-day stand-off between the US and USSR in October 1962 was the most dangerous period of the Cold War. Richard Hollis chanced to be in Cuba as the Soviet troops were arriving, documenting his experiences with a camera, through diaries and letters. Months before, the Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo had toured the island writing the journals he was to turn into a book.

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We. Are. Derby Launch Event
A Historic England funded project exploring the stories of historic Derby County FC
Writing East Midlands

Pride Park, Derby, - 1884 Lounge
12th Dec

we are derby Calling all Rams fans!

What does Derby County mean to you?

Join us for the launch of We.Are.Derby, a project designed to help document memories of historic Derby County Football Club and keep them safe for future generations.

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Writing the Seasons
Exploring Winter Poetry
 Leanne Moden

18th Dec

open book With Christmas just around the corner, take a bit of time for yourself to doing some creative writing. We’ll be reading a selection of winter poetry and using them as the inspiration for writing our own work. If you’re keen for a new challenge, then join poet and workshop leader Leanne Moden for “Writing the Seasons”. This workshop is great for writers of all genres, looking to discover new ways of writing by reading and experimenting with wintery poetry.

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