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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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Writer's News
The Poetic Podcast
Jay Rose Ana

Poet Jay Rose Ana was forged in the Black Country of the West Midlands. She loves poetry and thinks you might enjoy it too. Join Jay Rose Ana as she takes you on a poetic journey, exploring life through rhyme and prose, digging through poetry past and looking ahead to the future.

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DIY Poets Zine #56
DIY Poets

diy poets If you haven't caught a glimpse of issue 56 of our small but perfectly formed zine then this is your lucky day. Get yours.

If you like it please share the hell out of it. [ps thanks to all contributors and especially Frank McMahon]

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The Poetry News Special

poets against racism usa In a Poetry News Special, Martin meets Debbie Allen, co-founder of Poets Against Racism USA, in a Nottingham pub. Watch them chat about Poets Against Racism in the USA and the UK, the importance of standing up against racism and how you can get involved in antiracism through poetry.

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general submissions
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts!

Deadline 15th August

grist We read for general submissions from May 15 - August 15. Our print issue is published annually with an accompanying online issue.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are immediately notified if the piece has been accepted elsewhere.

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Writer's Diary

August Showcase
DIY Poets – August Showcase

City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham
11th Aug

diy showcase City Arts are pleased to host DIY Poets’ August Showcase.

Nottingham’s premier poetry group DIY Poets are presenting their latest showcase as a hybrid online/in-person event, live from City Arts. Featuring sets from Donald Holmes, Elaine Boot and Sonja Dengler. Plus, 7 DIY Poets.

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Real Talk August
Open mic poetry

The Maypole Café Bar and Theatre
11th Aug

real talk Real Talk is back on Thursday 11 August. With amazing featured acts including Real Talk's Pippa Nayer, multi dimensional artist Laura Dickinson and musical duo Loose Change. Also our resident DJ DP Beats

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Punjabi Poetry
World Jam

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

punjabi poetry Immerse yourself in the heady art of writing Punjabi poetry, with the aid of poetry examples, prompts and cultural reference with British Malaysian Punjabi poet, writer and model Sunita Thind. Explore yourself through the fusion of Punjabi and English language, smell the aroma of cardamon and garam masala, let your imagination fly.

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Walking Wild
A guided poetry workshop
Woven Earth
Sophie Sparham

High Leas Farm, Riber, Matlock
18th August

sophie sparham A guided walk that will encourage you to stop, pause and take in the nature around you. We will explore the land together in the midst of summer, using prompts and the senses to write poetry that responds to our surroundings. Expect beautiful views and a fire to finish.

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Creative Writing Workshop
Leanne Moden

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Acre Edge Road, Laxton
23rd Aug

leanne moden On Tuesday 23rd August we are proud to welcome Leanne Moden to the Centre

Leanne is running a creative writing workshop included within our standard admission fee at no additional cost to you!

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Five Leaves Book Group, discussing
The Book of Form & Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Five Leaves Bookshop
24th Aug

five leaves bookshop Our book group is open to all. Attend every meeting, occasionally or just once a lifetime. All we ask is that you read the book in advance and take part in the discussion. There’s a short introduction by a member of staff or a group regular or someone we know with a special interest in the book in question.

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Laura Grevel
Feature Artist Time to Arrive Open Mic

24th Aug

laura grevel Laura Grevel is a performance poet, fiction writer and blogger. She has performed her poetry in Texas and Europe. A proud member of DIY Poets and Poets Against Racism in Nottingham, United Kingdom, her work is eclectic, tackling the immigrant experience, narratives, character sketches and even grackle squawks.

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Wordsmiths & Wise Crackers
Poetry Scum #24

The Lord Roberts Pub, Nottingham
25th Aug

poetry scum This month we're doing something a little different, Wordsmiths & Wise Crackers, bringing you 2 top stand up comedians headlining & poeting!

Sign up to open mic from 7pm on a first come first served basis. If you're travelling from outside of Nottinghamshire please contact us directly to book at slot, poetryscum@gmail.com

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Environmental/Protest poetry and music
open mic night

Sumac Centre, Nottingham
26th Aug

sumac centre An evening of art, music and poetry from 7pm to 10pm!

The Sumac Centre is a volunteer-run social & community space based in Forest Fields, Nottingham. Established in 2001, the Sumac has been a hub for many people over the years.

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Word Wise #60
Adrian B. Earle

The Maypole Café Bar and Theatre
26th Aug

adrian b earl Word Wise is the concept of poet and performer Jamie Thrasivoulou, now compered and by Sophie Sparham. A spoken word and poetry night uniting the best talent from around the UK and beyond, with Derby's finest performers. Word Wise won the 2019 Saboteur award for Best Regular Spoken Word Event in the UK.

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Catch Your Breath
comedy that might send you to sleep, with Ed Patrick

Five Leaves Bookshop
5th Sept

catch your breath 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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The Gods Are All Here
with Phil Okwedy
Litchfield Storytellers

Live in Lichfield & Online
13th Sept

Phil Okwedy Sparked by the discovery of a series of letters from his father in Nigeria to his mother in Wales, The Gods Are All Here is a compelling, lyrical and warm performance.

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Write a Sestina
a Poetry Workshop with Leanne Moden

Nottingham Writers' Studio
22nd Sept

leanne moden In this workshop, we'll explore the sestina, one of the most interesting, fun and challenging poetry forms!

What is a sestina? “A sestina is a type of poetry, made up of six stanzas of six lines each, normally followed by a three-line envoi. The words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in a set pattern.”

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