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Fascinating Finds from Nottingham's Caves
Places of Work and Play
Until 7th July

University of Nottingham Museum

poster Nottingham is famous for its hundreds of caves which lie underneath the city’s historic centre, carved into the sandstone rock, some going back to the medieval period.

This exhibition highlights some of the fascinating cave finds, showing the ways in which caves were used for work – as places for tanning leather, brewing and storing ale, or craft-working – and as places of leisure, with impressive caves found underneath many of the city’s famous pubs, inns and townhouses where people gathered to drink, eat and enjoy themselves.

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Punch
by James Graham
Based on the book Right from Wrong by Jacob Dunne
Until 25th May

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Teenager Jacob lives in The Meadows, Nottingham. Like his mates, he spends his Saturday nights drinking in the city, looking for a bit of trouble. One adrenaline-fuelled night in Old Market Square, he throws a single punch at a stranger – with fatal consequences. Released from prison, Jacob is lost and adrift. Searching for answers, Joan and David – the parents of his victim James – ask to meet. An unlikely connection is made,and Jacob’s life begins to turn around.

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HELLO DOLLY
Beeston Musical Theatre Group

Until 25th May

Duchess Theatre, Derbyshire, NG10 1EF

poster Hello Dolly is based on the famous play 'The Matchmaker' by Thornton Wilder. The story of Mrs. Dolly Levi, a meddlesome opportunist, takes us from 1890s Yonkers to the glitz and glamour of the famous Harmonia Gardens Restaurant in New York. Dolly likes to arrange things…..lots of things, including marriages. A widow, she has found herself in love with a "half-a-millionaire" Yonkers merchant named Horace Vandergelder, so she proceeds to weave a web of romantic complications involving him, his two store clerks and a beautiful New York milliner as well as meddling in the relationship of Vangergelder’s niece. Eventually, of course, all is sorted out, and everyone ends up with the right person.

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Cluedo 2
The Next Chapter

Until 25th May

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

poster Following the huge success of the smash hit original play, Cluedo is back with a brand new hilarious whodunit. Set in the swinging 1960s, we meet a host new suspects, a new house, and lot of new bodies, in this all new tale of murder, mystery and secret passageways.

The brilliant cast includes West End and TV star Jason Durr, whose numerous credits include leading roles in Heartbeat and Casualty, playing Colonel Mustard and Ellie Leach – reigning champion of Strictly Come Dancing – will make her stage acting debut as Miss Scarlett.

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Secrets of Dracula . . . Unearthed
with Dacre Stoker
23rd May

Derby Museum of Making

poster Tiptoe behind the scenes of one of the world’s most enduring literary horrors, Dracula with Dacre Stoker.

Dacre Stoker, international bestselling author and great grandnephew of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, has spent the last 12 years researching his famous relative and uncovering the facts behind the myths associated with the research and writing of Dracula.

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Dandelions Poetry
with Katey Logan
plus open mic
23rd May

The Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham

logo Come and join us for the next Dandelions poetry evening! We are excited to have Katey Logan reading for us. There will be our usual varied and supportive open mic, so bring your poems! You can feature on our podcast if you want your open mic poem to be broadcast, but it's easy to opt out too.

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ROTTEN
A Josie White, Team Angelica and Emmerson & Ward Production

23rd May

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Hitchcock meets Lord of the Flies in this exciting new comedy-thriller by emerging writer Josie White.

Three young, regional actresses: Saoirse, Coco and Sonia are struggling to survive in London. Their shared dream is dwindling away quicker than their bank balances. But who needs electricity? Or Netflix? Every night, through their grotty living room window, the antiheroes have a front row seat to observe the life of Instagram ‘celebrity’ Iris Montague-Willis.

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How we tell our stories
23rd May

National Justice Museum

poster Throughout history people have expressed themselves by whatever means they can, whether in the form of cave paintings, murals or street art. Laura Decorum poses the challenge, how would you express yourself in a confined situation?

In this workshop you will explore feelings through mark making, poetry, graffiti and using patterns to express yourself.

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Our Favourite Stories
The Storytellers of Nottingham
23rd May

The Embankment, Nottingham

poster This month we have let the Storytellers of Nottingham loose to give us a rendition of their favourite story. This may not be a wise move. Anything could happen. I have no idea what they will come up with, nor any editorial control, but I think it is going to be good!

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Trans Figured
On Being a Transgender Person in a Cisgender World
with Sophie-Grace Chappell
23rd May

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

bookcover I was four and three quarters when I asked my mother if, from now on, I could please go to school as a girl instead of as a boy…’

Sophie-Grace Chappell combines personal memoir, philosophical reflection, open letters, science fiction writing, and poetry to help us all figure out transgender.

What is it really like to be transgender?

What can we as a society do better to accept the reality of trans lives and to welcome and include trans adults, trans children, and trans families? How can trans people thrive in a cisgendered world?

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Dracula: from Novel to Stage to Screen
with Dacre Stoker
24th May

Derby Museum of Making

poster Enjoy this audio-visual survey by Dacre Stoker, international bestselling author and great grandnephew of Bram Stoker author of Dracula.

Tracing the journey of Bram’s gothic masterpiece from dramatic reading to the various early stage and film adaptations of Dracula right up to present day. This 80 min presentation will be sure to education and enlighten fans and scholars alike. At the end of the presentation audience participation is encouraged to help decide which actor, who portrayed Count Dracula, is Derby’s favourite.

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Vintage Hitchcock
A Live Radio Play
by Joe Landry
University of Derby Present BA (Hons) Theatre Arts 3rd Year Students
24th - 25th May

Derby Theatre

poster Join us as we relish in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, the 'master of suspense', with a triple bill live radio adaptation of some of Hitchcock’s early works. Intrigue, mystery and murder are aplenty as we take a journey through The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps.

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GOODNIGHT Mr TOM
Bingham Musical Theatre Company
24th - 25th May

Bingham Arena Mercia Court, Chapel Ln, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8QX

poster One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times).

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

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Talawa Firsts
A Double Bill: Bougie Lanre’s Boulangerie by Kareem Parkins-Brown and Love In Gravitational Waves by Testament
Talawa – the UK’s outstanding Black British Theatre Company
24th - 25th May

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Talawa Firsts is the stage for fresh Black creative voices, celebrating exciting new writers and theatre makers. This is the first time that Talawa has taken Talawa Firsts to key cities outside of London – encapsulating the vision of their 2023 festival, New Ideas; No Limits.

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Archives Escape!
10am
25th May

Nottinghamshire Archives, Nottingham

logo A unique opportunity to explore the heritage of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire by solving puzzles and gathering clues around Nottinghamshire Archives. There will be a time limit to complete the challenge that will test your deductive skills, powers of reasoning and teamwork.

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Evening Gothic Tour
25th May

Newstead Abbey

Explore the oldest parts of Newstead Abbey and parts of its beautiful grounds while hearing tales of its Gothic past.

From the medieval priors to the ‘Wicked Lord’ and the famous poet and his ‘skull cup’, we will explore some of the darker tales of the Abbey and its inhabitants.

A glass of wine will steady your nerves before we start our adventure!

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Community Orchard Open day
Sat 25th May

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Kids Rule! at Bolsover Castle
25th May - 2nd June

poster Travel back in time this May half term at Bolsover Castle for an immersive journey into the life of a knight! Experience thrilling interactive shows: storytelling, page training, squire training, sword school, and a gripping battle story

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Sneinton Bloom Workshop

Water into Wine
Exhibition
25th May - 24th Aug

poster Water into Wine is a series of new paintings by Nottingham artist Kim Thompson that recaptures and upscales the beauty and depth present in the experiences of nine Nottingham residents of Caribbean descent, some of whom include the artist’s family. The paintings steer away from common narratives of trauma whilst also placing a spotlight on the existence of Black life in a regional British city. Water into Wine encourages us to rethink our perspectives on narratives underrepresented within the contemporary art gallery or museum context and to find relativity and connection within our own lives.

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Community Orchard Open day

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NAE OPEN 2024
25th May - 21st Sept

New Arts Exchange

poster The NAE Open returns for its fourth iteration with a presentation of works that includes paintings, video, live art, photography, textiles and sculpture. This dynamic exhibition was created through a competitive open application process for Nottinghamshire-based artists and Global Ethnic majority* artists living anywhere in the UK. Tasked to seek out the most innovative and high-quality artworks that address critical societal concerns and interests, a panel of advocates, including neighbours, artists and curators, chose from a substantive amount of submissions. The result is an eclectic and compelling selection of artists at different stages of their careers.

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Sneinton Bloom Workshop
Sun 26th May

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Five Leaves Open Fiction Book Group discusses
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
27th May

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

cover Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

Join us as we try to unravel the mysteries of Clarke’s fantastical parable of solitude, imagination, ambition and contentment.

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Accelerate Graduate Showcase '24
KTCollege
27th - 28th May

The Duchess Theatre, Derbyshire, NG10 1EF

poster One Singular Sensation is a song cycle from shows such as 'A Chorus Line', 'Curtains', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Smash' and more. It follows four stages; The Auditions, The Rehearsals, The Dressing Rooms & The Show. We watch a variety of characters go from audition to opening night.

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Strangers On A Train
by Craig Warner
27th May - 1st June

Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham

poster "...I tell you what: I’ll kill her for you if you kill my father for me...We swap murders, then nobody could find us..."

During a chance encounter on a train travelling across America, two men (Guy Haines and Charles Bruno) bond over how their future plans are each stymied by one person in their lives: Bruno by his controlling father, and Haines by his unfaithful wife Miriam. Charismatic psychopath Bruno suggests the perfect solution: they swap murders and no-one will ever be able to connect them with the deed.

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The Importance of Being…
Earnest?
Written by Joshua King, Simon Paris and Say It Again, Sorry?
Say It Again, Sorry?
28th - 29th May

Derby Theatre

poster Straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Everything seems to be going perfectly to plan in this traditional production of Oscar Wilde’s classic.

That is, until the lead actor fails to arrive on cue.

Join us for this hilarious and unpredictable twist on the world’s favourite comedy classic.

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Kipps
The New Half a Sixpence Musical
Carlton Operatic Society
28th May - 1st June

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

poster This new stage version of Half A Sixpence, which returns to the H. G. Wells‘ semi-autobiographical novel, “Kipps”, in order to reinvent the musical “Half a Sixpence” for the modern age, is an entertaining and fun-filled show!This updated version reunites book writer Julian Fellowes with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the smash-hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney.

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Grow, Play, Eat
29th May

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Poetry Scum
5 Year Anniversary
30th May

Robin Hood 540 Mansfield Road, Nottingham

cover We've only been championing working class, marginalised & activist creatives for 5 whole years! Come & celebrate with us, there will be cake!

Headline Poet: James Domestic
James Domestic failed miserably at school through the distractions of music, alcohol, and girls, spent his early post-school life between the chemical factory and the dole, and somehow now has a PhD. He's spent most of his life playing in punk bands of one sort or another, and has released more records than is healthy or sensible.

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CRIME CLUB
The Reprieved
30th May

National Justice Museum

poster Join us for our next instalment of Crime Club where we will dive into historic cases of Nottinghamshire men and women who originally received a punishment of execution and then had their sentences reprieved.

Our Head Historic Interpreter will explore crimes that were committed which resulted in the death penalty and what happened to alter their original sentences.

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Reasons To Be Cheerful
DIY Poets
@ Nottingham Poetry Festival 13rth June
City Arts 11-13 Hockley Nottingham NG1 1FH. You can also join us via Zoom

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Mama Afrika
Hope, Determination and Song
Tambai Promotions
30th May

Derby Theatre

poster Zimbabwean born singer, musician and storyteller Anna Mudeka tells the remarkable life story of an iconic South African singer, songwriter and civil rights activist, Miriam Makeba, charting her rise from the townships of Johannesburg to global star, forced into exile for her stand against apartheid and marginalised for championing Black rights.

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Fluent in both vol. 4
NAE
31st May

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

poster Fluent in both, the event will bring together the best local artists and showcase multilingual poetry and music at the New Art Exchange Nottingham from 7 PM until 11 PM on Friday, May 31st, 2024.

They have an amazing lineup featuring Nina-Rosa Pinto from Manchester, Sara-Louise from Leicester, our very own legendary Nick Em, and a first on our stage, Vivian Richardson. You won’t want to miss it!

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Mountbatten Hospice Wing Walk 2024
Emily Jones

In 2024, I am taking to the skies and taking part in the first charity Wing Walk on the Isle of Wight in aid of the wonderful Mountbatten Hospice on the island who looked after my lovely Dad and our whole family in his final weeks.
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The Wizard of Oz
Youth Edition
KTYCo
31st May - 1st June

Duchess Theatre, Derbyshire, NG10 1EF

poster The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition is a one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, specially tailored for young performers. L. Frank Baum’s beloved story of a young girl’s adventure in a magical land has been entertaining audiences for over a century.

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Worldbuilding for Speculative Fiction-A World of Your Own
Ian C Douglas
The Society of Authors
Writing East Midlands
1st June

Nottingham Central Library

logo Whether you write fantasy, sci-fi or anything in-between, at some point you may need to invent your own world. It could be another Narnia, Middle Earth or Earthsea. Alternatively, if you’ve got warp drive, you might be visiting Tatooine, Pandora or Gallifrey. One of the most fun aspects of speculative fiction is making up your own imaginary land. But it’s not that easy! How do you avoid boring readers with too much background information? Can you to achieve internal consistency? Can you make your world original and outstanding?

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Beautiful Evil Things
By George Mann & Deb Pugh
Ad Infinitum
1st June

Derby Theatre

poster Beautiful Evil Things is a high-energy one-woman show from Ad Infinitum, combining physical storytelling with cut-throat wit.

What if there was another take on the Trojan War, an untold breathtaking adventure you’d never heard before?

Enter Medusa. She was there.

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Green Hustle Festival
1st June

Old Market Square, Nottingham

logo Green Hustle Festival is a celebration of life and creativity that aims to make our city greener, healthier, and more connected.

Join in and be part of an epic party of positivity, hosted by an unparalleled cross-pollination of humans, from talented creatives to independent makers and cultural institutions.

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WWF Great Wild Walks
1st June

Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire

logo The forests you walk, talk and relax in are under threat from climate change. Will you take action? Unite with WWF at our brand new event in Sherwood Pines forest. Walk 5 or 10 miles and raise funds to save the places you love.

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Nottingham Poetry Festival 2024 Launch Party!

Part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival
6th June

Fox & Grapes, Nottingham

poster Get yourself down to the Fox and Grapes in Sneinton Market for a plethora of poetry fun. Want to watch? Then pull up a chair! Want to perform? Put your name down for the open mic! Fancy a sneak preview of the amazing talent on show at Nottingham Poetry Festival? You’re gonna get one! Expect writing opportunities, live illustration and much more. Hosted by the Nottingham Poetry Festival team, this event will get you up to speed ahead of ten amazing days of words.

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Nottingham Poetry Festival
7th - 16th June

Various Venues, Nottingham

poster Nottingham Poetry Festival is back, bigger and better than ever for 2024! This year, we’ve pumped up the volume to bring you 10 days of spectacular performances, open mics, workshops, panels, community events and more for you to dive right into the wonderful world of poetry.

Whether you’re a poetry connoisseur, a curious could-be wordsmith, or just fancy getting in on all the fun, Nottingham Poetry Festival truly has something for everyone this year. Join us between Friday 7 June – Sunday 16 June to be at the heart of the poetry action.

To find out more about the festival and keep up with our exciting announcements (including national headliners) be sure to give us a follow on socials, and keep an eye out for our online Festival Guide (coming soon).

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Speech Therapy

Part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival
7th June

Bunkers Hill - 36/38 Hockley, NG1 1FP

poster Speech Therapy is Nottingham’s longest running, often rambling, never still, somehow still standing spoken word night. It continues to offer new and established poets the chance to share their art in a welcoming supportive and diverse environment. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun!

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A Journey Inside VR poem

Part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival
7th June

Nottingham Central Library 1 Carrington Street Nottingham NG1 7FH

poster Join Lytisha as her mind wanders through a whole host of ideas sparked by the sounds of the MRI scanner. Examine the important questions in life – what did the Concorde sound like? Can mental dancing affect a scan? What flavour ice-cream should she have next? All the big questions. When you arrive for your ‘appointment’ you will put on a VR headset, lay back and relax. Surrounded by the sounds of the scanner, you will then be led on an unexpected journey. For full information please see the website.

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T.S.Eliot's Dog Ate My Homework
Fabulous spoken word poetry from some of Nottingham's best writers.

Part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival
7th June

Nottingham Central Library 1 Carrington Street Nottingham NG1 7FH

poster Once or twice upon a time, in a land called Big White Shed, some poets gathered together to share words and ideas. This continued for eons, until rumours started circulating of an invisible skulking Covid monster. The poets retreated into their caves, hiding behind the mighty shield of Zoom. In an act of hope and defiance, it was decided they would do ‘homework’ because they were old enough to have gotten over the trauma of school (just) and so, a writing group was born.

But they had reckoned without T.S. Eliot’s dog…

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Poets Off The Endz

Part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival
7th June

Metronome - Marco Island, Huntingdon St, Nottingham NG1 1AP

poster After two sellout shows at previous festivals, we’re delighted to welcome Poets Off The Endz back for NPF 2024. POTE is a poetry and spoken word platform born from an online series of the same name. Rooted in our own fair city, Jah Digga’s brilliant collective will deliver some incredible verse, Notts style.

The group are currently working on a project alongside NPF and The Hustle Collective to develop a spoken word theatre production that will be showcased in November with more info announced soon. If you’re lucky, you may get a sneak preview…

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Nottingham Black Archive
Anthology Launch

Part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival
8th June

New Art Exhange - 39, 41 Gregory Blvd, NG7 6BE

poster Nottingham Black Archive is proud to launch “Seeds of Resistance”, a commemorative anthology of global ethnic majority creatives, to mark 15 years of researching and collecting Black, history, heritage and culture in Nottingham. Founder and keeper of Nottingham Black Archive, Panya Banjoko, charts the campaigns, networks, and key individuals on the poetry landscape in Nottingham. “Seeds of Resistance” is an eclectic mix of contemporary poets, prose, artwork, and archival material by global ethnic majority writers and creatives. Poetry performances by Sarah ‘Rain’ Kolawole, Stanley O. Ayodeji and more.

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Reasons To Be Cheerful
DIY Poets
Nottingham Poetry Festival
13th June

City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH and online

poster City Arts are pleased to host Reasons To Be Cheerful, DIY Poets’ event for Nottingham Poetry Festival. It is an online/offline hybrid event from our building in Hockley, Nottingham. This is a chance to join Nottingham’s oldest running poetry group for a game of 3 halves, featuring open mic poetry and positive vibes.

There will be verse, some of it free, there may even be a rhyme or two. There will definitely be laughs and smiles all round. So why not dig out your most positive work and get yourself down to City Arts for a great night out?

Everyone is welcome. This is an entirely open mic event. You can take part as a Zoom performer or at the venue.

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Restore Nature Now March
22nd June

Starting in Park Lane, W1K, London, the full march route followes Piccadilliy before turning toward Trafalgar Square and heading down Whitehall to Parliament Square

poster The natural world is in trouble and we need to take action.

Giving a pay-rise for nature

Making polluters pay

Delivering more space for nature

Putting a right to a healthy environment in law

Ensuring fair and effective climate action

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