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Submit Your 2024 Festival Event
Nottingham Poetry Festival
Deadline 29th April
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logo This year, Nottingham Poetry Festival celebrates local, national and internationally acclaimed artists that align with our community values.

We are passionate about strengthening our partnerships as we invite you to organise performances, workshops, debates, and any other poetry-related activity as part of our 2024 programme.

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DIY Poets
Youtube Channel

logo We are a Nottingham, UK based poetry collective. We're nice and we don't always rhyme.

Our aim is to give budding poets the opportunity to perform their work in public and get their work published and we're proud to have members of all ages, shapes, sizes, experiences and styles, from brand new poets and occasional hobbyists to slam winners and published writers.

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Our City, Our Stories
Join one of our FREE workshops this spring, dates to be confirmed soon, at your local library.
Nottingham City of Literature

logo Our City, Our Stories is a creative project, about gathering local stories. Join us for relaxed workshops where we’ll talk, listen and write together, building stories based on your experiences and ideas.

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The Creative Future Writers’ Award
Deadline 19th May

logo The Creative Future Writers' Award is the only free to enter national writing competition for all underrepresented writers. Prize winners are selected by a panel prestigious authors and industry experts and are given the opportunity to develop their work through training, mentoring, assessment and coaching.

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Heritage Aesthetics
Anthony Anaxagorou
GOBS Poetry Book Club
20th April

Nottingham Central Library

poster GOBS Collective invites you to chat and scribble your heart away as our Poetry Book Club returns, this time hosted in the brand new Nottingham Central Library (Meeting Room 2) and via Zoom.

GOBS Poetry Book Club provides a space for poets, writers, readers, performers, and artists to meet over a cuppa, and have a good chinwag over our poetry collection of the month. For the first half of the session we’ll talk about the book, and in the second half we’ll do some focussed writing exercises based on our favourite poems.

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Living Witchcraft
Moira Hodgkinson
Society of Authors
20th April

Nottingham Central Library

logo Living Witchcraft blends intuitive magic, rituals and spell casting with everyday life in this honest account of what today’s witches really do: it’s not all wand waving and pointy hats, so if you’ve not had your Hogwarts letter yet, come along and find out more from a practicing witch.

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Fell
by Jenn Ashworth
Five Leaves Open Book Group
22nd April

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

bookcover “The edgelands of England are strange, amorphous places; constantly shifting as sand, wind and water transform what was known yesterday (or even an hour ago) into something alien and disorienting. Beaches become marshes. The mouths of estuaries are made to yawn wider. Things are lost. The past resurfaces. Nowhere is this more apparent than Morecambe Bay, the setting for Jenn Ashworth’s fourth novel, Fell.” Guardian

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An anarchist history event for St George’s Day!
23rd April

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

book cover Andrew Whitehead – A Devilish Kind of Courage – the tale of a notorious 1911 London gunfight, the ‘Siege of Sidney Street’, and its consequences.

On 3 January 1911, in the heart of London’s mainly Jewish East End, police discovered Latvian revolutionaries wanted for the murder of three officers. A six-hour gunfight ensued, with a fire consuming the besieged building. Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary, arrived at the scene and ordered the blaze not to be extinguished. Afterwards two charred bodies were found; the elusive Peter the Painter, believed to have been the ringleader, remained at large. This gripping episode, known as the ‘Siege of Sidney Street’, was a nationwide sensation and ignited fierce debates on immigration to Britain, political extremism and law enforcement

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Man Up Man Down
FREE Poetry, Spoken Word and Music Production Workshops
23rd April

Fishergate Point Studios, Fisher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1GD

logo Come join us at Fishergate Point Studios in Nottingham, UK for an exciting event designed exclusively for men.

During an unusually open discussion in between World Cup matches being shown at a Nottingham bar back in 2018, it became obvious to us that most men in our group had, at some point, had issues with their mental health. The seeds were sown to make an application to the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to provide support through Arts and wellbeing sessions.

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Our Beautiful Planet
The Storytellers of Nottingham
24th April

Malt Cross, Nottingham

poster We live on the most beautiful planet in the known universe, so join us for an evening of Stories to celebrate our good fortune! Downstairs at the Malt Cross, Nottingham centre on Wednesday 24th April, 7.15pm, £4 cash on the door, any profits to Nottingham Samaritans. We have at least 8 Storytellers, including some tellers new to the Storytellers of Nottingham.

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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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Rilke
with Martyn Crucefix
24th April

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

bookcover As translator, Martyn Crucefix has commented: ‘This selection of Rilke’s poetry has been made with regard to three criteria: those poems a new (or more experienced) reader might reasonably expect to find in such a book, plus those poems that I felt were important to a rich and comprehensive view of Rilke’s poetic achievements, plus those individual poems that I felt especially in tune with.

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Word Wise #76 Twisted Tongues
26th April

Dubrek Studios, Derby, DE1 3LB

poster Word Wise is 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.£3 Early bird tickets (plus booking fee) £5 on the door.This month we've got the legendary Twisted Tongues.

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Realms of Fantasy 3
A day of fantasy writing workshops with a range of guest authors.
27th April

Online

poster Realms of Fantasy returns to complete the trilogy, serving up a loaded day of fantasy writing workshops with a series of guest authors! Join us to gain the insight, inspiration and information to take your fantasy fiction to the next level.

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Home, I’m Darling
Bonington Players
24th - 27th April

Bonington Theatre, Nottingham

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Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism
Non-Fiction Book Group
29th April

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

book cover Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism does both of those things. In less than a hundred pages he makes the case that it has become easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism. Fisher argues that a lack of alternatives to this system creates a sense of cynicism and political apathy. For him, this way of organising our society affects not only our economy but our culture, private lives and mental health. He makes his case not through classical literature or impenetrable political theory but rather by analysing popular culture.

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Speak Easy
The Spoken Word Collective
Young People
3rd May

Nottingham Playhouse

poster Come and join the SpeakEasy Spoken Word bi-monthly open mic nights at Nottingham Playhouse. Led and curated by The Mighty Creatives and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature youth board member Connor Brown, alongside Nottingham Playhouse and fellow City of Literature youth board member Abigail Hutchinson.

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