Nottingham Poetry Festival 2020.

13th - 22nd Nov

It’s here again!

The Nottingham Poetry Festival!!

And that is not even enough exclamation marks!!!

Locally, nationally and internationally renowned wordsmiths all coming together to share their stuff to lift Nottingham out of the drabness that is Lockdown II.

Bafta nominated International prize winning writer Lemn Sissay; Vanessa Kisuule performed at Glastonbury, The British Library and The Royal Albert Hall; Henry Normal ... well you know about him ... and ... as they say ... much ... much more! (oh look ... another exclamation mark!!)

Come get yourself down to the Nottingham Poetry Festival ... I mean ... where else are you going to go?

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What's On

Nottingham Poetry Hunt

Use the clues to work out these Nottingham venues. There’s poetry treasure waiting to be dug up from their social media pages.

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Have your words featured on ‘PoGo’ – an international poetry app

16-25 year olds
Deadline 27th Nov

This opportunity is open to 16-25 year olds in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire. Only six Notts poets will be selected. Could you be one of them?

PoGo stands for Poetry on the Go. The project is a joint effort between organisations from six European countries: the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Romania & Turkey.

A mobile app will be developed. It will use Augmented Reality to showcase poetry to young people across Europe.

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Lemn Sissay
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

13th Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

Bafta nominated International prize winning writer Lemn Sissay was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England, The Pen Pinter Prize and a Points of Light Award from The Prime Minister. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Huddersfield, The University of Manchester, The University of Kent and The University of Brunel. He won a Bikila award with the Ethiopian music legend Teddy Afro.

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Vanessa Kisuule
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

16th Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer and performer based in Bristol. She has won over 10 slam titles and was the recipient of The Jerwood Micro Arts Bursary in 2017. She has performed at an array of renowned poetry events and venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The British Library, Blahblahblah at the Bristol Old Vic, Tongue Fu and Chill Pill in London as well as many festivals including Shambala, WOMAD, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury.

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Accelerated Literacy Through Podcasts and Audio Drama
A Response to Covid-19
Funding So Far!

Help us hit the target before the end of 2020!

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Beginning Again: Renewing your Poems with Ruth Padel
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

16th Nov, 4 p.m. Free Ticket

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, musician and conservationist, Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has published twelve poetry collections, most recently a biography-cum-poetry-collection Beethoven Variations, on Beethoven’s life and music. She was the first Resident writer at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the first money she ever earned was £5 playing viola in Westminster Abbey.

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I Come From a Mind What – Poetry and Mental Health (Workshop)
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

17th Nov, 6 p.m. Free Ticket

Working alongside C.A.N Arts Leaders, Poet and musician Ty Healy & illustrator Raphael Achache will produce content on themes exploring mental health, contributing towards a series of anthologies.

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Pete “The Temp” Bearder: Homer to Hip Hop: A People’s History of Spoken Word
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

17th Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

Following a standing room only reception at the Edinburgh Fringe, National Poetry Slam Champion Pete “the Temp” Bearder, presents a fun and fascinating tour of the oral tradition and the poetic movements that have shaped history. Why have wordsmiths have always been vilified, feared and revered?

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I Come From a Country Where – Race & Immigration (Workshop)
Nottingham Poetry Festival
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18th Nov, 6 p.m. Free Ticket

Working alongside C.A.N Arts Leaders, Plentiful Poet & illustrator Raphael Achache will produce content on themes exploring immigration and race, contributing towards a series of anthologies.

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Anthony Anaxagorou
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

18th Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Granta, Ambit, The Adroit Journal, The London Magazine, The Rialto and elsewhere, as well as appearing on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts.

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Seán Hewitt: Queer Natures
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

19th Nov, 11 a.m. - 12:30 Free Ticket

Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. He lectures in English literature at Trinity College Dublin, and is a Book Critic for The Irish Times. He won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016, the Resurgence Prize in 2017, and an Eric Gregory Award in 2019. Tongues of Fire (Cape, 2020) is his debut collection of poetry, and is shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2020.

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I Come From a Time When – Disconnected Generations (Workshop)
Nottingham Poetry Festival
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19th Nov, 2 p.m. Free Ticket

Working alongside C.A.N Arts Leaders, poet Finlay Shaun Thorpe & illustrator Raphael Achache will produce content, contributing towards a series of anthologies.

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Poetry as Alchemy: the extended metaphor
with Dr Jack McGowan
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

19th Nov, 11 a.m. - 12:30 Free Ticket

Jack McGowan is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Worcester, and joint Head of the Department of English, Media and Culture. He has been a practicing spoken word poet for over a decade and has performed his work at literary events and festivals across the UK.

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In Defence Of Poetry: Panel Discussion
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

19th Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

2020 has brought numerous challenges, not least for the arts, and with poetry being suggested as ‘optional’ for GCSE students as of 2021, we know how important is to highlight was poetry has, is, and will do. Not just for education, but for our vast societal and cultural understanding. Please join us in welcoming Panya Banjoko, Jess Tickell, Casey Bailey, Keith Jarrett and Grace Balchin to discuss.

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Hothouse Theatre Is Going Online!

Hothouse Theatre will be producing audio plays, that will be recorded, streamed and then placed on their Oh My Nottz website.

Check out A Warning to the Curious by M. R. James

They will also be experimenting with producing live online performances using Zoom.
Holding online workshops and auditions.
Working with other projects to help them produce online productions.

It is all a bit experimental ... but it is going to FUN TOO!

Coming up!
Ghost Stories for Christmas – Recorded radio style production.
An evening with Charles Dickens – a rehearsed reading style performance in the New Year!

Interested? Drop us a line!
info@hothousetheatre.com

Metic Masterclass: Writing as a stranger, with Nick Makoha
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

20th Nov, 11 a.m. Free Ticket

The Forward Prize-shortlisted UK poet leads a hand-on session exploring the “metic experience,” exploring issues of identity, race, and migration through the eyes of foreigners and exiles. an engaging and provoking poetry masterclass with Nick Makoha, winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015.

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I Come From a Body That – Gender & Sexuality (Workshop)
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

20th Nov, 6:30 p.m. Free Ticket

Working alongside C.A.N Arts Leaders, poet Joe Andrews & illustrator Raphael Achache will produce content exploring gender and sexuality, contributing towards a series of anthologies.

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Henry Normal
Nottingham Poetry Festival
online

20th Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

Nottingham Poetry Festival co-founder and critically-acclaimed TV and film, BAFTA-award-winning writer and producer Henry Normal has returned to his first love of poetry with a new live tour, poetry book and Radio 4 show.

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Gobs Collective: Headlined By Deborah Stevenson
Nottingham Poetry Festival
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22nd Nov, 7 p.m. Free Ticket

Dyslexic academic, grime writer and bashment-dancing social activist Debris Stevenson joins Nottingham's GOBS Collective in a showcase of creative talent, all as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival.

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