Nottingham's Poetry Scene

Poet's Diary

We will be posting events as soon we are made aware of them. If you are hosting a virtual event and you want a bit of extra publicity the send us a link.

Poet's Diary

Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World
Derby Live
5th March

Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World was published in 2020 following a call out for poems responding to Black Lives Matter. Over 500 poems and short prose were submitted from writers around the world with 107 chosen for the anthology

This event will feature readings of poems and short prose from the book. Editor Ambrose Musiyiwa and featured writers will talk about the motivation for writing and collating poems featured in the book and how poems can help shape new worlds.

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Women Say Stuff 6
Online Event

8th March

Women Say Stuff is a platform for poets identifying as Women to perform to a mixed audience. We have three fabulous headline poets, plus an open mic for Women only.

The pre-bookable open mic slots are fully booked. there will be a limited number of sign up on the night.

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Ware Poets Competition
11th March to 30th April
Writing East Midlands

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2021 Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).

Anthology for winners and commended poets 
(£4.00, post free: pre-ordered).

Prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, or online, Friday 9 July 2021

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How to Edit and Critique Poetry: Part Two
Online Event

16th March

Nottingham Writers' Studio

In the first session of this series, we developed our editing skills with an introduction to offering constructive criticism.

If you’re ready to develop your editing skills further, then keep reading.

The second workshop of this series builds on the skills gained within the first session and explores becoming confident in articulating constructive criticism.

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Blackdrop Zoomdrop
23rd March

A cultural exchange of raw emotion delivered through spoken word, song, social commentary, poetic expression and rhymes n beats.

Open Mic slots available.

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Voice Actors Wanted!

 Hothouse Theatre are looking for voice actors for 2021.

We are restarting our interrupted Dickens Season ...

...but now it will be going recorded audio and online!


Auditions Workshop 27th Jan.

If you wish to attend contact us by Mon 25th Jan so we can send you the scripts we will be working from. send us an email

Poet's News

Gugehupf Lost
by Laura Grevel
DIY Poets

A spoken word performance that uses humour and word play to tell a new version of Adam and Eve's eviction from paradise. "Gugelhupf" is a Germanic word for "bundt cake. Laura is a member of Nottingham based DIY Poets and regularly performs at our quarterly showcase events.

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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration.

Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.”

“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” Gorman read. “In this truth, in this faith, we trust.”

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We invite you to join us!
World Jam

We currently run monthly livestreams, monthly writing workshops, monthly socials, a poetry and lyric translation service and also have a multilingual anthology for sale, with a second one coming soon. Membership of World Jam is free and allows you to:
perform for us at our livestreams and shows
get early access to our workshop and event tickets
come to our monthly socials
sell your poetry and music through our online shop
feature your work on our website and social media

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150 Miles For Accelerated Literacy

 What with Lockdown and the absence of any races to focus on, not only has Guy got out of the habit of running, he has also put on rather more weight than even he would have expected over the festival period.

Consequently he has decided to grab the nettle firmly, get off his butt and run 150 miles before Easter and in the process raise much needed funds for Hothouse Theatre’s Accelerated Literacy Project.

Accelerated Literacy

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