Good news for the city’s literature lovers as this year’s poetry festival opens today.

Laura Dexter, librarian at one of the festival’s several venues Central Nottingham Library, hopes that the event will appeal to the “vibrant poetry scene”.

Ross Bradshaw, of Five Leaves bookshop, another chosen venue, said: “What I like is that it includes community groups and big name people in town together.  It’s for local people who do poetry, performing together all at once.”

Attila the Stockbroker is a punk poet and folk punk musician who will be taking to the stage along with more than thirty other poets.

Originally planned to take place over three days, the festival will now continue until Thursday, December 3.

Groups of aspiring poets currently meet in the town’s cafés and bars to fine tune their craft.

Offering up a selection of bawdy bar room ballads, Luke Wright is one of the festival’s leading acts.

Johann Hari, writing for the Independent, describes him as “One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.”

Next Thursday Black Balloon poets will perform from their new anthology.

This much anticipated event will take place at 6.00pm – 7.30pm at Nottingham Central Library. There is expected to be a good turnout to this free recital.

Black Balloon is a collection of dark short stories, poems and screenplays by writers who were born or based in Nottingham.

The brainchild of Nottingham-born poet and TV producer Henry Normal and Tom Farmyard, the festival consists of scores of events taking place across the city.

Henry has written for television shows such as The Royle Family and The Mrs Merton Show.

The idea for the poetry festival was born following the success of the new film documentary ‘I believe in miracles’ telling the story of Brain Clough’s 1979 European Cup winning side.

The festival is one of the biggest local events and comes just a few weeks before Nottingham finds out if it will become a Unesco City of Literature.