Today marks the half way point of Nottingham Poetry Festival. With five more days still to come, here is what you can be expecting around the city for the rest of the week.
This afternoon from 2-3pm, Nottingham-born Henry Normal will be holding a free entry ‘Poetry Hour’ at Bulwell Riverside Library. Accompanying poet Trevor Wright is also a Nottingham man born and bred, whose first collection was recently published by Big White Shed.
Popular locations around the city such as Wired Cafe, Rough Trade, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Suede Bar and Cafe Sobar are all getting involved in the celebrations this week.
The first Nottingham Poetry Festival was held in 2015, and has since grown in to a diverse showcase of some of the UK’s most renowned poets, along with local voices as well.
A poetry slam is running throughout the week at Suede Bar, with the grand final on Friday night at 8pm. The event sees 24 poets in a series of four heats, each with a ten minute slot that will be judged and scored, with a range of prizes up for grabs in the final.
Sponsored by Castle Rock Brewery, this festival is a local arts movement that hopes to present itself and develop an annual poetry festival for many years to come.
John Hegley will be performing at The Poppy and Pint on the final day of the festival at 7pm alongside Andrew ‘MulletProof’ Graves. As one of the UK’s most innovative and well known comic poets, it’s a night that any poetry fan would not want to miss.
Along with poetry, there is plenty of live music going on throughout the city this week in order to celebrate.