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  • 29 Sep 2018 Soulful Publishing - Poetry Spoken Word and Book Launch
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    Poetry Spoken Word and Book Launch

    29 Sep 2018

    Join us for an intimate afternoon of poetry and creative prose. Meet local poets Talesha Chauhan, Richard C. Bower & Joel Hedlund as they share their works with you. Relax over coffee at this wonderful new venue in Leicester ! Bring your own original poems to recite or some of your all time favourites from classic or modern poets. Either way, join us and let's get soulful !

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Soulful Publishing website
  • 04 Oct 2018 National Trust and Spike Island - Little Elevations: Close Reading Night
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    Little Elevations: Close Reading Night

    04 Oct 2018

    This National Poetry Day, poets Holly Corfield Carr, Rachael Boast and Samantha Walton host a celebration of re-reading. Through relaxed and open discussion they explore how we read our favourite poems and writing by women.

    This event is organised in partnership with the National Trust, Tyntesfield as part of Holly Corfield Carr's Women and Power residency, responding to the legacy of 18th-century Bristol poet Hannah More.

    Performance

    View National Trust and Spike Island website
  • 04 Oct 2018 David Oluwale Memorial Association - Launch of ‘Any Change?’
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    Launch of ‘Any Change?’

    04 Oct 2018

    The 'Any Change?' poetry anthology comprises work from immigrant communities close to where it will be launched at 5.30 on National Poetry, Chapeltown Library with readings by contributors and editor Ian Duhig, Ahmed Kaysher and others. All proceeds to local charities.

    Performance, Library

    View David Oluwale Memorial Association website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Dwell Time - Interchange
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    Interchange

    04 Oct 2018

    Interchange
    Thursday 4 October
    13:12-14:28 Huddersfield to Sheffield
    14:35-15:50 Sheffield to Huddersfield

    Interchange: Participative Poetry on the Penistone Line for National Poetry Day. Embark at any station on these routes to hear poetry and writing curated by Dwell Time. Join in with some words of your own on provided postcards in exchange for a limited edition pin badge. You can read your own contribution or we will perform your words, credited or anonymous, if preferred.

    Interchange
    In to change
    Change your mind
    Change your life
    Change your Thursday
    Change your head space
    Change your view, as the world gently slides on by

    All change
    Transformation
    Train information
    Letting off steam
    Articulation
    All aboard
    Onwards journey
    Interchange
    Next destination

    As it says in the song, “Change your heart, look around you, change your heart, it will astound you.” Can we change your heart with Interchange?

    Send your contributions in advance to avavprojects@yahoo.co.uk and/or join us on our train journey* to listen and participate. All contributions will be included on the Dwell Time blog http://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/

    *Standard train fares apply

    Performance, Open mic

    View Dwell Time website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Verse First - Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War
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    Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War

    04 Oct 2018

    What does it mean to fight for a ‘mother country’ that refuses to accept you as one of its own? Britain’s First World War poets changed the way we view military conflict and had a deep impact on the national psyche. Yet the stories of the 15,600 Caribbean volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment remain largely unknown.

    Co-commissioned by BBC – Contains Strong Language, 14-18 NOW – WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and the British Council, Unwritten invited contemporary Caribbean diaspora poets to write into that vexed space.

    Joining us this evening to share their poetry from this new collection are Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Kat Francois, Jay T. John, Ishion Hutchinson, Charnell Lucien, Vladimir Lucien and Tanya Shirley. The event will be hosted by Karen McCarthy Woolf.

    Tickets: £15 (includes a copy of the book)

    Reading, Performance

    View Verse First website
  • 06 Oct 2018 Durham Book Festival - Durham Book Festival
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    Durham Book Festival

    06 Oct 2018

    Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals.

    Poets appearing this year include Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Jacob Polley and more.

    Reading, Performance

    View Durham Book Festival website
  • 11 Oct 2018 Next Step HR - Unlocking Creativity -the Power of Poetry In Business
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    Unlocking Creativity -the Power of Poetry In Business

    11 Oct 2018

    90 minute taster session where we use poetry to inspire us to think differently about what it means to be successful in business and in life.

    An energising and inspiring event - hosted in the office of Eversheds In Manchester.

    Anyone 16 or over with experience of the working world can take part - reimagine your future amongst friends!

    Performance

    View Next Step HR website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Museum of Walking - Hidden Garden Haiku Vauxhall
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    Hidden Garden Haiku Vauxhall

    04 Oct 2018

    A 90 minute walkshop aimed at adults or children over 12 in discovering hidden gardens minutes from Vauxhall transport interchange in which you get to compose and recite haiku - 3 lined short poem usually associated with Japanese culture.

    Novice or expert, join in this fun walking activity in which you get to compose, write and recite short 3 line poems (known as haiku) and see your work published in a 'zine anthology. Be inspired by the beauty and calm of hidden gardens just minutes from the bustle of Vauxhall’s transport interchange.

    Find no better way
    To be inspired by gardens
    Claim calm from bustle

    Suitable for adults (£12 in advance) and accompanied children 12+ (free). All materials provided.

    View Museum of Walking website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Libraries - A Celebration of Poetry
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    A Celebration of Poetry

    04 Oct 2018

    Bring a favourite poem to read with our Shared Reading Group in West Howe Library. 10am to 12 noon. Refreshments. Free street parking outside library.

    Free, Library

    View Bournemouth and Poole Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury - An Evening with Pam Ayres
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    An Evening with Pam Ayres

    04 Oct 2018

    Charity show with Pam Ayres, in aid of the Sebakwe Black Rhino Trust, Zimbabwe.

    Performance

    View Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Five Leaves Bookshop - The Surrender of Silence: poetry with Jonathan Taylor and Sue Dymoke
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    The Surrender of Silence: poetry with Jonathan Taylor and Sue Dymoke

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us on National Poetry day for the launch of two new collections of poetry

    Jonathan will be reading from his latest collection, Cassandra Complex, a collection of poems, found poems, found translations, mis-translations, prophecies, pseudo-prophecies, apocalyptic visions and moments of retroactive clairvoyance.

    What They Left Behind is Sue Dymoke’s third Shoestring Press collection after Moon at the Park and Ride and The New Girls – new and selected poems.

    Free, refreshments included. Please let us know you are coming, on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

    Performance

    View Five Leaves Bookshop website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Tongue Fu / Boat Poets - Tongue Fu feat. Boat Poets
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    Tongue Fu feat. Boat Poets

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us for a special Tongue Fu for National Poetry Day at Arnolfini, where we will be delighted with performances from some of the hottest UK poets and spoken word artists performing with the Tongue Fu Band. This show will also be BSL interpreted.

    Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word and music shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw- dropping improvised soundtracks from a crack team of improvising musicians whose credits include Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum and Beardyman.

    Created and hosted by poet and musician, Chris Redmond (Jonathon Ross's Arts Show - BBC R2; Pick Of The Week - BBC R4), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Previous guests include Kate Tempest, Roger McGough, Akala, Robin Ince, Bellatrix, Inua Ellams, Hollie McNish, Lemn Sissay, Vanessa Kisuule and Dizraeli.

    This event is part of the Boat Poets talent development programme for young poets, and will feature new work from CraftD, Chris White and Ruth Sutoyé who are participants in the project. Boat Poets is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. It is also supported by Apples and Snakes and produced by Hannah Nicholls in association with the Thames Festival Trust. Follow us @BoatPoets

    Performance

    View Tongue Fu / Boat Poets website
  • 03 Oct 2018 The Birmingham and Midland Institute - Roy McFarlane and Friends
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    Roy McFarlane and Friends

    03 Oct 2018

    Join the Birmingham and Midland Institute's Poet in Residence for a lively evening of poetry and discussion. Roy McFarlane will give an informal reading to celebrate National Poetry Day and this year's theme of 'Change'. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Roy.

    Performance, Library

    View The Birmingham and Midland Institute website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Beatfreeks - Poetry Jam
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    Poetry Jam

    04 Oct 2018

    A monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click, every first Thursday of the month.

    Since 2013 Poetry Jam has opened its doors every first Thursday of the month, and has grown in love, attendance and adoration ever since. It's a monthly open mic platform to jam and share stories with a community of creatives.

    Free entry. Starting promptly at 7pm to fit as many performers in as possible (advised to come early to get the best seats).

    Want an open mic slot? Arrive 15 minutes before the night kicks off to sign up to the open mic list.

    Free, Open mic

    View Beatfreeks website
  • 31 Aug 2018 North Lanarkshire Council - National Poetry Day competition
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    National Poetry Day competition

    31 Aug 2018

    Do you fancy yourself as a poet? This is your chance to show off your writing talents to the rest of North Lanarkshire by entering our National Poetry Day competition.

    Open to residents of North Lanarkshire of all ages, the competition opens Wednesday 1 August, 9am and closes on Friday 31 August, 5pm. Entrants are challenged to submit an entry of no more than 500 words of their own work based on Change – the theme of National Poetry Day 2018.

    Find out more here.

    Library

    View North Lanarkshire Council website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Woodland Academy Trust - National Poetry Day – Time for a Change
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    National Poetry Day – Time for a Change

    04 Oct 2018

    Each year group across our family of schools will be sharing the same poem and writing their own in response. As all four schools are following the same poem we hope the day will lead to some fantastic sharing and collaboration between children.

    View Woodland Academy Trust website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival - Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival
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    Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival

    29 Sep 2018

    This September, Yorkshire’s majestic Broughton Hall Estate plays host to a spectacular weekend of performances, workshops and literary magic for children. The stellar line-up includes poet Tony Walsh who performed at the One Love Manchester concert and World Slam Poetry champion Harry Baker plus Brian Moses and CLiPPA winner Karl Nova.

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bath Festivals - Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam
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    Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam

    04 Oct 2018

    The first ever Bath Children's Literature Festival Poetry Slam will be feature local children and young people and will be hosted by Rebecca Tantony. We have invited local schools to take part in Poetry Slams in their schools in September and the winners will compete in the grand final on the festival stage on National Poetry Day.

    Performance

    View Bath Festivals website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Foyles - The People versus Poetry at Foyles
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    The People versus Poetry at Foyles

    04 Oct 2018

    Where does poetry stand in 2018? Does it deserve its reputation or are poets having us on, leading us astray, deliberately and wilfully obscuring meaning to keep us not only in the dark but in our place?

    Four poets: Craig Raine, Sandeep Parmar, Richard Scott and Victoria Adukwei Bulley step up to defend their art and place their poetry in the firing line ready to face whatever you can figuratively throw at them.

    Adjudicators Will Harris and Richard Osmond will oversee readings from each poet followed by a Newsnight-style grilling from the panel and audience on their poetic choices – this is your chance to demand answers and hold poetry accountable or defend it with every fibre of your being.

    Reading

    View Foyles website
  • 05 Nov 2018 The Charles Causley Trust - The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition
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    The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

    05 Nov 2018

    The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is now open. First prize is £2,000 plus a 1-week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley's former home in Launceston. The closing date is 5 November 2018. We look forward to receiving your entries! Please see our website for full details.

    Prize

    View The Charles Causley Trust website
  • 07 Oct 2018 Hampshire Cultural Trust - Milestones of Change
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    Milestones of Change

    07 Oct 2018

    Celebrate National Poetry Day at Milestones Museum. Explore the old fashioned streets and become inspired. Attend live poetry readings and have a go at creating your own!

    Performance

    View Hampshire Cultural Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poet in the City - Through the Portal
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    Through the Portal

    04 Oct 2018

    Poet in the City presents: Through the Portal
    This National Poetry Day jump through Poet in the City’s hidden poetry portals and discover the ever-changing worlds of Kings Cross…
    Over the course of the day you’ll have the opportunity to visit a series of live poetry events happening in unusual spaces throughout Kings Cross, listening in as four contrasting facilities discuss their own shifting identities through an exciting programme of discussion and performance. Join playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster Bonnie Greer at the British Museum for a taste of the rich cultural melting pot that is multicultural Britain or spend your time deconstructing dynamic biological patterns at the Francis Crick Institute. Join the University of Central London as they begin to break down the walls on decolonisation in their own building or attend closing festivities at the ever-shifting St Pancras International. Discover how poetry itself shifts and changes in relation to the space it is in, and the rediscover the vibrancy of this culturally rich and colourful area through a refreshing literary lens.

    Performance

    View Poet in the City website
  • 21 Oct 2018 Liverpool Literary Festival - Peace Poetry at Liverpool Literary Festival
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    Peace Poetry at Liverpool Literary Festival

    21 Oct 2018

    Fiona Sampson reads her newly commissioned peace poem as well as poems by Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and other poets writing through conflicts to find a route to peace.

    Public tickets £6/£4

    Reading

    View Liverpool Literary Festival website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Royal Society of Literature - Truth to Life
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    Truth to Life

    05 Oct 2018

    A celebration of Seamus Heaney's poems and his enduring presence in the work of poets writing now. Discussions and readings with Inua Ellams and Sinead Morrissey, chaired by Andrew O'Hagan.

    Reading

    View Royal Society of Literature website
  • 21 Sep 2018 Central Tramway Company Scarborough - Poems on the Tramway: Poetry Competition for children 5-11
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    Poems on the Tramway: Poetry Competition for children 5-11

    21 Sep 2018

    Do you enjoy days out in Scarborough? Can you be creative with words and have fun with rhyme? Enter our poetry competition for children aged 5-11. The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day and displayed in the carriages until Christmas.
    Write a poem, long or short, about a day out in Scarborough or a ride on the historic Central Tramway. Closing date 21st September.

    Free, Prize

    View Central Tramway Company Scarborough website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Dempsey & Windle - National Poetry Day Competition Dempsey & Windle
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    National Poetry Day Competition Dempsey & Windle

    04 Oct 2018

    Dempsey & Windle are running a competition for poets who live within reach of our base, Guildford, UK, with the winners announced and a prize-giving in Waterstones Bookshop, High Street, Guildford, at 6pm on National Poetry Day. The first prize will be a voucher from Waterstones and three books from our catalogue.
    Runners-up will receive book prizes.
    The top 20 entries will be published in a pamphlet with a free copy to each contributor.

    Find out more. The closing date is 31st August.

    Reading, Prize

    View Dempsey & Windle website
  • 04 Oct 2018 St Andrew's Junior School - National Poetry Day Whole-School Write
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    National Poetry Day Whole-School Write

    04 Oct 2018

    We will be exploring the theme of 'Change' and writing our own poems.

    View St Andrew's Junior School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize - Betjeman Poetry Prize Awards Ceremony
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    Betjeman Poetry Prize Awards Ceremony

    04 Oct 2018

    The BPP annual awards ceremony invites the top 6 finalists of the Betjeman Poetry Prize to St Pancras International, where the winner of the competition is announced in front of an audience of teachers, pupils, parents, poets and journalists, as well as trustees and supporters of the Betjeman Poetry Prize.

    Performance, Free

    View Betjeman Poetry Prize website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Devon and Exeter Institution - Clocking the Changes
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    Clocking the Changes

    04 Oct 2018

    'Clocking the Changes'
    Reading a poem on the hour between 10 a.m and 4 p.m members of the Devon and Exeter Institution will be invited to hear poetry read aloud.

    Between 2 and 3:30 a new weekly poetry group will be launched and members will be invited to join what will hopefully become a regular opportunity to enjoy sharing poetry.

    Performance, Library

    View Devon and Exeter Institution website
  • 01 Oct 2018 Great Malvern Primary School - Great Malvern Primary School Poetry Festival
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    Great Malvern Primary School Poetry Festival

    01 Oct 2018

    The children and adults at Great Malvern Primary School will be celebrating a week of fantastic poetry around National Poetry Day. Activities will be based around The Lost Words with inspiration being found in the ever changing landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB. The events taking place during this week will be invite only.

    Reading, Performance

    View Great Malvern Primary School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Stonar School - School assembly
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    School assembly

    04 Oct 2018

    Staff performances of poetry to whole school.

    Performance

    View Stonar School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bath Children's Literature Festival - Writing for Young People with NPD Ambassador Liz Brownlee
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    Writing for Young People with NPD Ambassador Liz Brownlee

    04 Oct 2018

    Join three published graduates from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing For Young People including poet Liz Brownlee as they discuss the creative process with MA Course Leader and author Julia Green. Join the panelists afterwards for a friendly drinks reception for a chance to mingle and ask questions of these and other local published authors.

    View Bath Children's Literature Festival website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Martin Harris Centre - Creative comedy, poetry and music – with John Hegley
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    Creative comedy, poetry and music – with John Hegley

    05 Oct 2018

    The renowned John Hegley is coming to the Martin Harris Centre this Oct for an exciting event for primary schools! If your pupils would benefit from creative comedy, poetry & music, book now!

    11.00 am. Friday 5th October

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Martin Harris Centre website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival - Winchester Poetry Festival
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    Winchester Poetry Festival

    05 Oct 2018

    Celebrating the very best poetry and poets from the UK and across the world. Readings, workshops, tours and special events. More than 40 poets and speakers including Liz Berry, Kathleen Jamie, Frances Leviston, Ian McMillan, and popular spoken word poet Hollie McNish. In the spotlight also, exciting new voices.

    Performance, Library, Prize

    View Winchester Poetry Festival website
  • 14 Oct 2018 Thomas's Clapham - Chrissie Gittins Makes A Return NPD Visit to Thomas’s Clapham
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    Chrissie Gittins Makes A Return NPD Visit to Thomas’s Clapham

    14 Oct 2018

    National Poetry Day Ambassador Chrissie Gittins is delighted to be returning to Thomas’s Clapham to perform to and worskop with Years 3 & 4.

    Performance

    View Thomas's Clapham website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Apples and Snakes - Rallying Cry
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    Rallying Cry

    04 Oct 2018

    The UK’s leading spoken words artists declare their rebel yell as Battersea Arts Centre is plunged into a rebel rousing rukus.

    This is not a moment to keep calm and carry on.

    Rallying Cry is an immersive journey across the building, presented as part of Apples and Snakes 35-year celebrations. Presented by Apples and Snakes
    Directed by Rob Watt

    Age Recommendation: 12+

    Performance, Spectacular

    View Apples and Snakes website
  • 28 Sep 2017 Cam Everlands Primary School - School assembly
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    School assembly

    28 Sep 2017

    Whole school assembly at 1.20 to celebrate National Poetry Day

    Performance

    View Cam Everlands Primary School website
  • 05 Oct 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival - Winchester Poetry Festival 5-7 October
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    Winchester Poetry Festival 5-7 October

    05 Oct 2018

    The 2018 programme for the Winchester Poetry Festival draws from the deep well of contemporary writing and performance and features poets from across the UK, Ireland, the USA, Syria, Macedonia, and the Caribbean. Whatever their debt to poets who have gone before, whatever the culture, language or style from which their work springs, these poets are connected by similar concerns of identity and place.

    Tickets are available in person or by telephone (01962 840440) from the Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office.

    Reading, Performance

    View Winchester Poetry Festival website
  • 26 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Dead Poets Society (PG) at Mansfield Central Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Dead Poets Society (PG) at Mansfield Central Library

    26 Sep 2018

    The chance to revisit the 80s favourite that ignited an interest in the wonder of poetry for many.

    Set in an exclusive boys’ preparatory school in 1959, a newly appointed English teacher uses unconventional techniques to inspire his students to look at poetry with a different perspective. Poetry, he says, is about, ‘sucking marrow from the bones of life.’

    Watch the wonderful Robin Williams at his finest on the library’s big screen, and enjoy poetry from Byron, Frost, Whitman and more.

    £2

    Booking advised

    Please note that this event will take place at Mansfield Central Library, tel: 01623 664 972

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: The Glummer Twins – Taking it Badly at Worksop Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: The Glummer Twins – Taking it Badly at Worksop Library

    27 Sep 2018

    David Harmer and Ray Globe have just turned 60. They’re taking it badly. Come and join the irrepressible Glummer Twins as they celebrate the joys, absurdities and indignities of getting older. Stand-up spoken word from the Beat Generation.

    A delightfully downbeat double-act with a unique take on stand-up spoken word comedy and music.

    Warning: May contain Dad dancing . . .

    For more about The Glummer Twins visit their website.

    £8 / £6

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Please note that this event will take place at Worksop Library, tel: 0115 8044373

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Old Library – Raphael Blake, Ben Norris and Georgina Wilding
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Old Library – Raphael Blake, Ben Norris and Georgina Wilding

    27 Sep 2018

    Inspire presents some exciting spoken word talents, live at The Old Library:

    Raphael Blake is a spoken word poet and visual artist living in Nottingham. he has performed at LOVEBOX and Splendour Festival 2016 with full six-piece live band, and has garnered support from various BBC radio stations and been playlisted on Kemet FM. he is constantly putting together various video releases, shooting music videos and running creative writing and visual media workshops in schools and the community.

    For more on Raphael visit his websiteopens in a new window.

    “Nottingham based spoken word prodigy…” Clash

    Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion and has appeared all over the UK including at Latitude Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also written commissions for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label, among others, and was recently writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd. He is currently developing a new show for the Roundhouse. Ben was born and raised in Nottingham.

    For more on Ben visit his websiteopens in a new window.

    Georgina Wilding is Nottingham born and bred, and the city’s first Young Poet Laureate (2017/18). She has written and performed for radio and TV and has toured her poetry in the UK and Germany. A former member of Mouthy Poets, she is the founding editor of Nottingham publishing house Mud Pressopens in a new window.

    Please note that this event will take place at The Old Library Mansfield, tel: 01623 644 377

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 26 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Poetry Cafe – Jo Bell and Georgina Wilding at Worksop Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Live at the Poetry Cafe – Jo Bell and Georgina Wilding at Worksop Library

    26 Sep 2018

    Join us for wonderful words and tasty treats live at the Poetry Café! What better way to enjoy the wit and wisdom of two brilliant poets?

    Poet, writer and performer Jo Bell is a ‘unique force’ in poetry – she was the director of the UK’s National Poetry Day, and the first-ever Canal Laureate. Her poem The Currency of Kindness features on the Nationwide TV adverts.

    Georgina Wilding
    Georgina Wilding is a poet and performer who has appeared on TV, radio and the stage. In 2017, she became UNESCO Nottingham City Literature’s first ever Young Poet Laureate.

    Includes the opportunity for three poets to take to the stage in the open mic.

    £5

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Inspire website
  • 28 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Kei Miller at Southwell Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Kei Miller at Southwell Library

    28 Sep 2018

    Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. His poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) won the Forward Prize Best Poetry Collection. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

    £10 / £8

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Coaching with Cathy Grindrod at Beeston Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Coaching with Cathy Grindrod at Beeston Library

    29 Sep 2018

    Are you writing poetry and in need of advice, guidance or information about developing your work? Cathy Grindrod is an accredited Coach for writers at all levels and is offering hour-long sessions during which you can chat to her about anything and everything to do with your poetry, including how you feel about it, how it fits into your life and how to take it further.

    The sessions do not include detailed feedback on work, but you are welcome to bring 2 of your poems with you to the session if you think it would be useful as an example of your writing. Open to poetry writers at all stages.

    Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published East Midlands writer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and is also an experienced facilitator of poetry reading and writing workshops. She specialises in Writing for Wellbeing and is a writer coach and mentor.

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Jo Bell at West Bridgford Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Jo Bell at West Bridgford Library

    25 Sep 2018

    Jo Bell was born in Sheffield and grew up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District. A winner of the Charles Causley Prize, the Manchester Cathedral Prize and the Saboteur Award, she was the first Canal Laureate for the UK. Her latest book is Kith (Nine Arches Press), other books include 52: Write a Poem a Week and How to be a Poet. She has been commissioned by the National Trust, Canal and River Trust, Stratford Poetry Festival and Glastonbury Festival and has written for Heritage magazine and Country Walking. She is a tutor for The Poetry School, Poetry Society and Arvon Foundation and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and 6 Music Live. Jo was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to poetry in 2015. She will be familiar to audiences as a poet featured in the current Nationwide TV adverts

    £10 / £8

    Booking strongly advised

    Please note that this event will take place at West Bridgford Library, tel: 0115 981 6506

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 26 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: WORD! with Vanessa Kisuule at Beeston Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: WORD! with Vanessa Kisuule at Beeston Library

    26 Sep 2018

    WORD! – the longest running poetry night in the Midlands - returns to Beeston Library for this very special festival edition, featuring the mighty Vanessa Kissule. Hear her read from her latest spellbinding collection, Recipe for Sorcery, along with guest poets.

    To perform on the open mic, email compere and WORD! organiser, Lydia Towsey in advance via secretagentartist@hotmail.com. Some spots will also be available on the night.

    Vanessa Kisuule has won numerous slam titles and featured everywhere from the Southbank Centre, RADA and Radio 4's Woman's Hour to The Guardian, Sky TV and Blue Peter… Lauded by her peers her performance credits include: Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, The British Library and internationally - Vienna, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Bangladesh and New York.

    £7 / £5

    Booking strongly advised

    Age guidance: 16+

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Performance, Library, Open mic

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: God Save the Teen at West Bridgford Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: God Save the Teen at West Bridgford Library

    27 Sep 2018

    A troubled teenage son and his aloof single father pick their way through a bitterly indifferent relationship in a funny and moving coming of age show about growing up and getting it wrong. Poet and former youth worker Andrew Graves relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion and working class rebellion. Expect disappearing goths, sadistic PE teachers and a search for the truth and somewhere to belong.

    Whether a teen or not, everyone will relate to this honest and nostalgic prayer to that joyously painful, pimple-faced period in our lives where everything and nothing seems possible; where you can be earnest, awkward, beautiful and ridiculous all at the same time.

    Supported by funding from Arts Council England.

    £8 / £6

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Please note that this event will take place at West Bridgford Library, tel: 0115 981 6506

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: How To Be a Poet with Jo Bell, West Bridgford Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: How To Be a Poet with Jo Bell, West Bridgford Library

    25 Sep 2018

    Referring to her book of the same name, Jo Bell leads a session for poets of any level who are serious about their writing. Through exercises and discussion, this workshop will delve into the challenges and realities of writing poetry, with the aim of helping participants become the best poets they can be.

    For more about Jo Bell visit her website.

    Tickets: £10

    Booking Essential

    Please note that this event takes place at West Bridgford Library, tel: 0115 981 6506

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Getting Into Poetry at Worksop Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Getting Into Poetry at Worksop Library

    25 Sep 2018

    New to poetry? Mystified? Interested, but don’t know where to start? Or already hooked?

    In this Poetry Reading Workshop, we will have fun looking at a range of poems – approaching them in different ways - and will share our responses and experiences. Led by writer Cathy Grindrod.

    Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published East Midlands writer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and is also an experienced facilitator of poetry reading and writing workshops. She specialises in Writing for Wellbeing and is a writer coach and mentor.

    £4

    Booking Essential

    Please note that this event will take place at Worksop Library, tel: 0115 8044373

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Afternoon Tea with Maura Dooley at Southwell Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Afternoon Tea with Maura Dooley at Southwell Library

    29 Sep 2018

    Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (2016). In 2015 she was Poet-in-Residence at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, and her poems from the residency are published as A Quire of Paper. This year she will publish (with Elhum Shakerifa) versions in English of poems by the exiled Iranian writer Azita Ghahreman, Negative of a Group Photograph. She has been short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize twice and received both the Eric Gregory and the Cholmondeley Awards. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

    £10 / £8

    Booking advised.

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.

    Please note that this event will take place at Southwell Library, tel: 01636 812 148

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 29 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Translations with Maura Dooley and Special Guests at Beeston Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Translations with Maura Dooley and Special Guests at Beeston Library

    29 Sep 2018

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH NOTTINGHAM POETRY SOCIETY, BEESTON POETS AND FIVE LEAVES BOOKSHOP

    Join us to celebrate international poetry in a reading featuring translated works from original languages including Farsi, Greek, Russian, and Irish. Members of Nottingham Poetry Society and Beeston Poets will share their favourite poetic voices from around the world, and special guest poet Maura Dooley will talk about her experience of translating the work of Iranian refugee Azita Ghahreman , collected in her new book of Ghahreman’s poetry, Negatives of a Group Photograph.

    £5

    Booking advised

    Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

    Please note that this event will take place at Beeston Library, tel: 0115 925 5168

    Performance, Library

    View Inspire website
  • 25 Sep 2018 Inspire - Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Pick-Me-Up at Mansfield Central Library
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    Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Poetry Pick-Me-Up at Mansfield Central Library

    25 Sep 2018

    Always fancied having a go at writing your own poems, or already writing and wanting to do more? In this friendly, supportive workshop led by writer Cathy Grindrod, we will read, write and share poetry, and talk about where you might go with your poetry-writing from here.

    Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published East Midlands writer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and is also an experienced facilitator of poetry reading and writing workshops. She specialises in Writing for Wellbeing and is a writer coach and mentor.

    Library

    View Inspire website
  • 27 Sep 2018 Cumbria County Council - Neil Curry On Keeping Company With Mrs Woolf
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    Neil Curry On Keeping Company With Mrs Woolf

    27 Sep 2018

    Local Poet and Author Neil Curry reading from his latest collection, 'On Keeping Company With Mrs Woolf'
    An informal evening with a chance for questions, discussion and refreshments.

    Performance, Library

    View Cumbria County Council website
  • 12 Oct 2018 The Willoughby Memorial Trust - Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition 2018
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    Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition 2018

    12 Oct 2018

    A competition open to pupils of Lincolnshire Schools in 4 age groups - Age 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16.
    A poem on the theme of 'CHANGE' or 'a poem of your own choice' Closing date for entries 12 October 2018.

    Prize

    View The Willoughby Memorial Trust website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Luckley House School - Poetry by stealth….
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    Poetry by stealth….

    04 Oct 2018

    Students and teachers will be entering into a competition to secretly use poetry across the day in all their lessons.

    View Luckley House School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poole Libraries - Di Castle poetry reading
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    Di Castle poetry reading

    04 Oct 2018

    Join us and Di to hear some of her humorous reflections on life, love and the changing world we inhabit.

    Event takes place from 2-3
    Refreshments will be provided by Tesco Community Tower Park

    Free, Library

    View Poole Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Springdene residential homes - National Poetry Day at Spring Lane
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    National Poetry Day at Spring Lane

    04 Oct 2018

    We are Springlane residential home in Muswell Hill London N10 3PA.

    We will be hosting a poetry day with readers and music with refreshments.
    Come along and enjoy the poetry on Thursday 4th October 2018.

    Performance, Free, Open mic

    View Springdene residential homes website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Upperthorpe Library - Women’s Voices
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    Women’s Voices

    04 Oct 2018

    A community event linked to Older Women's Reading Group and a Yemeni Ladies Group.

    Opportunity to read local poetry by local people.

    Free, Library

    View Upperthorpe Library website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Wells Maltings and Ambit Magazine - The Maltings and Ambit celebrate National Poetry Day
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    The Maltings and Ambit celebrate National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Wells-next-the-Sea will celebrate National Poetry Day in style this year. Starting with workshops at Alderman Peel High School lead by Cheryl Moskowitz, followed by Poet in a Boat with Will Burns and finishing with Strictly Speaking when members of the public will be invited to come and recite their favourite poems in front of a panel of judges with cash prizes!

    Performance, Prize, Open mic

    View Wells Maltings and Ambit Magazine website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Hartlepool Borough Libraries - Pass on a Poem
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    Pass on a Poem

    04 Oct 2018

    Reading group for people who love poetry and would like to share the poems they love with others. people can opt to read a favourite poem or just come along to listen. It is very relaxed and informal - you don't need any previous experience of reading aloud. The only stipulation is your poem must be a published work, and can be written by any poet as long as it is not your own work!

    Library

    View Hartlepool Borough Libraries website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Literature Wales - Her 100 Cerdd
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    Her 100 Cerdd

    04 Oct 2018

    Literature Wales challenges four poets to compose 100 original Welsh-language poems in just 24 hours, to celebrate National Poetry Day. Previous Her 100 Cerdd challenges have been completed with only seconds to spare.

    View Literature Wales website
  • 03 Oct 2018 Somervale School - Toby Thompson Performing Poet School Visit
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    Toby Thompson Performing Poet School Visit

    03 Oct 2018

    As part of the Bath Festivals Schools Outreach Programme, Toby Thompson local performing poet, will be attending Somervale School to work with and entertain the KS3 students with his fun and unique poetry show. He'll also be working in poetry writing workshops with groups of students to bring out their poetic potential!

    Performance, Library

    View Somervale School website
  • 04 Oct 2018 A car load of poets - Hull National Poetry Day
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    Hull National Poetry Day

    04 Oct 2018

    Local poets and groups working collectively to celebrate the art of spoken word

    Free

    View A car load of poets website
  • 18 Oct 2018 Camden School for Girls - Poetry by Heart finals
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    Poetry by Heart finals

    18 Oct 2018

    Students from Years 7-13 at Camden School for Girls will perform their choice of poem from memory to an audience of peers, staff and parents.

    Performance, Free, Prize

    View Camden School for Girls website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Malton Poetry Group - Malton Poetry Group
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    Malton Poetry Group

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry displays and poetry readings by members of Malton poetry group and others.
    Readings will start at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

    Performance, Free, Library

    View Malton Poetry Group website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Malton Poetry Group - National Poetry Day Norton Library Event
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    National Poetry Day Norton Library Event

    04 Oct 2018

    Poetry displays and poetry readings by members of Malton poetry group and others.
    Readings will start at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

    Performance, Library, Open mic, Exhibition

    View Malton Poetry Group website
  • 04 Oct 2018 South Bank Centre - National Poetry Day Live
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    National Poetry Day Live

    04 Oct 2018

    National Poetry Day Live is back for a free evening of poetry in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.

    Join us to hear radical poetry that looks at this year's theme of 'change'.

    Hear the poets that are bringing about shifts in culture and society through their work and inspiring generations of young poets, including Anthony Anaxagorou, Mary Jean Chan, Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial.

    Presented by Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society.

    Reading, Performance, Free

    View South Bank Centre website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival - Ledbury Poetry Festival 7 Airs screening
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    Ledbury Poetry Festival 7 Airs screening

    04 Oct 2018

    Join the Festival for a screening of the groundbreaking 7 Airs production which premiered in 2017. Poetry from European poets paired with UK counterparts sharing the airs in site specific locations: Alison Brackenbury/ Ales Steger, Sara_Jane Arbury/ Goran Colakhodzic, Megan Barker/ Nikolina Andova, Fiona Sampson/ Lilliana Ursu, Jonathan Edwards/ Martin Solotruk, Paul Henry/ Katarzyna Zdanowicz. Beautiful, haunting, horizon altering poetry for National Poetry Day. In association with Herefordshire Libraries

    Performance, Library

    View Ledbury Poetry Festival website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Poetry Swindon - Emergency Poet at Poetry Swindon
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    Emergency Poet at Poetry Swindon

    04 Oct 2018

    Emergency Poet

    The UK's best-known mobile poetic first aid service comes to Swindon for the first time, as poet Deborah Alma dispenses poetry prescriptions from her 1970s ambulance. Just turn up!
    Richard Jefferies Museum
    Marlborough Road (corner of Day House Lane) Coate Water Swindon

    Performance, Free

    View Poetry Swindon website
  • 04 Oct 2018 Friends of Aisholt Church - Poetry Evening
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    Poetry Evening

    04 Oct 2018

    A community social evening for all, with readings of poetry, hosted in the ancient All Saints'Church, 'a church in a green romantic chasm', as Coleridge described it, located in the small rural hamlet of Aisholt,Somerset. There will be readings of poems written by local poets as well as historically famous poets associated with the locality with opportunity to discuss and appreciate the works. There will be an attempt to entwine the theme of 'Change' into the poems selected for airing at the event. There will be refreshments of wine, fruit juice, tea coffee and nibbles available.

    Performance

    View Friends of Aisholt Church website

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