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Inspire Poetry Festival 2017

Southwell Library & various other venues across Nottinghamshire, The Bramley Centre, King Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0EH
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Inspire Poetry Festival 2017


Tuesday 11th - Sunday 16th July 2017
Various venues across Nottinghamshire

The Inspire Poetry Festival brings six brilliant days of performance, readings, talks, children’s events and workshops to four fabulous library venues across Nottinghamshire: Southwell, West Bridgford, Mansfield Central and Worksop. Building on the success of Southwell Library Poetry Festival – which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year - and with the support of National Lottery funding through Arts Council England, our expanded festival is proud to present headline appearances from acclaimed poets Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Paul Farley and Henry Normal, along with a varied programme of readings, performances, workshops, family activities and special events.

Nottingham-born Henry Normal makes a welcome return to the county – and to poetry – with a gig in Worksop Library on 11 July. Better known for his work as co-writer and producer of numerous TV and film hits including The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, and Oscar-nominated Philomena, Henry – described by The Scotsman as ‘The Alan Bennet of poetry’, has just published his first poetry collection for twenty years.

Poet of the moment Hollie McNish will join us for two performances – at West Bridgford Library on 12 July and Worksop Library on 13 July. Hollie’s most recent book, Nobody Told Me, was recently awarded the Ted Hughes prize and her next, Plum, is out soon. Hollie’s straight-talking, poignant take on motherhood has won her a massive online following and Benjamin Zephaniah has said ‘I can’t take my ears off her’.

The brilliant Scottish poet, novelist and playwright Jackie Kay appears at Southwell Library on 14 July. Her first collection, The Adoption Papers, won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere, her latest collection, was shortlisted for the Costa award. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and was named Scots Makar - the National Poet for Scotland – in March 2016.

Liverpool-born Paul Farley will appear at Southwell Library on 15 July. He has written four poetry collections including The Ice Age which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. A frequent broadcaster, he presents BBC Radio 4’s poetry programme The Echo Chamber  and is Professor of Poetry at Lancaster University. Mark Haddon says that Paul Farley writes ‘…lines that will stick with you for a really, really long time.’

We do hope you’ll join us for six days of wise, witty, wonderful words.

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