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Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019

Various Venues, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019


​​​​​​26 April - 5 May 2019
Various Venues across Nottingham

Big names in the poetry world including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Andrew and Ian McMillan, Patience Agbabi and many more are set to headline the fourth Nottingham Poetry Festival this spring.

Running from 26 April – 5 May 2019, the festival will present an eclectic line-up of acclaimed national and local poets and performers. Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding, founder of Mud Press, is announced as the festival’s new Creative Director and will lead the event through ten days of word jams, poetry slams, performances, songs and readings from some of the most renowned poets in the country.

Georgina will work closely with the festival’s founders Henry Normal and Craig Chettle, alongside festival coordinator and promoter Tommy Rosley.

In addition, the festival is supported creatively by its partners – Nottingham Trent’s University’s Curated & Created Programme, Confetti Media Group, UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Libraries, Mud Press, Big White Shed, Left Lion, Waterstones and Five Leaves. Once again, sponsorship has been gratefully received from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Castle Rock Brewery.

For the first time the festival is thrilled to have been awarded National Lottery Funding by Arts Council England (ACE). The ACE award will help the festival expand its delivery and reach.

The 2019 line-up features a dazzling array of talent - national names Ian McMillan, Caroline Bird, Andrew McMillan, Lorraine Mariner, Patience Agbabi, John Hegley, Roger McGough, Paul Cookson, Val Bloom, together with many local poets including Christopher Lanyon, Akor Apaluwah, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Leanne Moden, Stephen Thomas and Jai Verma.

A full line-up is now live on the Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019 website. Not only will there be a number of readings, but also poetry slams and musical performances.

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