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Nottingham Poetry Festival to Provide Opportunities to Connect and Recover Post Pandemic

April 20th 2022

by Creative Quarter

How do you like your words served? In the pub with a pint, chilling on the canal, from a takeaway van or in a poetry slam? Nottingham Poetry Festival will be dishing up all these and much more as it takes over the city from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 May 2022.

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Michael Rosen
Joelle Taylor
Jah Digga
Henry Normal

Clockwise from top left: Michael Rosen, Joelle Taylor, Jah Digga and Henry Normal


“It's so brilliant to see Nottingham Poetry Festival grow into one of the very best in the country. The community engagement, the energy, the breadth of quality and innovation now rivals any poetry festival in the UK. I’m delighted to be performing free shows at the city's libraries and hope friends old and new will come along and say hello and bring along a poem themselves.”

“Having co-founded the festival with Henry Normal, it’s so pleasing to see it continue to grow and prosper. It’s a real highlight in Nottingham’s cultural calendar and we’re committed to continuing our support. We’re particularly looking forward to welcoming a number of poets and exciting events to Metronome and Antenna. Confetti and our team of technical experts will once again deliver the live streaming of events, allowing for a far wider audience reach, providing local poets with a greater platform to showcase their work.”

“It is so exciting to be sponsoring Nottingham Poetry Festival again. The rich creative culture of our city and the wider county is so important to our collective wellbeing and our recovery from the pandemic. We hope this year’s festival provides a platform for Nottingham’s poets to share the words we all need to hear after the past few years. For Castle Rock, it’s become more important than ever to work with our communities and seize opportunities for collaboration, and use our pubs as spaces for people to connect. It is set to be the best festival yet and we can’t wait to see what comes from it.”

“We are all poets. A poem isn’t a certain number of words or lines or stanzas. A poem is a moment noticed, sometimes shared. Some of us use words, some of us use images, music or song, paint or chalk or food, or a mobile phone, or kicking a ball, or swimming, or smiling at someone on the street. It’s all about connecting. For some people a poem might be getting out of bed and letting their feet connect with the floor. You don’t have to be a poet to enjoy poetry so come along and get involved!”

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