Saturday 29 May, 10am – 12pm

Nottingham Poetry Festival invites you to a creative wander, starting in Nottingham’s Old Market Square and ending at Victoria Park, St. Ann’s.


Word Walk writers must abide by the Government’s current public health restrictions and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to – writers are asked to limit the transmission risk wherever possible by acting responsibly, avoiding contact and maintaining a 1m distance from people outside your household or bubble. There will be hand sanitiser available and all equipment is sanitised before use.

Please do not attend the Word Walk if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms:

• A high temperature

• A new, continuous cough

• A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste


Write, scribble, meet new friends, and explore the world around you.



The Nottingham Poetry Festival team will be in Old Market Square from 10am with clipboards, paper, and pens available, inviting you to respond to the environment creatively while walking around the space.

We welcome everyone to a fun day for beginners and laureates alike. With poetry prompts and helpful advice from GOBS Collective, you will be given a kickstart to writing in the heart of our city for half an hour. Enjoy the morning stroll as, at 10.45am, we move through Hockley to arrive at Victoria Park, where we will spend time writing, doodling and chatting, inspired by what’s around us.

Word Walk will end in Victoria Park at 12pm, when you will be asked to hand in a page or two of your work. The Nottingham Poetry Festival team and GOBS Collective will then turn the morning’s scribbles into a zine (small publication).

Word Walk Zine will be available at the Nottingham Poetry Festival Get-Together at Antenna on Sunday 27 June, 12pm-8pm or you can opt to have a copy posted to you when you sign up.

If you want to come along to Word Walk on Saturday 29 May, 10am-12pm, book for free via Eventbrite. Places are limited!


Nottingham Poetry Festival: Word Walk with GOBS Collective

Saturday 29 May, 10am-12pm
Old Market Square – Victoria Park

Nottingham Poetry Festival Get-together

Sunday 27 June, 12pm – 8pm
Antenna, Beck Street
Booking information available soon.

For any enquiries, please contact

NPF announces 2021 dates and welcomes new Creative Director

The Nottingham Poetry Festival will return for its sixth outing in 2021, under the direction of newly appointed Creative Director Anne Holloway.

Running from 12-21 November 2021, the festival will offer a blend of online and live events and will continue to celebrate and champion Nottingham’s thriving creative and literary scene.

Creative Director Anne Holloway is a Nottingham-based poet and performer and founding editor at Big White Shed publishing. An experienced performer and practitioner, her first poetry collection, There Are No Photographs, was published in 2018.

Anne picks up the festival baton from outgoing Director Georgina Wilding whose term as Creative Director has drawn to a close.

Read the press release here.


Nottingham Poetry Festival shines a spotlight on the city’s thriving literary scene. For five years, the Festival has presented eclectic line-ups of nationally and locally acclaimed poets and performers. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with future performance events, workshops and competitions.

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