Nottingham Poetry Festival Returns
Friday 7th – Sunday 16th June 2024

We’re Back!

Nottingham Poetry Festival is back, bigger and better than ever for 2024! This year, we’ve pumped up the volume to bring you 10 days of spectacular performances, open mics, workshops, panels, community events and more for you to dive right into the wonderful world of poetry.

Whether you’re a poetry connoisseur, a curious could-be wordsmith, or just fancy getting in on all the fun, Nottingham Poetry Festival truly has something for everyone this year. Join us between Friday 7 June – Sunday 16 June to be at the heart of the poetry action. 

To find out more about the festival and keep up with our exciting announcements (including national headliners) be sure to give us a follow on socials, and keep an eye out for our online Festival Guide (coming soon). 

This festival could not happen without our sponsors and supporters. Huge thanks to Arts Council England, It’s In Nottingham, Castle Rock Brewery and Confetti Media Group.


For eight years, the festival has presented eclectic line-ups of nationally and locally acclaimed poets and performers and this year will be no different. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with future performance events, workshops and competitions.

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Meet the team

Alma Solarte-Tobon

Alma has over 20 years experience in the community arts sector. Art, poetry and storytelling has been central to many of the collaborations, projects and community engagements that she has been delivering.

Alma’s work has ranged from Erasmus+ funded international projects to public art commissions. Alongside her work at City Arts, she is a Research Associate and Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough University and has a passion for interdisciplinary projects.

Carys Jones

Carys is an experienced project co-ordinator, charity sector manager and enthusiastic lifelong Nottingham resident.

Carys is working to support the team in an organisational capacity to enable their creativity to be the focus. When not living for paperwork and admin tasks, she runs her own private psychotherapy practice and volunteers counselling services at Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Cara Thompson

Cara is an award winning writer, activist and creative programmer born and raised in Nottingham.

Passionate about sharing the stories that shape our communities, Cara is an active member of Nottingham’s creative quarter, joining the poetry collective GOBS in 2021, and officially joining the Notts Poetry Fest team as Marketing Assistant in 2022. She’s also very hip and cool.

Tommy Rosley

Tommy Rosley (aka Tommy Farmyard)

Tommy is an experienced festival and event professional who develops, co-ordinates and produces our programme of performance events, liaising with venues, performers and connecting with international organisations and artists.

He is a director of Hockley Hustle, Young Hustlers and Green Hustle festivals and curates events and projects across the country, most recently developing Newark Festival and setting up Lush Life festival alongside MIMM. He has been an integral part of Nottingham Poetry Festival since its inception and is partial to a nice cup of tea.

Ben Macpherson

Ben is one of our festival producers and liaises with venues, artists and shapes the creative thinking behind the festival.

He’s a writer, performer and producer. His practice includes Poetry, Theatre, and comedy for a wide range of audiences. His work is characterised by a sense of playfulness that transcends genre. Ben’s credits include BBC Radio2, Radio 4 Extra and with the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. His debut poetry collection is being published by Big White Shed later this year.

Jay Sandhu

Jay is an international selling author, comedian and poet. Punchy, informative and witty, his poetry and comedy focus on race and culture.

He is also a presenter on BBC radio and runs Nott Another events and projects. Alongside working on projects with Lakeside Arts, New Art Exchange and National Justice Museum, he manages to fit in teaching maths part-time at secondary schools across the city.

Laurie Illingworth

Laurie is an active and involved member of Nottingham’s creative scene

Working primarily within music, he coordinates marketing programmes and manages events for festivals, venues, charities and creative organisations across the city. Laurie is working with the team to build our organisational profile, develop our voice and promote our events. He curates our social media content across all platforms.

Carolina Rodrigues

Carolina Rodrigues

Carolina is a Portuguese filmmaker and performance artist, specialising in rhythmic and comedic spoken word poetry exploring language, gender roles, queerness, and feminism

In 2023, after an internship at NPF, she began co-organizing and hosting Get Mouthy, a monthly open-mic event in Leicester dedicated to uplifting the local community. As a festival producer for the Nottingham Poetry Festival, Carolina facilitates logistical operations and provides administrative support to ensure the smooth execution of events. Additionally, Carolina supports communication with collaborators, manages inquiries, and help maintain a cohesive festival experience.

Nipa Uddin

Nipa Uddin

Nipa is a poet, spoken word artist and person-centred psychotherapist

Nipa joined the Nottingham Poetry Festival team in 2023 as an intern and now works as an assistant supporting the organisation of the festival and curating social media content. Originally from Bedford, Nipa came to Nottingham as a undergraduate student and returned to complete a Masters degree in psychotherapy. Nipa started up her own therapy business offering psychotherapy to adults and is passionate about creativity, education, and expression Nipa has since been published in a poetry book curated by Notts Poetry, featured on BBC Radio Nottingham, performed at Nottingham Playhouse as part of the GOBS Earth Showcase, and become a member of Poets Off the Endz.

Martha Kent

Martha Kent

Martha Kent is a Midlands-based Theatre Director, Musical Theatre Composer, Musical Director, Facilitator and Producer

She has worked across the Midlands, championing musical theatre with workshops, productions and projects alongside curating an eclectic array of Assistant Director credits from assisting renowned and inspiring theatre directors. Through her childhood love of festivals, she is now super excited to be working as Assistant Producer at Nottingham Poetry Festival, where she is inspired by the exuberant amount of poetry we will be seeing on the streets of Nottingham.