LeftLion: Unheard Verse & Festival Closing Party

Sunday 5 May, 2pm - 11pm

Fox and Grapes, 21 Southwell Rd, NG1 1DL

Free

It’s bank holiday, it’s the end of the festival, let’s have a party.
Join us for LeftLion Magazine’s very first UNHEARD VERSE at Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019, and discover the incredible poetic voices of the city sitting under the radar.

PLUS, IT IS THE NOTTINGHAM POETRY FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY!!

– FINAL CALL POETRY OPEN MIC
– HIP HOP DJs
– SPOKEN WORD
– COMEDY POETRY
– WORDS GALORE
– BANK HOLIDAY KNEES-UP FUN TIMES

FREE ENTRY

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SNAP NOTTS POETRY – 2PM
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Since 2017, LeftLion Magazine has been pairing up photographers and poets, who’ve created new work around Nottingham locations. From Attenborough Nature Reserve, to Bulwell Bogs, the result has been diverse and briwyant.

Now, LeftLion Magazine present the printed series in spoken-word form.

Featuring:

Bridie Squires
Chris Lanyon
Cleo Asabre-Holt
Chris McLoughlin
Georgina Wilding
Daron Carey
Ioney Smallhorne
LP Mills

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UNHEARD VERSE – 3PM
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A showcase of performances from four of Nottingham’s undercover poetry masterminds. Expect raw emotions, powerful politics, and wonderous word weaving. Guaranteed to leave you with open jaws, full hearts and a fire in your belly.

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TEE PETERS
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Tee Peters is one of the most honest hip hop artists you’ll find. Describing his music as “documentary music”, he confesses tales about real experiences under the notion that life is a journey that is made worthwhile by our struggles. His music has been featured on KEMET FM, Reprezent Radio, RADAR RADIO and the CAN I SPEAK PLAYLIST by @KojeyRadical, and he has recently received funding from O2’s gothinkbig for a recent project, discovering the connection between mental health and music.’’

https://soundcloud.com/teepeters

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MARGARET GOSLEY
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Margaret’s poems are multi-dimensional, exploring difficult to discuss subjects through different perspectives. Her approach to discussions in poetry, and the way she uses spoken word to debate rather than preach makes Margaret one of Nottingham’s most prominent political poets.

Expect laughs, some ‘mhmmmmm’s’, and probably a well-placed curse word here and there.

40 years a librarian. Reinvented herself as an artist. Now on second re-invention as a poet. Five x great niece of the Pentrich martyr William Turner. That battle may be over but as far as she is concerned, “the war goes on.”

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RAVELLE-SADÉ
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Ravelle-Sadé PoeticPerception‘s work explores mental health and the stigmas surrounding it. Expect poems that make you feel a little more human, a little less alone, and a lot more ready to face the world.

Ravelle-Sadé emerged on the poetry scene around a year ago. Offering her insight on topics that surround mental well-being and self-belief, she hopes to reassure others that they are not alone with her poetic perception.

https://www.facebook.com/rspoeticperception/

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MIDNIGHT SHELLEY
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Midnight Shelley is a spoken word artist and community activist with Manc roots and a Notts postcode. They were a member of the Mouthy Poets collective after several years as resident artist at Dead Poets in Leeds, alongside several members of the award-winning documentary ‘We Are Poets’. They’ve performed at various festivals and events throughout the UK and abroad, including Shambala, Rebellion Punk Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Lime Tree Music Festival, Femstival, Green Gathering, as well as many protests and political rallies.

Identifying proudly as underclass, and an advocate of grass-roots organising and the DIY ethos, their performances have been described as a ‘Shamanic experience’. Primarily a storyteller, they use words to shed light into the corners of life often passed over, and has been known, on occasion, to summon storms.

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SQUID (DJ) – 4.30PM
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Nick Strang aka Squid. The founder of Plates Record Shop and City Beat Radio brings a diverse selection of music from many misspent years digging for records. Expect quality beats and breaks from across the spectrum.

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WILLIS THE POET’S ADVENTURES IN WORDYLAND – 5.30PM
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Armed with nothing but his notebook and trusty cardigan, Willis The Poet sallies forth into the world of spoken word performance. Will he have them laughing in the aisles (yes!) or will he be bottled off the minute he opens his gob?

Join the man himself on a journey through his strange comedy poetry brain. Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.

Support from:
– Jake Wildeman
– Ben Macpherson
– One slot left!

If you’re a comedy poet and want a five-minute open mic slot, comment below to reserve a space.

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FINAL CALL OPEN MIC – 7.30PM
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It’s the final open mic of Nottingham Poetry Festival!

Have you been burning at the gob to get some words out this festival?

Here’s your last bleddy chance, duck! Get signed up and stuck in.

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TY HEALY WITH NAY LOCO – 8.30PM
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Ty Healy is back to the essence of hip hop with a poetic twist. After taking time to focus on his writing, becoming one of four of Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate finalists and releasing spoken word album Bury, Ty is back with Nay Loco to fuse both worlds and elevate the consciousness.

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LOOSE JOINTS DJs – 9PM-CLOSE
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