Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Umbilica

Saturday 7th May

11am - 12pm

Dales Centre Library - 206 Sneinton Dale, Nottingham NG2 4HJ


Welcome to Poetry Hour! A chance for you to enjoy some wise and witty words from the wonderful Henry Normal and his special guests, in thirteen libraries around the city, completely free, as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival. No registration required – just show up.

Audience members are encouraged to bring a poem to read or simply to come and enjoy the poetry.

Festival founder, the Nottingham-born Henry Normal, began his career as a stand-up poet and went on to become a co-writer of award-winning TV and film hits including The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show and Coogan’s Run, and producer of Gavin and Stacey, Alan Partridge and the Oscar-nominated film Philomena.

On his Dales Centre Library stop, Henry will be joined by Umbilica – the poetry and songcraft of Josephine Lewis, whose poetry book ‘PleasureLand’ was published by Big White Shed in summer 2021. She has contributed poems to the anthologies ‘Us Verses Virus’ (World Jam) and ‘Talk About Change: Writing As Resistance’ and in 2018 released an album of songs, ‘Where The Land Meets The Ocean’. She was a co-founder of performance collective She Speaks and plays in dream-pop band Grawl!x. She is a facilitator of writing and songcrafting workshops, a tutor of young musicians and has led choirs and noise-making events to empower women to raise their voices in activism. She lives and works in the East Midlands.


Check the library website for access information: https://www.nottinghamcitylibraries.co.uk/find-a-library/ 

(organised in association with NPF)

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