Our Word Walk with GOBS Collective. Photo: Tom Morley

This year, Nottingham Poetry Festival celebrates local, national and internationally acclaimed artists that align with our community values.

We warmly invite you to join us for the array of performances, workshops, debates, and all the other poetry-related activity we’ve proudly programmed together with the local creative community.


Featured Events

Poetry Portraits with Fabrice Gagos

Featured, Saturday 7th May, Saturday 14th May, Sunday 15th May

I Live Here! at Lady Bay Arts Trail

Featured, Sunday 15th May

Sexual Mathematics: Poets Pushing Boundaries

Featured, Sunday 15th May

LYR (Simon Armitage’s Band)

Featured, Sunday 15th May

Full 2022 Event Schedule

Select a day
  • All Events
  • Tuesday 3rd May
  • Thursday 5th May
  • Friday 6th May
  • Saturday 7th May
  • Sunday 8th May
  • Monday 9th May
  • Tuesday 10th May
  • Wednesday 11th May
  • Thursday 12th May
  • Friday 13th May
  • Saturday 14th May
  • Sunday 15th May

Nott Another… Poetry Night

Tuesday 3rd May

Welcome to the Festival with Speech Therapy

Thursday 5th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Bea Udeh

Friday 6th May

Words on Water

Friday 6th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Beth Parker

Friday 6th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Martin Grey

Friday 6th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Clare Stewart

Friday 6th May

Walking into the Wind: Poetry, Recovery and Hope

Friday 6th May

Joe Drinks Wine and Gives Themsleves a Haircut (online)

Friday 6th May

Vice Verses

Friday 6th May

The Poetry Takeaway

Saturday 7th May

The Poetry Performance Masterclass with Panya the Poet

Saturday 7th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Umbilica

Saturday 7th May

Word Walk Zine Launch

Saturday 7th May

Poetry Portraits with Fabrice Gagos

Featured, Saturday 7th May, Saturday 14th May, Sunday 15th May

Nottingham Poetry Society: Canalhouse Slam

Saturday 7th May

Sharing Spaces with Social Model Writers

Saturday 7th May

The Chequers Crew

Saturday 7th May

Poetry Global Party

Saturday 7th May

PoGo: Spoken Word Showcase & App Launch

Saturday 7th May

Full Moon: GOBS Collective Showcase

Saturday 7th May

If Brave Spaces Make For Brave Poems, How Do We Get There?

Saturday 14th May

A Moment in Time – Wellbeing Workshop with Ella Burns Robbins

Sunday 8th May

What Does Accessible Mean? Panel Discussion with Casey Bailey & Guests

Sunday 8th May

World Jam: How to Write Zen

Sunday 8th May

Come to Colwick for a Lap of the Lake

Sunday 8th May

Pit Poetry

Sunday 8th May

Digital and Mathematical Poetry

Sunday 8th May

Writing with the Alphabet: Letters as Language, Letters as Art

Sunday 8th May

Midlands Mix-Up with Sophie Sparham & Casey Bailey

Sunday 8th May

Poets Telling Stories: Tangled Yarns

Sunday 8th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Becky Cullen

Monday 9th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Jah Digga (Live)

Monday 9th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Gail Webb (Live)

Monday 9th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Ioney Smallhorne (Live)

Monday 9th May

Write at the Front

Monday 9th May

Midlands Mix-Up with Leanne Moden & Jamie Thrasivoulou

Monday 9th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & John Humphreys

Tuesday 10th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Ravelle-Sadé Fairman

Tuesday 10th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Ruth Hobson

Tuesday 10th May

Poetry Hour with Henry Normal & Rich Goodson

Tuesday 10th May

Our Voices, Our Stories: Disabled Writers Enabling Connections

Wednesday 11th May

Poets Telling Stories: Skip, Skip, Skip & Denim and Leather

Wednesday 11th May

NeurodiVERSE – poetry by neurodivergent writers

Wednesday 11th May

Midlands Mix-Up with Nafeesa Hamid & Joshua Judson

Wednesday 11th May

SMUT! The Verbal Burlesque

Wednesday 11th May

Van Gogh Find Yourself: Online

Thursday 12th May

Michael Rosen SOLD OUT!!!! Live stream available

Thursday 12th May

Michael Rosen LIVE STREAM

Thursday 12th May

Poets Against Racism Goes Global

Thursday 12th May

Amy Tollyfield (Live)

Thursday 12th May

DIY Poets Festival Showcase 2022

Thursday 12th May

Henry Normal: The Escape Plan

Thursday 12th May

Poetry Pick & Mix

Friday 13th May

Break The Bias (Live)

Friday 13th May

Parola Poets & Conversations No Poet Gets Left Behind

Friday 13th May

The Power of Poetry: Panel Discussion with Jamie Thrasivoulou, Joelle Taylor & Mark Pearson

Friday 13th May

Un(mother): Exploring Childlessness Through Poetry

Friday 13th May

Fly on the Wall Press: Showcase and Publisher Q&A

Friday 13th May

Joelle Taylor: C+nto & Othered Poems (Live Stream also available)

Friday 13th May

These Are The Days

Friday 13th May

Poetry and Mindfulness

Saturday 14th May

The Poetic Form Masterclass with Joshua Judson

Saturday 14th May

Van Gogh Kid Yourself

Saturday 14th May

Poetry in Motion

Saturday 14th May

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Saturday 14th May

Stand and Deliver: Cathy Grindrod and Writer Highway Poets

Saturday 14th May

Kavya Rang

Saturday 14th May

Big White Shed: Back with Books

Saturday 14th May

Hag Stone Launch Party with Georgina Wilding

Saturday 14th May

Poets off the Endz

Saturday 14th May

Roger McGough: Safety in Numbers

Saturday 14th May

Apples and Snakes Poetry Retreat

Sunday 15th May

I Live Here! at Lady Bay Arts Trail

Featured, Sunday 15th May

Dandelions. A Sunday Lunch of Wild and Unexpected Poetry

Sunday 15th May

Sexual Mathematics: Poets Pushing Boundaries

Featured, Sunday 15th May

LYR (Simon Armitage’s Band)

Featured, Sunday 15th May

An Evening with Richard C. Bower & Guests

Sunday 15th May