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What do you know about the Nottingham Poetry scene?

Nottingham Poetry Festival has been running for the last five years with the aim of shining a spotlight on the City’s literary talent.

Taking place in May from Friday 6 – Sunday 15, this year’s Poetry Festival will be presenting an eclectic line up of acclaimed local and national poets and performers.

In preparation for this year’s festival, Nottingham Poetry Festival are holding word walks and invite you to join them to write, scribble and explore the world around you.

We’re teaming up with the festival team to offer spaces for ArtSpeak members on their walk in Bulwell on Monday 28 February.

The walk will begin at Bulwell Riverside Library and whilst exploring the local surroundings of this area full of stories, you’ll have the opportunity to write observations, thoughts and memories with friendly guidance and useful prompts from local poet Sonia Burns.

You’ll be greeted by the Nottingham Poetry Festival at the Library reception with clipboards, paper and pens and will begin by writing, doodling and chatting whilst responding to the library and its surroundings.

This is intended to be a fun, friendly and relaxed session open to all levels of experience and interests in Poetry.

The walk will end back at the starting point, and you’ll be asked to hand in a page or two of your work. These will be turned into a zine (small publication) as part of a series based around Word Walk locations in Nottingham. The collection will be launched on Saturday 7 May at the festival.

Word Walk at Bulwell Riverside Library, Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QJ Monday 28 February, 13:00 - 15:00 Click here to register

If you would like to sign up to attend this walk, select the ‘ArtSpeak Amblers Admission ticket’ when registering for your place.

What do you know about Bulwell?

Do you know the name of the river that runs through the centre of Bulwell? This is the River Leen and the piece of land is known as ‘The Bogs’. The Nottingham Corporation bought the Bogs in the 1870’s and they remain a public open space today.

The area is a popular green space and in 2008 it was refurbished to improve the children’s play area.


Got stories to tell and a creative instinct to explore? Why not join our Theatre Group?

Our Theatre group Kindred Spirits are entering a new phase of creative development and invite new ideas, voices and characters to join!

Kindred Spirits is led by Artistic Director Tanya Myers with Artistic support from Stephen Lowe.

The focus of the group is to collectively create theatre. Sessions are a safe space to have fun, be explorative and share ideas. They’re always thought provoking, supportive and reflective.

No previous experience in acting or theatre is necessary, just come along with an open mind, your imagination and a desire to play!

(Members of the group began meeting in Wollaton Park during the summer months. This image shows some of the members in character at the end of a session)

Sessions will take place at 25 Prospect Street, Radford, NG7 5QE

New term dates - Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 February, 3, 10 & 17 March, 15:00 - 17:00.

Come along on 3 February for a free taster and sign up for the remaining six sessions.

Let us know you're coming on the 3 Feb by booking here or sign up for the full term now

You can read about what Kindred Spirits have been doing here and see all the work they created in lockdown here.

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