The Society meets at various venues throughout the year. See below for details of our next meeting.
We have a diverse programme of readings, talks, workshops etc, as well as an open forum, when members have the opportunity of presenting their own work.
You are always very welcome to join us as a visitor. The visitors’ fee varies between £3.00 and £5.00 per session (depending on location).
If you’d like to become a member, you can do so at any meeting, or if you prefer, you can send a cheque with your details to our Treasurer.
Membership of the Society is £20.00 per annum: cheques should be made payable to ‘Nottingham Poetry Society’ and sent to the Treasurer at 4 Devonshire Court, Devonshire Avenue, Allestree, Derby DE22 2AZ. Please include your contact details – name, address, phone number and email address.
Members are entitled to reduced (often free) entry to all our events. Membership is not exclusive to those who write poetry but also those who enjoy listening to poetry and attending poetry events. Membership fees are what enable us to pay poets a reasonable fee and expenses – which as a Society devoted to the health of poetry in the culture is important for us to be able to do.
Contact us at:
AGM and Poetry Reading: Tony Challis and Teresa Forrest
Saturday 25th January, 2020 – 2pm-4pm (2pm-2.45pm AGM; 3-4pm reading)
At Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ. £4 entrance fee for visitors who attend the reading (£2 for students).
Come and join us at our AGM and have your say in the running of Nottingham Poetry Society. Volunteers to help us in 2020 are welcome! If any members have books or pamphlets they want to sell or events they want to publicise then we can set up a table for you at the AGM.
Tony Challis is a longstanding (many would say outstanding!) member of NPS and a very fine poet. He is Chair of Nottingham Poetry Society. He has had poems in various publications including Nottingham Writers’ Studio journals, was Nottingham Writers’ Studio Poet of the Year in 2018 and has been our Featured Poet twice. He enjoys spoken word events and is a skilled orator.
Teresa Forrest is Secretary of Nottingham Poetry Society. She is a member of The Writer Highway and her poems have appeared over the years in Poetry Nottingham, Iota, Dream Catcher, Nottingham Writers’ Studio Journal, South and The Interpreter’s House.
Helen Mort reading
Tuesday 18th February, 2020 – 7pm-8.30pm
Five Leaves bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH
£4 on the door; £2 for students (free for NPS members). (Reservations are essential firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note venue may change according to demand.
We are very excited to welcome the acclaimed Helen Mort. Helen is a five-time winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007, and won the Manchester Poetry Prize Young Writer Prize in 2008.
In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. In the same year she was shortlisted for the Picador Prize. She was the Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015.
In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for Division Street. She has published two pamphlets with Tall Lighthouse press. In 2014 she was named as a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society. Her 2016 book No Map Could Show Them was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. Helen has published one novel with Chatto, Black Car Burning, and a set of stories, Exire, with Wrecking Ball.
In June 2018 Helen was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its ‘40 Under 40’ initiative. She lives in Sheffield and teaches creative writing at Manchester Met.
Our past events:
Poetry in Translation: David Duncombe and Alan Baker
Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 7pm-8.30pm
Five Leaves bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH
£4 on the door; £2 for students (free for NPS members). (Please let us know you are coming on email@example.com).
David Duncombe will be reading from the forthcoming publication by Smokestack Books of his translation of the Spanish poet Marcos Ana: Poems from Prison and Life. Marcos Ana was the longest serving political prisoner under the Franco regime, imprisoned as a teenager at the end of the Civil War and released 23 years later, after international appeals spearheaded by Pablo Neruda. His poems have been described as beautiful, clear, musical, painful and compelling.
Work by David Duncombe includes five poetry collections, junior fiction, radio drama and stories. He has travelled widely, especially in Spain and now lives in Derbyshire. He is a long-serving member of Nottingham Poetry Society.
Alan Baker will be talking about the work of the French poet Yves Bonnefoy and the Morrocan Abdellatif Laâbi, and reading his own and others’ translations of their poetry.
Baker’s most recent poetry collections are Letters from the Underworld (Red Ceilings, 2018) and Riverrun (KFS, 2019), a sequence of poems about the River Trent. He is publisher of Leafe Press and the online magazine Litter.”
Poetry Reading: Pam Thompson and Deborah Tyler Bennett
Monday 21st October, 2019 – 7pm-8.30pm
Waterstones, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR
Entrance fee: Free
Pam Thompson is a poet and educator based in Leicester. Her publications include The Japan Quiz (Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time (Smith | Doorstop, 2006) and Strange Fashion (Pindrop Press, 2017). Pam has a PhD in Creative Writing and is one of the organisers of Word!, a spoken-word night at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester. She is a 2019 Hawthornden Fellow.
Deborah Tyler-Bennett’s forthcoming volume, Ken Dodd Takes a Holiday, is out from King’s England Press in 2019. She also has two recent volumes from the same publisher – Mr Bowlly Regrets – Poems, and Brand New Beat: Linked Short Fictions Set in the 1960s (both 2017). In 2019 she won a Various Artists poetry gold listing. She’s had seven collections of poetry published, some previous volumes being Napoleon Solo Biscuits (King’s England, 2015), poems based on growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, and Kinda Keats (Shoestring, 2013) work deriving from a residency at Keats House, Hampstead. In 2001 she won the Hugh MacDiarmid Poetry Trophy.
Matt Black Edinburgh Fringe Show and workshop
Saturday 28th September, 2019 – 2-5pm
Nottingham Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ
£5 on the door but FREE to our members
The animal inside, the animal outside
This writing workshop will be a 3 course meal: some preparatory writing games, a 50 minute show entitled The Snoopy Question (or One Dog’s Answer to World Peace), followed by discussion and further writing time.
Matt Black was Derbyshire Poet Laureate 2011-2013. His most recent publications are Spoon Rebellion (Smith Doorstop, 2017) and Tales from the Leaking Boot (Iron Press, 2018). His play The Storm Officer will tour in 2020, and he hopes to have a new collection of dog poems out to accompany his dog show.
Poetry Reading: Davina Prince and Maria Taylor
Thursday 30th May, 2019 – 7pm-8.30pm
Five Leaves bookshop, 14a Long Row Nottingham NG12DH
£3 on the door, refreshments included. Please let us know you are coming on firstname.lastname@example.org
DA Prince has two full-length poetry collections from HappenStance, the second of which, Common Ground, won the East Midlands Book Award in 2015. She has now returned to pamphlet format with Bookmarks (HappenStance, 2018) in which the everyday ephemera we use to mark our pages is only a starting point.
Maria Taylor’s first collection Melanchrini (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Her most recent publication is her pamphlet from HappenStance, Instructions for Making Me. Some of her favourite poetry collections are actually pamphlets.
Nottingham Poetry Society Slam
Saturday 27th April, 2019 – 2.30pm-5pm
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
£4/£2 (students with ID)
Our annual Poetry Slam is back! For this slam there will be two rounds with an interval between. Everyone has three minutes to read in the first half, then half of the competitors are selected to read again in the second round. So every competitor needs to bring six minutes of poetry. There will be first, second and third place – £25, £15 and £10.
The event will again be adjudicated by poet and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature team member, Leanne Moden. The first 20 to sign up take part, so arrive in good time!