Our Meetings

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 is £4.00 per session.

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 (or sometimes 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:


Matt Black Edinburgh Fringe Show and workshop

 Saturday 28th September, 2019 – 2-5pm

Nottingham Mechanics Institute


Poetry Reading: Pam Thompson and Deborah Tyler Bennett 

Monday 21st October, 2019 – 7pm-8.30pm

Waterstones, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR


Poetry in Translation: David Duncombe and Alan Baker

Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 7pm-8.30pm

Five Leaves bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH

Our past events

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

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)

£1 observers

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!




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