Matt Black – further dates for his Edinburgh Fringe Show ‘The Snoopy Question’


Many thanks to poet Matt Black for his highly entertaining show ‘The Snoopy Question’ – what a fabulous way to spend a Saturday afternoon! If you missed the show then you can catch it at the following venues:

“Excited to be doing double-bill evenings of 2 barking shows, myself with story/comedy/poetry show “The Snoopy Question” and the wonderful storyteller Maria Whatton with a great shaggy dog story” –

KENILWORTH Oct 19th, 7.30pm Tree House Bookshop, 4 The Square, Kenilworth CV8 1EB
BURTON Oct 23rd, 7.30pm Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union St, Burton on Trent, DE14 1AA
ALREWAS Nov 29th, 7.30pm The Bank Coffee House, Main St, Alrewas, DE13 7AE
BELPER Nov 30th, 7.30pm Number 28 Cafe, 28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ (just myself)

The Snoopy Question
What happens when a man starts to think that dogs have the answer to all our problems? Starts to think he is a dog? What are dogs really like? Is it time for you to find your inner dog? A crazy canine journey into your own self with cheap props, a wild story, excellent poems, and Snoopy’s answer to world peace. Inspired by Lola (a rescue dog from Ireland) and current dog research, you’ll learn about dogs’ eyebrow techniques, how to talk to dogs nicely, and what percentage dog you are.
Comedy, science and poetry collide

City of Dogs
Imagine you wake up and realise you have a waggy tail and astonishing sense of smell. Maria Whatton takes us through a panorama of dog stories that land her behind bars forced to examine what really makes a dog a human’s best friend.

The Snoopy Question – show touring 2019-20
The Storm Officer – play touring 2020
What the Portuguese Water Spaniel Makes of Social Media
– book of dog poems coming out 2020
Tales from the Leaking Boot – travel haiku, Iron Press, 2018

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‘Finding Our Voice’ with Cathy Grindrod and Henry Normal

Coming up soon we have a poetry event hosted by  Nottingham Poetry Society member Cathy Grindrod.

On Friday 5th July at 7.30pm at St Martin’s Church, Bilborough, NG8 3BH, there will be a performance by Bilborough Friday Writing Group (which Cathy facilitates).

Cathy will also be performing her own work, as will Henry Normal, (poet and BAFTA winning co-writer of TV shows including Mrs Merton and the Royle Family).  So this is a chance to hear from two award winning writers, as well as give your support to new and emerging writers.

It promises to be a ‘fun-filled evening of poems, stories and chat, refreshments and good company!’ What more could we ask for? Well it’s a free event! All welcome. Just turn up on the night.

Slam success

NPS Slam photo
Left to right: Leanne Moden (judge); Hilary Cave (3rd place); Elizabeth Sanders (1st place); Matt Miller (2nd place). Congratulations everyone!.

We had a fantastic afternoon yesterday at our 4th NPS Poetry Slam where we enjoyed listening to a wide range of poetry.  Thank you to all 12 of our competitors – you are absolute stars! Our thanks also go to the lovely Leanne Moden  for judging.  Our very worthy winners for 2019 are (drumroll please!) in 3rd place, Hilary Cave, in 2nd place, Matt Miller, and in 1st place, Elizabeth Sanders. Congratulations one and all.

Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019

Nottingham Poetry Festival is returning from 26th April to 5th May 2019 for its 4th outing! It takes part in various venues across Nottinghamshire and will include national and local poets.  Our very own Poetry Slam will be taking place as part of the festival on Saturday 27th April 2.30-5pm here at Nottingham Mechanics Institute.

Beeston Poets

Nottingham Poetry Society together with Nottinghamshire County Council Library Services and Five Leaves Press announce a new season of Beeston Poets. The launch event is on Saturday 20th October 2012, 7.30pm at Beeston Library, Foster Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire when the poet Jackie Kay will be reading. Tickets are £10.00 (£8.00 concession) and are available from Beeston Library