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Listen up, hell-raisers: The Nottinghamshire County Council have set up another summer reading challenge to get some noses in books. Our man Ian C Douglas is here to give us the low-down.
There’s a sweet upcoming opportunity for under-represented writers and illustrators in the city.
In the immortal words of Björk, it's been oh so quiet in Nottingham this month with the launch of Psst., the latest in a long line of poetry events based in the city centre. The brainchild of Christopher Lanyon, Psst. is (in addition to being a grammatical nightmare), a prime example of the newest breed of Nottingham poetry: inclusive, soft, powerful and punchy. I popped down to Jam Cafe for their debut, and while I was there I managed to collar Chris for a chat over a pint of posh ale.
With a growing number of young people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, it’s important to explain identity in an inclusive way. Troy Jenkinson, a headteacher at a Leicestershire primary school, has written a heartwarming and funny kids’ book – The Best Mummy Snails in the Whole Wide World – which aims to do just that. We asked him about the hows and whys of the publication, and here’s what he had to say…
On the second Wednesday of every month in a cosy cave three floors below the Malt Cross you'll find Crosswords, Nottingham's only subterranean spoken word open mic. Our Martin Grey popped down to May's event and also had a chat with the organisers, Leanne Moden and Jake Wildeman, and this month's headliner, Gemma Baker.
James Walker blathers on about dialect and mining culture for a BBC Radio 4 series called Talk and Tongue.
If you thought that we'd be sick of poetry after last week's festival, you'd be dead wrong. Today we're highlighting the incredible work of Kalyani Thakur, a Dalit poet and political activist from West Bengal, following her appearance at the Translating Activism workshop hosted by the Postcolonial Studies Centre at Nottingham Trent University.
Described as “side-splittingly funny”, “flamboyant” and compared to performance poets Adrian Mitchell and John Cooper Clarke, World Slam Champion and festival favourite Elvis McGonnagall is set to take Nottingham by storm on Friday night at Antenna. Tackling topics of the day head-on, his stand-up style of delivery and polished verse critiques the world’s woes with charm, intelligence and a bag-full of Scottish colloquialisms. LeftLion caught up with him for a quick chat ahead of his show with support from Poetry is Dead Good’s Stephen Thomas and our very own Bridie Squires…
Nottingham's gone poetry mad, and with stellar events popping up in venues all over the city it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, your old pal LP Mills is here to give you the rundown on this year's Nottingham Poetry Festival.
Dan Wright talks to Lainy Malkani about her first book Sugar, Sugar, the transition from journalist to novelist and how her cat helped her to overcome the loneliness of being a writer. Malkani offers advice to aspiring writers and reveals which of the stories in the book is her personal favourite…
Lifelong Nottingham Forest fan and author Rich Fisher has seen it all in Garibaldi red. In the latest Forest book to grace bookshelves around the city, he tells the tales of a local football fan experiencing delight and suffering during his time supporting his provincial city club.
In celebration of International Women's Day, Women Say Stuff brought together women from all backgrounds to share their life experiences. Headliners included Notts wordsmiths Alice Short and Georgina Wilding, alongside a passionate open mic of female poets, musicians and activists. We sent our Natalie Mills down to check out the DIY Poets’ mixed-audience event at Cafe Sobar to hear what women had to say.
We went to Beeston’s Middle Street Resource Centre for a Q&A with Graham Caveney, led by Deirdre O’Byrne and Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves...
Last week, Nottingham’s literati gathered on a snowy Saturday to do some listening, learning and creating at The Writers’ Conference, all hosted by Writing East Midlands. We got down to check out some of the talks and workshops…
One of the fresher faces on Nottingham's publishing scene, Global Wordsmiths have made a name for themselves of late by working with writers from all walks of life. Their latest publication, Defining Moments: Stories from a Place of Recovery, is a collaboration with local addiction support charity Double Impact. We sent our Chloe Campbell down to the launch event for the book to get the low-down on the book, and the remarkable people who have contributed to it.
Alright you literary lovelies, it’s time to sharpen those pencils and get them typing fingers at the ready — The Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Society of Authors will be hosting their big networking event for 2018 on Saturday 3 March, following the Writing East Midlands Writer’s Conference. In preparation, we asked journalist, copywriter, and Writers’ Studio alumni Natalie Mills to have a chat with Society of Authors Head of Staff Anna Ganley about what can be expected on the night.
Every now and then you’ll come across something that does exactly what it says on the tin. Nottingham’s own DIY Poets are a prime example of this, with their tagline “We’re Nice and We Don’t Always Rhyme” neatly printed on the front cover of each issue of their monthly zine. We decided to pop in for a chat with the gang to get a gauge of just how nice they are, and we were not disappointed.
Not content to take it easy, author, storyteller, and long-time friend of the mag Jon McGregor has just released his new collection The Reservoir Tapes, hot off the heels of their initial airing on BBC Radio 4. Last Tuesday he made an appearance at Five Leaves Bookshop to launch the collection, so we thought we'd send our Chloe Campbell down to see what he had to say for himself.
Last Monday saw a collection of young poets take to the stage in protest of one of the most controversial topics discussed in the twenty-first century: The death penalty. We decided to head to Jam Café to see the University of Nottingham’s Poetry and Spoken Word Society in action.