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Southwell Library Poetry Festival

9 July 16 words: Bridie Squires

Next week sees some of the biggest names in literature hit the small village of Southwell. Catch Lemn Sissay, Kate Fox and Daljit Nagra do their wordy thing

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Everyone’s gone poetry mad, and Southwell weren’t about to stop at a music festival, oh no. The quaint town is host to some of the biggest names in wordsmithery this month, including Lemn Sissay MBE, who you might have caught last year performing at Nottingham Poetry Festival. On top of the Mancunian bard, Radio 4 Poet-in-Residence Daljit Nagra will be there, there’ll be afternoon tea with ex-Glastonbury Poet-in-Residence Kate Fox, and loads more literary goodness for your lugholes.

The five days in Southwell see performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops and panel discussions for everyone to get stuck into. And there’s plenty for the kiddywinks, with a Roald Dahl event to boot. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on an afternoon with local small press publishers: Ross Bradshaw from Five Leaves is hosting the whole shebang, with Mother’s Milk, Stonewood and Candlestick Press dropping wisdom like the slippery bogger that it is.


Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 July 2016. Events can be booked online.

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