When? Monday 17 – Sunday 23 June
Where? Various Venues
What? Once again the anticipated annual city-wide celebration of the contribution of refugees to Nottingham returns. Enjoy a festival of music, theatre, dance, film, literature, art, food and sport to recognise the historic influence that refugee’s and asylum seekers have had on the cities culture. Multiple events are taking place across the city, with a little something for everyone. Refugee week gives the people of Nottingham a chance to celebrate the positive impact of refugees whilst offering the opportunity to raise awareness of why people seek asylum by standing in welcoming solidarity and friendship for their modern day struggles.
How much? Free - £12
When? Tuesday 18 June, 7.30pm
Where? Rough Trade
What? Tangled hair is a three-piece band from South London that uses guitars, bass and drums to create intricate music, centred on their group dynamics. This week, they're bringing their unique sound that draws from indie rock, nineties emo and post-hardcore influences to Rough Trade. The band have been playing music for ten years and they have shared a stage with the likes of Braid, Owls, Tera Melos, American Football and Toe. Support acts on the night will include Caisu Burns, the spin off solo performance of Kai from Kagouleand Scottish Alternative-indie artist Katie Malco.
How much? £7
When? Tuesday 18 June – 7pm
Where? Five Leaves Bookshop
What? Five Leaves Bookshop will play host to the launch of locally and nationally acclaimed writer and performer Ben Norris’ latest pamphlet, Some Ending! He will be joined by Forward Prize nominated poet, Luke Kennard and the teacher of the University of Birmingham’s poetry slam team, Hannah Swigler. Verve Poetry Press is a new Birmingham based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways – as you would expect from a press that has grown out of the giddy and flamboyant, annual four days of poetry and spoken word that is Verve Poetry Festival.
When? Wednesday 19 June, 6.30pm
What? An evening of stories and photos will take place at Waterstones to celebrate the release of Sunday Times Best Selling Author Amanda Owen’s latest book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess. Fans of hit TV series Our Yorkshire Farm, will recognise Amanda Owen as the Yorkshire Shepherdess who left city life behind to become a traditional shepherdess on a remote hill farm, Ravenseat, high in the Yorkshire Dales. Amanda’s warm and entertaining books share the daily ups and downs of farming beautiful but tough terrain, offering a unique glimpse into a rural way of life unchanged for generations in this Dales community.
How much? £5
When? Thursday 20 June – 7pm
Where? Five Leaves Bookshop
What? Editors Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath McKay will be reading from their book of essays, fiction and poetry by second generation Irish writers in Britain, whose contributors attempt to capture the diverse experience of a group of people largely rendered invisible.The sections touch upon the authentic experience of Irish people in Britain, with many of the contributors acknowledge that anti-Irish racism has been part of their lives. Their work reflects the tensions of not belonging, but of ploughing on anyway.
How much? £3
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