WEM at the Nottingham Festival of Words
Writing East Midlands is a key partner in this year’s Nottingham Festival of Words and we have a fantastic programme of events and activities. You can book directly from our website by clicking on the events below (unless stated, you’ll be taken to the Nottingham Playhouse Box Office, which is selling tickets for the Festival) or you can visit the Festival of Words‘ website to see the full programme.
Tuesday 14 October, Sillitoe Room, Waterstones, Bridlesmith Gate, NG1 2GR
7.30-9.30pm, Tickets: £5 (£4 conc)
In partnership with Nottingham Writers’ Studio, and as part of the international programme in the Festival, we bring you a discussion and reading event looking at the role of the writer in a world increasingly divided into haves and have-nots, believers and apostates, privileged and unprivileged. With Belfast playwright Gary Mitchell, Afghan exiled poet Suhrab Sirat, Tunisian blogger Lina ben Mhenni and Jo Glanville, Director of English PEN.
Death Sentences: A Day and Night of Crime at The Galleries of Justice
Wednesday 15 October, Galleries of Justice, High Pavement, The Lace Market, NG1 1HN
(with Stephen Booth & Steven Dunne)
2-4.30pm Tickets: £30 (£25 conc)
(with Anne Zouroudi, Stephen Booth & Steven Dunne)
7 – 9pm Tickets: £10 (£7 conc)
Join three of the UK’s best-selling crime writers, Stephen Booth, Steven Dunne and Anne Zouroudi, as we delve into the dark underbelly of crime for a rare creative-writing workshop and reading event at the infamous and Visit England Gold Award-winning Galleries of Justice, the most haunted building in the UK! Followed by a chance to buy books from The Bookcase stall and get them signed. Workshop places are limited and first come first served, advance booking is essential.
Thursday 16 October, Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross NG1 2GB
6pm (doors open at 5.30pm) Tickets: £5 (available from Box Office and Nottingham Contemporary)
The East Midlands’ celebrated travelling spoken word festival comes to Nottingham Contemporary with the art, craft and wonder of Storytelling! This special Lyric Lounge features Shonaleigh Cumbers, and is dedicated to the memory of Nottingham’s own master storyteller, Pete Davis. Join us for a jam-packed programme of artists, live-literature, storytelling, workshops and open-mic for all to enjoy. Includes: Joel Stickley MC, Sophie Snell, Mark Gwynne-Jones with music from Little Machine, and a storytelling Open Mic for you to join in!
The Retold Ramayana
Sunday 19 October, New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE
7.30 – 9.30pm, Tickets: £10 (£7 conc)
When PBS Next Generation poet Daljit Nagra was a boy, his relatives told him stories of Rama’s quest to rescue his wife Sita from her abduction by Raavana, Lord of the Underworld. Now Daljit tells you his version of the tale through wild words, beautiful projections and the help of a million-strong monkey army! (This show is suitable for adults and children aged 11+) Tickets available from New Art Exchange Box Office.
Old Market Square – The Council House and Word Space Two
Sunday 19 October from 11am – 5.30pm
Old Market Square plays host to a day filled with exciting Spoken Word, live literature & music, and literary debate. The full programme can be found on the Festival of Words website, but here’s a taster for you to sink your teeth into.
The Council House:
Word Jam, 11-12 noon, Tickets: £3 (Free to unwaged, asylum seekers and refugees)
Celebrating the diversity of Nottingham’s refugee and migrant communities, some of which are published in their native countries, the Word Jam Collective will perform poetry in Kurdish, song in Farsi, rapping in Portuguese, and stories from Eritrea. Come along to have your ears opened to the wide range of written and spoken voices living in our midst!
Join international star of Indian music, Dev Dutt Joshi as he brings us this most beautiful ancient form of Arabic verse, the ghazal. Born in the UK, he is a versatile singer and musician who sings a wide range of musical genres to include Bollywood, ghazal, Bhajan, Qawali, folk and fusion. He has appeared in film and television as well as performing around the world. He will be appearing with Sunil Gossai (tabla) and Siddharth Singh (guitar).
Word Space Two (one of the big tents in the Old Market Square)
Blackdrop 1.30 – 2.30 pm Tickets: £3
An electric mix of poetry, rap, comedy, hip-hop, storytelling, monologues, song – and African drums. Blackdrop is Nottingham’s longest running regular performance evening – join them for this special Festival appearance to inspire your poetic soul!
Dawn of the Unread Mastermind, 3 – 4.00 pm Tickets: £3
A Mastermind with a difference! Four of Nottingham’s lost literary heroes are resurrected and quizzed on being dead and read – or unread – in the city. Presented by Lydia ‘Magnus’ Towsey. With optional zombie make-up. Features James Walker, Al Needham and more …
Mouthy Poets, 4.30 – 5.30 pm Tickets: £3
Changing your perceptions of what poetry can be, this is a show about how relationships, politics and everything in between make us stronger. Music, film, words and theatre developed with Clare Pollard and John Berkavitch. Don’t miss this special preview of the Mouthy Poets‘ national tour!