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Acclaimed poets to headline Nottingham Poetry Festival

Big names in the poetry world including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Andrew and Ian McMillan, Patience Agbabi and many more are set to headline the fourth Nottingham Poetry Festival.

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Nottingham Poetry Festival is back for the fourth time and is bigger – and better – than ever, with the 2019 line-up featuring a dazzling array of talent.

British-based – and internationally renowned – author and dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson will join for this year’s festival. Celebrated for his recitation of verse in Jamaican Patois to dub reggae, Johnson has many impressive accolades to his name including a Golden PEN Award and will make his debut at Nottingham’s live arts venue – Metronome.

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There will be not one renowned poet from the McMillan family, but two, as both Andrew and Ian McMillan will perform, as well as shows by national favourites John Hegley, Roger McGough, both of whom are returning with brand new work. The festival will enjoy performances from some of the country’s leading female poets Caroline Bird, Lorraine Mariner, Val Bloom and Patience Agbabi, as well as events with Henry Normal and Paul Cookson.

Alongside this lineup, the festival is packed with performances from many local poets including Christopher Lanyon, Bridie Squires, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Leanne Moden, Stephen Thomas and Harminder Nagi.

The festival will take place on 26th April – 5th May, with events being held across the city. Some of the venues where events will be held throughout the festival include Lakeside Arts Centre, Debbie Bryan tearoom and shop, New Art Exchange in Hyson Green, and Metronome.

Creative Director of the festival – Georgina Wilding – is thrilled to be bringing an exciting and diverse line-up to this year’s festival.

“My first few months as Creative Director have been an absolute whirlwind, but securing a line up as good as this with the support of the Poetry Festival team has got me itching for April 26th to arrive. Nottingham, we’re going to have an incredible 10 days together!”

A full line-up is now live on the Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019 website. Not only will there be a number of readings, but also poetry slams and musical performances.

Poetry will come alive from thousands of beermats, posters and leaflets this year, as young local poets have filmed specially written poems which play on your phone as you pass it over cleverly designed trigger words. This augmented reality project has been designed by Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, Rob Newton and City Arts with NPF and Castle Rock Brewery, and the HP Reveal app can be downloaded on the iTunes App Store.

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