Ten Poems about Nottingham! Come to our launch at Five Leaves Bookshop on Tuesday 13 October, 6 – 7.30pm.

Ten Poems about Nottingham!  Come to our launch at Five Leaves Bookshop on Tuesday 13 October, 6 – 7.30pm.

Published on Monday 28 September 2015

Because Candlestick Press is in Nottingham, and because Nottingham has this year put in a bid to be considered a UNESCO City of Literature, we thought it timely to bring out a mini-anthology of Nottingham poems, Ten Poems about Nottingham edited by John Lucas.  The launch will be at Five Leaves Bookshop*, Nottingham’s only and central (and centrally important!) independent bookshop.  The poems include unfamiliar, even anonymous poets alongside well known ones like D H Lawrence.  The poems are like a little minibus trip through the history of the county and the city.  Although Byron isn’t included, that is not because we don’t rate him (absolutely the opposite – he appears in a  number of our other anthologies) but because the editor wanted to focus on other poets, living and dead, to give a flavour of Nottingham itself, and Nottinghamshire.  Hence a wonderful poem by Wayne Burrows about the stag and hen parties that parade and teeter through the town centre on Saturday nights, and which ends the selection with the sound of calls echoing across Old Market Square.  There are also poems that reference Nottingham’s history as a centre of breweries and micro-breweries (‘Nottingham Ale’ by a ‘Mr Gemthorpe’, written in the early nineteenth century) and a poem about the bicycle factories in Nottingham by Derrick Buttress.  Similarly there is a poem that refers back to the old tradition of walking through crocus fields to bathe in the Trent (by Cathy Grindrod) and others that allude to the lace industry, to football and Nottingham’s unstoppably rebellious spirit.


Five Leaves Bookshop is in Long Row, just a minute away from Old Market Square.  The launch is from 6 – 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13th October.  Telephone 0115 837 3097.  There will be refreshments (including Nottingham ale!) and the event is free of charge. Come – join us there – it promises to be a great occasion.

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