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Nottinghamshire County Council Libraries Service, Nottingham Poetry Society and Five Leaves Publications bring the nation’s best poets to Beeston Library.
Poems for the Beekeeper
In Robert Gent’s words,
from the postscript to Poems for the Beekeeper:

Of all the roles which the public library fulfils, perhaps the most important one is that of bringing books and readers together. When the opportunity arises to bring readers and writers together, a new dimension is added to the library’s work.

The current Beeston Poets is a revival of an earlier grouping that brought poets from around the country to read at Beeston Library. Now approaching the end of another successful series, Beeston Poets has hosted readings by Jackie Kay, Neil Astley, Andy Croft, Versions of the North, and Ophelia’s Sistas. To end the current season, Martin Figura will be performing his prize winning collection ‘Whistle’ on Friday 5th July.


Nottingham Poetry Society Nottingham Poetry Society was founded in 1941, and since then has promoted the best in poetry. NPS runs the annual Nottingham Open Poetry competition, and holds monthly meetings which include workshops, readings, book launches, poetry clinics and Desert Island Poems.

Nottinghamshire Library Services Nottinghamshire Library Services have welcomed us back to the recently refurbished Beeston Library, where so many fine poets have read in the past. Beeston Library has kept up the tradition of readings and discussion groups over the last ten years, with visits from poets such as Bernard O’Donoghue.

Steering Committee

Jeremy Duffield is a poet and playwright who has been writing since the mid 1970s. His work has featured widely in magazines and anthologies and he has been successful in many competitions. He has been a member of Nottingham Poetry Society for many years, and chairman for over ten years.

Cathy Grindrod is an award-winning writer, formerly Derbyshire Poet Laureate, whose writing has been widely published and broadcast. She also works to support other writers and organisations as a Literature Consultant, tutor, mentor and project manager. She has been a member of Nottingham Poetry Society for several years.

Ross Bradshaw was a member of the collective that ran Mushroom Bookshop, Literature Development Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council, and for over fifteen years has been the publisher at Five Leaves Publications. He is one of the organisers of the annual Lowdham Book Festival.

Pippa Hennessy is the Development Director of Nottingham Writers’ Studio. She also works for Five Leaves as a publishing assistant alongside her portfolio career as a writer, teacher, typesetter, proofreader, IT tutor and all-round busy bee. She is the secretary of the Nottingham Poetry Society.

Joel Stickley is the Literature & Reading Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Libraries, delivering the Southwell Poetry Festival, Nottingham Readers’ Day and many other literary events across the county. He is also a creative writing tutor, an award-winning writer and performer and the Poet Laureate for Lincolnshire.

Sheelagh Gallagher is a member of Stanza Poetry Reading Group and works as a freelance facilitator and creative writing tutor

Gill Rockett is the Area Librarian for South Broxtowe and Gedling. She has been involved in many of the library service’s literature events over the past years.

(Beth) Helen Durham is a final year undergraduate studying for a BA (Hons) in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Nottingham. Some of her poetry and short stories have been published. She is a committee member of Nottingham Poetry Society.

Our thanks go to Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves for his support in past seasons, and to volunteers Deidre O’Byrne and Angela Foxwood.

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