Inspire Culture


Throughout the world, changing seasons can remind us of the beautiful dynamics of nature.

Autumn beautifully crept upon us here in Mansfield with an array of literary events arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council and Inspire Culture.

The Inspire poetry festival began in advance of ‘The National Poetry Day October 3rd 2019’ with an exhibition of the Voices project in Mansfield Central Library.

This was a community project that aimed to harness the power of poetry to bring unheard of voices to the world.

Poet, playwright, and performer Ben Norris from Nottingham worked with Woodleigh Christian Care Home, Mansfield, Building Bridges, West Bridgford, Bassetlaw Day Services Worksop and the Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum Youth Project.

He worked with these very different groups, which included people living with dementia, adults with learning difficulties, refugees, and people living with or affected by mental health issues.

Supported and funded from the National Lottery, through Arts Council England. This was an amazing project facilitated by Ben Norris and photography by lens bases artist Ben Harriot.

I was especially moved by the poems written by the young refugees, reminding me of how difficult life can be.

Events throughout the week in Mansfield Central Library included a literary film ‘Bright Star, which told the story of the three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. A poetry reading workshop with Jenny Swann and a writing workshop with Deborah Tyler-Bennett.

Around Nottinghamshire many other amazing events took place, including ‘A Quite Enormous Poetry Event’ (yes, this was the title) performed at Nottingham Playhouse.