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VERVE POETRY PRESS LAUNCH EVENT – Ben Norris with Luke Kennard and Hannah Swingler

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Join us for the official Nottingham Launch of Ben Norris’ wonderful pamphlet some ending!

Ben Norris is well known locally and nationally for the quality he brings to his performance. And while his pamphlet some ending has been written very much for the page, we know his words will be brought to vivid life on this night.

Supporting him are two Birmingham based poets Luke Kennard and Hannah Swingler.  Their books, Truffle Hound and This dress has pockets were released to great acclaim by Verve Poetry Press in the last year.

Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry champion – 2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam – and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ben is from Nottingham and is currently poet-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, and a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. He also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio Four. 

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist. His books have been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He is a Next Generation Poet and lectures in the School of English at the University of Birmingham.


Hannah Swingler is a poet, teacher and artist, born and bred in Birmingham.  She was the winner of CoachesSLAM 2018, as well as coaching the University of Birmingham’s uniSLAM team to victory.  This year she is the face of the Nationwide TV ads along with Verve poet Matt Abbott.


Verve Poetry Press is a new Birmingham based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways – as you would expect from a press that has grown out of the giddy and flamboyant, annual four days of poetry and spoken word that is Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham.

Tickets:  £4.00 (£2.00 for students) on the door at the event. Please let us know you are coming though, on events@fiveleaves.co.uk. Refreshments are included.