The Alan Sillitoe Poetry Competition closed to entrants on 10January, and the adjudication – by Ruth Fainlight – was completed by 31 January. So why the delay in announcing the winners?

Well, not only did we want to generate some Hitchcock-like suspense, but we also felt that a competition boasting £400 in prize money and which raised over £850 towards the memorial fund deserved a proper winners’ event.

So join us tonight at the Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB, from 7.30pm. Compere and committee chairman David Sillitoe will be introducing an evening of poetry, music, boozing and good company – all you need, really, for a convivial Friday night out. Ruth Fainlight will be presenting the winning poems, and there’ll be more poetry courtesy of Cathy Grindrod and Jeremy Duffield – two of the most renowned figures on the local literary scene – while Blue Yonder will be playing three sets (yup, you read that right: three), including their classic ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ influenced track “Propaganda”.

You’ll have to wait till the weekend to read the winning poems on the website (exact “go live” date and time  dependant on the webmaster’s hangover), so come along to the Nottingham Contemporary tonight, hear the winning poems, listen some great music and raise a few jars. We’ll see you there!

For more information, see the Nottingham Contemporary or LeftLion websites .

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