World Jam: Nottingham Goes Global

World Jam: Nottingham Goes Global

World Jam is Nottingham’s global poetry and music community. We currently run monthly online poetry workshops, monthly world music live streams, a poetry and lyric translation service for eight different languages and monthly socials. In the past year, we have worked...
Talking Notts on Radio 4.

Talking Notts on Radio 4.

During my 13 year stint as literature editor of LeftLion magazine, dialect and accent was integral to the tone of the magazine. Our remit was simple: Get in as much chelp as possible (cheeky backchat) and don’t mek aht yer summat (don’t take yourself too seriously)....
Polari: The Undercover Tongue

Polari: The Undercover Tongue

Walk into Nottingham’s The Flying Horse Hotel during the mid-1960s and you might hear, “How bona it was to varda your dolly old eek, while out trolling in the fantabulosa park the other day.” Clueless? Read on… Polari was adopted as a method of...
Pit Talk of the East Midlands

Pit Talk of the East Midlands

In a previous blog, I wrote about my research into the accents and dialects of Nottingham and what makes them so fascinating. When I was working on this research, some of the people I spoke to suggested I speak to some local miners, ‘as they had a funny language all...