If you are a lover of poetry and words, you will have a fabulous weekend at Newark and Southwell from 14 to 16 July. It is literary festival time and there are workshops, talks and hands-on events at a range of venues. Read on to find out more.

The Inspire Poetry Festival is at Southwell Library from 13 to 16 July, and there is something for everyone – workshops, family events, readings and talks, and drop-in activities. There will be readings from poet Paul Farley and Jackie Kay, the poet, novelist and playwright. Award winning poet Matthew Welton is running a workshop and Afternoon Tea will be hosted by Candlestick Press and poet Mahendra Solanki.

Poetry at The Workhouse is an exhibition of thought-provoking poetry. It is open daily, 11am to 4pm, from 10 to 16 July, to coincide with the Inspire Festival at the nearby Southwell Library. This austere Victorian building will make a wonderful exhibition space.

Newark Book Festival’s theme this year is Adventures and Heroes and it is as exciting as it sounds. Newark’s pretty market square will become a Literature Quarter for the weekend and will be a hive of rhyme, theatre, books and authors, while on Sunday Newark Castle will celebrate 75 years of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five with a family picnic. There are many other events – some for families, some involving tea and some with wine, all with words.

Don’t forget to enter our poetry competition

While you are feeling the literary love, why not make your way to our competition page and enter our Inspired by Newark and Sherwood poetry competition. There is a fab prize of a culture night in Newark up for grabs.