Find out what Byron thinks of modern-day Hucknall.....

Local poet, Carl Chamberlain with his poem "Parish Church" which has been placed in the new market place in Hucknall
Local poet, Carl Chamberlain with his poem "Parish Church" which has been placed in the new market place in Hucknall

A NEW play by poet Carl Chamberlain will feature comments by the spirit of Lord Byron on modern-day Hucknall.

The production will be presented as part of the annual ‘Poems And Pints’ event, which is an integral attraction at the International Byron Festival.

Entitled ‘Byron’s Town’, the play tells the story of Hucknall from 1985 to 2009 and will also star local residents.

Lined up to play Byron is professional actor Chip Colquhoun (27), who is originally from Canterbury and now works with the Footprints Theatre Trust.

Former miner Carl (55), of Spring Street, said: “This is the fourth year of ‘Poems And Pints’. Last year was a sellout with great readers, a live band and an acoustic set. The heritage of Hucknall and its people is a worthy subject.”

‘Poems And Pints’ will be held at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street in Hucknall on Friday June 10 (7 pm). There will also be live music and guest poets giving recitals.

Carl has forged a reputation as one of Hucknall’s best-known writers. One of his poems, ‘Parish Church’, has been cast as a plaque to form a centrepiece of the town’s Market Place.

It draws links between Newstead Abbey, which is Byron’s ancestral home, and Hucknall Parish Church, which is where the poet is buried. A booklet of his poems has also been published.

This year’s International Byron Festival will run from Monday June 6 to Sunday June 12.