No Such Thing as a Bacon Roll by Leanne Moden

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Leanne Moden is a poet, performer, workshop leader, and event organiser, living in UNESCO City of Literature Nottingham. Leanne performs her poems all across the UK, and currently runs the ‘Crosswords’ spoken word open mic at the Malt Cross music hall.  Her latest work is an ode to the Nottingham and mentions some of our favourite things about the city.


No Such Thing as a Bacon Roll 

Choose Life. Choose a cob.

Choose a canal.


Choose Sneinton Market and Forest Fields,

Goose Fairs and Market Squares,

Stone Lions and Nottingham Lace.


Choose walking through the arboretum on a warm summer’s evening

Or bombing through Radford on the back of a bicycle.


Trawling for vintage togs and vegan grub in Hockley

Or trying in vain to pet the deer in Wollaton park.


Choose a castle that isn’t even a proper castle.


Choose music around every corner and more art galleries than you can

Shake a stick at.


Choose the rebels.

And the underdogs.


Choose DH Lawrence, Brian Clough and Lord Byron.

Nell Gwyn and Su Pollard;

Alan Sillitoe and Torvill & Dean.


Choose Paul Smith.


Choose some of the best inventions of the twentieth century:

Ibuprofen and fMRI machines,

HP Sauce and Supermarket Sweep.


Choose Trent Bridge and Meadow Lane,

The Motorpoint Arena and the City Ground.


Rayleigh Bikes and Boots the Chemist.


Choose the Alley Cafe. Choose Sat Bains. Choose Rough Trade.

Choose stumbling out of Ocean at 4am with no idea where your shoes are.


Bright green trams and pictures of Robin Hood absolutely everywhere.


Choose friendly conversations with strangers on buses.

Choose tekkin the mick and not gerrin a mard on.


Choose one of the most diverse communities in the UK.


Choose life. Choose a cob.

To find more of Leanne’s poetry, check out her blog: or follow her on Twitter



Posted on 07 July 2016
Featured author: Jessie

Nottingham native and fan of all things music, arts and animal related.

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