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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Opportunities

Interested in being a Nottingham City of Literature trustee?

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature (NUCoL) is seeking to appoint up to three new Trustees who have the skills and interests to help us identify and...

Talks

An Evening with Philippa Gregory

Tue, 15 Aug 2017
Broadway Cinema
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Tue, 15 Aug 2017
6pm - 7pm
Broadway Cinema
Poetry & Spoken Word

Poetry Unplugged

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Five Leaves Bookshop
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Wed, 23 Aug 2017
6pm - 8pm
Five Leaves Bookshop

What are we writing about?

Welcome to a place where we share the city’s many stories. From new literacy resources, to listicles about things you didn’t know about literary Nottingham (there are LOTS!), from our social media videos and interviews with writers, there is a city to discover and stories we are proud to share with you.

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Fossneck- Nottingham Word Of The Week

Each week we'll post a celebration of Nottingham slang, a celebration of the inventiveness, warmth and sheer oddness of the words that make...

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Poetry for the Mind

We meet with a community poetry group where poetry is a pleasure and a therapy.

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Erasmus Darwin: An Evolved Man

Erasmus Darwin, described as ‘The Da Vinci of the Midlands’, is a man whose philosophical poetry has been called dangerously radical. Without him ‘On...

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Literary Locations #2: Nottingham Castle Meets James Bond

John Baird finds another part of Nottingham with unlikely literary connections.

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Join us in sharing the excitement of comics this National Writing Day, 21 June 2017

DAWN OF THE UNREAD: Resources

Nottingham word of the week

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FossneckNounA know-it-all

“he reckons to have read every book in Angel Row, the fossneck”

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Rebel writers

As well as being internationally renowned for the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham has a history of rebellion – from stealing from the rich to give to the poor, to making a stand for the rights of the working classes. Nottingham was the centre of the Luddite rebellion and at the heart of the Chartist movement. Two centuries earlier, we hosted the start of the English Civil War when King Charles I flew the Royal Standard within the Castle.

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The Literary City

Down every snicket, across the slabs of the Square and cobbles of Hockley, through every welcoming door, behind every rippling pane of glass in every glowing window, there’s a story waiting to be discovered. If you’ve got an enquiring mind, it’s time to let it run wild. It’s time to visit Nottingham City of Literature.

Support a better world of words. Make a donation

If you want to support bringing the power of words to more people, why not make a donation to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature? We’re a registered charity, so you can be sure your money will put to good use.

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