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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Like reading? Course you do. Like writing about reading? Find out, and win a prize...

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Talks

From Artist to Protagonist - Clare Harvey

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Beeston Library
Discover
Mon, 22 Jan 2018
1pm - 3pm
Beeston Library
Courses & Workshops

Creative Workshop: Zines - Write, Print, Share!

Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Mansfield Library
Discover
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
2pm - 4pm
Mansfield Library

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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City On The Page: Ten Novels Set In Nottingham

Whether it’s the boisterous City Centre or a drug-ridden housing estate, each of these authors use the Queen of the Midlands as a setting for their...

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Storysmash: Bringing Writing and Gaming Together

If you're aged between 11-25, and like writing and gaming, then you have a final chance to blend the two into the fantastic project that is...

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Book Review Competition!

Like reading? Course you do. Like writing about reading? Find out, and win a prize...

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Cities of Literature: Dublin

Throughout 2018 we will be looking around the globe at our fellow Cities of Literature: all 27 of them! We start our series with a short hop across...

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Discover more about Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

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noun said of weak beer

“He'd get kayleyed off half a pint of mazzi-watter.”

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The Chalk Man

by CJ Tudor

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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.

Meet the other Cities of Literature

We are a global network of twenty cities who specialise in literature. We work together to build strong global partnerships, share best practice and encourage literary exchanges. We collaborate on projects promoting creativity and culture with as wide and diverse an audience as possible, both locally and internationally.

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Dublin

Initiated and co-ordinated by Dublin City of Literature, the 2018 Dublin: One City, One Book festival, is a huge celebration of Irish women writers, many of whom feature in the book The Long Gaze Back

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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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