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Dial-a-Poem National Student Poetry Competition

Thu, 16 Jan 2020
Nottingham Trent University
Thu, 16 Jan 2020
3:30pm - 11:30pm
Nottingham Trent University
Book Launches

Not Working – why we have to stop, with Josh Cohen

Wed, 22 Jan 2020
Five Leaves Bookshop
Wed, 22 Jan 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
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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Young voices telling their own stories

Award-winning novelist Paula Rawsthorne shares her experience working as a writing mentor for children during the first week of the Young Voices...

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Writers in Profile #3: James C. Stuart

James C. Stuart is author of Dragonstone, a series of magical adventure novels. The series follows a young boy named Charlie Stuart after he has been...

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We launch Young Voices - our new creative writing programme

Young Voices helps Year Six students discover writing as a creative outlet ahead of their transition into Secondary School.

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Kim Slater: MyVoice judge shares her writing tips

Kim Slater writes Young Adult and Crime fiction. She published her first Young Adult book in 2014, Smart, a novel conceived when she was an MA...


Discover more about the exciting MyVoice Project

How to enter & more info the MyVoice Writing Competition


verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”


We are reading...

The Well of Loneliness

by Radclyffe Hall


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 home 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. 'Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not’ seems to be the city's unofficial slogan.

discover our rebellious heritage

The Literary City

Down every twitchell, 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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Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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