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Festivals

Nottingham Poetry Festival Poetry Party

Sun, 27 Jun 2021
Antenna Media Centre
Discover
Sun, 27 Jun 2021
1:00pm - 8:00pm
Antenna Media Centre
Book Launches

Feminist City: claiming space in a man-made world

Wed, 14 Jul 2021
Five Leaves Bookshop
Discover
Wed, 14 Jul 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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.

Belbin Review Books Landscape
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Reading Unlocked with David Belbin

Our chair, David Belbin, writes about his May reading, in and out of lockdown.

ReadReaders & Writers
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Launching the Letters of Solidarity Anthology

2020 was a challenging year for us all. Here at Nottingham City of Literature, we used that time to reflect on our practise and to work with young...

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Bumblebee and the Flutes / Tunes From Mousedale Dunes

We were gutted to not meet Slovenian children's author Anja Štefan last year - coronavirus put paid to her scheduled visit. But we are delighted to...

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Tuffeez

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“Giz sum tuffeez”

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#nottswordoftheweek

We are reading...

The Book of Hopes

by various authors and illustrators

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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 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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Iowa City

Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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