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Courses & Workshops

Cyberpunk and Steampunk

Wed, 14 Apr 2021
Wed, 14 Apr 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm

How to Write Funding Bids

Thu, 22 Apr 2021
Thu, 22 Apr 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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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Holmes Service

John Holmes has been keeping BBC Radio Nottingham listeners rapt for many years, and now has a brilliant memoir out about his adventures. David...

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Closing Time At the Royal Oak

Libraries and bookshops today, as does another essential component to our area's vibrancy: pubs. To mark the reopening, we read John Lucas's...

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We talk to Stephen Holland: Comics Laureate

On March 31st 2021, Stephen Holland became the UK's comic Laureate, a post he will hold for 2 years. We had a chat with him about his inspirations...

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Could you be Writer in Residence for Manchester's Festival of Libraries?

If you're a Notts writer with a love of libraries, then yes, you probably could be. Read on....



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“Giz sum tuffeez”


We are reading...

The Book of Hopes

by various authors and illustrators


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.


Iowa City

Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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