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Poetry & Spoken Word

The Poetry of Language

Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Minor Oak
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minor Oak
Book Launches

An Evening with Jess Kidd

Tue, 2 Apr 2019
Waterstones Nottingham
Tue, 2 Apr 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Waterstones Nottingham

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.

Literary Locations #21: Bromley House Library

In the heart of Nottingham, tucked away between a Barnardo’s charity shop and an MSR newsagent, is the entrance to Bromley House Library, one of our...

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World Poetry Day: We Go Live!

On World Poetry Day (this Thursday, 21st March) we will be running a FB Livestream of a fantastic poetry event. Find out more:

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​UNESCO Creative Cities Network statement on New Zealand terror attacks

NUCoL would like to share this statement from our steering committee. Our thoughts are with New Zealanders.

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Our Lady of Everything: We Meet Susan Finlay

Some fine fiction has been set in Notts, and to that list we can add Our Lady of Everything, a brilliant book released this week that flits across...


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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate


verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”


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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 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.



Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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