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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Talks

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Event

Thu, 11 Oct 2018
West Bridgford Library
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Thu, 11 Oct 2018
7:30pm - 9:30pm
West Bridgford Library
Courses & Workshops

Plotting for Success with Mike Gayle - Writing School East Midlands

Sat, 13 Oct 2018
Waterstones Nottingham
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Sat, 13 Oct 2018
10:00am - 4:30pm
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.

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20th Century Notts: 1988-1990

We reach the '90s and Nottingham's favourite detective makes his debut.

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Read The World
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Read the World in Reykjavik

Our fellow UNESCO City of Literature, Reykjavik, is currently exhibiting texts from other cities, including Nottingham, on freedom and peaceful...

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Saturday Night, Sunday Morning At Sixty

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was released 60 years ago this month, James Walker shows that while the book may now qualify for a bus-pass, it's...

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Hot in Notts: October 15-22 October

As part of Black History Month, Read a Black Author Day returns to the Market Square and Watersones - hope to see you there. We also have 19th...

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

Whittlin'

verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”

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We are reading...

Things We Thought We Knew

by Mahsuda Snaith

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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.

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.

Support a better world of words. Make a donation

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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