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Poetry & Spoken Word

Writing Poems From The Heart’s Core

Sat, 16 Oct 2021
Sat, 16 Oct 2021
10:30am - 12:30pm
Poetry & Spoken Word

SMUT! The Verbal Burlesque

Wed, 6 Oct 2021
Wed, 6 Oct 2021
7:30pm - 10:00pm

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.

Katie represents Norwich UNESCO City of Literature at its global conference

The UNESCO Cities of Literature Network recently held their first hybrid annual meeting in Reykjavik, so we sent the intrepid Katie Harrison to...

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Creative Cities Meet in ​Reykjavík

Earlier this month members of the global Creative Cities Network met in ​Reykjavík for the first time since Covid changed the world, to discuss...

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Touching Me, Touching You: The Sense of Touch and D.H. Lawrence

Touch: a simple tactile thing that many of us were deprived of due to lockdown. DH Lawrence saw touch as an essential element of what it is to be...

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Words on the Street: Reimagining Carrington Street

The street often known as 'Gateway to Nottingham' has, with the demise of Broadmarsh, radically changed over the last few years, and as it develops a...

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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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We’re bringing words to your world in ways that suit you. You can keep up to date with everything literary in Nottingham on social media.