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Building Better Futures with Words

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Building Better Futures with Words

Our Mission

Nottingham became a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015 on account of our globally renowned literary heritage, a vibrant contemporary writing scene and ambition to
build better futures with words.

Nottingham City of Literature Lecture

Edmund de Waal

Internationally acclaimed artist and writer, Edmund de Waal will deliver the fourth City of Literature lecture entitled ‘From somewhere else: libraries, stories, pots’ on Tuesday 24th October, starting at 6pm, at Nottingham Castle.

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Get Involved

We run a diverse and innovative range of projects across the city and the wider county, aiming to give our communities – with a focus on young people – and emerging writers ways to find their voice, build their careers and see how words can literally change the world. Here you will find current and upcoming projects we are running, as well as past projects and the impact they had.

Who We Are

Our permanent designation as a UNESCO Creative City enables us to use the power of words to transform lives, create new opportunities and establish Nottingham as a leading destination for lovers of literature worldwide.

NCoL - who we are


Nottingham is a place of stories, a thousand years of written history ringing from each ancient street and thoroughfare. Explore here for the vibrant creators -the poets, the authors, all who weave words in a unique way – currently making Nottingham buzz with words, as well as looking to the way the fires lit by writers such as Byron, Whipple, Lawrence and many more still burn and illuminate brightly today

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