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Poetry & Spoken Word

Poetry: Big White Shed X EqualiTeas

Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Debbie Bryan
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Sat, 23 Jun 2018
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Debbie Bryan
Poetry & Spoken Word

Shore 2 Shore Poetry Tour with Carol Ann Duffy

Wed, 20 Jun 2018
Lowdham Village Hall
Discover
Wed, 20 Jun 2018
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Lowdham Village Hall

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: 1936-1938

Graham Greene's time in Nottingham bears fruit. Meanwhile, people in Hucknall clap eyes on Byron's remains.

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The Lost Words For Notts

We're part of a great crowdfunding campaign to get a classic of art, poetry and nature into schools across Notts. Find out how YOU can be part of it.

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EmpathyLab: Guest Post By Kath Fox

Tomorrow (June 12th) is Empathy Day. Kath Fox, Coordinator of English of Coddington School, tells us why she is passionate about the power of...

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20th Century Notts: 1933-1935

A classic Robin Hood adventure is published in the same year that one of our finest children's writers is born.

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

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“wigorn av us dinner”

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Missing

by Alison Moore

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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.

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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.

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Writers

Paula Rawsthorne: an award-winning writer of Young Adult fiction

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.

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Krakow

Krakow became the seventh UNESCO City of Literature in 2013, and it currently hosts the country’s most important literary festivals: the Miłosz Festival and the Conrad Festival.

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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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