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Poetry & Spoken Word

Roger McGough

Sat, 24 Oct 2020
Sat, 24 Oct 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Courses & Workshops

Let’s Write About the Menopause – online workshops

Fri, 30 Oct 2020
Fri, 30 Oct 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Oct, 2020
Nov, 2020
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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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Writer-in-Residence in South Korea #1: Seoul Quarantine

Earlier this year, Nottingham writer, poet and lecturer Rory Waterman was asked to go to our fellow City of Literature, Bucheon, in South Korea as a...

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First Story Writer Nidaa
Interview with First Story young writer, Nidaa

Nidaa took part in the First Story Young Writer project, where she was mentored by Lucy Caldwell. After watching all the First Story mentees perform...

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Black History Month Poetry From Museumand

To celebrate Black History Month, Museumand has shared with us two poignant and powerful poems written by Winston Lindsay.

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Literary Locations #78: Hucknall

Hucknall, known as Hucknall Torkard until 1916, has a proud literary heritage spanning the past two centuries, from Lord Byron’s resting place to the...

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noun, Spanish De-escalation (Courtesy of Granada City of Literature)

“A word we are listening out for all of the time”


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.


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Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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