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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Tours

Nottingham's Literary Lions tour & Lace Market afternoon tea

Sat, 25 May 2019
Lace Market Hotel
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Sat, 25 May 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lace Market Hotel
Talks

Book Club Live Special: Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Evening

Mon, 3 Jun 2019
Beeston Library
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Mon, 3 Jun 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Beeston Library
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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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Watch live: UNESCO Lecture 2019 with Robert Macfarlane

The third annual UNESCO Lecture 2019 featuring internationally acclaimed author Robert Macfarlane, live from the Council House Ballroom, from 19:00...

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Hot in Notts: Nottwich Special

We are into Nottwich week! The circus doesn't roll into town until Wednesday - it's currently enjoying the delights of the Norwich leg - but...

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Nottwich is almost here!

Norwich and Nottingham UNESCO Cities of Literature issue rallying cry for cultural co-operation ahead of next week’s UNESCO Cities of Literature...

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Literary Locations #26: The haunts of Sophie Curly

From Bloomsbury Poet to Wilford Hill Cemetery, via our pubs and benches, we remember Sophie.

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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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Scavengers

by Darren Simpson

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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