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Talks

Kashmir: a talk by Andrew Whitehead

Wed, 27 Nov 2019
Five Leaves Bookshop
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Wed, 27 Nov 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Poetry & Spoken Word

Poetry and poetry in translation from Alan Baker and David Duncombe

Thu, 28 Nov 2019
Five Leaves Bookshop
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Thu, 28 Nov 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Five Leaves Bookshop

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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Georgina Wilding: MyVoice judge shares her writing tips

MyVoice judge Georgia Wilding was Nottingham's first Young Poet Laureate; here, she tells you why you should enter MyVoice.

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A Manifesto for Change

Our Young City of Literature Ambassadors tell us what THEY want.

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Literary Locations #44: The Emett Clock

​"The first principle in science is to invent something nice to look at and then decide what it can do," said Rowland Emett, an eccentric cartoonist,...

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#17Booksfor17SDGs

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be showcasing some of Nottingham's finest writing that match with UNESCO's recently announced Sustainable...

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Discover more about the exciting MyVoice Project

How to enter & more info the MyVoice Writing Competition

Whittlin'

verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”

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The Well of Loneliness

by Radclyffe Hall

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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 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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Iowa City

Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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