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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

A new exhibition of works highlight the talent of Nottinghamshire writers

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Poetry & Spoken Word

Poetry is Dead Good #35 with Ben Norris + the Young Poet Laureate shortlist

Mon, 18 Sep 2017
The Angel
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Mon, 18 Sep 2017
7pm - 10pm
The Angel
Children & Young Adults

Reading Hack Launch

Mon, 18 Sep 2017
West Bridgford Library
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Mon, 18 Sep 2017
4pm - 5pm
West Bridgford Library
free

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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Literary Locations #4: All Hallows Church, Arnold Lane, Gedling.

JRR Tolkien famously based much of Middle Earth on his native West Midlands. But the East Midlands also played a part...

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Uckna - Nottingham Word Of The Week

Each week we'll post a celebration of Nottingham slang, a celebration of the inventiveness, warmth and sheer oddness of the words that make...

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Refugee Writing

Find out more about a fantastic scheme to help refugees tell their stories.

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Roald Dahl Day

Today is the 101st anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, and one of his finest creations is coming to Nottingham...

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Join us in sharing the excitement of comics this National Writing Day, 21 June 2017

DAWN OF THE UNREAD: Resources

Nottingham word of the week

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UcknanounNottinghamshire town in the Leen Valley; final resting place of Lord Byron.

“Int 'e buried up Newstead?" "Nah, 'es under the church in Uckna”

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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.

Support a better world of words. Make a donation

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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