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Book Launches

An Evening with Henry Normal

Tue, 20 Nov 2018
Waterstones Nottingham
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Tue, 20 Nov 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Waterstones Nottingham
Talks

Readers' Day 2018

Sat, 17 Nov 2018
County Hall
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Sat, 17 Nov 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
County 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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The Madness of King George: a Gatiss+Penford triumph

The spectacle of The Madness of George III takes place at Nottingham Playhouse and Francesca Mesce goes along for the regal ride…

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A Decade of Excellence at New Art Exchange

The New Art Exchange is celebrating ten years of bringing art and events to Hyson Green. We asked Skinder Hundal, the creative powerhouse manning the...

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Literary Locations #6: Victoria Crescent

Where Bertie met Frieda, the future Mrs Lawrence.

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Finding four events out of the scores that are occurring across the region over the next week is no mean feat; but we've plumped for a diverse mix of...

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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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Frieda

by Annabel Abbs

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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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