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Courses & Workshops

The Writers’ Conference 2018

Sat, 3 Mar 2018
Nottingham Trent University
Sat, 3 Mar 2018
9am - 5pm
Nottingham Trent University
Poetry & Spoken Word

Speech Therapy

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Chameleon Arts Café
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
8pm - 11pm
The Chameleon Arts Café

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.

Julian And Sandy
Polari: The Undercover Tongue

Not so long ago, homosexual men needed a way to express themselves in public, without being identified as being gay. If only there was a secret...

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Ten Barcelona Authors You Should Read

As part of our month-long celebration of Barcelona our fellow UNESCO City of Literature, we present 10 essential writers from the city. Check out...

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A Week in the Life of a City of Literature Intern

We occasionally host interns at the City of Lit. Our latest recruit, Francesca Mesce, tells us of her experience.

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Law, War and The GrumbleGroar

Nottingham writers often defy easy pigeon-holing, so when it came to Rob Hann we decided to ask him to speak for himself and tell us what links...

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Discover more about Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate


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“¿Qué pasa, tio?" (What's up, mate?) Notts: Ey up, duck”

Catalan Slang of the Week

We are reading...

The Night Raid

by Clare Harvey


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.

discover our rebellious heritage

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.



Reykjavík City of Literature office and its partners run several projects and programmes including the Reykjavík Reads Festival in October, a literary house and residency at the former home of writer, illustrator, translator and natural scientist Benedikt Gröndal, literary benches and literary walking tours in the city.

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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