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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Courses & Workshops

Novels That Shaped Our World: Mistressclass Creative Writing Workshop

Sat, 6 Mar 2021
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Sat, 6 Mar 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm
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WOMEN SAY STUFF 6

Mon, 8 Mar 2021
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Mon, 8 Mar 2021
7:30pm - 9:00pm
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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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The Loneliness of the Lockdown Runner

James Walker specialises in digital storytelling and has turned to Twitter to reimagine Sillitoe’s classic story of defiance for the Covid...

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Richard C Bower: Seeking Sanctuary

In our latest profile of a local writer, we feature a poet who turned grief into creativity.

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On Libraries: guest post by Ross Bradshaw

Five Leaves' Ross Bradshaw writes about his relationship with libraries and the small Scottish town where it all began.

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Youth Advisory Board
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Young People Have Their Say

Our first Youth Advisory Board gives 16-25 year-olds the chance to voice their opinions and ideas about our work. Nine young people from across...

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Tuffeez

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“Giz sum tuffeez”

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The Book of Hopes

by various authors and illustrators

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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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We’re bringing words to your world in ways that suit you. You can keep up to date with everything literary in Nottingham on social media.

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