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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Exhibitions

Hassan Hajjaj: The Path

Sat, 6 Apr 2019
New Art Exchange
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Sat, 6 Apr 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
New Art Exchange
Poetry & Spoken Word

Beeston Word! With Joelle Taylor, Lydia Towsey and guests

Tue, 25 Jun 2019
Beeston Library
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Tue, 25 Jun 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Beeston Library

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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Hot in Notts: June 17th -24 2019

This week is a busy one, with Independent Bookshop Week going on – we have a variety of booksellers in Notts, from Five Leaves and Ideas on Paper in...

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Literary Location #30: Halam

About a mile and a half from Southwell is Halam, a picturesque village of around 400 people, and a hotbed of literature.

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Grads4Nottm

For the past three years, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature have been part of Nottingham Trent University's Grads4Nottm scheme.

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Lowdham Book Festival: 20 Years of Excellence

The Lowdham Book Festival is back, and to celebrate two full decades of attracting writing talent - and many thousands of book fans - to the...

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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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Scavengers

by Darren Simpson

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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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Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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