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Poetry & Spoken Word

Crosswords Open Mic

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Malt Cross
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Malt Cross

60 Years of CND, Britain's most enduring mass movement, with Kate Hudson

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Five Leaves Bookshop
Wed, 21 Mar 2018
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Five Leaves Bookshop

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.

The Brilliant Book Awards: Where Kids Call The Shots.

A book award where the judges are kids is a great idea, and we're delighted to hear who they chose as this year's winner. Carol Williams takes a look...

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New Writers UK Creative Writing Competition for the Children of Nottinghamshire

As a local creative writing competition for children reaches its tenth year we catch up with its organiser Julie Malone.

One Third Stories
Dragon Slaying and Language Learning: One Third Stories

A fascinating tale of how a pair of Notts entrepreneurs faced down a Dragon; made languages easy to learn and showed that we are an incredibly...

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Literacy and Nottingham: an overview.

Nottingham-based researcher Josh Krook looks at the challenges Nottingham faces in terms of poor literacy rates - and what is being done to meet...

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate


exclamation I do not believe it!

“They're finally doing summat about Broadmarsh? Gerraht!”


We are reading...

Words Best Sung

by Lee Stuart Evans


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.



Norwich has been a literary city for over 900 years: a place of ideas where the power of words has changed lives.

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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