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Sun, 27 Jan 2019
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
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Sun, 27 Jan 2019
3:00pm - 9:00pm
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Poetry & Spoken Word

Mother Tongue Readings

Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Five Leaves Bookshop
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Mon, 11 Feb 2019
5:30pm - 7:00pm
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.

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Hot in Notts: 21st-27th January

January is definitely warming up - at least when we're talking about literary events in Notts. We've picked some of our favourites, but make sure you...

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Literary Locations #12: St Peter's Church

Established in the years after the Norman Conquest, our first printers are buried here, Abigail Gawthern recorded its bells ringing, and Richard III...

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An Evening With Stephen Mangan

He's been Adrian Mole, Tony Blair, Postman Pat and DAN! DAN! DAN! from Alan Partridge, but the genial Stephen Mangan has many more strings to his...

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Literary Locations #11: The Exchange Arcade

In 1785 the poet Henry Kirk (later to be Kirke) White was born near Nottingham’s Old Market Square. Inside the Exchange Arcade (off Cheapside) is a...

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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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The Accidental Memoir

by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper

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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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Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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