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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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Online resources for children

Home schooling under the current crisis can be difficult. Here's some help.

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Literary Locations #52: Devonshire Avenue, Beeston

In Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, live next-door neighbours that have made a strong contribution to Nottingham’s reputation as a seat of poetry. They...

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Speak Up: Emily's Review

Last month, we gave an advance copy of Speak Up to Emily, a bookstagrammer and one of our favourite volunteers! Despite all the copies of the...

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Show Us Your Writer’s Workplace: Open Call 2020

Writers! You've probably seen a lot of your writing workplace recently, so here's a call on how to put it to good use...


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verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”


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The Well of Loneliness

by Radclyffe Hall


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.

discover our rebellious heritage

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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