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Comic Art Masterclass with Kev Sutherland

Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Wollaton Library
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm
Wollaton 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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Nottingham Transport, the literary lines

Today we take a look at the literary giants who have had Nottingham transport named after them.

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Could you be a City of Literature Trustee?

We are seeking to appoint new Trustees who have the skills and interests to support us to take our dynamic City of Literature to the next stage of...

NUCoL Open House 2019

Last Saturday was Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature’s annual open meeting at the Mechanics, a chance for the team to report back to the city on...

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Simon Callow and the Co-op Roast Chicken: 20 Years of the Lowdham Book Festival

Over the past two decades the Lowdham Festival has played host to a staggering array of literary talent: not bad for a small rural village between...

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate


verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”


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by Darren Simpson


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.



Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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