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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Reading & Writing Poetry

Sun, 19 Jul 2020
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Sun, 19 Jul 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
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The Writers Group: A 10-week course focused on writing scripts and poetry

Tue, 21 Jul 2020
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Tue, 21 Jul 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm

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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Literary Locations #66: Basford House, 61 Church Street

Basford House, where Thomas Bailey compiled his Annals of Nottinghamshire and his son Philip wrote what would become one of the longest poems ever...

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NTU Graphic Design students champion the city’s poetry in new project

​In celebration of Nottingham’s literary heritage, Graphic Design students at Nottingham Trent University connected with six talented poets from the...

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Mad Truth: Creativity and Mental Health

In this guest blog, founder of Mad Truth Casey Soma writes about channeling feelings into creative expression.

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Words of Wisdom: The Making of a Collaborative Poem

Poet Panya Banjoko writes about her experience writing a commissioned collaborative poem for the 'Words of Wisdom' project, a project from City Arts...

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noun, Spanish De-escalation (Courtesy of Granada City of Literature)

“A word we are listening out for all of the time”

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The Book of Hopes

by various authors and illustrators

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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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