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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Nottingham and Norwich to host UNESCO global gathering in 2019

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Poetry & Spoken Word

Hollie McNish andp Cleo Asabre-Holt

Wed, 25 Apr 2018
The Vat and Fiddle
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Wed, 25 Apr 2018
7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Vat and Fiddle
Poetry & Spoken Word

LeftLion Presents: WriteLion Poets

Thu, 26 Apr 2018
Fox and Grapes
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Thu, 26 Apr 2018
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fox and Grapes
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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.

Cities Of Lit Annual Meeeting
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Iowa City hosts UNESCO Cities of Literature conference

Next year, Nottingham and Norwich (Nottwich) will be co-hosting the UNESCO Cities of Lit Conference - this report from the 2017 Conference in Iowa...

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Hollie Mc Nish C Helmi Okbara
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Hollie McNish Meets Nottingham City of Literature

Poetry superstar Hollie McNish has probably inspired more young poets to climb onto a stage than any other. On the eve of her Nottingham Poetry...

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Ron The Fox
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Read On Nottingham!

An innovative drive to boost literacy levels has launched in Nottingham, thanks to a partnership between the National Literacy Trust, Nottingham City...

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The Shakespearean Jester

To mark William Shakespeare’s birthday, we recall William Wallett, our very own Shakespearean Jester.

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

dotty

adj. unclean

“He's as dotty as a miner's fingernail”

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Body and Soul

by John Harvey

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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 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.

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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.

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Writers

Paula Rawsthorne: an award-winning writer of Young Adult fiction

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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Norwich

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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