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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Courses & Workshops

Lyric Pride Masterclass

Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Rough Trade
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Wed, 25 Jul 2018
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Rough Trade
Children & Young Adults

Racing Rhyming Fun with author Jonathan Emmett

Mon, 6 Aug 2018
Wollaton Library
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Mon, 6 Aug 2018
11:00am - 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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20th Century Notts: 1951-1953

As we enter the 1950s a certain young writer from Radford wins a prize at the Nottingham Writers' Club.

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They Were Sisters 1945 Opening Credits 3
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My Summer with Dorothy Part 3: They Were Sisters

Author Clare Harvey continues her mission to read the whole of the Dorothy Whipple canon with a look at 'the tender tribalism of sisterhood', They...

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Football Books with a Nottinghamshire Link

The World Cup is now over, and en route to a French trophy cabinet. But when it comes to football and writing, however, Nottingham is a world champ.

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20th Century Notts: 1948-1950

We say Hi-de-Hi! to the halfway point of our journey through the 20th century.

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

Duck

noun informal person: man, woman or child. A term of endearment.

“Yowl koppit me duck”

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Missing

by Alison Moore

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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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Krakow

Krakow became the seventh UNESCO City of Literature in 2013, and it currently hosts the country’s most important literary festivals: the Miłosz Festival and the Conrad Festival.

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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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