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Book Launches

An afternoon with Cathy Bramley at Bromley House Library

Wed, 29 Apr 2020
Bromley House Library
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Wed, 29 Apr 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bromley House Library
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Poetry from Danez Smith

Thu, 12 Mar 2020
Five Leaves Bookshop
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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.

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Literary Locations #49: Bingham Church, St Mary & All Saints

In the grounds of Bingham’s finest church lies the remains of Shakespeare’s Nottingham Knight, and one of our most underrated writers.

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Placement Experience at City of Literature

City of Literature regularly recruits students for placements to help with our projects. We hear from Olivia about her experience of working on data...

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Young Voices Gaining Confidence: Aly's Blog

A guest blog from prize-winning writer Aly Stoneman who has been working with two groups of Year Sixes on the Young Voices project. Hear about how...

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MyVoice: We Announce the Winners!

Winners of the inaugural MyVoice Creative Writing Competition

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Discover more about the exciting MyVoice Project

How to enter & more info the MyVoice Writing Competition

Whittlin'

verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”

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The Well of Loneliness

by Radclyffe Hall

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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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Iowa City

Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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