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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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Tue, 5 Jun 2018
Five Leaves Bookshop
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Tue, 5 Jun 2018
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Talks

Can we save Britain’s wildlife? asks Mark Cocker

Thu, 7 Jun 2018
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
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Thu, 7 Jun 2018
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Nottingham Mechanics Institute

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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My Bag - Helping Foster Kids Into Loving Books

When children enter the care system, it's often with very few possessions. A pioneering local charity is working to ensure that they get the best...

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1928C
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20th Century Notts: 1927-1929

We continue to roar through the 20s with the Nottingham Writers' Club, Alan Sillitoe and Lady Chatterley's Lover all making their first appearances.

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Unesco
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WriteNow: Looking For New Talent in Nottingham

Writers! Illustrators! We have great news on how a very famous publishing house is looking for local talent to realise their potential...

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James Robin Hood
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Talking Notts on Radio 4.

This Sunday (20th May) BBC Radio 4 begins a new series on regional accents and what better place to start than the East Midlands? Professional...

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

Wigorn

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“wigorn av us dinner”

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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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