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Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Nottingham's Young City of Literature Ambassadors share their hopes and ambitions

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Book Launches

An Evening with Ali Smith

Tue, 23 Apr 2019
Waterstones Nottingham
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Tue, 23 Apr 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Waterstones Nottingham
Talks

Book Club Live: World Book Night Special: Literary vs Commercial

Tue, 23 Apr 2019
West Bridgford Library
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Tue, 23 Apr 2019
7:30pm - 9:30pm
West Bridgford 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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Literary Locations #24: Nottingham Girls' High School

Nottingham Girls’ High School has had quite an impact on our contribution to literature, and it’s this week’s literary location.

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Literary Locations #23: Theatre Royal

This week’s location, The Theatre Royal, has been a Nottingham landmark since 1865, and it has many a literary link. Here are a few of them.

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Women, Sport and a Call to Action.

Nottingham's Women's Center Library is doing great things right now, and want you to join in. Read on to find out why...

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Hot in Notts: April 8th-15th

Ever fancied being a Dr Frankenstein and creating a monster, albeit on the page rather than a German castle? We can help you here, as well as...

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

Whittlin'

verb Complaining; moaning

“Ah, stop yer whittlin'”

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Scavengers

by Darren Simpson

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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 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.

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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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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