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Poetry Evening “Dreaming of a Big White Christmas Shed”

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Debbie Bryan
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
5pm - 6pm
Debbie Bryan

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.

Lucy Hutchinson: A Truly Revolutionary Writer

Well before Byron, long before Lawrence, a Nottingham writer was living a truly revolutionary life...

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Snap - Nottingham Word Of The Week

Each week we'll post a celebration of Nottingham slang, a celebration of the inventiveness, warmth and sheer oddness of the words that make...

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Queen of the Macabre: Catharine Arnold.

Crime, sex, and a fascination with the macabre: meet the Nottingham City Councillor and University Lecturer who also happens to be one of our most...

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

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate


noun food, usually lunch

“He's wolfed his snap already, the gannet”


We are reading...

The boy with the perpetual nervousness

by Graham Caveney


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.

discover our rebellious heritage

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.



Initiated and co-ordinated by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and in collaboration with Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, Let’s Get Lyrical dedicated the month of February 2011 to celebrating the power of song lyrics.

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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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