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In Conversation with NWS Members: Fictionalising mental health

Thu, 13 May 2021
Thu, 13 May 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Courses & Workshops

Reconnecting Your LGBTQ+ Community

Tue, 18 May 2021
Tue, 18 May 2021
7:30pm - 8:30pm

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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Launching the Letters of Solidarity anthology

Come celebrate with us at this online anthology launch celebration!

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(reflect/write) Creative Writing Competition

Celebrate the Sky Mirror's birthday with a chance to win some fantastic prizes



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“Giz sum tuffeez”


We are reading...

The Book of Hopes

by various authors and illustrators


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.

discover our rebellious heritage

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.


Iowa City

Poetry and prose in the Alhambra stones

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We’re bringing words to your world in ways that suit you. You can keep up to date with everything literary in Nottingham on social media.