Welcome to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

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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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Call Out: Multilingual Creative Writing Workshops

Are you aged 16-24 and interested in creative writing? Do you have any knowledge of languages beyond English? If so, join us for our free...

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A Tale of Two Libraries

The value of libraries on fostering a love of reading in young people is something we've long known in Nottingham. While we can celebrate those in...

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When Words Were Magic: Opening The Ox House

When you read, do you pay attention to letters’ shapes, how they carve the white space around them? Teo Eve explores the beauty of letters and his...

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Cara Thompson: Creative, Candid, Champion

In a guest post, Nottingham College Journalism student Charlotte Smyth interviewed rising star and Slamovision champ Cara Thompson



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“Bet yer Derby are feeling a bit mardy right now”


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My Mother, Munchausen's and Me

by Helen Naylor


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. '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.