In Conversation with Annie Cross

In Conversation with Annie Cross

@annierosewrites So, first of all, how did it feel to win Nottingham’s Slamovision heat? 
 It was very overwhelming to win. I cried on stage so that might give you some indication of how incredible it felt! I was just immensely shocked because I was up against so many...
Stand with Ukraine: Reading for Odesa

Stand with Ukraine: Reading for Odesa

Exactly two years on from Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, join representatives of Nottingham’s Ukrainian community, local poets, and Cities of Literature around the world for an evening of Ukrainian poetry in translation. This international project, led by Milan...
A Central Library fit for a City of Literature

A Central Library fit for a City of Literature

November 28th saw the opening of our new Central Library. 1700 people passed through the library on its opening day. It was a great pleasure to attend the evening reception and catch up with so many people who were integrally involved with delivering the new library....
Twelve Events that Defined Our 2023

Twelve Events that Defined Our 2023

1. Speak Easy (Once a month from January onwards) We began the year as we meant to go on, with a monthly spoken word event for young people at and in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse and Writing East Midlands. The brains behind Speak Easy are Connor Brown and Abi...
MANCHESTER WINS SLAMOVISION 2023

MANCHESTER WINS SLAMOVISION 2023

UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature use creativity and culture to promote the social, economic and cultural development of their cities. In these times of global uncertainty, the network continues to connect literary communities across the world, forging bonds...
Give the gift of books this Christmas

Give the gift of books this Christmas

Working together, we aim to open up the world of stories with the gift of books which will offer 500 families some escape from the harsh realities of tough times, and a chance to find solace, adventure, romance, travel and poetry. We’re asking for public support to...
Our Stories Conference

Our Stories Conference

By bringing together young people, writers and illustrators working in every form of literature, and publishing folk from the UK and Ireland, Our Stories aims to spark a conversation with the industry, and ultimately to empower the next generation of LGBTQ+ writers...
Championing Nottingham In West Java

Championing Nottingham In West Java

By Matt Turpin I am below the equator for the first time in my life, and for someone more used to the shouting about how great Nottinghamshire is at literature while not actually leaving the county (a recent trip to Worksop felt like A Big Day Out) this, on top of...
An Appreciation of Sue Dymoke

An Appreciation of Sue Dymoke

In the concluding chapter of his excellent memoir, ‘Don’t Mention the Night’ (Five Leaves Publications, 2022), David Belbin writes: “The hippy in me had all but gone, as had the crippling, adolescent self-consciousness. A working-class Stevenage girl, Sue initially...
Personhood, Protest and Poetics

Personhood, Protest and Poetics

A fascinating instance of political turbulence in Nottingham arrived in reaction to a proposed Reformation bill in the 19th century. The bill’s aim was to transfer voting privileges from traditional rural areas, inhabited by the bourgeois, into heavily populated...
Exploring the Land of Fire and Ice

Exploring the Land of Fire and Ice

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to see the Northern Lights. The ethereal beauty of the aurora borealis is one that sings to my soul and it has held the top spot on my bucket list. This January my partner and I travelled to Iceland to see the Northern...