Holocaust Day

Holocaust Day

In my early twenties, I devoured every book imaginable about World War II. Through literature, I wanted to read every perspective so that I could try to understand that which was completely incomprehensible: the deliberate, organised, state-sponsored persecution and...
Slamovision is coming to Nottingham!

Slamovision is coming to Nottingham!

Slamovision is the global spoken word community’s Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature. Last year’s slam was hosted jointly by Manchester and Quebec Cities of Literature, after their wins in 2020. Our 2021 candidate, and now champion, Cara...
Big City Reads 2022: It’s a wrap!

Big City Reads 2022: It’s a wrap!

It’s a wrap! Our second year of Big City Reads at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature has come to a close. With six weeks of giving out free books in the city’s cafes, shops and cultural spaces, alongside schools and other community centres across Nottingham. We have...
Gwen Grant: Treasure in Worksop

Gwen Grant: Treasure in Worksop

Hull is perhaps not the first name that jumps to mind when considering holiday destinations. While the city that Larkin adopted has much to be proud of, it’s rarely seen scrawled across posters in travel agent windows. Nevertheless, in an early-eighties summer, my...
Big City Reads 2022: It’s a wrap!

BIG CITY READS IS BACK FOR 2022!

Visit the Big City Reads site hereAll the info and news about our free books project, running throughout the Summerclick me! Big City Reads is back! From the 4th of July to the 12th of August, we’ll be handing out free books across Nottingham. This...
The George Powe Blue Plaque Campaign

The George Powe Blue Plaque Campaign

George Powe served in the RAF during World War II and subsequently settled in the UK. He was probably the first black councillor in the country when elected in 1963 as a Labour Party member of Long Eaton Urban District Council’s Sawley Ward. In 1989 he was elected as...
A Tale of Two Libraries

A Tale of Two Libraries

In 1882, Nottingham Industrialist and political radical Samuel Morley noted that the new Nottingham City Library situated in what is now Nottingham Trent University’s Arkwright Building was only open to those over the age of 15. Understanding that a love of books is...