Introducing The Big City Reads

Mon 1 Jul, 2019

We kick off our ambitious campaign to encourage everyone in Nottingham to get reading. Books will appear in the most unusual and wonderful of places.

The Nottingham Big City Reads campaign launched on the 1 July 2019, turning the city into one massive,interactive book group. Four books, chosen and championed by our Young City of Literature Ambassadors, are filling city with stories that speak to what it is to be alive in 2019.

The city’s collective page-turners are:

A Change Is Gonna Come – an anthology
We Are Not Okay by Natalia Gomes
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
The Boy Who Lied by Kim Slater

We’ll be leaving clues on social media using the hashtag #BigCityReads on where these books can be found in libraries, schools, Nottingham City Hospital, the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, the Beach on Old Market Square, gaming cafes and on public transport.

Books can also be found at Five Leaves Bookshop, Broadway,Rough Trade, Nottingham Contemporary,Metronome, Nonsuch Theatre, Jam Café, Dice Cup Café, Sobar, New Art Exchange, Zero Latency, CRS, at Nottingham Beach and Splendour.

How can I get involved?

Found a book? Celebrate your finding it with a photo, read it, share the book with friends, tweet a favourite line, post on Facebook how it made you feel. You can even submit a review of the book to our website.


Why not encourage your students to track down our Big City Reads books?

What work is happening in your school to celebrate the power of reading for pleasure? Share using our hashtag #BigCityReads, or get in touch with Programme manager, Jim Hall:

If a student submits a review to our website of one of our Big City Reads titles, or of a book they love that means something to them, they may have the opportunity to have that review published on our website!

Meet the authors and take part in the Big City Readers’ Day taking place on Friday July 12that the Council House, Old Market Square. We will have the authors of the four chosen books in attendance, as well as our Young Nottingham City of Literature Ambassadors who will all be made available for interview. Book your tickets here.

Big City Reads 2019 is supported by generous grants from Arts Council England and Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Key partnerships include Nottingham City Libraries and Nottingham Education Improvement Board.

Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham City of Literature said: "The idea of the Big City Reads is to celebrate books and reading and encourage everyone to try something new and share their reading experience with other readers. We would like as many people as possible in Nottingham to read the books, post reviews and pass the books on”

Jim Hall, Project Manager of Nottingham Big City Reads said “Big City Reads is a unique chance to collectively celebrate the power of reading for pleasure. We are excited to create a dialogue throughout the city of the stories matter to our communities, encouraging everyone to track down a book, read it, then share how it made them feel using our hashtag #BigCityReads.”

For updates, follow @Nottmcityoflit , Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website #BigCityReads

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