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Big City Reads: Readers' Day

Tue 30 Jul, 2019

Our #BigCityReads campaign drew a sell-out crowd of young booklovers and some of the UK's best writers to the Council House for a very special event. Read on...

The success of our #BigCityReads campaign is evident across Nottingham: over a thousand of our selected books have flown out from our participating venues, as well as being picked up at the Nottingham Beach, Nottingham Pride and other events.

Holding a Readers' Day seemed like a natural thing to do, therefore, and so it was a packed ballroom at the Nottingham Council House that hosted four writers of the books* in mid July.

Alice Oseman (Heartstopper: Volume One), Natalia Gomes (We Are Not Okay), Catherine Johnson, Ayisha Malik (A Change Is Gonna Come)all gave the audience in-depth talks about their approach to writing, along with a fascinating Q+A. This was followed by interactive workshop, where students from schools around Nottingham worked on provided prompts to inspire them into writing and reading.

We at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature were greatly impressed by the way the writers and readers communicated bringing themselves together creatively to create a fine day of word-heaven.

The #BigCityReads project continues, and if you haven't picked up a book yet check out our list of distributors and see if you can bag a free copy.

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