Big City Reads to hit Nottingham this Summer

Jim Hall
Tue 4 Jun, 2019

The month-long celebration of reading will help young people in Nottingham discover, enjoy and celebrate the stories of our time.

We are delighted to announce Nottingham’s first Big City Reads campaign, turning the city into one massive, interactive book group. Four books, chosen and championed by our Young City of Literature Ambassadors, will fill the city with stories that speak to what it is to be alive in 2019.

The city’s collective page-turners from 1st – 31st July 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

Details on each title can be found here.

Launching on 1st July 2019 and running throughout the month, 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, ready to fill neighbourhoods with engaging stories, voices, themes and issues of our time.

Follow the teaser videos and hints on where the books can be found across our media channels using the hashtag #BigCityReads. We want everyone in Nottingham to read, enjoy, share and celebrate the power of reading.

Join us at the Big City Readers’ Day Friday July 12th for discussions with the featured authors of the four books. We will have the four authors of the four chosen books in attendance, as well as our Young Nottingham City of Literature Ambassadors.

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: “We are enormously excited that the authors have accepted the invitation from our Young Ambassadors to be part of our Big City Reads campaign. We are planning some fantastic events to celebrate the themes of the book and celebrate the power of reading and placing books where they need to be, in the heart of the community.”

For updates, follow @Nottmcityoflit, Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram, all at #bigcityreads

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