Introducing our new website

Tue 11 Apr, 2017

​As you might have noticed, our website has changed.

One of our early ambitions for the new site was to better reflect the richness and dynamism of the city’s literary culture and its creative community, who engage in a wide range of literary, storytelling and spoken word-based activity.

Our website needs to tell stories – that much is obvious – but what kinds of stories and why?

The beauty of literary Nottingham is its diversity. Our role is to capture that diversity and make it accessible to our readers in as many ways as possible. From long-form articles to quick reads, we want to find the right ways to share stories with you. Join our book club #NottinghamReads, take a literary themed tour, or share your favourite Nottingham word.

I hope that you’ll find the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website an exploratory resource and a go-to site for relevant, entertaining and thought-provoking content not only about its wonderful stories, but all the areas in which the City of Literature works.

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Listening to users

Of course, the true test of a website is whether it satisfies the needs and desires of its users. So before we began to design the site we spent a good deal of time listening to our supporters.

What we discovered proved invaluable as we started to develop a wholly new digital presence. We found that many users want to do more than simply find out what’s on. Many were keen for our website to help them learn more about Nottingham’s literary heritage, to get closer to our writers – to understand what inspires them and how they work. Reassuringly, when people heard about the range of activities that goes on in Nottingham they usually wanted to know more – to go behind the scenes, to explore the city’s landscape, and to know what makes Nottingham people tick.

The beginning, not the end

The site we’re launching today represents the first step towards a much more ambitious use of digital technology to promote Nottingham’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, and provide a place where writers and readers can come together.

Increasingly, the readership of this website will be drawn from our social media audiences on Facebook, Twitter and beyond, and we want to make it easier for you to access, wherever you are.

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What you can discover today

The site is much simplified in terms of navigation. The homepage is something of an experiment, but our hope is that visitors will discover not only the things they came looking for, but also a whole load of things that they weren’t. The four main sections should speak for themselves, but in What’s On you’ll find all the details of Nottingham’s extensive literary events programme. In The Literary City, you’ll discover our community of writers, bookshops, libraries, theatres and more material than ever before to complement and enrich your visit. This section in particular will grow considerably over the coming months as we add more book clubs, writers and themed trails of the city.  Our blog collects together insight and commentary from Nottingham writers, as well as stories from across the wider literary community. The About Us section aims to give you a better understanding of who we are and what we do.

We have rebuilt our responsive mobile site from the ground up. Our aim is to provide the best user experience for reading our content, whatever your device, whether you are accessing the site using a desktop computer, tablet or mobile. Please be aware that we’re constantly making improvements, fixing bugs and tweaking the design, as well as adding more content and features as we go. We want our mobile and tablet readers to have the best possible experience when using the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website on smaller screens.

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Tell us what you think

At this early stage in the website’s life, we’d love to get your feedback and to know what you think works and doesn’t work. Once you’ve had a look around the site, please take a few moments to tell us what you think.  What do you like or dislike about the new site? What would you like to find here in future? And what other ways can we use digital technology to enhance your experience of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature? Your input would be much appreciated and help us refine our plans.

Other ways we're opening up Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

It’s worth adding that our new website is just one of many ways that we are promoting Nottingham and investing in its future. You can read more about our mission and get a brief taster of our transformation plans in About Us. If you’re inspired by our plans and want to become part of our story, then take a look at the Contact page. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Alternatively, you can sign up for our mailing list.

Happy browsing!

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