…six Trease a-saying…

…six Trease a-saying…

Nottingham’s Geoffrey Trease was a prolific and popular author whose first novel was ‘a seminal work of socialist literature for children’. ‘Bows Against the Barons’ sees the rich and poor clash in medieval England, a time of harsh winters and starvation, not a place...
Literary Locations #34: Nottingham Arboretum

Literary Locations #34: Nottingham Arboretum

Designed by the botanical publisher Samuel Curtis, The Arboretum was created for the relaxation and education of our city dwellers, but the Arboretum doesn’t just cater for busy anthophiles, its twelve acres feature a host of hidden attractions: in addition to a small...
20th Century Notts: 1988-1990

20th Century Notts: 1988-1990

1988 A Flight of Angels by Geoffrey Trease (1988) Set in the network of caves beneath Nottingham, A Flight of Angels tells of a group of school friends and how their class project became an attempt to solve a 400-year-old mystery. Trease’s knowledge of Nottingham and...
20th Century Notts: 1964-1966

20th Century Notts: 1964-1966

1964 Anarchy 38, Freedom Press (1964) Anarchy was a monthly journal that ran for more than ten years. In 1964 there was a Nottingham issue which included amongst its contributors Alan Sillitoe (with a piece entitled Poor People), Philip Callow (on Nottingham United),...
20th Century Notts: 1948-1950

20th Century Notts: 1948-1950

1948 1948 by Andy Croft (2012) Echoing George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Croft’s comic verse-novel is set during the 1948 London Olympics. It’s a radical alternate history of the Cold War, in which Britain rebuilds under a Labour-Communist coalition...