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...
Literary Locations #13: Victoria Street

Literary Locations #13: Victoria Street

The Sette of Odde Volumes (est. 1878), founded by the German-born British bookseller and collector Bernard Quaritch, was a dining club for bibliophiles. This London club could count among its members many of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century’s literati,...
Literary Locations #10: Tanners

Literary Locations #10: Tanners

In 1883 a young James Matthew Barrie cut his literary teeth in Nottingham. His sister Jane had passed him an advert she’d spotted in The Scotsman, for a lead-writer on the Nottingham Journal. Barrie applied, sending one of his old university essays as an example of...
20th Century Notts: 1936-1938

20th Century Notts: 1936-1938

1936 A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene (1936) Nottwich – the city a few hours from London in which A Gun for Sale is set – is Nottingham; the ‘gun’ for hire is Raven; his hit a Czech Minister for War. After returning to England Raven is paid in stolen notes....