Find out about the projects we've done; the projects we're planning to do; and the projects we are currently running. We have many wonderful opportunities for people in Nottingham/ Nottinghamshire that work to help you use words to empower, innovate and entertain.

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Freedom Reads

Are you looking for an opportunity to connect and work with other young creatives? If you're interested in current affairs, activism, and freedom of speech, and passionate about reading and writing, you can meet inspiring speakers and take part in guided workshops led by experienced writers...

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Letters of Solidarity

We want YOU to share your words of hope and be part of our exciting journey to showcase Nottingham’s young writers. Whether you tell us about your experience of lockdown, feelings attached to activism, the places of the city you miss the most, or just a message of love to your city, we want your letters of solidarity.

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Building a Better World with Words LIVE

Building a Better World with Words is an exciting new programme of live digital events taking place throughout June and July 2020.

We are collaborating with Five Leaves Bookshop to welcome a number of brilliant UK & international authors to discuss their works and talk about which books are bringing them solace during these challenging times. Each event will invite different authors, introduce a new theme and see us collaborate with another international UNESCO City of Literature. The events are free and easy to access online. All the intellect, diversity, passion and joy of UNESCO Cities of Literature directly from your home.

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Young Voices

Young Voices is a series of five creative writing workshops for Year Six pupils and teachers and for Youth Justice Service teams. The workshops take place throughout January and February and will be facilitated by a team of six experienced professional writers. Schools around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are taking part. The programme will develop the confidence and writing skills of students, as well as celebrate their progress by publishing and sharing their best work at the 'Celebrating MyVoice' in March 2020.

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MyVoice Creative Writing Competition

MyVoice is a new city-wide Creative Writing Competition for young people between 10-25. We’re asking you to write about what is important to you. Tell us how you’d change the world by inspiring us with your own short story, poem, article, scene, podcast or film, so we can imagine it with you.

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East Wood Comics

During 2019, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature has been working with the DH Lawrence Birthplace museum and Pop-Up Projects on a Heritage Fund-sponsored project to reanimate the life and work of David Herbert Lawrence, Eastwood’s influential novelist, poet and radical.

Young people from Hall Park Academy, Eastwood and students from the University of Nottingham Creative Writing BA and Nottingham Trent University Illustration MA have come together to address the big Lawrentian themes such as of identify, war, belonging and gender.

To celebrate the launch of East Wood Comics, we are hosting the Our Past, Our Stories, Our Future Symposium with two days of heritage and culture workshops, dialogues and provocations.

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Big City Reads

We kick off our ambitious campaign to encourage everyone in Nottingham to get reading. Books will appear in the most unusual and wonderful of places.

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Young City of Literature Ambassadors

Meet the 14 Young Ambassadors fostering and building a culture of reading for pleasure in Nottingham. They will reflect on and explore what it means to be a UNESCO City of Literature, unearth uplifting stories, attend festivals and events, interview writers and co-produce a city-wide reading campaign to inspire more people to read.

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Poetry Pulse

Poetry Pulse is a new project looking at how digital media and technology can help us capture the work our poets are doing, so that we can showcase our poetry to each other, regionally, nationally - and internationally, through our network of 28 Cities of Literature.

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Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

Georgina Wilding is Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate, on a mission to show the world what wonderful things Nottingham can do with words.

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Notts Literary Greats

Notts is set to lead a new project to attract more American visitors to the area in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Visit Hampshire and Shakespeare’s England.

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