This year’s Nottingham City of Literature Lecture will take place 2nd and 3rd May. We are looking forward to welcoming two internationally acclaimed authors to Nottingham. More details to be announced soon!


In 2023, Nottingham City of Literature Lecture was delivered by Edmund de Waal, internationally renowned artist and writer, in the beautiful surrounds of Nottingham Castle. 

Edmund de Waal, who was born in Nottingham, is an internationally renowned ceramic artist with large scale installations at many of the world’s most famous museums, heritage sites and diverse spaces. He became an acclaimed writer after publishing his family memoir, ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance’, in 2010. The book became an international bestseller, winning the 2011 Costa Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the Galaxy National Book Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Independent Bookshop Week’s ‘Book of the Decade’ in 2016. In 2021, an exhibition based on the memoir took place at The Jewish Museum in New York, designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. De Waal published his second book, ‘The White Road’ in 2015 – the same year that he won the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University. In 2021, he published ‘Letters to Camondo’, a series of haunting letters written during lockdown, and he was awarded a CBE for his services to art.


In 2019, award-winning author Robert Macfarlane gave the third Nottingham City of Literature Lecture at the Council House Ballroom.

Robert Macfarlane is renowned for his writing on landscape, memory, place and nature. His books have been widely adapted for film, television and radio, and he has collaborated with many artists, photographers and musicians. Robert Macfarlane’s Underland, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated non-fiction book of 2019, takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland’s glaciers to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet’s past and future, and into darkness and its meanings. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, it is both an ancient and an urgent work. 


In 2018, we welcomed internationally acclaimed author and political commentator Elif Shafak to deliver our second annual lecture at the Djanogly Art Gallery Rotunda in Nottingham.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator, an academic, and an inspirational public speaker. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been published in over 48 languages.


In 2017, Professor Sarah Churchwell delivered the inaugural Nottingham City of Literature Lecture at Lakeside Arts, part of the University of Nottingham.

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Studies and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London, and Director of the Being Human Festival. In her 2017 lecture, Sarah spoke about the aspirations that UNESCO is founded on and the vision of literature as a tool for peace.