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Book Launches

Small Acts of Kindness - Book Launch

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Waterstones Nottingham
Sat, 25 Nov 2017
5pm - 7pm
Waterstones Nottingham

The American Civil Rights Movement revisited with Richard King

Mon, 4 Dec 2017
Five Leaves Bookshop
Mon, 4 Dec 2017
7pm - 8pm
Five Leaves Bookshop

What are we writing about?

Welcome to a place where we share the city’s many stories. From new literacy resources, to listicles about things you didn’t know about literary Nottingham (there are LOTS!), from our social media videos and interviews with writers, there is a city to discover and stories we are proud to share with you.

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Teju Cole's Blind Spot: Guest Review by Joel Davie

Nottingham's Voracious reader Joel Davie explores Teju Cole's latest

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Over Bill's Mother's - Nottingham Word Of The Week

Each week we'll post a celebration of Nottingham slang, a celebration of the inventiveness, warmth and sheer oddness of the words that make...

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Beings: Nottingham Goes Global

Nottingham has always been a global city, and an aspiring young publisher has decided to tell stories of others around the world. At a time it seems...

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Brick Talks Comics: Auchenshoogle Meets Nottingham

You thought comic classics The Broons and Oor Wullie were exclusively Scottish? Well, think again, the genius who co-created them hails from our own...

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Discover more about Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding

Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate


Adj. a foul mood, to have 'a munk on'

“Ever since his canal sank at Holme Pierrepont he's had a right munk on”


We are reading...

The boy with the perpetual nervousness

by Graham Caveney


Rebel writers

As well as being internationally renowned for the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham has a history of rebellion – from stealing from the rich to give to the poor, to making a stand for the rights of the working classes. Nottingham was the centre of the Luddite rebellion and at the heart of the Chartist movement. Two centuries earlier, we hosted the start of the English Civil War when King Charles I flew the Royal Standard within the Castle.

discover our rebellious heritage

The Literary City

Down every snicket, across the slabs of the Square and cobbles of Hockley, through every welcoming door, behind every rippling pane of glass in every glowing window, there’s a story waiting to be discovered. If you’ve got an enquiring mind, it’s time to let it run wild. It’s time to visit Nottingham City of Literature.

Meet the other Cities of Literature

We are a global network of twenty cities who specialise in literature. We work together to build strong global partnerships, share best practice and encourage literary exchanges. We collaborate on projects promoting creativity and culture with as wide and diverse an audience as possible, both locally and internationally.



Initiated and co-ordinated by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and in collaboration with Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, Let’s Get Lyrical dedicated the month of February 2011 to celebrating the power of song lyrics.

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If you want to support bringing the power of words to more people, why not make a donation to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature? We’re a registered charity, so you can be sure your money will put to good use.

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