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Fountains of youth – the search for the next Young Poet Laureate is on

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The search for Nottingham's Young Poet Laureate

We are delighted to announce our search for a young poet to represent Nottingham on the international stage.

Talks

Reservoir 13: Jon McGregor

Wed, 21 Jun 2017
The Bookcase
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Wed, 21 Jun 2017
7pm - 9pm
The Bookcase
Children & Young Adults

Storysmash Launch with Charlie Higson

Sat, 24 Jun 2017
Nottingham Central Library
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017
3pm - 6pm
Nottingham Central Library

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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Summer Cauldron

Phillipa Coughlan, a poet from Chilwell, sends us this poem to mark midsummer.

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Caleb Femi: Young Poet Laureate judge.

Caleb Femi is London's Young People's Laureate, and a judge on our search for Nottingham's very own Young Poet Laureate. Here, he tells us what he is...

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Bread and Lard Island - 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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Panya Banjoko on Nottingham and black writing.

Panya Banjoko is an poet, educator and patron of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Here she tells us a little about the challenges black writing...

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Join us in sharing the excitement of comics this National Writing Day, 21 June 2017

DAWN OF THE UNREAD: Resources

Nottingham word of the week

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Bread and Lard IslandPhraseWest Bridgford; referred to as such due to the belief 'people who live there live beyond their means to keep up appearances'.

“"'ark at her! Gone all la-di-da since she moved to Bread and Lard Island'”

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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.

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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.

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Writers

Sue Dymoke fuses her role as a poet and teacher educator

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