John Harvey’s adaptation of his own bestselling novel Darkness, Darkness

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When two of our Patrons get together…

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Nottingham City of Literature ’World Book Day’ film

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Reading for Writing with Eve Makis

Reading is an essential part of writing and can help us become better writers…


Writing Your Novel (Revising and Submitting) with Megan Taylor

This playful, practical and supportive course aims to offer help and advice on writing, revising and submitting your novel…


Researching & Writing the Perfect Murder with Stephen Booth & Stuart Gibbon

A unique opportunity to delve into the exciting world of crime writing with two leading experts in the field…


The Short of It: Short Story Writing Portfolio with Victoria Villasenor

One of the great things about short stories is that they can be written in a short time frame…


Writing Blogs & Audience Building with Shreya Sen-Handley

If you’re looking for inspiration to get started or to get back into the swing of things…


Between the Sheets: Erotica Writing Workshop with Victoria Villansenor

This fun, informative course is open to writers at all levels and is for those who want to learn how to write erotica…



Lemn Sissay Book Launch Story

  Every Wednesday at 8pm for a few weeks now, I’ll usually be found with a grumbling stomach on the sofa with the TV broadcasting the latest episode of The Great British Bake Off. But recently on a Wednesday (31st August), I eschewed the biscuits for something more substantial to sink my teeth into – …


International Literacy Day: What would you give as a first book?

To celebrate International Literacy Day last Thursday, we visited some of Nottingham’s best booksellers and asked them to tell us an ideal book to give a child and set them on a life of literacy love.


Finding the Words: Meeting the Nottingham Young Creative of the Year, Rebecca Constable

Rebecca Constable read her first book five years ago, as a 14 year old. It was to be an incredible experience. “I couldn’t believe that words could do so much. How they could create whole new worlds, and how I could be just pick up a book and be part of this”.


International Literacy Day 2016: First Steps into Literacy.

Sandeep Mahal discusses the importance of supporting International Literacy Day.   It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to not be able to read or write. Most of us take it for granted until you hear the testimonials of those for whom the chance to read and write is a recent gift. International …

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Invitation to tender: NCoL website.

Nottingham is a city that despite its rich heritage and deeply rooted tradition, is ever-changing. And with that, it seems appropriate that Nottingham City of Literature should undergo some changes too.


Sandeep Mahal, new Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, introduces herself on her first day

It’s my first day at Nottingham City of Literature and I would like to use the first of my regular blogs to introduce myself.

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Our Literary Heritage

Nottingham has many famous writers from Lord Byron to Alan Sillitoe, Mary Howitt to DH Lawrence more…

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Our Vibrant City

Nottingham’s insatiable appetite for literature is served by many talented writers, groups and festivals more…

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Our Literary Future

Wider collaboration and international connections will enable our literary culture to flourish more…

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