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…


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Guest Post: ‘Summer Readings’ with Tim Pollard

The search for the best book to read during the summer continues. We asked Tim Pollard…pardon, Nottingham’s official Robin Hood, what’s on his list…

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Alison Moore new book “Death and the Seaside” – launch at Nottingham Waterstones

On Friday 12th of August, we were invited to Nottingham Waterstones for the launch of the new novel from our patron Alison Moore. 

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National Booklovers Day: Our New Director Gives Us Her Top Summer Reads

It’s National Book Lovers Day, and to mark it we asked our incoming Director, Sandeep Mahal, to tell us what books she’s been loving this summer. We’d also like to hear from you on what has had you amazed, emotional, tantalised and satisfied this Summer: let us know via our Facebook, Twitter or by emailing …

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Life and Other Plans: Crowdfunding the Publication of The Dust on the Moth.

Nottingham has a strong history of grassroots / collaborative creativity, and one of the latest examples of how effective this can be comes from acclaimed local author Darren Simpson. He explains more here…

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Summer Reading: What Our Fellow Cities Of Literature Recommend To Read

Summer is a great time to lose yourself in a book. Well, anytime is a great time to lose yourself in a book, but Summer is a bit special as your reading can be al-fresco: beaches (yes, Notts may be land-locked, but we still do beaches) back yards, pub gardens. Then there are the sweltering …

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Sandeep Mahal to take City into exciting future.   Nottingham, UNESCO City of Literature, is delighted to announce the appointment of its first director to oversee its future direction.

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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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