Nottingham Festival of Literature is taking place for the first time between the 8th – 13th of November, offering a diverse programme that Nottingham, a UNESCO City of Literature can be proud of.

Formerly Nottingham Festival of Words, which took place in Nottingham in 2012 and 2014, the Festival is continuing to develop and refocus its values inspired by those set out by the City of Literature.

This year’s highlights include live digital events with our Virtual Writer in Residence Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who is facing a travel ban; discussions and readings from internationally known historian of feminism and radical social movements Sheila Rowbotham; an evening with one of India’s most highly regarded literary fiction writers Amit Chaudhuri; poetry, translation, crime, game, and ghost story writing workshops; networking for writers; book and innovative project launches; and evenings of performance with John Agard, Clare Pollard, and inter-cultural and multi-lingual local collective Word Jam.

Events and workshops will take place across a number of city venues including Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, the National Videogame Arcade and the Galleries of Justice Museum, there will be plenty of literature activities to choose from.

The festival is funded by Arts Council England and Nottingham City Council. We are grateful for the support of our partners and sponsors: in particular the University of Nottingham, Writing East Midlands, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and our media partners VPoint TV. We are also grateful for the support of the following organisations: Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Five Leaves Bookshop, the National Videogame Arcade, Exiled Writers Ink, and all of our writers, speakers, publishers, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers.

Meet the Board

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor

Board Member

Andrew Taylor is a Nottingham based poet and co-editor of erbacce, erbacce-press and M58. His debut collection of poetry 'Radio Mast Horizon' is published by Shearsman and his most recent pamphlet is 'Air Vault' published by Oystercatcher Press. His second full collection is due from Shearsman in 2017. Andrew also teaches English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is part of the supervisory team for two PhD creative writing/critical students.

Henderson Mullin

Henderson Mullin

Board Member

Henderson Mullin is the Chief Executive of Writing East Midlands. Before setting up WEM in 2008, Henderson worked for Index on Censorship, the campaigning NGO which publishes books and magazines in support of freedom of expression. He was a Regional Artist Advisor for Artists taking the lead, and a member of The Rhythm Writers performance collective, based in London.

Jai Verma

Jai Verma

Board Member

Jai Verma is a Hindi writer, poet, and passionate advocate for the Hindi language; literature; and Indian culture for over 40 years, using her experience, contacts and knowledge to champion the vibrancy of Hindi in the UK. She is Chairperson of Kavya Rang and Director of Nottingham Asian Arts Council.

Matthew Welton

Matthew Welton

Chair

Matthew Welton is the author of three acclaimed Carcanet Press poetry collections: The Book of Matthew (2003) and We Needed Coffee But... (2009), and his newest collection The Number Poems. He teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham. He has previously been an editor of Stand magazine, a board member of the Manchester Literature Festival, and is currently a member of the Nottingham Writers' Studio. He has also worked with the Nottingham Festival of Words and now acts as the Chair for Nottingham Festival of Literature.

Sharon Scaniglia

Sharon Scaniglia

Board Member

Sharon Scaniglia is the Principal Arts Officer in Nottingham City Council. She has worked for over 20 years in the arts in local government and has been responsible for many projects and initiatives locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She uses the arts to develop communities and build strong partnerships to deliver projects that foster community cohesion and build social capacity. She sits on two local boards, Nottingham City of Literature and Radford Care Group, she previously sat on the Nottingham Festival and Words Board.

Shreya Sen-Handley

Shreya Sen-Handley

Board Member

A former journalist and television producer for international channels such as CNBC and MTV, Shreya Sen-Handley now writes for the British and Indian media, including the National Geographic, The Guardian, and the Times of India. Shreya’s short fiction has been published in Australia, India and the UK. She has illustrated for Hachette and her memoir for HarperCollins is out next year. She played a key part in the success of Nottingham's City of Literature bid and continues to be involved as its ambassador. She also teaches creative writing and sits on the board of the Nottingham Festival of Literature.

Meet the Team

Sara Beadle

Sara Beadle

Festival Programmer

Sara is a freelance consultant and programmer who was brought in to work on developing the vision and strategy for the new Nottingham Festival of Literature (formerly Nottingham Festival of Words) earlier this year, and then had the pleasure of putting together the first year’s programme. Sara has worked in the arts, specialising in literature development and programming, for eleven years. She is former Programmes Director at Writing West Midlands, a charity supporting young and adult writers, where she ran projects with libraries, independent publishers and schools alongside programming and directing the Birmingham Literature Festival for nine years. She has also worked extensively in writer development, including mentoring and career support. She lives in Staffordshire.

Kevin Chambers

Kevin Chambers

Festival Producer

Lucia Dove

Lucia Dove

Marketing and Administration