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.