Happy International Literacy Day from Notts
This UNESCO International Literacy Day, we’re reminding ourselves of the outstanding literary heritage and vibrant contemporary scene that earned Nottingham it’s UNESCO City of Literature title.
You can wander in the footsteps of notoriously ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ romantic poet Lord Byron, at his spectacular ancestral home Newstead Abbey. You can also visit the St Mary Magdalene church where he is buried alongside his daugher, esteemed mathematician, Ada Lovelace, in the Byron family vault.
It’s the hometown of Angry Young Man, Arthur Seaton from the iconic novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Silitoe. The BAFTA award-winning film was filmed in Nottingham too.
One of the most scandalous novels of the 20th century, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is set here. The D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum gives a glimpse of the Nottingham the controversial author grew up in and the annual D H Lawrence Festival of Culture keeps his legacy alive today.
Nottingham’s beautiful Arboretum was the inspiration behind J M Barrie’s Neverland and is remains one of the loveliest places for quiet spot for reading. The time the Peter Pan author’s spent in the city is commemorated with a plaque on Pelham Street above the door of the former Nottingham Daily Journal offices.
Our independent bookshops are havens for finding one-off and vintage editions. We can spend hours looking through the shelves at Bookwise in Hockley ad Southwell and Strays in Newark.
Bromley House Library is one the last remaining subscription libraries in the county, hidden in a grade II listed Georgian town house in Nottingham city centre. The libary celebrated their 200th anniversary this year, and are hosting a series of tours around the three story building and secret garden to mark the occasion.
Our literature and poetry festivals have seen performances by the likes of Will Self, Henry Normal, Lemn Sissay and John Hegley, as well as fresh new talent continuing to write Nottingham into British literary history.