Nottingham launches UNESCO City of Literature bid

City-of-Lit-ImageNottingham has launched a bid to become the next UNESCO City of Literature, with support from the City Council and Nottingham Trent University.


Nottingham is already well known for some big writing names such as Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe and has now launched a bid to become the next UNESCO City of Literature.

“Big name writers”

The project itself was launched at an event on November 6th with speeches from the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, representatives from the City Council and Patrons who are backing the bid.

Cllr Cat Arnold says the project aims to get young people more involved in creative writing:

Some of Nottingham’s most famous writers have even managed to get some of their works onto the big screen with Alan Sillitoe’s “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” premiering in 1960 and DH Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” coming to screens in first 1981 followed by 3 remakes, the most recent is planned in 2015.

The results of the bid will not be known until around next summer so until then the city of Nottingham will just have to wait and see if the city can make the cut.

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