Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Pride and Prejudice, Central Library

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Celebrate Light Night at Nottingham Central Library
Fri 8th Feb
7pm Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row

Dramatic Storytelling by Julie Ann Cooper celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Suitable to Adults and older children.

Tickets £3.50 and £2.50 concessions
- avilable from the helpdesk at Nottingham Central Library.
Telephone 0115 9152825

To find out more about light night visit http://www.mynottingham.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20308

Sunday, 27 January 2013

It's the Words Stupid!

It’s the Words Stupid!
Sat 16 Feb

Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building
How do authors use words to convey chaos or comedy, oppression or inhibition, or pathos and sadness?
Brindley Hallam Dennis, Frances Thimann and Nicky Harlow, discuss how they choose words to evoke particular responses. Using examples from their own writings and others, they will challenge the way we think about words. Be prepared to challenge them!
Entry with pass: call 0844 477 5678 or visit www.nottwords.org.uk for details

Enquiries to Anne McDonnell,
0115 9232069

Friday, 25 January 2013

The Nottingham Connection - book launch

Lee Arbouin -The Nottingham Connection
Book Launch
Sat 2nd Feb,
Free event
Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HP
 Four women: A potter, a caterer, a city councillor and a teacher  tell of their journey from a Jamaican childhood to life in England.
Join them to hear their stories of humour, grit and self-discovery…
For more information contact Jane Brierley 0115 915 2813

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Nottingham Groundswell

The Nottingham Groundswell

Sat 16 Feb


Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building

Nottingham has more than its fair share of high-profile writers but what makes the city so conductive to producing excellent literature? Is it because of its great literary tradition, or is it down to more practical factors, such as encouraging promoters, a lively cultural scene, and writer support groups?

Featuring Nottingham authors and chaired by playwright Stephen Lowe, the Writers Guild od Great Britain presents a lively debate and discussion.

Entry with pass: call 0844 477 5678 or visit www.nottwords.org.uk for details

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Poetry reading marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Communities Together For Holocaust Memorial Day

A ROMANY GYPSY TEENAGER who writes his own poetry will help Broxtowe Borough Council mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 with a reading of his powerful poem, which tells the story of his great grandmother Rose’s experience in Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

Broxtowe Borough Council has invited Danniel Bennett, 15, to deliver his first public reading of his poem ‘Gypsy Snow’ at a short ceremony to mark the 13th annual Holocaust Memorial Day event, which will take place in the Walled Garden at Bramcote Hills Park on Monday 28th January (11.00am).

Danniel will join Broxtowe Youth Mayor Adam Stockwell, Deputy Youth Mayor Leigh Alder and Igor Chernyavsky, the grandson of a Jewish Holocaust survivor, in delivering readings to reflect the theme of this year’s event, ‘Communities Together: Building a Bridge’.

The Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic, said: “Broxtowe Borough Council is committed to making the borough a place where people from all backgrounds feel they belong and young people play an essential role in promoting that message to future generations.

“We are delighted that Danniel, Adam, Leigh and Igor will help us to mark Holocaust Memorial Day to remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and subsequent atrocities around the world.”

Holocaust Memorial Day is a nationwide event held each year to remember those
affected by the crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust and in
subsequent atrocities throughout the world.

Broxtowe Borough Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day each year as councillors,
local residents, young people, religious and multi faith groups are invited to attend a
short ceremony in Bramcote Hills Park.

During the Holocaust, it is thought that at least 200,000 Romany Gypsies were
murdered and they were probably the second largest category of victims after the Jews.

The poem Gypsy Snow has been created especially for the event by Danniel to share the experiences of his great grandmother, also a Romany Gypsy, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager despite many of her relatives being murdered during the atrocities.

Although Danniel never met his great grandmother, her story has been passed down
through her grandchildren to spread the word about the Holocaust and to ensure it can never happen again.

Danniel Bennett represents the Gypsy Life charity founded by his mother Nathalie and father Richard Bennett, who provide cultural training to organisations and raise awareness of Romany Gypsy issues.

Danniel will follow up his appearance at the event by recording a DVD of his Holocaust poems at the memorial in Auschwitz-Birkenau, which will be available for free to all schools and libraries to spread the word about the atrocities.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Day event, please contact
Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3210, email civic@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit

For more information about the Gypsy Life charity, please visit www.gypsylife.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Short Story Competition for Notts Over 55s

Short Story Competition for Nottinghamshire residents aged 55 and over.

Fiction: 2,000 – 5,000 words

Closing date for entries: Sat March 30th, 2013 
A paperback anthology of the best 20 entries will be published. The book will be launched/presented during the Gedling Book Festival 2013, on Sunday 14th July (finalists will receive a free copy of the book).

Finalists will be notified in the first week of June, 2013.
1st Prize:
£50 cash

Other prizes to be announced soon.

You can download an Application Form and the Full Rules via THIS LINK

Entries should be emailed in Word format to julie@newwritersuk.co.uk.
However, should that not be possible, they can accept typed or written entries, which should be posted to:

New Writers UK,
PO Box 9310,

Monday, 21 January 2013

Arsenic and Nottingham Lace

Arsenic and Nottingham Lace
Sat 16 Feb
11am-12 noon
Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building

A panel of writers – Nicola Monaghan, David Belbin, Stephen Booth and Danuta Reah – will explore and discuss crime, noir and dark writing from the East Midlands region. There will be discussions and also readings from the writers’ work.

Entry with pass: call 0844 477 5678 or visit www.nottwords.org.uk for details

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Children's History of Nottinghamshire

Nottingham History Roadshow
Sat 16 Feb
11am-12 noon

Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building
Ian Douglas, author of A Children’s History of Nottinghamshire, takes a family-friendly tour through the centuries of Nottingham history.

Find out more about our ancestors through photos, quizzes, stories, cartoons and a few gruesome secrets! From Vikings to Victorians, Ian will share some fun facts and maybe the odd surprise.

Entry with pass: call 0844 477 5678 or visit www.nottwords.org.uk for details

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Meet The Grumblegroar!

The Grumblegroar!
Sat 16 & Sun 17 Feb
Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building 
part of Nottingham Festival of Words

Rob Hann and Howard Barton transport you to a world where imagination and fact are mixed in equal measure. Meet ‘the Grumblegroar’ – a terrifying yet fantastic fire-breathing monster who will spark your imagination as to what really does lurk at the centre of the earth.

For children and their parents.

Winner of the New Writers UK 2012 Children’s Book of the Year award.

Entry with pass: call 0844 477 5678 or visit www.nottwords.org.uk for details

Enquiries to Hann Barton Publishing.
07966 704807

Friday, 18 January 2013

Irish Short Stories - Nottm Central Library

Be With You Shortly
Irish Short Stories
Fri 15 Feb
Nottingham Central Library

Why is the short story form so popular in Ireland?
Deirdre O’Byrne will lead a discussion on this intriguing form, linking it to the politics, history and oral tradition of Ireland.

Enquiries to Deirdre O’Byrne

Part of the Nottingham Festival of Words.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Alan Sillitoe - Then and Now

Alan Sillitoe, Then and Now
Part of the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition.
Saturday 26 Jan, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD.
 A FREE event, but please book in advance on 0115 846 7777

First half
Working Class Life and Leisure in 1960s Nottingham, with local writer Derrick Buttress, Peter Mortimer (Made in Nottingham) and historian Elain Harwood.
Second half
Readings from contemporary local writers Jon McGregor, Matthew Welton and Nicola Monaghan, who will be responding to Sillitoe’s seminal novel and discussing its influence on their own work.
Chaired by Ross Bradshaw (Five Leaves Publications).

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Stories for the City

Stories for the City 
part of Nottingham Festival of Words
Wed 13 Feb, 7.30pm

Professional storyteller Pete Davis will entertain you and prove that stories are not just for children. From traditional tales to how he lost his virginity, Pete will show you how alive and lively storytelling can be.

'A master storyteller.' Nottslit

Lee Rosy’s Tea Shop
17 Broad Street
Opposite the Broadway Cinema in the Hockley area.

Cost: £5

Enquiries to Pete Davis
0115 9558054

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

David Almond in conversation at Waterstone's

True Tales, Imaginary Piranhas and Half-created Worlds

Wed 13 Feb, 7.00pm

Waterstone’s, Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate

David Almond journeys through true tales, imaginary piranhas and half-created worlds. Almond is the author of many children’s novels including Skellig. He has won the Carnegie medal, the Michael Prinz award, the Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread children’s Award. David will be in conversation with NTU lecturer David Belbin, discussing his past works and his first novel for adults The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, which was published in 2011.
This event is sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and is in partnership with the Nottingham Festival of Words running throughout February.

Enquiries: call 0843 290 8525

Tickets are free and available from Waterstone’s. Booking is required to reserve your place.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Martyn Beardsley's new direction

Nottinghamshire author Martyn Beardsley has released his first adult novel, MURDER IN MONTAGUE PLACE, a Victorian detective novel featuring Bleak House's Inspector Bucket.

Great Scotland Yard 1844. When the beautiful Eleanora Scambles claims that her husband has been wrongly arrested for the murder of Edward Mizzentoft, Inspector Bucket of the recently formed Detective Department is intrigued - but there are two problems. The case is already being handled by Bucket's colleague, who is in no doubt about his man's guilt. And someone else observed the conversation between Bucket and Mrs Scambles: someone who will go to great lengths to ensure that the truth never gets out. How can Inspector Bucket and Sergeant Gordon investigate without breaching professional etiquette? And who is the mysterious figure stalking Mrs Scambles?
Published by Robert Hale

Amazon link

Martyn Beardsley’s latest non-fiction title is A MATTER OF HONOUR
This is the true story of the last fatal duel between Englishmen on English soil. In Portsmouth, 1845, the lecherous ex-cavalry officer James Alexander Seton made a play for the wife of Lieutenant Henry Hawkey of the Royal Marines. Mounting tensions between the two men led to a duel on the beach at Gosport. Seton died from his wounds, but although Hawkey was cleared of murder his troubles weren't over. Subsequent events were to throw his wife's assumed innocence into doubt, and lead Hawkey into a downward spiral of debt and despair.

Published by Bookline & Thinker
Martyn Beardsley's website

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Soundwave Recording Studio

Soundwave Recording Studio

To all the music/song writers out, Soundwave have a January deal!
Sessions are now only £20Pr Hour,
Vocal Recording, Mixing and full band recording all included. 

To Book or speak to a member of their team: 
Please Call 07885999599 
or email Soundwaverecordingstudio@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Nottm City Library - January Events

Nottingham City Library: January events:

Key events this month include:

Library Talk: Energy Saving Tips

Tuesday 8 January 10.30-11.30am, Basford Library

Thursday 17 January 10-11am, Sherwood Library

FREE - With energy bills continuing to increase, theNottingham Energy Partnership are on hand to help you find ways to save energy or find a better energy tariff.

New Year, New You?
Thursday 10 January 11am - 2pm, Nottingham Central Library, FREE
Perfect for anyone with a New Year’s resolution to get fit, local organisations will be on hand to give information and advice – talk to the experts and get inspired!

Building & Place History Workshop
Wednesday 16 January 10am to 4pm, Nottingham Central Library, £15
A great twist on genealogy, our specialist staff will be showing you how to research a building’s history and the people who lived or worked there. This one day workshop has limited places, so book soon to avoid disappointment!

Library Quest: Making the most of ...maps
Thursday 24 January 10am – 12.30pm,Nottingham Central Library, FREE
This is a great way to find out what’s available for you at Central Library to help with studies or personal interest/research.

Creative Writing Courses from NWS

Creative Writing Courses at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, from Storytelli​ng to Editing

Three New Courses Starting Soon

Editing your Prose, with Victoria Oldham

14 Jan to 18 Feb 2013, Mondays at 7pm
Victoria is back with her much-praised editing course. Learn how to give your manuscript the attention it deserves. £36 NWS members, £48 full price. http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/projects/nws-courses/#Editing2013

Writing from Nature, with Matt Merritt
Sun 10 Feb 2013, 9am–2pm
Wildlife journalist and poet Matt Merritt leads a poetry workshop en plein air at Attenborough Nature Reserve, outside and in the hides. £12 for members, £15 full price. http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/projects/nws-courses/#Nature2013

Shaping the Word, with Pete Davis
20 Feb to 3 Apr 2013, Wednesdays at 7pm
An introduction to oral storytelling by professional storyteller Pete Davis. Discover the methods employed by oral storytellers to retain, construct and perform stories, and have a go yourself. £36 NWS members, £48 full price. http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/projects/nws-courses/#Storytelling2013

To book on any of these courses, contact Robin at NWS on admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk. Further details can be found on http://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/projects/nws-courses/.

There are also plenty of writing workshops coming up during the Nottingham Festival of Words in February. See the full list on the Festival website.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year

If you have any information that you’d like to appear on this blog during 2013 then email it to me at nottslit@gmail.com

Please let me know of any literature events taking place in the county or new releases - with a Notts link - that I should know about.

Have a wonderful year!