Saturday, 4 October 2014

Literary Events this month in Nottingham

Literary and Spoken Word Events in Nottingham, October 2014

This month is rammed with great events to get you out the house.

Not The Hay Book Festival
Sun 5th, 10am – 4pm
At Bartons, Chilwell, NG9 4AJ
Author Talks, Book Stalls, part of the Sunday market. Free to attend talks from authors Stephen Booth, Marianne Whiting, Julie Malone and Nick Thom.

Jazz & Poetry
Wed 8th, 8pm-10.30pm
At The Guitar Bar, Sherwood
The popular series returns, with jazz from Four in the Bar interspersed with poetry from Mahendra Solanki and Sue Dymoke. Suggested donation £4 (£2 unwaged) towards poets' travel expenses.

A Girl With A Book
Thurs 9th, 7.30pm
At Nottingham Writers' Studio
Written and performed by Nick Wood, directed by Andrew Breakwell.
What happens when the writer finds his research uncovers attitudes at odds with his liberal convictions? Can a Guardian reader really be prejudiced? The play also asks why a girl who wanted to go to school should become a target. Tickets £6, £4 for NWS members.
Telling Tales Children's Festival
Sat 11th, all day
Lady Bay, West Bridgford
Nottingham Kids’ Festival of Imagination is a not-for profit community event providing exciting opportunities for children between 3 and 13 years to get involved with the fun, imagination and creativity involved in the world of story-making.


View the full programme HERE
Meanwhile here are some of the highlights:

Between Languages / Idir Teangacha
Mon 13th, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
At Cappuchaino Café
Sheelagh Gallagher and Deirdre O'Byrne will discuss the influence of Irish language on Irish literature written in English.
Writing from China
Mon 13th, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
At Nottingham Writers’ Studio
An illuminating conversation about literature inspired by China, its people and its extraordinary history. Chinese American writer Karen Ma and author Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang will be joined in conversation by Will Buckingham. Cost £4.


Tue 14th, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
At Sillitoe Room, Waterstone’s
In a world increasingly divided into haves and have nots, or believers and apostates, what is the role of the writer? Cost £5 (£4 conc.) LINK
Death Sentences
Wed 15th, 2pm-4.30pm
At The Galleries of Justice
A creative-writing workshop with Stephen Booth, Steven Dunne and Anne Zouroudi. Cost £30 (£25 conc.)
And at 7pm
Join Booth, Dunne and Zouroudi at the magistrates’ bench in the atmospheric Civil Court as they give readings. Cost £10 (£7 conc.) LINK
Lyric Lounge
Thurs 16th, 6pm
At Nottingham Contemporary
The East Midlands' celebrated travelling spoken word festival comes to Nottingham Festival of Words! A jam-packed programme of artists, live-literature, storytelling, workshops and open-mic for all to enjoy. Cost £5. LINK
Fri 17th, Events take place at University of Nottingham, Lakeside Arts and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. See programme.
Sat 18th, Events take place at Nottingham Trent and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. See programme.

Sun 19th, Events take place in the Market Square, Council House and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. See programme.  (last day of the Festival of Words)

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Mon 20th, 2pm
At Nottingham Central Library.  
Irish Soldiers in the British Army found themselves on “the wrong side” when the fight for independence broke out in 1916. Deirdre O’Byrne discusses how these divided loyalties have been represented in literature. Cost £2.50. Tickets are available from the Central Library Helpdesk.  Call 0115 915 2825

New Writers UK Book Festival & Fayre X
Sat 25th, 10am-4.30pm

At County Hall, West Bridgford

Free to attend author talks, workshops and more. Nicola Monaghan, A J Dalton, Michael Cox and BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison. Includes:  Creative writing workshops, How to approach publishers, Panel.


Author Talk, Martin Davies
Wed 29th, 2pm.
At Nottingham Central Library
Martin Davies, author of “ Conjuror’s Bird” and “The Year After” will be speaking about his new novel, “Havana Sleeping” a story of espionage, love and murder based on a real life case from the 1850’s. Cost £2.50. For tickets call 0115 915 2825 or email





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