Over 40 free arts and culture events are taking place this Friday evening in Nottingham's city centre (6pm till late).
NottsLit suggests you start in Hockley at the Nottingham Writers' Studio for Letters Remembered then scoot over to Central Library to catch Marty Ross with his dramatic re-telling of an Edgar Allan Poe classic.
Details of the two events follow:
Letters Remembered 6pm-7pm
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, NG1 1FH.
Join the Nottingham Writers' Studio for a celebration of letters and unheard voices from across the globe. Includes the Ray Gosling Archives, Dawn of the Unread, New Art Exchange, Jon McGregor and Nottingham Contemporary.
An event organised by Nottingham Writers’ Studio Chair James Walker. It takes Light Night back to its original routes by opening up creative spaces to the public and inviting guests in. The evening is loosely themed around letters and memories and is an opportunity to learn about some exciting local projects. James will introduce with some information about the Ray Gosling Archives.
Individual talks will be a maximum of ten minutes each. There will be refreshments available on the night and the opportunity to carry on discussions afterwards. And yes, you can bring a light sabre along with you if you want to…
SUNIL SHAH - Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and a study in photography's documentary potential to reassemble history. In the current New Art Exchange exhibition, Sunil Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family's roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives around exile, displacement and dispossession.
Letters to the City In 2013 Nottingham Contemporary invited the artist Polly Brannan to join The Loudspeaker project to develop a piece of work that would extend the project into the city and bring the women’s voices to the wider public. The result is the beautifully powerful and poignant ‘Letters To The City’
Dawn of the Unread The 5th Duke of Portland was an eccentric aristocrat who built a vast labyrinth of tunnels under Welbeck Abbey to hide away from society. Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves explores the possible reasons for this strange subterranean preoccupation, and in particular, a mysterious letter he received from his distant father years before…
False histories Matt Shelton discusses a paid opportunity for writers to fabricate histories for local craft beers he is promoting. The beers are: Ghost Rider, Twisted Genius, American Saviour and English Rebel. He will be joined by White Dolemite creator Reverend Video Matt, a master hoaxer who has created a cult around false film posters.
The Letters Page Offers an alternative to the immediacy of digital culture by taking us back to the basics of communication in the form of pen, paper, envelope and stamp. This literary journal edited by NWS Patron Jon McGregor explores what letter writing means to people - and has meant since writing was invented - in their literary cultures and their personal lives.* (tbc)
No need to book places but you are advised to arrive early to get a seat.
Falling for the Ushers by Marty Ross
Nottingham Central Library
7.30pm - 9pm
21st Century Poe. Marty Ross drags Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale "Fall of the House of Usher" kicking and screaming into modern times in his riveting one-man show.
Suitable for ages 13 and up.
Tickets booked on 0115 9152825 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org