Monday, 24 July 2017

Notts Book Clubs

I am in the process of compiling a list of book clubs (or reading groups) based in the county. If you know of any such groups that are missing from the list below please email me via the Contact link (above left) or tweet to @NottsLit 
Nottinghamshire Book Clubs / Reading Groups

Arnold Library Reading Café

Ashfield U3A (Kirkby-in-Ashfield)

Contact Len & Sally Hill via

Barnstone Book Group

Beeston and Chilwell Book Club

Contact: Gillian Mather. W:

Beeston U3A, Readers Rendezvous


Bengali Reading Group (Nottingham)

Bilsthorpe Book Club

Bingham Library Reading Café

Book Kin (Caythorpe)

Books Fizz (Balderton)

Bottesford Book Club

Broadway Book Club

Bulwell Riverside Library, Library Club and Book Group

Bulwell Riverside Library Crime Readers’ Group

Burton Joyce and District U3A

Carlton Library Reading Café

Classic Book Club (Selston)

Cotgrave & District U3A

Charnwood U3A book Group

Children's Reading Group (Newark)

Clifton Library Reading Group

The Coffee Hideout Book Club formally known as Busy Bees (Woodthorpe)

Crime Cafe Reading Group (Eastwood)

Crime Cafe Reading Group (Kirkby-in-Ashfield)

Crime Cafe Reading Group (Selston)

Crime Thriller Reading Group (Balderton)

The Crossing Reading Group (Worksop)

Eastwood Book Club

Contact Janette Martindale. W:

Edwinstowe Library Open Reading Group

Five Leaves' Bookshop Book Group

Info at

Forest Town Library Reading Group (Mansfield)

Gujarati Reading Group (Nottingham)

The Hucknall Library Crime Cafe

James Joyce Reading Group (Nottingham)

Keyworth & District U3A

Kneesall Book Club

Contact Merrinda Lissman via

Lee Rosy’s Book Club (Hockley)

The Listening Chain (Nottingham)

The Lowdham Six

Contact: Manon de Moor. W:

The Malt Cross Book Club

Mansfield Library Crime Reading Cafe

Meadows Reading Group

Misterton Book Club

Nottingham Book Lovers Society

Nottingham Central Library Book Group

Nottingham Central Library Crime Readers’ Group

Nottingham Central Library Readers’ Group

Nottingham Central Library Reading for Mental Health Book Club

Nottingham Central Library Reading for Pleasure

Nottingham Culture & Café Scientifique Book Group

Contact David via

Nottingham Readers

The Nottingham Reading Circle

NWS Book Group

RavensheadU3A  Reading Group

Redford Library Reading Group

Shared Reading Groups (Lenton)

Sherwood Library Pageturners Reading Group

Sherwood U3A (Mansfield Woodhouse)

Snotrur - Old Norse Reading Group (Nottingham)

St Ann's Valley Library Book Group

The Star Inn Bookgroup (Beeston)

Sutton in Ashfield Crime Cafe

Talking Goat Readers' Group at The Peacock

University of Nottingham Students’ Union Book Club

Urdu Reading Group (Nottingham)

The Visually Impaired Reading Group (West Bridgford)

The Visually Impaired Reading Group (Worksop)

The Wellow Book Club

West Bridgford Book Group

West Bridgford Library Reading Café

Wilford Wanderers

Wollaton Library Daytime Reading

Wollaton Library Evening Reading

Saturday, 22 July 2017

A Frog Called Rod

A Frog Called Rod is a new story for Primary school kids. Its creators, known as the Ley Street Bunch, are so-named as they are all users of NottsCC’s social services project at  Netherfield's Ley Street Day Centre. 

The book, telling of a pink frog who makes friends with a multi-coloured elephant, explores differences and tolerance, something its authors, all adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, wanted to write about. All the storytellers and illustrators live in the Carlton-Colwick-Netherfield area of Nottingham.

The project came out of a group called Talking Shop, with encouragement and expertise from support assistant Julie Hampson and local author Julie Malone.  

With their debut set for bookshops later this year there is already a second book in the pipeline.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Beeston Tales

Wednesday 12th July 7:30pm, Beeston Tales: Love in the Shadows by Sally Pomme Clayton
At The White Lion, Beeston

Love in the Shadows is sheer, magical delight and shadowy enchantment. Dark and gothic fairytales for grown-ups accompanied by Sally Pomme’s mesmeric shadow puppet theatre. Stories of  forbidden lovers, lonely lasses and passionate Goddesses are peppered with delicate images from a magical shadow theatre. These are stories of having and not having, of longing and losing, of making mistakes, and living to tell the tale, woven through with fragments of songs and sounds.

A night for all hot hearts – get lost in the dark, meet your shadow, and be entranced.

Tickets £5, £6 on the door, available from The White Lion, or online here

Writing for Performance

Thursday 13th July 5-6pm, Writing for Performance with Panya Banjoko

At West Bridgford Library

The wonderful Panya Banjoko will lead a workshop using the theme of ‘Relationships’ you will craft a piece with a live audience in mind. Participants will also get the chance to perform their work on stage later that evening, during  Panya’s performance in the library with Abii – ‘They, Them the Others and We’ - at 7.30 pm. 

Cost of workshop: £5, Tickets for performance: £6/£4. Click here to book

Poetry Pop

Poetry Pop & Cards Against Humanity Social
July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 At Nottingham Writers' Studio
The second on-the-spot competition for NWS members and friends.
Writers will be given a choice of 3 writing prompts and 3 hours to produce a poem (up to 40 lines) which will then be printed and stuck on the wall for the attendees of the social to vote for their favourite. Prizes of wine, chocolates and rosettes, plus a voucher for one summer taster session for first place.
Cards Against Humanity Social, 7pm
By popular demand the social attached to this competition event will be a cards against humanity competition.
Fun and friendly, let’s see which of our writers has the most disturbed sense of humour! We’ll start at 7pm sharp, with a half hour break around 8pm to vote on the poems from the poetry competition. We’ll finish round 9:30pm or later if everyone is agreed they wish to carry on.
Free event, booking advised, please email Holly via

Monday, 3 July 2017

Reading Well - Support for Long Term Conditions

Launch Event: Reading Well - Long Term Conditions

Tuesday 4 July 13:00 to 15:00 Nottingham Central Library
Whether you're a health professional, patient or carer, newly diagnosed or expert patient, come along to our launch event to be one of the first to see this exciting new collection from the Reading Agency, and meet representatives from organisations and services who could support you or your patients/family to live well with their condition.

Official launch with Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health at 1.30pm.
Drop in any time between 1-3pm to see the collection and browse variety of related stalls.