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Being Human is a national festival that highlights the ways in which the humanities can:

  • inspire and enrich our everyday lives
  • help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.


University of Nottingham events

Being Human: Nottingham celebrates the many ways ingenuity, logic, creation and innovation have worked and continue to work together in our city, forging its heritage and its modern identity. From exploring local women’s experimentations combining the sciences and writing, Nottingham’s Cheese Riots, and Suffragette protests, to learning about creativity and mental health, this series of events will spotlight past and present local stories which celebrate Nottingham.



"Making a World of my Own": Writing and Experimentation

10 November 2023

Large material wall banner map of Nottingham with different nations flags and signs on it

The Art of Belonging - Creating Our Place in our City

11 November 2023

A man in a bear mask posing for the camera - photo credit Rob Brazier

Shakespeare’s Bears: animals in Shakespearean drama

11 November 2023


Playing with poetry: seeing the world through Viking rhymes

11 November 2023

A group of people standing at a desk mid conversation

Rhymes and reasons of Nottingham’s multilingualism

11 November 2023

A display of multiple medieval statues

Medieval Stories, Saints and Celebrations

12 November 2023

A human hand painted with colourful paint

Creativity, Making Meaning and Mental Health

14 November 2023

Image of three cut out bears with beer bottles

Bears, Beers and Bards

14 November 2023

A brick wall with the words 'Together, we create' spray painted onto it

Timber, creative writing, poetics and feminism

14 November 2023

An oil painting of a woman standing with her hands up

Storytelling for mental wellbeing

15 November 2023

Line drawing of two faces

Picasso, art and faith

16 November 2023

A cartoon showing a group of people rioting, protesting food price rises

Cheesed off! Nottingham’s food riots (1750-1800)

17 November 2023

Indoor photo of the lace gallery in Nottingham

Laced with meaning: memories and histories of lace workers

18 November 2023

Big blue glass eyes hanging from a tree branch

Ward off the evil eye!

18 November 2023



Previous years Being Human events

Origins and Endings 15-25 November 2018


How to lose and find yourself in words 17-25 November 2017

Nottingham's theme in 2017 was "How to lose and find yourself in words". The events examined how the words we use help us connect with each other and the world around us - across ages, formats and languages.

Launch event - How to find and lose yourself in words

17 November | 6-7.30pm | Broadway Cinema | FREE

How to lose and find yourself in words launch

Come along and hear the inside story of the  BBC National Short Story Award with the 2017 judge and author Jon McGregor, winner of this year’s National Short Story Prize, Welsh novelist and TV scriptwriter, Cynan Jones, and special guests. Cynan was presented with the £15,000 prize for his story ‘The Edge of the Shoal’.

The panel, chaired by Sandeep Mahal, Director of  Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, will explore how to lose and find yourself in words – the special power in short stories to capture the imagination of the reader.

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Understanding our multilingual world exhibition

18-24 November | Meadows Library | FREE

Understanding our multilingual world

This exciting exhibition aims to explore multilingualism through photography. Taken by members of the public, photographs will display what multilingualism means to different people and their communities. You are invited to explore multilingualism, and how visible it is in your environment, through the themes and messages that emerge from the photographic contributions.

The exhibition will be formally introduced by a member of the team on Saturday 18 November, 1.30-4pm.

No booking required.

The exhibition will also be showing in Belfast, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

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In partnership with  Nottingham City Council IDEAL and  Nottingham Library Services.

For any queries about this event email Angela Gayton at


(Re)connecting with nature through the power of wild words

18 November | 10am-3pm | Attenborough Nature Centre | FREE

(Re)connecting with nature through the power of wild words

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Dr Rob Lambert will host a day exploring our lost connection with nature (particularly in modern urban environments) due to our busy, fast-paced technological lives. Hosted at the  Attenborough Nature Centre, this day event will explore the value of ‘wild words’, writing and language in a wild setting. Through discussion, workshops and interactive sessions participants will unlock and share the power of language to reconnect minds and bodies with nature all around us.

Wild words, whether in the form of poetry, literature or spoken language have the power to inspire an emotional and enduring connection with the natural world. Accessible nature writing is inspiring and entertaining and can help us understand and engage with the wonders of nature. Words challenge us to view our surroundings from different perspectives. Connecting with nature is, after all, part of being human.

Activities will be suitable for a wide range of ages.

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In partnership with  Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Migration stories – then and now

18 November | 1-3.45pm | Nottingham Central Library | FREE

Migration stories – then and now

Come along to explore and create stories about migrants to the East Midlands from over a thousand years ago. Men, women and children from Scandinavia settled across the region in the Viking Age (AD 750-1100). Once here, the new residents engaged and interacted with existing communities in farming and trade, while maintaining aspects of their own culture such as language, dress and religion. Today their traces can be seen in the place-names of the East Midlands, and in the objects they brought with them and used here that survive until today.

This workshop will feature replica objects used by Viking Age migrants in the East Midlands, including both jewellery and practical items of everyday use. Under the guidance of Viking experts, participants will handle and study these items, and learn about their histories. Thinking about the lives of the Viking migrants in the light of their own experiences, participants will get creative! With the support of creative writers, participants will develop short stories, poems and plays which weave together the experiences of past and present migrants.

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In partnership with Nottingham Library Services.

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Images in translation: screen printing workshop

19 November | 2 sessions AM and PM | Malt Cross | FREE

Images in translation screen printing workshop

When literature from around the world is translated into English, we gain not just a physical book, but a whole new host of descriptions of places, people and ideas. This half-day studio workshop gives you a chance to think about what is ‘found’ in translation, and to turn those ideas into beautiful screen prints! Olivia Hellewell, translator and researcher, will be encouraging us to think about languages, literature and what ideas we gain about another culture from reading. What images might form in our minds when we encounter certain books from different places.

Local artist Karoline Rerrie will lead participants through the creative process, making this a chance to learn a new technique, with no previous printing experience necessary. At the end of the session participants will be able to take away their prints and a new way of thinking about literature in translation!

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Switchboard I

19 November | 11am-3.30pm | Nottingham Industrial Museum, Wollaton Hall | FREE

Switchboard I

Come and try your hand on the old exchange, reminisce over the Mickey Mouse character telephone, or listen out for ghostly voices on the wires. Exploring the different voices that have been lost or found down the line, ‘Switchboard’ is a 3-part series of events exploring the literary legacy of the telephone. ‘Switchboard I’ will explore the cultural history of the telephone and inspire and support writers of all levels in the production of new creative work. Participants will also have the chance to share their work at ‘Switchboard III’, a live literary event on 23 November.

Led by Dr Sarah Jackson,  New Generation Thinker and winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry.

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Gallery tour of the exhibition ‘Collected Words’

20 November | 11am-12pm | Nottingham Lakeside Arts | FREE

Gallery tour of the exhibition Collected Words

Join one of the curators for a guided tour of the Manuscripts and Special Collections’  City of Literature exhibition Collected Words. Hear some of the stories behind the unique archives, manuscripts and rare printed books on display. Learn why DH Lawrence’s Pansies had to be smuggled into the country, discover the writings of Margaret Cavendish of Welbeck Abbey, the world’s first female science-fiction author known as ‘Mad Madge’, and view a masterpiece of medieval poetry.

In 2015 Nottingham became one of only 20 cities around the world to be recognised by  UNESCO as a City of Literature – a reflection of the city’s unique literary heritage and creativity. The Collected Words exhibition is of made from the literary archives and collections of printed books held by the  University of Nottingham. The exhibition highlights the work of Nottinghamshire writers and the treasures to be found in the historic collections of local literature lovers.

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In partnership with Manuscripts and Special Collections

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Switchboard II

21 November | 1-3.30pm | DiallingIn Kiosk Cafe, Low Pavement  | FREE

Switchboard II

The second in a series of three events exploring the literary legacy of the telephone, this pop-up event will take place next to Dialling In, a disused Nottingham telephone box refashioned as a coffee shop. Members of the public will be invited to enter a phone booth to leave their own answer machine messages, reflecting on the significance of the telephone in their lives and imagining calls yet to be made.

Selected extracts from these recordings may be used with participants’ permission during ‘Switchboard III’, a live literary event on 23 November.

Led by Dr Sarah Jackson,  New Generation Thinker and winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry.

No booking required.

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


The rise, fall and revival of the modern bookshop

21 November | 7-8pm | Five Leaves Bookshop | FREE

The rise fall and revival of the modern bookshop

A few years ago it appeared that bookshops were in a state of terminal decline. Between 2005 and 2011 nearly 2000 bookshops had closed in Britain, a sign that the days of physical bricks and mortar bookshops were coming to a close. However, in 2015 the American Booksellers’ Association announced a rise in the number of new independent bookshops, and boldly claimed that the word ‘endangered’ could be decoupled from the word ‘bookstores’.

This discussion, led by Professor Andrew Thacker, will explore how independent bookshops such as City Lights in San Francisco (publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl) and Shakespeare and Company in Paris (publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses) have been important institutions in the development of modern literature and culture. The discussion will consider what the modern bookshop can learn from looking at these earlier examples of book selling, and what the future prospects are for the independent bookshop.

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In partnership with Five Leaves Bookshop

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Opening up the archives of manuscripts and special collections

22 November | 2-3.30pm | University of Nottingham, King’s Meadow Campus | FREE

Opening up the archives of manuscripts and special collections

The archives held by  Manuscripts and Special Collections in Nottingham contain over 80,000 rare books and 3 ½ million manuscripts, dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and view some of the treasures from the literary collections.

Explore collections of papers by and about the famous local author DH Lawrence, a collection that has been designated as being of outstanding national and international significance. Discover some of the region’s lesser known writers, and view rare works from the extensive collections of children’s literature.

You will visit the archive store, conservation and digitisation studios and have the opportunity to learn more about the unique material held by Manuscripts and Special Collections and find out how the papers of writers and authors end up in an archive.

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In partnership with  Manuscripts and Special Collections

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Hungry for words? Let’s talk about food – with men

22 November | 3-5pm | Various venues | FREE

Hungry for words Let’s talk about food – with men

Calling all men! Join a cafe drop-in session to tell your thoughts about food. Talk openly and contribute a few words, sentences or images to a storyboard to encourage a wider conversation and raise awareness of men’s concerns about weight, body shape, diet, exercise, over- or under-eating. This is a drop-in for men of all ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds.

Further information for those who want it will be available at the cafe.

This event takes place simultaneously in multiple cafes across Nottingham. No booking is required and you can drop in to any cafe. Just turn up!

Participating cafés

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Your first digital story

22 November | 5-7pm | National Videogame Arcade | FREE

Your first digital story

Ever thought about creating and publishing your own digital story? If so, this event, hosted by the  National Videogame Arcade, is for you. Participants will take part in a two-hour ‘storyfest’ workshop led by Dr Spencer Jordan, in which you’ll be introduced to the Twine digital platform and taken through the basics of interactive, digital narrative building. You’ll create your own story and then be shown how you can publish it to the web.

No skills or knowledge of digital storytelling is necessary. Simply bring enthusiasm and lots of creativity.

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In partnership with  National Videogame Arcade

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Losing yourself in a book – the ‘Boots Booklovers Library’

22 November | 6-7pm | Five Leaves Bookshop | FREE

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Between 1899 and 1966 Boots the Chemist operated an extensive, national, circulating library, one which was renowned for service and the environment it created for subscribers. Come and find out why Jesse Boot went to the trouble of running such a popular service as a loss leader. This talk will remember the style and elegance of the libraries which were show pieces of contemporary interior design and most importantly the stories of the librarians who worked there.

Drawing on archive research and oral histories, hear how the libraries celebrated the reading year with a calendar of displays, subscription drives, holiday influxes and joining in with local events.

Discussion led by Dr Nickianne Moody of  Liverpool John Moores University and Boots archivist Judith Wright.

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In partnership with  Five Leaves Bookshop

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Switchboard III

23 November | 6-7.30pm | Wired Café | FREE

Switchboard III

The last of a 3-part series, ‘Switchboard III’ is a live literature event exploring the legacy of the telephone and sharing new and published writing by emerging and established voices.

The event will celebrate the relationship between writing and calling. Come along to listen to stories and poems about the telephone or share your own experiences of dialling in.

No booking required.

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


Lost authors: Geoffrey Trease

24 November | 2-3.30pm | Nottingham Lakeside Arts | FREE

Lost authors Geoffrey Trease

Nottingham-born Geoffrey Trease was a successful 20th-century writer of historical fiction for children. This workshop will re-exam the impact of Trease through two of his books, his very first book, Bows Against the Barons (1934) and Tales out of School(1949). Both are radical books in their very own way: Bows Against the Barons is an early depiction of Robin Hood as a radical anti-establishment leader in the shape of Wat Tyler, and Tales out of School challenges ideas about the role of fiction in the education of young readers.

This talk, which explores literature and its place in Nottingham’s local history and culture, will be led by Dr Gaby Neher.

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For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at


"What I want to say is" - finding meaning in language

25 November | 10.30am-3pm | Meadows library | FREE

Finding meaning in language

Come along to a creative writing workshop to explore languages and what it means to be multilingual.

The workshops will be led by  Nottingham Writers Studio.

Morning workshop - ‘What you can and can't yet say in your language’

Invites participants to think about what they can and can’t yet say in their languages, and what is important for them to say.

Afternoon workshop - ‘What has it got in its pockets?’

Participants will write in their own language about what they find in their pockets.

Finding meaning in language

In partnership with  Nottingham Library Services

For any queries about this event email Sally Bowden at



Strategic partners




Hope and Fear 17-25 November 2016

The University of Nottingham’s 2016 Being Human hub explored Nottingham as a crucible of religions and peoples from around the world. Touching on everything from human rights, the legacies and histories of slavery, and community divisions in the aftermath of Brexit, this programme showed how humanities research can deepen our understanding of ‘Cultures of Hope and Fear’ in the broadest possible context. At the same time, events delved into local contexts and the histories of communities and industries of Nottingham itself.

Through public forums and dialogues with academics and groups including Europe’s first Black Lives Matter chapter, the three-part series ‘The Rights and Justice City’ featured explorations of some of the most pressing issues facing the world today, from contemporary slavery to the future of activism and civil rights.

Elsewhere, local history walks invited you to find radical pathways through the city and a ‘Conversation Dinner’ drew people together to enjoy a menu not of food, but of encounters and conversations that will allowed participants to explore shared experiences in life and the lessons drawn from them.

This programme explored shared cultures and cultures in conflict. With humanities research at the core, it was assembled with the hope of helping people in Nottingham and beyond explore a common past and a collective future.

Conversation Dinner,

17 November,

19.00 - 20.30, Jamie Oliver's, Low Pavement

Hosted by Theodore Zeldin and Katharina Lorenz, this event invited the people of Nottingham on a journey through a conversation with someone they did not know. Participants were given a Menu from Starters to Desserts but instead of food the Menu was full of topics to discuss and guide conversation. These topics were about experiences in life and the lessons drawn from them and were curated in such a way as to help define future paths.

Previous participants have been amazed by how inspiring the conversation can become. Many discover what they have in common with a stranger, who sometimes becomes a friend, and learn about themselves through a different set of eyes.

This was the first event of a project to create a Portrait of the People of Nottingham, revealing the hidden talents and aspirations in different communities and occupations. Great adventures begin with great conversations.


The Rights and Justice city I: making Nottingham slavery-free

18 November, 19.00 - 20.30

Newton Lecture Theatre 1

The first of a three-part series called ‘The Rights and Justice city: hope, history and being humane’, this public dialogue tackled an important issue in an open forum.

There are 46 million people enslaved around the world today, forced to work against their will for no pay. The Modern Slavery Act of 2015 tackles the issue of the thousands of people enslaved in the UK.

Could UK cities now take steps to ensure they are slavery-free?

Over the next two years, Nottingham will work to become the world’s first official slavery-free city. Our panel members, including Professor Kevin Bales and experts from law enforcement, civil society and local government, debated how Nottingham and other cities can end slavery. 

Can we make Nottingham a slavery-free city?
Blog by Dr Alice Gardner


History of sound and stone: medieval alabasters and choral music

19 November, Nottingham Castle Museum, various times  (F)

This series of three events showcased two famous types of English art of the late medieval era: Nottingham alabaster carvings and polyphonic choral music.

At this period, during later Plantagenet and early Tudor times, English music and alabasters were flourishing and enjoyed national and international reputations. To illustrate this, there were talks, activities and a unique concert designed to show off a rich era of English art.

Event 1: 12.00 - 14.00 (F)

The first event was led by Los Angeles-based, British artist Sarah Danays. Sarah worked with alabaster and talked to visitors about the material and how its qualities inform her sculpture.



Event 2: 14.00 - 15.00 (F)

The second event of the series was a talk by Lloyd de Beer from the British Museum. The talk explored the wider context of Nottingham’s collection, the history of alabaster carving and the role of Nottingham as the centre of the medieval alabaster world, not only regionally but nationally and internationally.



Event 3: 15.15 - 16.15
The final event of the day was the concert given by the world famous Binchois Consort in the magnificent setting of the Long Gallery of Nottingham Castle.  This spacious venue allowed a rare hearing of beautiful English choral a cappella music contemporary with the alabasters.  A short introduction linking the alabasters to the music wasgiven to guide the audience through the programme.



The Rights  and Justice City II: Nottingham’s Black History

19 November, 15.00 - 17.30

Nottingham Contemporary 

Part II in a three-part series called The Rights and Justice City: Hope, History and Being Humane, this public dialogue tackled an important issue in an open forum. Nottingham is home to Europe’s first Black Lives Matter chapter, which in 2015 joined the 30 local chapters that exist in the US, Canada and Africa. Chapter members are also part of the Nottingham Black History Society and the project Slave Trade Legacies: The Colour of Money (a National Lottery Heritage Award finalist).

But what is the relationship between Black Lives Matter and black history in Nottingham? Is Nottingham’s black past a prologue for contemporary activism? Does the city’s history contain a usable past for today—do Black Histories Matter? This event offered talks, discussion and music, with local experts and visiting guests, in collaboration with the Nottingham Black History Society and Black Lives Matter Nottingham. 


Walk of hope: to the castle!

19 November, Meet at 16.00

St Peter's Square Nottingham

To the castle! By popular demand, People’s Histreh, Nottingham’s radical history group, lead a lively walking tour of the city following the route of rioters who marched in the streets and then sacked and burned Nottingham
Castle in 1831.

The walk explored the identities and motives of the rioters as well as their living and working conditions.


The Rights and Justice City III: Nottingham in the Age of Brexit

21 November, 17.00 - 18.30

Galleries of Justice Museum

Part III in a three-part series called The Rights and Justice City: Hope, History and Being Humane, this public dialogue tackled an important issue in an open forum. On 23rd June 2016, the UK voted to exit the EU.

This referendum sparked a flurry of political changes in the government and a sharp rise in hate crimes reported to the police. Suddenly the UK had to confront questions of equality, tolerance and hate. Does the marked rise in hate crimes signal a new age of intolerance? How should the UK engage with questions of race and rights in the Age of Brexit? How should the city of Nottingham?

The speakers, including Professor Todd Landman, Pro-Vice Chancellor - Social Sciences, at the University of Nottingham, and special guest experts, challenged everyone to consider their responsibility for living, humanely, in the post-referendum world. 


Being Human 2016: London events

Sound and Fury: Listening to the Second World War

25 November (9.30 - 17.00 (installation), 18.00 - 20.00 (talk)

British Library, London

The British Library’s Foyle Room was  transformed into an all-enveloping audio-visual installation where visitors could listen to the hope and fear generated by the Second World War. Radio and gramophone sets from the period loaned by the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum crackled back into life with the haunting sounds of a nation at
war. The British Library Archives composer-in-residence Aleks Kolkowski and curator of radio Paul Wilson were joined by historians James Mansell and Carolyn Birdsall to present a special edition of the installation with illustrated talks.

Throughout the festival there was also be a display of Second World War sounds and vintage technology at
Senate House relating to the building’s time as home of the government’s Ministry of Information.


Sound and fury: Senate House installation

Thursday 17 November-Friday 25 November (Mon– Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat 10:00–18:00, closed Sunday and Tuesday)

Senate House, London

Composer Aleks Kolkowski, in collaboration with historian James Mansell, created a site-specific installation in the former Ministry of Information in Senate House, University of London that was on  display throughout the Being Human festival.

Visitors could explore this historic building – including rooms not normally accessible to the public – while
interacting with vintage sound technologies loaned by the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum and the unheard collections of the British Library Sound Archive.


Being Human 2015: Nottingham and Eastwood events

The 2015 Creative City theme included a long tradition of art; learning a language,learning a culture; photography and poetry; writing and performance.

££ charges apply
*booking required
F particularly suitable for families

DateEventType of eventJoining details
13 -22 Nov Telling tales of Nottingham Photography Exhibition curated by David Sillitoe

12-5pm daily. Broadway Media Centre.

13 Nov Art and Urban Culture: Wright of Derby, Then and Now Lecture by Prof Stephen Daniels and Lucy Bamford

4-5pm, Castle Museum, Long Gallery*

14 Nov Pop-up language sessions Short sessions led by language tutors

1-5pm, various city centre and Creative Quarter venues 

14 Nov Poetry treasure hunt: make a secret code Encrypt poetry in a aesthetically-pleasing barcodes from poetry


14 Nov Digital Storytelling: when, why, how? Talk by James Walker, Literature Editor of LeftLion

1-2pm, Nottingham Writers' Studio

15-22 Nov Poetry treasure hunt: unlock the secret code Interactive walking trail to decode hidden poetry


15 Nov Hidden tales of the Theatre Royal Interactive walking tour based on the theatre archives

Tours start at the Theatre Royal 2, 3 and 4pm; smartphone required* F 

15 Nov Artists and makers fair View and purchase work by local artisans

12-4.30pm Galleries of Justice ££

16 Nov Creating a public art gallery Lecture by Prof. Richard Wrigley

5.45-7pm, Castle Museum, Long Gallery

17 Nov Looking back on the Midlands Group Panel talk chaired by Nick Alfrey

7-8.30pm, Nottingham Contemporary

18 Nov Guided walk and creative writing workshop Gain inspiration from D.H. Lawrence’s Eastwood

10.30am-3pm ££ * Meet at D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre

18 Nov Lawrence, Class and Culture Talk by Prof Neil Roberts


D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre* 

18 Nov History of the University - a guided tour of the exhibition A guided tour of the Weston Gallery exhibition detailing the history of the University of Nottingham in the city

1-2pm, Weston Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park Campus, Nottingham

18 Nov Re-imagining creativity from below Panel talk chaired by Dr Alex Vasudevan 

6.30-8pm, Primary* 

18 Nov Consider smell I Urban ‘smell walk’ around Nottingham’s caves led by Julia Feuer-Cotter

4-6pm. Meet at Malt Cross. Followed by Exhibition opening 7pm* 

19-22 Nov Consider smell II A public interactive exhibition of smellscapes in Nottingham

Malt Cross. 


19 Nov The Legacy of Jesse Boot A public talk by Boots archivist Sophie Clapp and Prof. John Beckett

2-3pm, The Larder Restaurant, 16-22, Goosegate, Nottingham

20 Nov Page vs Stage Readings and debate with the Mouthy Poets and Nottingham Writers’ Studio

7.30-9.30pm, Nottingham Writers’ Studio* 

20 Nov You're Human Like the Rest of Them: the films of B.S. Johnson and introduction by Jonathan Coe Film (15), talk and book signing.  

8.45pm Broadway Media Centre, normal ticketing charges apply ££

21 Nov P.H. Emerson: photographer and author Symposium and opening of the P.H. Emerson exhibition curated by Federica Chiocchetti, V&A

10.00am-4pm Castle Museum ££ *

21 Nov Pop-up language sessions Short sessions led by language tutors

1-5pm Various city centre and Creative Quarter venues F 

21 Nov But I know this city! Excavate Theatre Company’s city-wide reading of B.S. Johnson’s ‘The Unfortunates’

Start from Broadway Media Centre. Join anytime between 9am and 10pm

22Nov But I know this city! Community theatre workshop: talks and discussions about the work of B.S. Johnson, and the role of community theatre in the life of the city. Led by Andy Barrett



Being Human 2014

To the castle: People's Histreh walking tour (by Andy Hallsworth)

Being Human Festival 2014 review

To the Castle! Peoples' Histreh give a guided walking tour of Nottingham, taking in the Galleries of Justice. Photo credit: Andrew Hallsworth, To the Castle 2014

In 2014 the Nottingham festival programme explore the mythical and real characters and events of rebellion synonymous with the region, under the title 'Heroes and Villains: subversion and rebellion'.

See what happened on Storify

Read the Nottingham blogs