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Study in a UNESCO City of Literature

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Nottingham: a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015.

The city's UNESCO status reflects its rich literary heritage, with links to literary icons including Lord Byron and DH Lawrence.

A host of esteemed writers and poets currently work in Nottingham. They often collaborate with UNESCO City of Literature to deliver literacy projects across Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham is home to 29,000 creative students. With a wide variety of literary and cultural events and opportunities taking place throughout the city, Nottingham is fast becoming a leading destination for writers and lovers of literature. 

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Creativity on campus

Students with a passion for reading and writing can take part in an array of activities on campus. As a student at the University of Nottingham, you can:


Our creative city

Creative opportunities in Nottingham extend far beyond the University campuses. 

Work experience

The Creative Quarter is home to world-renowned cinemas, galleries, theatres, and media companies. There are plenty of opportunities for budding writers to volunteer or gain work experience in the creative industries, from publishing to marketing.


Networking events and and co-working spaces provide opportunities for writers and creative students across the city to meet, share their ideas, and collaborate.

Nottingham Writers' Studio
Nottingham Writers' Studio offers co-working spaces, networking opportunities, and professional support to help emerging writers navigate the path to publication.
writing east midlands
Writing East Midlands runs a diverse programme of events and writing courses for writers across the region, including mentoring and career development sessions.



Whether you are interested in writing or reading, poetry or prose, workshops or performances, you'll find an array of literary events in the city.

A range of literary festivals take place in Nottinghamshire every year, including Nottingham Poetry Festival, Nottingham Radical Book Fair, and Newark Book Festival. They are great opportunities to meet your favourite writers and discover new books!

Explore all upcoming literary events in Nottingham



Find out more about living and studying in Nottingham

Faculty of Arts

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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