Nottingham Festival of Words - 13-19 October 2014
The roses are in full bloom now but don't let that stop you from looking ahead to the autumn to put the Festival of Words in your diary. And then go and buy an ice-cream and soak up whatever sun we get.
But what a treat we have in store for when summer's lease is ended. There will be an inspiring range of events, throughout the city, culminating in a day in Market Square on Sunday 19th to celebrate the Power of Words - and there is still (just - the closing date is 30 June) time to submit an idea for an activity or event on that day if you fancy joining in. Download an application form on www.nottwords.org.uk.
Nottingham is buzzing right now with words, of a spoken and written variety. A wide range of people and organisations are working industriously on the bid for Nottingham to become a UNESCO City of Literature, and this is creating new collaborations, links and excitement with every day that passes. Drama and the performing arts are going strong, both through our world-class theatres and in pubs, clubs and on the street. Initiatives such as Nottingham Writing Studio's new premises, and the new Rebel Writers' Trail have helped to make some of this activity more visible to passers-by who perhaps didn't know what a fiercely creative city Nottingham is. Our authors are celebrated through prizes and awards and our singer songwriters and film-makers are acclaimed throughout the land. And we've got the powerhouse of not one, but two internationally acclaimed universities in our midst too. In Five Leaves, we have one of the few new independent bookshops to open up in the UK within the past year too, not to mention the activity that is going on to support writers across the region in Writing East Midlands, as well as the hard work put in by all of our libraries - including Bromley House library, one of the very few independent subscription libraries still in operation.
All this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much to learn, to be inspired and entertained by, and so many opportunities to connect with like-minded - and differently-minded - friends and strangers. We're aiming for the Festival to be an opportunity to embrace our diverse creative talent, through the spoken and written word - so spread the word, and stay in touch, and we'll see you there!
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'Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.' Henry James