Local resources

Writing East Midlands

Offer a menu of development opportunities for writers at all stages of their career, including a programme of courses, their excellent mentoring programme, and the free critical reads service.

Five Leaves Bookshop

One of the few independents to open in any UK city centre this century! Specialising in: Cityscape and landscape, politics, fiction and poetry, LGBT, counterculture, international writing, and magazines and journals.


Run various workshops and talks across Nottinghamshire Libraries.

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Their website is website is jam-packed with news, events, resources and articles to support your literary ambitions and interests. They run ambitious projects, and have a brilliant eNewsletter.

Bromley House Library

Founded in 1816, this flourishing independent lending library is situated in the city centre, one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country. It has over 40,000 books housed in a Grade II Georgian townhouse.

Nottingham Writers’ Club

Meet twice a month at The Nottingham Mechanics on North Sherwood Street. Established in 1927 for anyone who loves to write. They often have guest speakers and crit groups.

Nottingham Trent University

As well as Creative Writing degrees, NTU also runs affordable short courses and has a public-access library.

National Videogame Arcade

A great day out for all the family. It’s a unique cultural centre, a brilliant museum and it’s all about videogames. They often run workshops for all ages on game writing.

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A comic shop bringing the widest range of quality comics and graphic novels available into contact with as many new people as possible.

Local literary events

The Writers’ Conference

Saturday 3 March 2018

This one day conference gives the East Midlands’ writing community access to leading professionals from the industry. Panel events, debates, seminars, workshops an activities cover a range of writing disciplines. Keynote speakers Pat Barker and Malika Booker.

Beeston Tales


A storytelling night that meets in the upstairs room of The White Lion in Beeston. It is a club dedicated to the vibrant and ancient art of storytelling, showcasing up and coming local tellers, invites renowned guests from around the world, includes musical spots and much more.

Nottingham Poetry Festival

21-29 April 2018

Events across Nottinghamshire featuring a pleathora of local and national Poets, curated by Henry Normal. Details TBA

Crosswords Open Mic

2nd Wednesday of every month

Nottingham’s premier subterranean spoken word night in the caves underneath The Malt Cross. Welcoming all things Spoken Word: from poetry to prose, storytelling to monologues.

Nottingham Festival of Literature

Biannual event taking place during November. This year’s details TBC

States of Independence

March TBC

An annual festival of independent publishing at De Montfort University, Leicester. Featuring workshops, readings, panel discussions, bookstalls and book launches.

Lowdham Book Festival

June TBC

An annual festival with a variety of events, including a Last Saturday bookstall fair.

Local independent publishers

Mother’s Milk Books

Big White Shed

Shoestring Press

Noir Press

Brittle Star

Mud Press

Local printers

Russell Press


Dizzy Ink

Online resources and opportunities


Flash fiction

Short stories