Nottingham's cultural scene

What's On

Perhaps the best introduction to the cultural and literary aspect of Nottingham is provided by LeftLion, a free online magazine dedicated to showcasing Nottingham's thriving cultural scene. It features interviews, podcasts as well as a comprehensive What's On for comedy, art, music, stage and film entertainment taking place in and around Nottingham.

We recommend relaxing and socialising at the Broadway Cinema and Cafe Bar, checking out the gigs at the Bodega Social Club, browsing exhibitions at the Nottingham Contemporary and immersing yourself in Nottingham tradition by going to Goose Fair in October. If you want to go further afield the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre and Newstead Abbey, home of Byron, are well worth a visit.

Nottingham: a literary city

Lord Byron, D.H. Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe…..

This evidence of the city's rich literary heritage combined with its celebrated contemporary literature scene formed the basis of the successful bid to make Nottingham a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015. NTU’s David Belbin is the Chair of the board that led the campaign, a collaborative effort between leading figures in the literary community in Nottingham.

Over the years there has been a wealth of established and up and coming literary talents at NTU producing works to suit readers with a variety of different tastes. Fantasy-lovers should try the works of Graham Joyce, whilst fans of poetry should sample the works of Rory Waterman, Andrew Taylor, Sarah Jackson, Mahendra Solanki and Greg Woods. Another member of NTU's current Creative Writing team is David Belbin, a prolific writer of both young adult and adult fiction. We also are extremely proud to be associated with our critically acclaimed alumni, like Nicola Monaghan, whose gritty debut novel, The Killing Jar, exposes the underbelly of Nottingham's city life.



Broadway Cinema - Credit: Broad Street - Broadway Cinema, by Dncn, 2015, licenced under CC BY 2.0
Jake Bugg - Credit: Local artist Jake Bugg. Image by Kmeron, 2013, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0