A few months ago I was asked if I’d like to participate in an incredibly exciting new project, Nottingham’s Stories.
Nottingham City of Literature have extended the idea of a City Read (in which a city is encouraged to read a particular book, often connected to the city) by making it about writing too – with workshops and a website put into place where Nottingham folk can share their own stories.
The project was to begin with a book, ‘These Seven’, which contains stories by Nottingham writers, Paula Rawsthorne, Alison Moore, Shreya Sen Handley, cartoonist Brick (aka John Stuart Clark), John Harvey, the late, great Alan Sillitoe and… me!
It’s been a whirlwind – from the week I spent running around Nottingham with my notebook, to seeing my short story ‘Here we are again’ published by Five Leaves alongside those fantastic writers (and artists), to the packed-out reading that took place at Lowdham Book Festival – a warm event in every meaning of the word (see picture! That’s me of course looking blatantly the wrong way)
And we haven’t even officially launched yet!
That’s happening on July 17th, beginning with a flashmob reading of These Seven’ at 6.30pm in Nottingham’s Market Square (I can’t tell you how happy I am it’s starting there!). Please do come along and help celebrate reading and writing in Nottingham!