How to lose and find yourself in words

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How to lose and find yourself in words launch

Come along and hear the inside story of the BBC National Short Story Award with radio editor and producer Di Speirs, author Jon McGregor, Director of the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Sandy Mahal and a surprise guest! The panel will explore how to lose and find yourself in words, discussing the special power in short stories to capture the imagination of the reader.

Gallery Tour of the exhibition Collected Words

Join one of the curators for a guided tour of the Manuscripts and Special Collections’ City of Literature exhibition Collected Words. Hear some of the stories behind the unique archives, manuscripts and rare printed books on display. Learn why DH Lawrence’s Pansies had to be smuggled into the country, discover the writings of Margaret Cavendish of Welbeck Abbey, the world’s first female science-fiction author known as ‘Mad Madge’, and view a masterpiece of medieval poetry.

Lost authors: Geoffrey Trease

Nottingham-born Geoffrey Trease was a successful 20th-century writer of historical fiction for children. This workshop will re-exam the impact of Trease through two of his books, his very first book, Bows Against the Barons (1934) and Tales out of School (1949). Both are radical books in their very own way: Bows Against the Barons is an early depiction of Robin Hood as a radical anti-establishment leader in the shape of Wat Tyler, and Tales out of School challenges ideas about the role of fiction in the education of young readers.

Hungry for words? Let’s talk about food – with men

Calling all men! Join a cafe drop-in session to tell your thoughts about food. Talk openly and contribute a few words, sentences or images to a storyboard to encourage a wider conversation and raise awareness of men’s concerns about weight, body shape, diet, exercise, over- or under-eating. This is a drop-in for men of all ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds. Further information for those who want it will be available at the cafe.

“What I want to say is”… finding meaning in language

Come along to a creative writing workshop to explore what it means to be multilingual. The morning session ‘If I can find the words’ invites participants to think about what they can and can’t yet say in their languages, and what is important for them to say. In the afternoon workshop, ‘What has it got in its pockets?’, participants will write in their own language about what they find in their pockets.

Migration stories – then and now

Come along to explore and create stories about migrants to the East Midlands over a thousand years ago. Men, women and children from Scandinavia settled across the region in the Viking Age (AD 750-1100). Once here, the new residents engaged and interacted with existing communities in farming and trade, while maintaining aspects of their own culture such as language, dress and religion. Today their traces can be seen in the place-names of the East Midlands, and in the objects they brought with them and used here that survive until today

Switchboard I

Come and try your hand on the old exchange, reminisce over the Mickey Mouse character telephone, or listen out for ghostly voices on the wires. Exploring the different voices that have been lost or found down the line, ‘Switchboard’ is a 3-part series of events exploring the literary legacy of the telephone. ‘Switchboard I’ will explore the cultural history of the telephone and inspire and support writers of all levels in the production of new creative work. Participants will also have the chance to share their work at ‘Switchboard III’, a live literary event on 23 November

Switchboard II

The second in a series of three events exploring the literary legacy of the telephone, this pop-up event will take place next to Dialling In, a disused Nottingham telephone box refashioned as a coffee shop. Members of the public will be invited to enter a phone booth to leave their own answer machine messages, reflecting on the significance of the telephone in their lives and imagining calls yet to be made.

Switchboard III

The last of a 3-part series, ‘Switchboard III’ is a live literature event exploring the legacy of the telephone and sharing new and published writing by emerging and established voices. The event will celebrate the relationship between writing and calling. Come along to listen to stories and poems about the telephone or share your own experiences of dialling in.

The Rise, Fall, and Revival of the Modern Bookshop

A few years ago it appeared that bookshops were in a state of terminal decline. Between 2005 and 2011 nearly 2000 bookshops had closed in Britain, a sign that the days of physical bricks and mortar bookshops were coming to a close. However, in 2015 the American Booksellers’ Association announced a rise in the number of new independent bookshops, and boldly claimed that the word ‘endangered’ could be decoupled from the word ‘bookstores’.

(Re)connecting with nature through the power of wild words

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Dr Rob Lambert will host a day exploring our lost connection with nature (particularly in modern urban environments) due to our busy, fast-paced technological lives. The event will reflect on the positive power of wild words to help us reconnect with the natural world on emotional and physical levels. Hosted at the Attenborough Nature Centre, this day event will explore the value of words, writing and language in a wild setting.

Images in translation: screen printing workshop

When literature from around the world is translated into English, we gain not just a physical book, but a whole new host of descriptions of places, people and ideas. This half-day studio workshop gives you a chance to think about what is ‘found’ in translation, and to turn those ideas into beautiful screen prints! Olivia Hellewell, translator and researcher, will be encouraging us to think about what ideas we gain about another culture from reading that particular literature, and what images might form in our minds when we encounter certain books from different places.

Losing yourself in a book – the ‘Boots Booklovers Library’

Between 1899 and 1966 Boots the Chemist operated an extensive, national, circulating library, one which was renowned for service and the environment it created for subscribers. Come and find out why Jesse Boot went to the trouble of running such a popular service as a loss leader. This talk will remember the style and elegance of the libraries which were show pieces of contemporary interior design and most importantly the stories of the librarians who worked there.

Your first digital story

Ever thought about creating and publishing your own digital story? If so, this event, hosted by the National Videogame Arcade, is for you. Participants will take part in a two-hour ‘storyfest’ workshop led by Dr Spencer Jordan, in which you’ll be introduced to the Twine digital platform and taken through the basics of interactive, digital narrative building. You’ll create your own story and then be shown how you can publish it to the web

Opening up the archives of manuscripts and special collections

The archives held by Manuscripts and Special Collections in Nottingham contain over 80,000 rare books and 3 ½ million manuscripts, dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and view some of the treasures from the literary collections. Explore collections of papers by and about the famous local author DH Lawrence, a collection that has been designated as being of outstanding national and international significance.