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Nottingham Year of Stories 2023 launches in the city

25 Jan 2023


Read On Nottingham joins the city-wide Nottingham Year of Stories celebration to encourage everyone in Nottingham to enjoy creating, sharing and exploring stories.

In summer 2023, Nottingham’s new Central Library will open its doors to the public. This long-awaited opening is the start of a new chapter for Nottingham and will be celebrated across the city with a whole Year of Stories and storytelling.

Nottingham Year of Stories is a year-long developed by local organisations – including Read On Nottingham, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Libraries, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, ChallenNGe Nottingham, and both universities – the project encourages everyone to get involved in delivering their own Nottingham Year of Stories events and activity to inspire and celebrate Nottingham’s people, their stories and the power of storytelling in all its forms – from memories to literature, rhymes to dance, and poetry to film.

Families and organisations can find out how they can get involved at

Visit Nottingham Year of Stories website

Opportunities, events and activities will be continually added throughout the year!

Nottingham Year of Stories will begin with performances at Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham in January. These performances are immediately followed by National Storytelling Week 2023, which will see more Year of Stories events taking place in libraries across Nottingham, including multi-lingual storytelling events for families on Friday 3 February at The Meadows Library and Tuesday 21 February at Hyson Green Library, as well as a range of resources available for schools for pupils of all ages on our website.

We are encouraging organisations, groups and charities to hold their own Nottingham Year of Stories events and activity too! They can download our guide from the website:

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