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Nottingham Festival of Literature is taking place between the 8th - 13th of November and will stage conversations that explore inclusivity, displacement, alienation and 'otherness'.
Featuring writers, speakers and activists across all genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and writing for performance, the Festival will be a place for the confrontation of ideas and challenges.
This year's highlights include live digital events with:
- Virtual Writer in Residence, Egyptian poet Omar Hazek who is facing a travel ban;
- Discussions and readings from internationally known historian of feminism and radical social movements Sheila Rowbotham;
- An evening with one of India's most highly regarded literary fiction writers Amit Chaudhuri;
- Poetry, translation, crime, game, and ghost story writing workshops;
- Networking for writers events;
- Book and innovative project launches;
- Evenings of performance with John Agard, Clare Pollard, and inter-cultural and multi-lingual local collective Word Jam.
The Festival is running a crowdfunding campaign to help and secure writer and campaigner for freedom of expression Omar Hazek as their Virtual Writer in Residence:
Omar has published two novels, and poetry in English and Arabic. He has used his writing and poetry
to protest against his own, but also many others’ deprivation of freedom.
In association with English PEN, Nottingham Festival of Literature want to welcome Omar as their Virtual Writer in Residence, to welcome him to the city even though he cannot travel here.
Buy a Festival Pass and get access to all of the events (excluding Festival Workshops, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Libraries’ 13th Annual Readers’ Day and Writer’s Den).