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The second Nottingham Festival of Words welcomes Ali Smith, Will Self, Bernadine Evaristo, Daljit Nagra, Maurice Riordan, Sujata Bhatt, Jon McGregor, Dev Dutt Joshi … and you!

Word Fun!

Words can do anything. They can separate people or draw them together, insult or flatter, confuse or clarify. Amazing, isn't it? Click the button to see how they can make you laugh.

Quick Guide

Spread out over seven days, the events include crime writing, discussions, performance poetry, story telling, conversations and readings both international and local.


Keep up to date about forthcoming events, and get behind the scenes information on our blog.


Download a voucher which gets you £2 event travel deals on bus and tram for each day of the Festival.


Our competition is to write just 720 words on the subject 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning'.

How to book

The Festival Box Office is the Nottingham Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are available online by following the Tickets link for each individual event. They can also be obtained by phone (0115 9419419) or in person at Nottingham Playhouse Box Office, Wellington Circus, NG1 5AF.

Please note that some events are ticketed by the individual venues, namely Nottingham Lakeside Arts, New Art Exchange, and Nottingham Writers' Studio.

Unless otherwise stated, tickets for the free events at both universities will be available on the door.

Nottingham Festival of Words Ltd Partners:
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Nottingham Festival of Words cannot accept responsibility for the individual events listed on this website.