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Celebrating Nottingham Year of Stories

Find out how to get involved in a year-long celebration of stories.


Year of Stories

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

Nottingham Year of Stories events and activities aim to inspire and celebrate Nottingham’s people, their stories and the power of storytelling in all its forms – through memories to literature, rhymes to dance, and poetry to film.

Families and organisations can find out how they can get involved below.

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Summer Reading Challenge

A great way to celebrate Nottingham’s Year of Stories is to join our Summer Reading Challenge. It launches in Nottingham City Libraries on Saturday 8 Juy and we challenge all children across Nottingham to read 6 books and collect stickers as they go. If they finish all 6 books, they will receive a certificate and an invite to the library’s medal ceremony.

The challenge is totally FREE and children can join in any time from the 8 July until September. It is suitable for any age, just pop down to your local library to find out more.

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How to get involved

Nottingham Year of Stories is a year-long developed by local organisations – including, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Libraries, Read On Nottingham, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, ChallenNGe Nottingham, and both universities.

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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Interactive Fiction Games

Developed by Games Art students at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, part of Nottingham Trent University, this series of interactive fiction games offers a unique and engaging way to explore the complexities of life and interact with stories that tackle some of the topics featured on the NottAlone website.

Our games address topics such as relationships, peer pressure, grief, drugs and alcohol, mental health, and many more. With each choice you make, you’ll embark on a journey, face dilemmas, make tough decisions, and experience the consequences of your choices first-hand.

The fantastic artwork and narratives in these games were crafted over the period of just twenty-two weeks by Games Art students in collaboration with Freelance Writers, currently studying on the Creative Writing course at the university.

These games were made in support of Mental Health Awareness week! To play these games check out the link below and take a look!

Discover & Get Involved

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Children’s wellbeing

Reading Well for Children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.