Novels that Shaped our World

Nottingham Libraries and Nottingham City of Literature were selected by the BBC and Libraries Connected to run a series of workshops on the theme of: Politics, Power & Protest- stories about the ideas, people and power struggles that shaped our world.

These brilliant workshops aimed to inspire audiences to talk about the power of the novel to touch us profoundly, to open our eyes to injustices – and sometimes even act as a catalyst for social change.

The Novels That Shaped Our World is a year-long celebration of literature at the BBC and explores 100 novels which have had an impact over the last 300 years.

Forgotten Voices of Women’s Literature

Forgotten voices was led by poet and activist Sophie Sparham in conversation with author and journalist Zing Tsjeng. Zing introduces her 4 new books about forgotten women in history. A fascinating and inspiring talk about how Zing chooses the women to highlight.

Manifesto for Change

This is our 3rd and final workshop in our series exploring themes of Politics, Power and Protest as part of the BBC novels campaign on novels that shaped the world. This workshop was led by Panya Banjoko patron of UNESCO city of literature and local poet, performer with many years of engaging, influential and inspirational works. Panya is in conversation with Selina Nwulu a writer, poet and essayist talking about her writing and strong commitment and voice for race, justice and climate change.

Mistressclass: Creative Writing

Listen back to Eve Makis in conversation with Abi Darè as they discuss Abi’s writing journey and the inspiration behind her debut novel, ‘The Girl With The Louding Voice’.

Further Reading

Politics, Power and Protest recommended reads Inspired by the BBC 100 novels that shaped our world campaign – all books can be borrowed at Nottingham City libraries via our Click and Collect service or eBooks and eAudio from our website

Politics, Power and Protest booklist

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