I’m very pleased to join Nottingham Festival of Words’ blog hop – thanks to Rustic Writer for tagging me next.
What’s your connection with Nottingham and its written and spoken words?
I’ve lived in Nottingham now for 14 years, and I moved up here because of words. Well, kind of. I moved to transfer to a branch of Waterstone’s bookshop in an area of the country where the wages could enable me to leave home and live independently. At Waterstone’s I met some lovely friends – people who made me glad to have made a leap into the unknown and people who shared their love of literature with me, people who were happy to debate nonsense in the pub after a shift and buy coffee on an early start the following day.
No longer a bookseller, I occasionally review them for Left Lion or write stories instead. It’s thanks to the Nottingham Festival of Words that I have my name on an actual book being published this year! My first. At the last festival (actually the first) I joined a collaborative writing workshop, thought it was quite fun and applied to join a collaborative novel competition. Though I only made it through three rounds I nevertheless learned a lot about my own writing – it’s been a pretty interesting experience.
On the side from all of that, I also volunteer at Creative Nottingham, shining a light on the best grassroots creatives the city has to offer. If anyone fancies blogging for us in the autumn, get in touch!
What do you love about Nottingham and its creative scene right now?
It all seems pretty accessible – it’s not elitist or snobby. Someone like me, starting out on their own, can find a community of like-minded people pretty easily – there’s so much going on and lots of chances to get chatting to others and join in.
How would you describe Nottingham to a visitor coming to the Festival of Words?
Try and remember that as great as this festival is, it’s only a small slice of the FABULOUS stuff Nottingham has going on right now. If you don’t live here and you’re not involved, get stuck in!
You can find out more about the Festival of Words at their website.
I shall find someone to tag in this blog post and send the bloghop on its way…