5 Great Things About Nottingham: Rebel Writers
In anticipation of the launch of Clicky’s new Nottingham office, we’re taking a look at some of the reasons we love Nottingham.
This week we’re talking about the influence of the Rebel Writers on the East Midlands and how their writing still captivates Nottingham today.
Nottingham became a UNESCO City of Literature in December 2015 for the sheer quality and quantity of literary excellence. This permanent title is a huge accomplishment for Nottingham and will likely shape the way the city inspires writers and readers and entices new minds into literature.
The Rebel Writers make up part of the rich cultural fabric of the East Midlands, influencing much of the literature available to us today. A recent installation near the Nottingham train station aims to highlight the literary rebel heritage which still surrounds the city and wider areas now. The artwork features quotes from the work of Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe, some of the most influential writers living in the area at that time.
D.H. Lawrence was arguably one of the most talented rebel writers in Nottingham. Critics have outlined his 1913 book “Sons and Lovers” as one of his best pieces of work. It is included in the Modern Library list of 100 best novels in English of the 20th Century. Written in Lawrence’s adaptation of the East Midlands dialect, it controversially explains an almost autobiographical story of a miner’s son who battles through life and relationships.
Sillitoe is another author who called Nottingham home, his work paints an accurate image of life in factories and pubs at that time and what the 20th century was like for the working classes. These pieces of literature are a prompt of the past and give us an insight into what life was like from the perspective of these rebels at the time.
These fiercely individual novelists attempted to expand people’s horizons by controversially highlighting current issues affecting the wider area. This unusual style of writing was frowned upon at the time and helped to break down many of the barriers against the working class in Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham’s rich literary past, combined with a positive outlook on the future makes it a strong cultural location, among very few who have received the same UNESCO accreditation. These writers serve as constant reminders of where the culture of Nottingham came from and where it is heading now, these are just some of the reasons we are proud to call Nottingham home to Clicky’s new regional office.