Nottingham Being Human Festival to celebrate heroes and villains

Nottingham Castle 1831 Image copyright Nottingham City Council / Picture the Past
Image caption Rioters set fire to the palace in the Nottingham castle grounds in 1831 in a protest over electoral reform

Heroes and villains will be brought back to life in a new festival as part of a bid by Nottingham to become a United Nations City of Literature.

Famous characters and key moments in the county's history will feature in the nine-day Being Human Festival.

Talks and exhibitions will focus on the outlaws, Luddites and rebel writers who contributed to the city's literary heritage and tradition of rebellion.

Organisers said it was "a terrific contribution" to the city's UNESCO bid.

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Image caption An Alan Sillitoe film script will be tweeted over 24 hours as part of the festival

Professor Stephen Mumford, from the University of Nottingham, said: "From medieval storytelling of Robin Hood to the works of DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe, the programme offers an insight into our city's capacity as a creative centre."

From Saturday, the university will run free, ticketed events to talks, walks and exhibitions.

Events include DH Lawrence tours, a play about the Luddite rebellion and a walk retracing the 1831 Reform Riots which saw the castle burned down.

Professor Pat Thomson, said: "The events we've organised explore the mythical and real characters and moments in history which many people have heard of but don't necessarily know much about, in their own home city and county."

The festival runs until 23 November.

Nottingham's bid will be submitted in March.

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