‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ as a stage play?!?! Impossible, surely? Actually, it’s very possible. And Pilot Theatre are about to show the good folk of Nottingham exactly how it’s done. Following the play’s well-received debut at Pilot Theatre’s home town of York, and having toured Birmingham, Durham and Ipswich in the last [...]

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The date: Saturday 27 October 2012. The venue: Nottingham Contemporary. The event: Sillitoe Day 2012, Nottingham’s second all-day event celebrating the life and work of Alan Sillitoe. Join us from 11am – 5pm for …   The launch of the Sillitoe Trail mobile phone app The launch of Alan’s seminal novel ‘The Open Door’, republished by Five Leaves [...]

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The Goose Fair has been a prominent fixture in the local calendar for as far back as 1160, with only an outbreak of leprosy in 1346, the bubonic plague of 1646, and the great Wars of the 20th century bringing it to a temporary close. So there’s a fair bit of history surrounding this annual festival. [...]

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Sillitoe Season 2012 has been a huge success so far, from the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Lunch with guest of honour John Harvey back in April to last weekend’s screening of ‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ introduced by William Ivory at Nottingham’s Broadway cinema. Now comes the biggest day in the calendar.   The date: [...]

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June’s ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ event at the Nottingham Contemporary was a massive success: one great movie, two great bands and a proper Nottingham night out. Now we have two more dates for your diary and they’re going to be just as memorable:   Sunday 16th September 2012, Broadway Cinema Nottingham: ‘The Loneliness of [...]

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A huge ‘thank you’ to Clive Allen, writes committee member Viv Apple.  Clive (who writes as C.J. Allen) is a poet and the winner of many awards and prizes for his poetry, not least first prize earlier this year in the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Poetry Competition. Read his winning entry, ‘Poems to My Horse’, here. [...]

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What do Karel Reisz’s classic 1960 film version of ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’, all-female punk band The Smears and acerbic rap/rant outfit The Sleaford Mods have in common? Well, they all have a Nottingham connection, they all have attitude to burn, and they’re all appearing at the Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday 30th June. It’s [...]

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The posters for Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel famously asked “How did they ever make a movie of ‘Lolita’?” When word emerged of the Musicworks production – which has just finished its triumphant premiere at the Nottingham Playhouse – I must admit that a similar question went through my mind: “How will [...]

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The work of Alan Sillitoe is being featured on The Space – an experimental digital arts collaboration between Arts Council England and the BBC.

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The Alan Sillitoe Season 2012 kicked off in fine style last Saturday with good food, wine flowing freely, and the wit and amiability of our guest of honour, award-winning crime novelist John Harvey. Hmmm, maybe “kicked off” is a bad choice of phrase, since John very nearly didn’t make it. Now London-based, but back on [...]

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