Sillitoe Day 2012, Nottingham’s second all-day event celebrating the life and work of Alan Sillitoe, is tomorrow.

Tickets are still available and – better still – available on the door.

Just turn up from 11am – 5pm at the Nottingham Contemporary and join us for …



  • The launch of the Sillitoe Trail mobile phone app
  • The launch of Alan’s seminal novel ‘The Open Door’, republished by Five Leaves
  • William Ivory in conversation with Neil Fulwood on British Social Realism
  • Nottingham writers Derrick Buttress, Michael Eaton, Al Needham, Ann Featherstone, Pete Davis and James Walker
  • Sam Derby-Cooper’s short film ‘Mimic’, based on Alan’s acclaimed short story
  • A preview of Frank Abbott’s remix of ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’


Then stay with us throughout the evening for Sillitoe Night, same venue, 8pm – midnight …


  • Spoken word with Notts attitude from MulletProofPoet, Sarah Shrugs and beatboxer Motormouf
  • Live music from the Sleaford Mods and local legends Gaffa


Tickets for Sillitoe Day – including a free limited edition Sillitoe Trail book – are £15 from the Nottingham Contemporary: go here to book. Sillitoe Night is free, but we’d appreciate donations to the Memorial Fund.

We’ll see you there.



Sillitoe Trail – for more details, go here

Sillitoe Season 2012 – full programme

Sillitoe Day 2012 – downloadable PDF flyer

Nottingham Contemporary website