On assignment : Nottingham City of Literature

  • Inside Bromley House Library – City of Literature
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In the last three months I was comissioned to produce a bank of images documenting and storytelling Nottingham’s successful City of Literature bid over the past three months. The images are to be used as part of official documentation of the city’s bid with UNESCO and also within the bid team’s social media and marketing.

From top to bottom:

1/A look at the City’s literary heritage with some images of the Bromley House Library itself , which dates back to the 19th Century and hosts an impressive collection of books.

2/Nikesh Shukla launching his title The Good Immigrant at the Nottingham Contemporary.

3/A poetry reading , one of many literary events hosted by the independent Five Leaves Bookshop in the city centre.

4/Jack Monroe , a well  food writer and austerity campaigner talks at the Nottingham Playhouse as part of the Nottingham Festival of Literature.

The full series of images can be found here.

Thanks graciously to Matt Turpin and Sandeep Mahal of the bid team , Ross at the Five Leaves Bookshop and Geraldine Gray of Bromley House Library amongst others for putting things into place to make things happen. A lot of fun was had making these images and being able to present Nottingham’s literary side in a refreshing and cutting-edge manner.

“We were asked by UNESCO to provide a series of iconic photos that showed Nottingham as a City of Literature. We approached Lamar for the project after seeing his unique, striking work in publications and online. He worked with us on the brief, providing valuable input which allowed us to focus the project. He was continually communicative, and we were highly impressed with the resultant images, which we’ve used in our various international promotional materials to great acclaim’

Matt Turpin , Communications and Project Manager , Nottingham City of Literature



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    Hi Lamar

    Great blog, lovely work, great approach to your subjects and ‘subjectivity’!

    I’m working with micro businesses to develop bespoke marketing, as Nottingham’s a Unesco city of literature I thought using hand printing and letterpress with online. Have a look at my blog: signsofanopencity at :

    If you’d like an article, let me know.

    Kind regards

    Paula Sharratt
    0781 499 7210

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