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LeftLion has done very well out of this year's Nottingham Creative Business Awards, held this week at the Council House. Not only did we win the Writing and Publishing category (amid stiff competition from the likes of playwright Stephen Lowe and the Dragon Breath Theatre), but we were also shortlisted for the overall award of Nottingham Creative Business of the year.
LeftLion has now been operating in Nottingham for over six years, when three local people dissatisfied with the content and motives of professional local media formed the company with the goal of championing and celebrating Nottingham culture across all mediums. A self-funded, totally independent organisation, LeftLion draws upon and showcases the creativity of hundreds of Nottingham writers, photographers and illustrators in its free bi-monthly magazine and on www.leftlion.co.uk - with the occasional one-off event such as the wildly successful Canning Circus Extravaganza, a free music and arts festival spread across nine venues this October.
Over the years, LeftLion has published original writing from Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning), Nicola Monaghan (The Killing Jar), Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff), and Al Needham (Todger Talk), along with visual work from Rob White (The Arthole), Rikki Marr (Shop), Chris Summerlin (Damn You) and Jon Burgerman. More importantly, LeftLion has landed interviews with scores of local and internationally-known bands and local heroes, whilst tackling the vital subjects about life in Nottingham that our professional rivals shy away from. Not one to rest on its laurels, LeftLion is now concentrating on expanding even further with a suite of podcasts, a video section, and merchandise - all of which will continue to champion the city that created and continues to inspire it.
“It’s great for us to get some recognition for the hard graft we’ve put in over the past six years," said Jared Wilson, LeftLion Editor in Chief. "We started running the magazine and the website because we felt that there was a gap in the traditional local media. We’ve seen many other rival magazines and media companies pitch up in Nottingham over the time we’ve been running, and none of them have lasted the distance like we have.”
The Nottingham Creative Business Awards are now in their third year, and aim to celebrate the innovation and creativity shown by businesses across the city. The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 7 October in the Council House in Nottingham City Centre.
"Nottingham is proud to celebrate its vibrant and creative community by hosting the Nottingham Creative Business Awards," said Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council. "The city is bursting at the seams with the most amazing musicians, photographers, graphic designers, writers, fashion designers, artists and film makers and we are delighted to be able to honour their dedication to the creative sector. “