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Links Round-Up: Green is my Favourite Colour

We’re revisiting some things and discovering others for the first time in this round-up: remember, if you want to see something appear on CreativeNottingham, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to oblige!

Hello again

to Aaron Cottrell, one of our past guest bloggers. Aaron and his company, OuterArc, have just launched a building energy display to champion renewable energy usage. It’s a fascinating idea – in his words:

If you own a green building and you’ve spent money on green technologies, you want to shout about the good you’re doing, producing energy. Equally, if you’re a solar or wind installer, you want to show your customers that they have an engaging way to showcase information from their shiny new panels/turbines – Telewatts is the channel to deliver that message.

Check out the blog post to see how it all works, and see what Aaron had to say as a guest blogger in our archive here.


Also on the subject of renewable energy and responsible business, Make Hay, the ethical web design company, have put up a number of articles examining how they are able to run their business in an eco-friendly and ethical manner. It’s very interesting to see the green-business movement grow, especially amongst the creative industries, as so much of what we do is reliant on seemingly environmentally unfriendly technology. As Vicky shows, however, it is becoming more and more feasible to switch to low-impact technologies and practices. [DISCLAIMER: is hosted by Make Hay… Which means we’re green too, yay!]

Craft Market

There’s another craft market around the corner. Curiosity Haus (formerly known as Apples and Pears and Crafty Wares) are holding a Valentine Handmade Market on Saturday 12th Feb at the Orange Tree (where, incidentally, they do a mean Sunday roast!)

An incredible mix of goods from Illustration and Prints to Jewellery and Textiles. Something for your home or something for your hair; Unique cards or crazy toys. Whatever you are looking for, come on over to The Orange Tree to buy your Valentine’s presents from independent sellers. Who could resist a beautifully handmade gift from a local maker? Go on- treat someone, or treat yourself! 😉 The Orange Tree will also be offering cheap cocktails to all our customers: All you have to do is bring your purchases to the bar, to receive your discount.

That sounds ideal to me – what better way to spend your time than by gradually slipping into inebriation, browsing interesting handmade items? Fun times…


On the subject of great food’n’drinkeries, the Walk Cafe are launching a book club! After putting the idea out there via the usual social media suspects, the book club will formally launch on Thursday, 27th Jan at 18:30. Marvellous – see the announcement here, or find the page for the book club here, where you can also find the reading shortlist…

Moar Books!

Finally, LeftLion have posted an interview with the force behind Alt.Fiction, Alex Davis. Alt.Fiction is that part of Writing East Midlands that specialises in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. There are a few interesting writing weekends coming up with them, so check out the interview, you might fancy going along…