Even if Nottingham doesn't manage to secure the status of UNESCO City of Literature, it still has plenty going for it culturally speaking - as this recent Guardian feature underlines. Sleaford Mods are mentioned, of course, as (quite rightly) are Left Lion and the city's thriving film scene. I must admit to being a bit gutted that both record shop The Music Exchange and DIY music venue JT Soar have opened since I left (which was over ten years ago, admittedly). Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to pay another visit some time soon.
(Thanks to Mike for the link.)