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Writers' Centre Norwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich seeks to explore the artistic and social power of creative writing through pioneering and collaborative projects with writers and other partners. The Centre aims to nurture a new generation of prize-winning literary talent as well as attracting the best international writers to the region, while offering a wide range of community engagement projects. The Centre is leading on Norwich's bid to become UNESCO City of Literature.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £365,000
  • 2013-2014: £365,000
  • 2014-2015: £365,000

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International Literature Showcase: A place to meet, share and plan future activity.

Delegates from across the world take part in the International Literature Showcase; a place to meet, share and plan future activity.

Norwich UNESCO City of Literature

Writers and literature professionals share their thoughts on what makes Norwich a UNESCO City of Literature.

International Literature Showcase 2015

Running from the 18th - 21st March 2015, the International Literature Showcase brought together 54 talented people from the literary world to share their work, discuss ideas and form exciting creative plans for the future. Watch this film for the perfect overview.

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The Networked World

How many ideas and plans run aground due to lack of connections, money time or specific skills? This session considers how to make the best of networking opportunities and how to manage your time efficiently. Hosted by Sarah Thelwall.

Short Stories: Philip Langeskov, Francesca Rhydderch and Clare Wigfall

Readings from Philip Langeskov, Francesca Rhydderch and Clare Wigfall, followed by a discussion hosted by Sophie Wardell (British Council Literature).

Nonfiction and Memoir: Charlotte Higgins, Patrick Barkham and Bidisha

Readings from Charlotte Higgins, Patrick Barkham and Bidisha, followed by a discussion, hosted by Jonathan Morley (Programme Director, Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Daljit Nagra: The Retold Ramayana

Daljit Nagra reads and performs from The Retold Ramayana, one of the great epics of the ancient world.

New Fiction: Cynan Jones, Emma Healey, Selma Dabbagh

Readings from Cynan Jones, Emma Healey and Selma Dabbagh, followed by a discussion hosted by Swithun Cooper (British Council Literature).

Shock of the New

The artistic mainstream is continually refreshed and invigorated by encounters with new artistic models, outside voices and emergent forms. Geraldine Collinge leads a conversation on literature from outside the mainstream: be it experimental, in translation or simply deemed other.

Alex Preston

Alex Preston and Diriye Osman read and perform from their work.

New Fiction: Kirsty Logan, James Scudamore and Kerry Young

Readings from Kirsty Logan, James Scudamore and Kerry Young, followed by a debate hosted by Kate Griffin (International Programme Director, the British Centre for Literary Translation)

Literary Communities

The strength of a literary culture is dependent on the diversity, literacy and confidence of its readers, and yet to many people the arts as a whole can seem closed off, at worst exclusive and elitist. Stella Duffy, co-founder of Fun Palaces, discusses ways in which organisations can develop successful outreach programmes, and then chairs a panel debate on the subject.

Next Generation Poets: Rebecca Goss, Luke Kennard, Patience Agbabi and Zaffar Kunial

Rebecca Goss, Luke Kennard, Patience Agbabi and Zaffar Kunial perform and discuss their work, hosted by Ted Hodgkinson (British Council).

Digital Literatures with Bill Thompson

Digital guru Bill Thompson leads a discussion on how literature’s intersection with the digital world has changed. He explores what it means to be ‘a writer’ and examines the artistic and creative implications for readers, writers and arts programmers of the information age.

Eimear McBride and Stella Duffy

Eimear McBride author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (winner of the 2013 Goldsmith’s Prize and 2014 Bailey’s Prize) and Stella Duffy writer, actor and co-founder of the Fun Palaces campaign, read from their work.

Binyavanga Wainaina's Provocation for the National Conversation at Hay Cartagena Festival

The Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina opens the National Conversation "South to South" debate with his provocation titled ‘South To South – is the Metropolis still the Place to Publish?’ focusing on the opportunities opened up by new digital publishing platforms and the potential of a challenge to the ‘centre’ of publishing being located in Northern Hemisphere London or New York. Find out more about the National Conversation: http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/thenationalconversation.aspx

The National Conversation: David Morley on Our National Artform

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: George Szirtes

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: Daniel Hahn on Translation

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: Kathryn Heyman on Our National Artform

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: Hanne Orstavik on Translation

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: David Morley on Digitial

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: James Scudamore on Translation

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

The National Conversation: Jon McGregor on Digital

About the National Conversation Featuring leading writers and thinkers, and the most prestigious festivals and venues in the UK: the National Conversation is a two year series of events for everyone who loves literature and cares about our literary ecology. Find out more at www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

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