21 - 30 May

City of Literature 2021

This year's City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival invites you to embrace and experiment with the unknown, the unusual and the unexpected



Escalator Needs Your Help

'All Shall Be Well'The annual, 8-month Escalator talent development programme has supported early career writers in the East of England since 2004. Years of austerity and the Covid-19 crisis have made funding through traditional means increasingly difficult. This year we are asking for your help to help underrepresented writers from the region – and you can get a special All Shall Be Well print at the same time!

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Free writing resource packs!

Case studies

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Case study: Anni Domingo

Case study: Somrita Urni Ganguly

Case Study: Jenny Knight

Case Study: Sally-Anne Lomas

Case Study: Richard Lambert

Good writing knows no borders

Discover Elif Shafak, Val McDermid and Jackie Kay’s selections of exciting women, LGBTQI+ and BAME writers working in the UK today

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The International Literature Showcase’s  guest curators are exploring the breadth of contemporary writing from the UK.

The showcase began with Elif Shafak’s selection of women writers at London Book Fair in March, continued in August with Val McDermid’s selection of LGBTQI+ writers and this month Jackie Kay revealed her selection of BAME writers at Cheltenham and Manchester Literature Festivals.

COVID-19 updates

Our priority is the health and well-being of our audiences, our staff and the fantastic writers and translators we work with year-round.

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