20 - 24 May 2019

Nottwich 2019 begins

Cultural leaders from 27 cities arrive in Norwich for the annual UNESCO Cities of Literature Summit

City of Literature at Norfolk & Norwich Festival

11 – 26 May 2019

In a turbulent world where news is fake and facts are fiction, books, words and ideas have never been more vital. As portals to new worlds and ways of seeing, they have a special magic that guides, provokes and illuminates us.

Programmed in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, literature events at the Festival celebrate Norwich as a UNESCO-designated home to writers, thinkers, storytellers and readers.

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Features & events

The Writer's Toolkit

Good writing knows no borders

Discover Elif Shafak’s selection of 10 exciting women writers in the UK

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Case studies

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Case study: Amelia Platt

Case study: Alison McCullough

Case study: Jo Thompson

Case study: Michael Donkor

Case study: Luke Wright

Discover Norwich

England’s first UNESCO City of Literature

The National Centre for Writing is based at Dragon Hall in Norwich. In 2012 we led the successful bid for the city to become England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, joining a prestigious and growing network of creative cities worldwide.

We continually celebrate Norwich’s heritage as a place of ideas, where the power of words has been changing lives for hundreds of years. We nurture the city’s contemporary writers and through our UNESCO Young Ambassador programme support young people to share their love of reading, writing, books and ideas with their schools and wider community.

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