It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled

For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

This year the National Centre for Writing has put together a series of literary journeys that will guide you through our exciting City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020.

With a programme of fresh and original literary voices, along with award-winning writers and publishers, we invite you to celebrate Norwich as a UNESCO City of Literature and a home to writers, thinkers, storytellers and readers. Browse the curated journeys we’ve suggested and book all four events together to get a £1.00 discount per ticket.

Our final journey is titled ‘Experiment and challenge’. Meet the artists who are seeking to explore the boundaries of possibility and challenge traditional forms of writing through visual art, film, sculpture and more.

Experiment and challenge


A Delicate Sight

Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May, various times, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, £15 / £13.50 conc / £7.50 under 26s

Black and white stills from a video entitled 'A Delicate SIght'A creative, interactive experience not to be missed – A Delicate Sight includes a film, exhibition and guided creative activity.

Enter the dark room installation and respond creatively to the ways in which your senses, thoughts and emotions are heightened. Then immerse yourself in an exhibition of artistic responses to the dark from leading writers including Max Porter, Bernardine Evaristo, Raymond Antrobus and Don Paterson.


A Delicate Sight – Artist to Artist

Wednesday 20 May, 7pm, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, £7.50

Max PorterA special behind-the-scenes look at the creation of ‘A Delicate Sight’ and the relationship between visual art and words. With artist and producer Sam Winston, and Max Porter, the award-winning author of Grief is the Thing With Feathers and Lanny.



Portrait of the Writer and Artist

Friday 22 May, 5.30pm, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, £7.50

Sara BaumeWhat does it mean to be an artist? A fascinating glimpse into the daily process of making and writing from Sara Baume (Spill Simmer Falter Wither) and Elizabeth Macneal (The Doll Factory). Through writing, sculpture and ceramics, they will offer perspectives on isolation, motivation, nature and beauty.



Art in an Emergency – Olivia Laing

Saturday 23 May, 12noon, The Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, £8.50

Olivia LaingAcclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a compelling case for why art matters. Exploring loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair – an antidote to a frightening political time.



Tickets are available from the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. A discount of £1.00 per ticket will be automatically applied to your basket when you book these four events together.

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