BBC Radio 4 visited Norwich to get an early look at the National Centre for Writing and explore the city’s literary past and present. The episode can be listened to for free on the BBC iPlayer website.

From the BBC website:

Norwich will soon be home to the new National Centre for Writing in the medieval Dragon Hall. Chris Gribble tells Kirsty Lang about the extraordinary building and the role of the Centre. Authors Sarah Perry and Sarah Hall describe the thriving literary culture of the city and Kirsty visits The Book Hive, one of the city’s independent bookshops. She goes to the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and to the University of East Anglia, home to the MA in Creative Writing that has Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright among its famous graduates. There she meets tutor Rebecca Stott, author Imogen Hermes Gowar, whose novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and poet and MA student Gboyega Abayomi-Odubanjo.

Click here to listen to the episode.