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 weekend at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2019.
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 four or more events together to get a £1.50 discount per ticket.
Our fourth journey, ‘Adventures in Fiction’, celebrates the best in forthcoming titles from our favourite writers and publishers in 2019 – plus some very important anniversaries!
Sarah Hall in conversation with Lila Azam Zanganeh
2.30pm, Friday 24 May, The Adnams Spiegeltent, £8
Eavesdrop on an intimate conversation between two of the most influential and critically-acclaimed writers of our day: Man Booker Prize judge and nominee Sarah Hall and New York Times/Paris Reviewcontributor and Nabokov expert Lila Azam Zanganeh. Together, they will indulge in a no-holds-barred discussion of sex, death and everything in between.
Fire & Rain
– with Jan Carson and Inua Ellams
6pm, Saturday 25 May, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, £8
Two spectacular new voices in literature transport us into wildly magical settings. The Fire Starters by Jan Carson is a tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice that fizzes with wonder. The Half-God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams is an epic story and lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge across mythologies.
Celebrating 20 Years of Salt
– with Andrew Cowan, S.A. Harris, Andrew McDonnell and Simon Okotie
7.30pm, Saturday 25 May, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, £8
We take enormous pleasure in celebrating 20 years of Salt Publishing, one of the UK foremost independent publishers based in Cromer, Norfolk. Join us for the launch of four highly-anticipated titles; Your Fault by Andrew Cowan, Haverscroft by S.A. Harris, The Somnambulist Cookbook by Andrew McDonnell and After Absalon by Simon Okotie.
The Path to Publication: 40 Years of Granta magazine
– with Ian Jack and Sigrid Rausing
3pm, Sunday 26 May, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, £8
From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, Granta magazine has been publishing intelligent, ground-breaking writing for 40 years. Over the years it has featured Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, Julian Barnes, Maggie O’Farrell, Sally Rooney, Han Kang and many others.
Here, Granta editor Sigrid Rausing and writer and Guardian journalist Ian Jack discuss the practical skills and insider knowledge needed to succeed in your journey to publication.
Tickets are available from the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. A discount of £1.50 per ticket will be automatically applied to your basket when you book four or more events together.