Saturday 23 January

Chrysalis: Transforming. Thinking. Writing

A day of events programmed by young people, reflecting on 2020 and a year spent apart.

All events and workshops are free to enjoy online from home.

Please book in advance to receive a streaming link direct to your inbox in advance of the event.

Reading Diversely

With Holly Ainley, Hannah Chukwu, So Mayer and Amelia Platt

10.30 – 11.30am GMT

When you look at your bookshelves, do you see diversity? Whose stories are being told? How are you reading them? Tune in for our panel discussion on reading and writing habits, and how the world can benefit when we broaden our reading horizons.

Featuring Holly Ainley, book buyer for Jarrold; Hannah Chukwu, assistant editor at Hamish Hamilton (Penguin); writer and activist So Mayer; and young reader and Lit Insider, Amelia Platt.

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Inua Ellams2020 Vision: A Reflection on the Year

With Inua Ellams

12.30 – 1.30pm GMT

2020 was a year like no other. Tune in live for the launch of a specially commissioned poem by internationally touring poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams. A unique chance to not only take stock of last year but also to look forward to the future.

This event will also include a live Q&A, giving you the chance to ask Inua about his writing, his experience of 2020, and his process for creating this poem.

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Workshop: Writing the Present

With Alex Holmes

2.15 – 3.45pm GMT

How can writing help you make sense of your feelings and the world around you right now? Join Alex Holmes, mental health and wellness advocate, writer and podcaster, for a friendly and informal online workshop which will give you the tools to write about the issues that matter to you most in an open and honest way.

This workshop will take place online and is open to everyone. Registration is free but places are limited to 15.

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Chrysalis: Transforming. Thinking. Writing was programmed by our 2020 Lit Insiders.

The programme is supported by Anguish’s Educational Foundation and The Norwich Freemen’s Charity.

Got a question? Contact us at info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or by calling 01603 877177.

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