City of Literature

at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020

Book covers for Ali Smith's 'Summer', Preti Taneja's 'We That Are Young', Sayaka Murata's 'Convenience Store Woman' and Tim Dee's 'Greenery'

In the turbulent climate of our twenty-first century, art is a powerful force for change, resistance and repair.

Featuring Ali Smith, Olivia Laing, Max Porter, A.C. Grayling, Preti Taneja, Owen Sheers, Sayaka Murata and many others, this year’s City of Literature programme invites you to reflect, connect, discuss and debate the world around us.

City of Literature weekend is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.

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A Delicate Sight

Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May

A creative, interactive experience not to be missed – A Delicate Sight includes a film, exhibition and guided creative activity.

This unique experiential event invites you to engage with what happens beyond the visible and place darkness at the centre of your perception. Enter the dark room installation and respond creatively to the ways in which your senses, thoughts and emotions are heightened.

A number of the UK’s leading writers – including Bernardine Evaristo, Max Porter, Raymond Antrobus and Don Paterson – were commissioned to spend time in the same installation. Emerge from the dark and immerse yourself in an exhibition of their responses, before taking time to develop and reflect on what the experience has meant to you.

Ticket price includes a special edition book, featuring the work of the participating writers.

The Poetry Exchange

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 May


Do you have a poem that has been a friend to you? Come along to Dragon Hall for a friendly, individual chat about your chosen poem and a cup of tea with The Poetry Exchange podcast team. In exchange, you’ll receive a gift: a special recording of your chosen poem, inspired by the conversation. You might even end up on their show!

Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. One person per session. Please book in advance.

Creative writing workshops

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 May

Kick-start your creativity, refine work in progress and explore the skills needed for success in the writing world today.

Our creative writing workshops are friendly, constructive and informal. Both take place at the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall.

Places are limited to 15 people per workshop.

City of Literature Weekend

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May

Start your summer celebrations in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature with 40 writers across 25 events which invite you to reflect, connect, discuss and debate the world around us.

The City of Literature weekend takes place on 22 – 24 May across a number of city-centre venues, including The Adnams Spiegeltent in the Festival Garden, the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall and Saint Andrews & Blackfriars Hall.

This year we’ve put together a series of literary journeys that will guide you through the Weekend programme by theme! Browse them (right) and book all four suggested events together to get a £1.00 discount per ticket.

Friday 22 May

Saturday 23 May

Sunday 24 May