Press enquiries & releases

Press enquiries

Alice Kent, Director of Communications
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Press releases


Professional development scheme gives young people in Norfolk a behind-the-scenes look at the world of books in Norwich (October 2019)

National Centre for Writing supports next generation of emerging literary translators (October 2019)

New horizons for Desmond Elliott Prize as flagship for Early Career Awards at National Centre for Writing (September 2019)

Noirwich line up 2019 (July 2019)

Young Norfolk Writing Competition (July 2019)

Norwich and Nottingham host UNESCO Cities of Literature first meeting in England (May 2019)

Iconic literary magazine celebrates 60th year with specially curated ‘Ambit Day’ at the National Centre for Writing (January 2019)

Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2019 launches today (January 2019)

Winners of the coveted Escalator fiction writing programme announced (January 2019)


Founder of Norfolk Children’s Book Centre honoured with Exceptional Contribution Award (November 2018)

National Centre for Writing announces first Associate Artists and a new international residency programme (October 2018)

Norwich charity nominated for national corporate philanthropy award (October 2018)

Young poets wanted for care home project (October 2018)

A literature festival – by young people for young people (September 2018)

Seeking exciting new voices in fiction writing from the East of England (September 2018)

National Centre for Writing and Tilted Axis Press partner to diversify literary translation in UK (August 2018)

2018 Young Norfolk Laureate announced (July 2018)

Biggest names in crime writing will headline city-wide festival (July 2018)

National Centre for Writing launches in Norwich (June 2018)

Industry showcase for ten promising new writers (February 2018)

Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 launches today (January 2018)

Norfolk children celebrate 400-year legacy of iconic Norwich figure (January 2018)


Booker shortlisted Ali Smith backs new National Centre for Writing in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature (October 2017)

Winners of the Emerging Translator Mentorships Programme 2018 (October 2017)

First Young Norfolk Laureate Announced (July 2017)

Emerging Translator Mentorships 2018 Call for Entries (July 2017)

Writers’ Centre Norwich receives funding boost from Arts Council England (June 2017)

WCN receives European Union grant to allow young people to create their own literature festival (June 2017)

Netflix screenwriter, cosmology graduate and TV and film journalist feature on list of successful writers to win a place on the coveted Escalator fiction writing scheme (June 2017)

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival announcement (April)

‘Writing scheme seeks next generation of successful fiction writers from the East of England’ (March)

‘Words and Ways’ project transforms Norwich students into travel writers (February)

Norfolk folk tales come alive in schools across the county (February)

Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2017 launches in schools across the county (January)


Writers’ Centre Norwich gets green light to develop the city’s historic Dragon Hall into the National Centre for Writing (December)

East Anglian Book Awards winners revealed (November)

Writers’ Centre Norwich announces winners of the 2016 Emerging Translator Mentoring Programme (October)

Artistic partnerships flourish between UK and Korea in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature (October) 

Lord Mayor hails crime festival as a huge success (September)

Norwich set for most exciting international crime festival yet (September)

Line-up revealed for Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2016 (July)

International Literature Showcase launches at London Book Fair (April)

Norwich to be home to a National Centre for Writing (January)


Norwich welcomes Nottingham as a UNESCO City of Literature (December)

Mayor hands keys to Dragon Hall to Writers’ Centre Norwich (October)

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival (September)

Norwich hosts UK’s premier gathering of international writers (June)

International Literature Showcase in Norwich (May)

Writers’ Centre Norwich moves to Dragon Hall (April)


WCN to develop a National Centre for Writing in historic Dragon Hall (December)

UEA and WCN launch new international creative writing programme (October)

IdeasTap Inspires: WCN Writing Competition (April)


Norwich celebrates being a UNESCO City of Literature (October)


UNESCO City of Literature visiting professors (September)

Norwich City of Refuge supports Dr Jiao Guobiao (September)

Worlds Literature Festival 2012 (June)

WCN receives £240,000 from Arts Council England (May)

Norwich announced as England’s first and the world’s sixth UNESCO City of Literature (May)

Norwich announces it’s intention to become England’s first UNESCO City of Literature (March)

The Norwich Showcase (January)


Searching for the next generation of novelists: Escalator opens (October)

Worlds’ Literature Festival (June) 

National Portfolio Organisation status awarded to Writers’ Centre Norwich (March)


Ian McEwan celebrates the hand over of Norwich’s UNESCO City of Literature status bid (May)

An evening with international poets Les Murrway and Andrew Motion (April)


Norwich announces bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature (June)