The National Centre for Writing is a charity supporting writers, literary translators and all those working in the world of literature.
Our work covers three key areas:
1. Writers & translators
Curating and commissioning new work Supporting talent and skills development Engaging associate artists Supporting creative diversity Promoting the import and export of new writing Stimulating debate and new thinking
“Both domestically and internationally, an irreplaceable resource for writers and readers.” Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
Opportunities for young people and schools Writing workshops for all at Dragon Hall Creative writing online courses Writing and translation mentoring, particularly for those who have experienced barriers
“We’ve enjoyed wonderful storytelling sessions in Dragon Hall. To have the National Centre for Writing on our doorstep is so inspiring.” Vicky Lubbock, teacher at Angel Road Junior School
Highlight Norwich as a centre of culture and literature Promote the outstanding publishing scene in our city and region Welcome writers from all over the world to Norwich Provide a space for writers in our residency cottage
“A place for something seminal to happen with every meeting.” Ali Smith, patron of the National Centre for Writing
And so they built it here
this city of incomers and refugees
where Boudicca’s chariot
first asserted her cause of public liberty.
They built it here because
our rivers run with ink,
enduring love and dark materials.
This place of language, pubs and churches
of ballads, plays and verses
where Dame Julian dared to conjured God as Mother.
Here where they threw wide the library doors
and said these shelves, these books, these words are yours.
Here where we du diffrunt, gob and lip
the job lot of us struck off the papal list.
Here where the Wensum meets the Yare
looking east to Europe.
Here where we fight for what is fair
the rights of man and woman.
Here the home of Hansard
and the first local rag
where hacks first dispatched in ink
the savagery of battle.
Here the home of Martineau,
of Bale, Borrow, Fry and Sewell
a plus ton of languages
darned with dialect
and printed on the page.
A thousand years of love and genius and rage
dispatched from this place
to change the world beyond.
And so they built it here.
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We believe writing has the power to change lives. As a non-profit organisation your donation helps us continue our work in schools and supporting writers at all levels.