Norwich and Norfolk have a long and fascinating history of connection, emigration and exchange. Dragon Hall itself was built in 1430 by a merchant, Robert Toppes, and is a rare example of a medieval merchant’s trading complex. In the Great Hall, Toppes would bring in goods by river from all over the known world and display them to local merchants before distributing them across the UK. Now, Dragon Hall is home to the National Centre for Writing and is an international centre for literary and cultural exchange.

Our Meet the World series aims to celebrate our ongoing connections with international writers and translators by sharing their writing and ideas with new readers.