National Centre for Writing

Opening this summer, the National Centre for Writing will celebrate the best in world literature. A programme of innovative collaborations will engage writers, literary translators and readers, in person and online, in projects that support new voices and new stories, and respond to the rapidly changing world of writing.

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Dragon Hall's glass gallery

‘A place for something seminal to happen with every meeting.’ – Ali Smith, patron

In preparation for the opening of the National Centre for Writing we have worked with organisations around the country, commissioning acclaimed writers such as Joanne Harris, Nikesh Shukla, Will Self and Ali Smith to explore the most pressing issues affecting writers today.

Below is a small selection of provocations. Find them all here.


Joanne Harris: A Writer’s Manifesto Will Self: On Writers, Readers and Losing Our Minds Ali Smith: Living Translation


New opportunities

The National Centre for Writing is based at the historic Dragon Hall in Norwich, where the newly constructed south wing will welcome some of the 20,000 young people we will engage for ambitious school projects in the next year. Workshops and mentoring will be available for writers at all levels, both face-to-face and online.

‘I have seen at first hand how warmly the Norwich reading community welcomes visiting writers.’ – J.M. Coetzee, patron

The 15th century medieval hall is becoming a creative hub, with residencies available for writers and translators from around the world in the newly refurbished cottage.

Margaret Atwood visiting Dragon HallMargaret Atwood visiting the newly expanded Dragon Hall in 2018

Our work continues to range from major international partnerships with organisations such as British Council, to vibrant public events including the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival and the City of Literature strand at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.


Margaret Atwood, John Boyne, JM Coetzee,
Anthony Horowitz OBE, Jon McGregor, Ali Smith CBE
and Rose Tremain CBE

As a non-profit organisation, donations help us to reach diverse audiences of writers and readers:

Media enquiries

Press should contact Alice Kent, Communications Director, for more information and to arrange interviews and tours of the site.

Telephone: +44 (0)1603 877177

In the garden at Dragon Hall

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