Welcome to Norwich UNESCO City of Literature, a city of stories

Norwich has been a literary city for over 900 years: a place of ideas where the power of words has changed lives

Norwich was designated England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012

Norwich exemplifies the crucial role played by Cities of Literature in community well-being, growth, and sustainability.

UNESCO City of Literature report

Norwich is a fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the United Kingdom with a school of painters named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary new state-of-the-art library then I have yet to hear of it.

Stephen Fry

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Kumkum Malhotra at the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival © Thom Law

Hanya Yanagihara at UEA Live © Joanna Millington

View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath © VisitNorwich