Creative projects & collaborations

Norwich’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature has birthed numerous creative projects and collaborations which seek to share and celebrate the city’s literary past, present and future.


Browse a selection of these interactive projects below.

International Literature Exchange

ILX brings literature professionals together to learn, exchange expertise and experience, devise collaborations, and build international networks.

We have now launched International Literature Exchange 2024-26 as a new programme, with a closed call out for delegates through our partnership with British Council, UNESCO City of Literature network and previous ILS Alumni.

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Norwich Book Benches

Discover the brand-new Norwich Book Benches, inspired by famous authors and literary works from our county.

Each bench gives you the opportunity to stop and take a moment, watch people walk by, read a book, enjoying the historical elements of the city whilst learning and enhancing our knowledge of great writers with Norwich connections.

These benches form part of the EXPERIENCE project, partnering with Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and Norwich Business Improvement District (BID).

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Walking Norwich

We invite you to walk with the writers who were born or drawn here, to experience their Norwich and discover the layers of stories embedded in the city.

You can pick up a free print edition from our shop, or explore the online versions below.

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Imagining the City

An ongoing programme of digital exchanges, fostering connections between Norwich writers and the UNESCO Cities of Literature network, with the aim of strengthening the links between cities, exploring shared concerns, and spotlighting places of literary importance.

We’ve had several iterations of this programme, featuring writers from Québec, Dublin, Dunedin, and more.

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Wandering Words

Discover Norwich of the past, present, and future through newly commissioned poems from five brilliant writers.

Experience the city with fresh eyes, encountering the people and locations that inspired each writers’ work.

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Translating Science

An experiment and collaboration between the National Centre for Writing and Norwich Research Park which saw writers and scientists paired together to create new writing.

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