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.


Follow the walking trail and scan the QR code at each marked location to hear an immersive audio recording of a poem, as well as sounds of the people and settings that inspired each writer’s work. All you need is your mobile phone!

This literary walk has been created to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Norwich becoming England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

National Centre for Writing commissioned writers with a connection to the city to respond creatively to a particular place in Norwich or to an event in its history. These new works represent the breadth of new writing happening in, around and inspired by the city.


A special thank you to our sound production partners Access Creative College: Harry Love, Jamie Lovett, William Plane, Mia Rodwell and Bill Skipp, supported by Matt Munford, Jonny Cole and Dylan Barber.


Download the Wandering Words map

Click below to download a digital version of the Wandering Words map.


Hard copies of the map are also available for free from The Book Hive and Waterstones Norwich.

Download here

Experience Wandering Words online

Tap the images to hear and read the poems from each location.

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