Residencies

Our residency programme encompasses in-person and virtual residencies for writers and translators. Check out the opportunities section for any open calls, including residencies in other UNESCO cities of literature.

We offer residencies in Norwich in the Dragon Hall Cottage. The Dragon Hall Cottage is a small two-bedroom house with sitting room, library, kitchen and bathroom. There is a small terrace, leading to the Dragon Hall Garden, and a library in the reception area in the main building. Please note that the stairs up to the bedrooms are rather steep, in typical Norwich style.

We also offer virtual residencies to writers and translators, bringing national and international voices and ideas to Norwich and beyond through commissions, podcasts and online events.

You can find out more about all our residents’ experience of Norwich UNESCO City of Literature in Walking Norwich.

Current Dragon Hall Cottage residents

Els Beerten is one of Belgium’s leading young adult novelists, has been widely translated and has received several awards. Her most successful novel is We All Want Heaven. During her time in Norwich, Els will be working on a new project, exploring three storylines of dreams not coming true or maybe coming true. Els is looking forward to being inspired by the area around Norwich, diving into its past and present.

 

Penny Boxall will go to Estonia as part of our residency exchange with Tartu UNESCO City of Literature. Penny Boxall’s debut poetry collection, Ship of the Line, won the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Writer’s Residency at Gladstone’s Library. Her second collection, Who Goes There?, was published in 2018 by Valley Press. She has won a Northern Writers’ Award and the Mslexia/PBS Poetry Competition. Her poems have appeared in The Sunday Times, The Dark Horse, The North, The RialtoThe Scotsman, Magma and Mslexia, and were highly commended in the Forward Prizes in 2014 and the 2019 Bridport Prize. She was a 2017 Hawthornden Fellow. She has taught poetry on the MA at Oxford Brookes University, and in autumn 2019 was Visiting Research Fellow in the Creative Arts at Merton College, Oxford.

Current virtual residents

From June to December 2022, we are hosting three writers from Singapore in a virtual residency supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Akshita Nanda is a journalist, analyst and author of the novels Beauty Queens of Bishan (Penguin Random House SEA) and Nimita’s Place (Epigram Books). Nimita’s Place was adapted for the stage in 2019 by arts group T:>Works and in 2020 co-won the Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction. Akshita has a degree in cell and molecular biology (National University of Singapore) and master’s in international affairs (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS).

Akshita’s fiction explores the migration of people and ideas – beliefs, fashions, memes, technology – and also how the dislocated become local. During her residency, she plans to focus on how such migration is accelerated through globalisation, and how this changes people’s lives.

Crispin Rodrigues is the author of three collections of poetry, Pantomime, The Nomad Principle, and How Now Blown Crow, as well as co-editor of Crazy Little Pyromaniacs, an anthology of poetry by Singapore poets 35 years-old and below. He has also dabbled in multimedia forms of literary work such as a poetry tour of his hometown of Yishun, Singapore.

For his residency, Crispin is working on his fourth collection of poetry that stems from his mixed-race heritage, and focuses on monstrosity, language hybridity as well as relationship between colonialism and neo-colonialism.

Daryl Qilin Yam (b. 1991) is a writer and arts organiser from Singapore. He is the author of the novels Kappa Quartet (2016) and Lovelier, Lonelier (2021), and the novella Shantih Shantih Shantih (2021). He is a co-founder of the literary non-profit Sing Lit Station.

During his residency, Daryl will work on Be Your Own Bae, a collection of interconnected short stories concerned with the lives of queer Singaporean men and the friends, family members and mentor figures that they love and look up to. Situated across Singapore, South Korea, New York City and multiple cities in Japan, the collection further threads together multiple genres and styles of writing such as speculative fiction, ekphrasis and creative autobiography.

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