In June 2019, we welcome Singaporean writer JY Yang to Norwich. JY is the author of the Tensorate series from Publishing, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Lambda Literary awards. In 2016 JY graduated with an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, for which they were the recipient of a Postgraduate Arts Scholarship from the National Arts Council of Singapore. JY is currently a Writer-In-Residence at the Jalan Besar Writing Residency with SingLit Station.

JY Yang’s residency is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore.

In July 2019, we will welcome two translators in residence, Jeremy Tiang from Singapore and Anton Hur from Korea.

Jeremy Tiang is the translator of Li Er, Chan Ho-Kei, Zhang Yueran, Yeng Pway Ngon, Yu Qiuyu and Jackie Chan, among others. He also writes and translates plays. Jeremy’s novel State of Emergency won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. He is the managing editor of Pathlight and a founding member of the translation collective Cedilla & Co. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jeremy’s residency is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Anton Hur was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He has translated Kyung-Sook Shin’s The Court Dancer (Pegasus Books) and Kang Kyeong-ae’s The Underground Village (Honford Star). He is a PEN Translates winner and the recipient of multiple grants from the Literary Translation Institute of Korea, the Korea Arts Council, and the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea. He resides in Seoul.

Anton’s residency is supported by the Literature Translation Institute Korea.

In August 2019, we will welcome Agustinus Wibowo from Indonesia, with support from the National Book Committee of Indonesia.

Agustinus Wibowo is a prominent travel writer. His work has pioneered a new genre in Indonesian travel literature by allowing readers to experience the writer’s physical and emotional journey as they contemplate their own anxieties. His third book, Zero: When Journey Takes You Home, became a national best-seller and will soon be adapted into a film. His latest work, Us and Them, will be published in 2019.

During his residency, Agustinus will run two travel writing workshops with the UK author Suzanne Joinson.

In September 2019, we will have our first UNESCO writer in residence at the Noirwich festival, Icelandic crime writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. Her work stands ‘comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world’ according to the Times Literary Supplement and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

In October 2019, we will be joined by the novelist and journalist Bregje Hofstede, with support from the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Bregje will be working on her new novel – working title De oplossing van Hadewych (The Hadewych Solution). Dragon Hall will be the ideal location, as the Middle Ages feature large in the novel while Norwich is the most complete mediaeval English town to have survived and has more mediaeval churches than any other European city north of the Alps.

In October 2019 we will also welcome literary translator and non-fiction writer Ekaterina Petrova from Bulgaria, in partnership with the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation.

Ekaterina Petrova is a literary translator, nonfiction writer, and interpreter. She holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship and helped edit the Exchanges Journal of Literary Translation.

Currently based in Sofia, she has been a translator-in-residence at Open Letter Books in Rochester, New York, and at the “Pristina has no river” program in Prishtina, Kosovo. Her literary translations and nonfiction writing have appeared in various Bulgarian and English-language publications.

In November 2019, we will be joined by two writers from Korea, Kim Heayeon and Kang Youngsook. Their residencies are supported by the Arts Council of Korea.

Kim Heayeon was born in Seoul, Korea. She majored in German literature and after a long period of working for a publishing company,  she became fascinated with children’s books from England, especially the works of Roald Dahl and Philippa Pearce. In 2004, she won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in Korea with A Farewell Gift, and the Golden Goblin Award in 2009 with I’m a Cuckoo.

She has written approximately ten books for children and teenagers, including The Bakery of Coincidence.


Kang Young-sook is a feminist South Korean author. She often writes about the female grotesque, delving into varying genres, such as urban noir, fantasy, and climate fiction. Since her debut in 1998, she has published a number of novels and short story collections, and has received many prestigious awards, such as the Hanguk Ilbo Literature Prize, Kim Yujeong Literary Award, and Lee Hyo-seok Literature Award, among others.

She participated in the International Writing Program’s fall residency at the University of Iowa in 2009, and was also a visiting writer-in-residence at UC Berkeley in 2014. She currently teaches creative writing at Ewha Womans University and Korea National University of Arts.

Katie HaleIn November, UK writer Katie Hale will head to Brussels for a residency at Passa Porta.

Born in Cumbria, Katie’s poetry pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She recently won the Buzzwords Poetry Prize, the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Ware Poetry Prize.

During her residency Katie will be working on a collection of poetry that explores the ways in which our identity is shaped by those who come before us. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, is due from Canongate in June 2019.