The Supporters’ Circle

Join today and put books, words and ideas at the centre of your life.

The National Centre for Writing (NCW) can only exist because of our thriving relationships with partners, writers, translators, funders and our many friends who all play a vital part in delivering the work we do together.

Join now, or read on to find out more.

Sarah Perry

‘I felt like an apprentice carpenter given the tools of the trade. Winning the East Anglian Book of the year award conferred a sense of legitimacy that I’d never quite been able to summon up: a group of writers had admired my work, and they wanted me to write more.’

Sarah Perry, who went on to write the Waterstones Book of the Year The Essex Serpent

Will you join the NCW Supporters’ Circle and play a vital part in NCW’s future?

Your support can help:

  • Give some of the best literary talent, new and old, a platform to be discovered and nurtured
  • Build a strong community of young people across Norfolk who learn that the arts belong to them whatever their background
  • Share the story of Norwich’s literary heritage and contribute to the preservation of Dragon Hall as the home of Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature

NCW is a charity and simply can’t deliver the range and depth of the work it does without support from individuals such as yourself.

What you will receive

To say thank you for being an integral part of the NCW Supporters’ Circle, and to keep you up to date with all the work we do, you will receive the following;

  • Annual Party – an invitation to you and a guest to celebrate with the NCW team at our annual gathering with friends from across the creative sector
  • Insider Book Recommendations – be the first to hear about the next big things in literature straight from our Programming team with a quarterly round-up
  • Exclusive Invitations – a chance to meet authors for special one-off events to remember (at least two events a year)
  • Accreditation – have your name listed on the spine of a book which will be placed on the Supporters’ Circle Bookshelf in Dragon Hall. Plus your name on the NCW website

Young people at the Children's City of Literature anthology launch 2018 (c) Thom Law.

‘Working alongside NCW has been a superb experience. The kids were really engaged in the project.’

Agnes Pattison Deputy Head, Catton Grove Primary School


How to join

Join the NCW Supporters’ Circle today to ensure that the writers of tomorrow get the support they need to thrive and tell their story, whatever their background.

Payment options

Membership for the NCW Supporters’ Circle runs on a 12-month basis. You can pay:

  • Annually, by one £365 instalment(card payment, renews automatically every 12 months)
  • Monthly, in £31 monthly instalments(card payment, renews automatically each month)
  • For one year only, by one £375 single payment(card payment, cash, cheque)

NCW is a registered charity and therefore your donation may be eligible for Gift Aid. This will add an extra 25% onto your donation at no extra cost to you.

Our charity number is: 1110725

Join now

If you would prefer to join over the phone, renew your Supporters’ Circle membership or have an informal chat about joining, please email the team at or call us on 01603 877177.

In our first year as the National Centre for Writing we have;

  • Worked with 4,440 children and young people across Norfolk
  • Welcomed 17, 474 audiences members to our events
  • Commissioned new work from 235 writers

Thank you to our NCW Supporters

Briony Bax
The Passingham Family
Martin Pick
Jane and David Steward
Peter Wilson
Laura McGillivray

And those who wish to remain anonymous.

Chris Gribble

‘Having the support of individuals who share our belief in the importance of writing and stories and the power they unleash is crucial to our work. Your support will enable us to work with more young people and adults to discover and foster their creativity. Your voice will add to the growing network of champions we’re creating to ensure that reading and writing for pleasure and empowerment is valued and promoted. Your backing will help us make the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall a place where everyone can discover the power of words. Thank you!’

Chris Gribble Chief Executive, National Centre for Writing

Your privacy

By signing up to our Supporters’ Circle you consent to our using your personal data for the purposes of the Supporters’ Circle. This may include:

  • Processing your financial data for the purposes of managing your subscription
  • Contacting you by post, email or phone in connection with Supporters’ Circle activities and via the Supporters’ Circle newsletter
  • Any other reasonable purpose related to the Supporters’ Circle

You may opt-out of the Supporters’ Circle at any time. For further information, please see our Privacy Policy.

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