Wandering Words

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

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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.

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

Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature

Norwich has been a literary city for over 900 years: a place of ideas where the power of words has changed lives, promoted parliamentary democracy, fomented revolution, fought for the abolition of slavery and transformed literature. Today, it remains a popular destination for poets, novelists, biographers, playwrights, translators, literary critics, historians, environmentalists and philosophers: a place for writers as agents of change.

In 2012, National Centre for Writing led the successful bid for Norwich to become England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, joining a prestigious network of cities worldwide. Discover the rich literary history of Norwich, the reasons why it is still popular with writers and readers today, and take part in more literary walks. Find out more.

National Centre for Writing’s home at Dragon Hall, built in 1427

City of Literature is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.