The following publications by the National Centre for Writing are currently available for purchase.
In Other Words
The national journal for practicing literary translators and for everyone interested in the craft of literary translation.
Regular features include translators at work, international perspectives, and the annual Sebald lecture. Each issue has a specific theme. The journal was founded by Peter Bush in 1992 and published by the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT), founded by WG Max Sebald at UEA.
In 2015, Writers’ Centre Norwich (now National Centre for Writing) took responsibility for BCLT’s public programmes and as part of this, took over responsibility for publishing this prestigious magazine.
In Other Words is published twice a year in July and January. Subscription rates are for two consecutive issues.
Into the Light
Edited by Keiron Pim and Translated by Ellman Crasnow and Bente Elsworth, published by Norwich UNESCO City of Literature
All profits from the sale of Into the Light: The Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich will go to the Norwich City of Refuge programme which supports writers denied freedom of speech in their own country.
Meir ben Elijah is England’s only medieval Hebrew poet. We assume that Meir’s poems were written in the second half of the 13th century, at the time of the expulsions of 1290, but it is not known what happened to them over the following 650 years. His writing demonstrates a profound love of God and a strong belief that God would not abandon his people. The poems are also inspired by a deeply felt compassion for his fellow Jews and the need to instill hope as they verged on despair.
Seven hundred years later, his voice is heard and Meir of Norwich – ‘the one who brings light’ – is returned at last to the home where he belongs.
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Simon Armitage, ‘Still’
Simon Armitage has been commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich to write a sequence of poems in response to 26 panoramic photographs of battlefields associated with the Battle of the Somme chosen from archives at Imperial War Museum, London. The Somme Offensive took place on the Western Front between July and November 1916 and is considered to be one of the bloodiest in British military history. Armitage has written thirty poems of between two and 20 lines that are versions of The Georgics by the Roman poet Virgil. Paired with black-and-white images that are a hundred years old, the contemporary words meld with the visual devastations of war to haunting effect.
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Feat. Yrsa Daley Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon & Daljit Nagra.
The changes wreaked on our world by World War One reached beyond politics, economics and technology into the very fabric of our daily lives, our communities and relationships. It was the artists of that war – perhaps the poets above all – who took on the challenge to make sense of a world transformed almost beyond recognition.
To commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somms, Fierce Light brings together outstanding poets from the UK an around the world to look once more at the legacy of battle, the forces changing our world, and the struggles we face to make sense of them.
Published by Gatehouse Press
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