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Workshop
Saturday 23 March

Adventures in Fiction with Eley Williams

Fully booked! To join the waiting list for this workshop, email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk There are still some places remaining on our Writer’s Roadmap inspiration day in April. Find out more >> Join Eley Williams, prize-winning author of Attrib. & Other Stories, as she offers expert guidance on how to write bold, brave short stories that leave a […]

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March 23, 2019 10:00 am March 23, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Adventures in Fiction with Eley Williams Writers' Centre Norwich –

Fully booked! To join the waiting list for this workshop, email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk There are still some places remaining on our Writer’s Roadmap inspiration day in April. Find out more >> Join Eley Williams, prize-winning author of Attrib. & Other Stories, as she offers expert guidance on how to write bold, brave short stories that leave a […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 23 March

10am - 3pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

£55 / £45 conc

Debby Lukito
Event
Saturday 23 March

Storytelling and crafts with Debby Lukito Goeyardi

Indonesian storyteller Debby Lukito Goeyardi invites you to her storytelling session at the OPEN Norwich Youth Trust, featuring contemporary versions of traditional folk tales that will entertain the whole family. Gatotkaca’s Bird House is based on one of the characters in the South East Asian epic the Mahabharata and in wayang, traditional shadow puppet theatre. Debby is also […]

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March 23, 2019 12:00 pm March 23, 2019 12:00 pm Europe/London Storytelling and crafts with Debby Lukito Goeyardi Writers' Centre Norwich –

Indonesian storyteller Debby Lukito Goeyardi invites you to her storytelling session at the OPEN Norwich Youth Trust, featuring contemporary versions of traditional folk tales that will entertain the whole family. Gatotkaca’s Bird House is based on one of the characters in the South East Asian epic the Mahabharata and in wayang, traditional shadow puppet theatre. Debby is also […]

OPEN Norwich Youth Trust Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 23 March
OPEN Norwich Youth Trust

12pm - 1.30pm

Free & drop-in

Debby Lukito
Event
Sunday 24 March

Storytelling and crafts with Debby Lukito Goeyardi

Indonesian storyteller Debby Lukito Goeyardi invites you to her storytelling session at the Children’s Library, featuring contemporary versions of traditional folk tales that will entertain the whole family. Gatotkaca’s Bird House is based on one of the characters in the South East Asian epic the Mahabharata and in wayang, traditional shadow puppet theatre. Debby is also […]

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March 24, 2019 2:30 pm March 24, 2019 2:30 pm Europe/London Storytelling and crafts with Debby Lukito Goeyardi Writers' Centre Norwich –

Indonesian storyteller Debby Lukito Goeyardi invites you to her storytelling session at the Children’s Library, featuring contemporary versions of traditional folk tales that will entertain the whole family. Gatotkaca’s Bird House is based on one of the characters in the South East Asian epic the Mahabharata and in wayang, traditional shadow puppet theatre. Debby is also […]

Children's Library, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 24 March
Children's Library, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library

2.30 - 4pm

Free & drop-in

Borders
Event
Monday 25 March

Dragon Hall Debate: Drawing the line – do we need borders?

As Brexit pushes the UK to redefine its relationships with neighbouring nations, we ask what borders do for us, and whether we need them at all. Daniel Trilling, journalist and author of Lights in the Distance, draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of refuge in a fractured Europe; Prof Sarah Barrow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor […]

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March 25, 2019 7:00 pm March 25, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London Dragon Hall Debate: Drawing the line – do we need borders? Writers' Centre Norwich –

As Brexit pushes the UK to redefine its relationships with neighbouring nations, we ask what borders do for us, and whether we need them at all. Daniel Trilling, journalist and author of Lights in the Distance, draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of refuge in a fractured Europe; Prof Sarah Barrow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 25 March
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Free - booking required

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Event
Monday 25 March

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Women

Great writing knows no borders: novelist and activist Elif Shafak recently revealed her selection of 10 of the finest UK women writers working today. Three of her choices will join her this evening to discuss their work, and writing by women across the world. Patience Agbabi is performer and poet. She tirelessly innovates a new relationship between the classics […]

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March 25, 2019 7:00 pm March 25, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Women Writers' Centre Norwich –

Great writing knows no borders: novelist and activist Elif Shafak recently revealed her selection of 10 of the finest UK women writers working today. Three of her choices will join her this evening to discuss their work, and writing by women across the world. Patience Agbabi is performer and poet. She tirelessly innovates a new relationship between the classics […]

Free Word Centre, London Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 25 March
Free Word Centre, London

7 - 8pm

£10 / £7 conc

Debby Lukito
Event
Saturday 30 March

Storytelling and puppet making family workshop

Fully booked! Join Indonesian children’s author and National Centre for Writing writer in residence, Debby Lukito Goeyardi, for a storytelling and puppet making workshop that is suitable for children aged 5 – 10 years. Hear Debby’s enchanting story of Gatotkaca’s Bird House, then try your hand at making rod puppets of characters from the book! […]

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March 30, 2019 12:00 pm March 30, 2019 12:00 pm Europe/London Storytelling and puppet making family workshop Writers' Centre Norwich –

Fully booked! Join Indonesian children’s author and National Centre for Writing writer in residence, Debby Lukito Goeyardi, for a storytelling and puppet making workshop that is suitable for children aged 5 – 10 years. Hear Debby’s enchanting story of Gatotkaca’s Bird House, then try your hand at making rod puppets of characters from the book! […]

Norwich Puppet Theatre Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 30 March
Norwich Puppet Theatre

12 - 2pm

Free - please book in advance

South Wing of the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
Event
Monday 1 April

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

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April 1, 2019 2:00 pm April 1, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 1 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

Free

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Workshop
Tuesday 9 April

Story of Your Life: Writing From Experience (16 – 25 Years)

Some of the most powerful and original stories ever written have come from real-life experiences. In this workshop designed for 16 – 25-year-olds, scriptwriter and storyteller Shey Hargreaves will share advice and practical tips on how to draw from the power of lived experience and use it to shape compelling, powerful art. You will look […]

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April 9, 2019 10:00 am April 9, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Story of Your Life: Writing From Experience (16 – 25 Years) Writers' Centre Norwich –

Some of the most powerful and original stories ever written have come from real-life experiences. In this workshop designed for 16 – 25-year-olds, scriptwriter and storyteller Shey Hargreaves will share advice and practical tips on how to draw from the power of lived experience and use it to shape compelling, powerful art. You will look […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 9 April

10am - 12noon

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free - please book in advance

Creative workshop for young people
Workshop
Thursday 11 April

Time to Write: Creative Writing Workshop for 11 – 13-Year-Olds

This two-hour workshop offers young people aged 11 – 13 years the time to explore their writing skills through fun, engaging prompts and activities – whether it’s poetry, prose or any other kind of writing they wish to develop! They will then have some uninterrupted time to get words onto the page with the support of […]

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April 11, 2019 10:00 am April 11, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Time to Write: Creative Writing Workshop for 11 – 13-Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

This two-hour workshop offers young people aged 11 – 13 years the time to explore their writing skills through fun, engaging prompts and activities – whether it’s poetry, prose or any other kind of writing they wish to develop! They will then have some uninterrupted time to get words onto the page with the support of […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 11 April

10 - 11.30am

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free – please book in advance

Young persons' workshop
Workshop
Friday 12 April

Time to Write: Creative Writing Workshop for 14 – 17-Year-Olds

This two-hour workshop offers young people aged 14 – 17 years the time to explore their writing skills through fun, engaging prompts and activities – whether it’s poetry, prose or any other kind of writing they wish to develop! They will then have some uninterrupted time to get words onto the page with the support […]

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April 12, 2019 12:00 pm April 12, 2019 12:00 pm Europe/London Time to Write: Creative Writing Workshop for 14 – 17-Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

This two-hour workshop offers young people aged 14 – 17 years the time to explore their writing skills through fun, engaging prompts and activities – whether it’s poetry, prose or any other kind of writing they wish to develop! They will then have some uninterrupted time to get words onto the page with the support […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 12 April

12 - 2.30pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free – please book in advance

South Wing of the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
Event
Monday 15 April

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

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April 15, 2019 2:00 pm April 15, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 15 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

Free

Dragon Hall Salon
Event
Tuesday 16 April

Dragon Hall Salon

Join Norwich’s writing community for a free evening of conversation, ideas and support each month. Open to anyone who makes, reads and works with words, the Dragon Hall Salon is an opportunity to grab a drink from the bar, meet people, cook up plans and compare notes, to talk books, and to hear what’s happening […]

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April 16, 2019 6:30 pm April 16, 2019 6:30 pm Europe/London Dragon Hall Salon Writers' Centre Norwich –

Join Norwich’s writing community for a free evening of conversation, ideas and support each month. Open to anyone who makes, reads and works with words, the Dragon Hall Salon is an opportunity to grab a drink from the bar, meet people, cook up plans and compare notes, to talk books, and to hear what’s happening […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 16 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

6.30 - 8.30pm

Free

Emily Wilson
Event
Wednesday 17 April

The W G Sebald Lecture 2019: Emily Wilson

Translating The Odyssey again: why and how? This year’s Sebald Lecture on Literary Translation is given by classicist Emily Wilson, whose 2017 English translation of Homer’s Odyssey – the first by a woman – was met with widespread critical acclaim. Why translate The Odyssey into English yet again, when there have already been almost seventy […]

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April 17, 2019 7:00 pm April 17, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London The W G Sebald Lecture 2019: Emily Wilson Writers' Centre Norwich –

Translating The Odyssey again: why and how? This year’s Sebald Lecture on Literary Translation is given by classicist Emily Wilson, whose 2017 English translation of Homer’s Odyssey – the first by a woman – was met with widespread critical acclaim. Why translate The Odyssey into English yet again, when there have already been almost seventy […]

Knowledge Centre, British Library Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 17 April
Knowledge Centre, British Library

7 - 8pm

£12 / £8 under 18s

Jen Campbell, MIchael Donkor and Ben Johncock
Workshop
Saturday 27 April

The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Benjamin Johncock

A day packed full of inspiration, practical advice and insider knowledge to help you set your goals and fulfill your writing ambitions. Hear from Michael Donkor (‘warm and accomplished’ – Guardian), Jen Campbell (a Sunday Times bestseller) and Benjamin Johncock (‘great skill and some nerve’ – Guardian) on how to pursue publication, how to make a living from writing and how […]

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April 27, 2019 10:00 am April 27, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Benjamin Johncock Writers' Centre Norwich –

A day packed full of inspiration, practical advice and insider knowledge to help you set your goals and fulfill your writing ambitions. Hear from Michael Donkor (‘warm and accomplished’ – Guardian), Jen Campbell (a Sunday Times bestseller) and Benjamin Johncock (‘great skill and some nerve’ – Guardian) on how to pursue publication, how to make a living from writing and how […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 27 April

10am - 4pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

£55 / £45 conc

Workshop
Wednesday 1 May

How to Make a Poem – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing poetry? This two-hour workshop led by Forward Poetry Prize-winner Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to read and listen to examples of great poems, […]

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May 1, 2019 4:00 pm May 1, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London How to Make a Poem – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing poetry? This two-hour workshop led by Forward Poetry Prize-winner Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to read and listen to examples of great poems, […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 1 May

4 - 6pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free - please book in advance

Boiler House Press
Event
Thursday 2 May

UEA Live: Boiler House Press

Boiler House Press is a new publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and everything in-between. They are based at the University of East Anglia, home of the world-renowned Creative Writing MA, and a burgeoning world centre for creative-critical writing studies. Boiler House are passionate about writing that breaks a mould; that surprises; that plays with-and-between the creative and […]

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May 2, 2019 7:00 pm May 2, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London UEA Live: Boiler House Press Writers' Centre Norwich –

Boiler House Press is a new publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and everything in-between. They are based at the University of East Anglia, home of the world-renowned Creative Writing MA, and a burgeoning world centre for creative-critical writing studies. Boiler House are passionate about writing that breaks a mould; that surprises; that plays with-and-between the creative and […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 2 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7 - 9pm

Free

Online Course
Tuesday 7 May

Start Writing Crime Fiction with Julia Crouch

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks Crime fiction is the biggest-selling genre in the UK and this course will help you to incorporate its building blocks into your own writing. You will explore the genre’s themes and appeal, looking at creating credible worlds and characters, developing and structuring story and building page-turning, tension-filled scenes. On […]

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May 7, 2019 9:00 am May 7, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London Start Writing Crime Fiction with Julia Crouch Writers' Centre Norwich –

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks Crime fiction is the biggest-selling genre in the UK and this course will help you to incorporate its building blocks into your own writing. You will explore the genre’s themes and appeal, looking at creating credible worlds and characters, developing and structuring story and building page-turning, tension-filled scenes. On […]

Online Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 7 May

12 weeks

Online

£450 (book by 20 March for early bird rate of £405)

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Online Course
Tuesday 7 May

Writing Fiction: Next Steps with Monique Roffey

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 24 weeks This course builds on the expertise acquired at an introductory level and introduces more depth and a wider range of reading and approaches to fiction. At this level, you will acquire and experiment with more techniques, broaden the possibilities you’re ready to explore in your writing, and reconnect […]

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May 7, 2019 9:00 am May 7, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London Writing Fiction: Next Steps with Monique Roffey Writers' Centre Norwich –

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 24 weeks This course builds on the expertise acquired at an introductory level and introduces more depth and a wider range of reading and approaches to fiction. At this level, you will acquire and experiment with more techniques, broaden the possibilities you’re ready to explore in your writing, and reconnect […]

Online Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 7 May

24 weeks

Online

£900

Online Course
Tuesday 7 May

Start Writing Fiction with Eliza Robertson

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks You will learn the components of strong short fiction with the guidance and feedback of a published author. Together, we will explore how to build credible characters, develop a narrative and plot, read like a writer and edit our own work. This course is designed for people who […]

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May 7, 2019 9:00 am May 7, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London Start Writing Fiction with Eliza Robertson Writers' Centre Norwich –

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks You will learn the components of strong short fiction with the guidance and feedback of a published author. Together, we will explore how to build credible characters, develop a narrative and plot, read like a writer and edit our own work. This course is designed for people who […]

Online Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 7 May

12 weeks

Online

£450 (book by 20 March for early bird rate of £405)

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Online Course
Tuesday 7 May

Start Writing Creative Non-Fiction with Keiron Pim

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks This course will help aspiring authors develop the skills and techniques required to write a non-fiction book, be it a biography, a memoir, reportage or another of the many flourishing forms within this exciting field of writing. Whether you have started to write and would like help moving […]

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May 7, 2019 9:00 am May 7, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London Start Writing Creative Non-Fiction with Keiron Pim Writers' Centre Norwich –

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks This course will help aspiring authors develop the skills and techniques required to write a non-fiction book, be it a biography, a memoir, reportage or another of the many flourishing forms within this exciting field of writing. Whether you have started to write and would like help moving […]

Online Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 7 May

12 weeks

Online

£450 (book by 20 March for early bird rate of £405)

Online Course
Tuesday 7 May

An Introduction to Scriptwriting with Molly Naylor

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks This course is an introduction to scriptwriting and is designed for writers who are just starting to explore scripts. You will learn the mechanisms of working across a variety of script forms: TV, film, theatre and radio. You’ll discover ways to generate ideas and turn them into stories, […]

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May 7, 2019 9:00 am May 7, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London An Introduction to Scriptwriting with Molly Naylor Writers' Centre Norwich –

Begins Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks This course is an introduction to scriptwriting and is designed for writers who are just starting to explore scripts. You will learn the mechanisms of working across a variety of script forms: TV, film, theatre and radio. You’ll discover ways to generate ideas and turn them into stories, […]

Online Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 7 May

12 weeks

Online

£450 (book by 20 March for early bird rate of £405)

Engage! Young Professionals
Event
Saturday 11 May

Handover – Literary Festival in a Day

All will be revealed! Check the website for updates Are you prepared to hand over the Festival? Join a group of young change-makers as they explore social activism and create a space to question ideas and controversies. Handover is a brand-new festival in a day programmed and promoted by young people, featuring dynamic events which […]

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May 11, 2019 10:00 am May 11, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Handover – Literary Festival in a Day Writers' Centre Norwich –

All will be revealed! Check the website for updates Are you prepared to hand over the Festival? Join a group of young change-makers as they explore social activism and create a space to question ideas and controversies. Handover is a brand-new festival in a day programmed and promoted by young people, featuring dynamic events which […]

TBC Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 11 May
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All day

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Online Course
Monday 13 May

Start Writing Poetry with Helen Ivory

Begins Tuesday 13 May for 12 weeks Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you’re new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join Helen Ivory on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. You’ll read inspiring poets, explore how poems take shape, and begin to create and […]

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May 13, 2019 9:00 am May 13, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London Start Writing Poetry with Helen Ivory Writers' Centre Norwich –

Begins Tuesday 13 May for 12 weeks Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you’re new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join Helen Ivory on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. You’ll read inspiring poets, explore how poems take shape, and begin to create and […]

Online Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 13 May

12 weeks

Online

£450 (book by 20 March for early bird rate of £405)

Ali Smith
Event
Tuesday 21 May

Ali Smith, Spring

We are thrilled to welcome back the Baileys and Goldsmiths prize-winning, Man Booker shortlisted author for the next instalment in her remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet. Ali Smith is one of our generation’s warmest, wittiest and finest writers. ‘Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love’ – Deborah Levy […]

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May 21, 2019 7:00 pm May 21, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London Ali Smith, Spring Writers' Centre Norwich –

We are thrilled to welcome back the Baileys and Goldsmiths prize-winning, Man Booker shortlisted author for the next instalment in her remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet. Ali Smith is one of our generation’s warmest, wittiest and finest writers. ‘Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love’ – Deborah Levy […]

Norwich Playhouse Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 21 May
Norwich Playhouse

7 - 8pm

£12 / £10.20 conc

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Workshop
Wednesday 22 May

How to Write a Script – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing a script for the stage or screen? This two-hour workshop led by award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to […]

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May 22, 2019 4:00 pm May 22, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London How to Write a Script – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing a script for the stage or screen? This two-hour workshop led by award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 22 May

4 - 6pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free - please book in advance

Hannah Jane Walker
Event
Thursday 23 May

Highly Sensitive – Hannah Jane Walker

World Premiere We are primed to believe that extroverted speakers can be trusted, and that sensitivity is a weakness… but are we selling ourselves short? In her highly-anticipated solo stage show, writer and performer Hannah Jane Walker will use stories, games and poetry to investigate toughness, authority and how weakness might just be our strongest […]

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May 23, 2019 7:00 pm May 23, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London Highly Sensitive – Hannah Jane Walker Writers' Centre Norwich –

World Premiere We are primed to believe that extroverted speakers can be trusted, and that sensitivity is a weakness… but are we selling ourselves short? In her highly-anticipated solo stage show, writer and performer Hannah Jane Walker will use stories, games and poetry to investigate toughness, authority and how weakness might just be our strongest […]

Norwich Arts Centre Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 23 May
Norwich Arts Centre

7 - 8pm

£12 / £10.20 conc

Aida Edemariam and Sinéad Gleeson
Event
Friday 24 May

Universal Women – with Aida Edemariam and Sinéad Gleeson

Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam and award-winning writer Sinéad Gleeson present two intimate portrayals of ‘ordinary’ women who find boldness and bravery within the constraints of their bodies, time and place. Examining art, memory, gender, grief, and our ways of seeing, their writing is both deeply personal and universal in its resonance. In The Wife’s Tale, […]

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May 24, 2019 10:30 am May 24, 2019 10:30 am Europe/London Universal Women – with Aida Edemariam and Sinéad Gleeson Writers' Centre Norwich –

Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam and award-winning writer Sinéad Gleeson present two intimate portrayals of ‘ordinary’ women who find boldness and bravery within the constraints of their bodies, time and place. Examining art, memory, gender, grief, and our ways of seeing, their writing is both deeply personal and universal in its resonance. In The Wife’s Tale, […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 24 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

10.30 - 11.30am

£8

Dragon Hall
Event
Friday 24 May

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall: home to the National Centre for Writing

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a […]

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May 24, 2019 11:00 am May 24, 2019 11:00 am Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall: home to the National Centre for Writing Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 24 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

11am - 12noon

Free - suggested donation £5

Kerry Hudson
Event
Friday 24 May

Kerry Hudson – Lowborn

Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. Twenty years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a prizewinning […]

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May 24, 2019 12:30 pm May 24, 2019 12:30 pm Europe/London Kerry Hudson – Lowborn Writers' Centre Norwich –

Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. Twenty years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a prizewinning […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 24 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

12.30 - 1.30pm

£8

'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' by Kate Clanchy
Event
Friday 24 May

Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me

with Kate Clanchy Kate Clanchy, a prize-winning poet, wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. In this interactive event based on her candid, funny and moving new book, she invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her 30-year career, and to celebrate […]

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May 24, 2019 2:00 pm May 24, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Kate Clanchy Kate Clanchy, a prize-winning poet, wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. In this interactive event based on her candid, funny and moving new book, she invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her 30-year career, and to celebrate […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 24 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

2 - 3pm

£8

Sarah Hall and Lila Azam Zanganeh
Event
Friday 24 May

Sarah Hall in conversation with Lila Azam Zanganeh

Eavesdrop on an intimate conversation between two of the most influential and critically-acclaimed writers of our day: Man Booker Prize judge and nominee Sarah Hall and New York Times/Paris Review contributor and Nabokov expert Lila Azam Zanganeh. Together, they will indulge in a no-holds-barred discussion of sex, death and everything in between. ‘The woman is […]

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May 24, 2019 2:30 pm May 24, 2019 2:30 pm Europe/London Sarah Hall in conversation with Lila Azam Zanganeh Writers' Centre Norwich –

Eavesdrop on an intimate conversation between two of the most influential and critically-acclaimed writers of our day: Man Booker Prize judge and nominee Sarah Hall and New York Times/Paris Review contributor and Nabokov expert Lila Azam Zanganeh. Together, they will indulge in a no-holds-barred discussion of sex, death and everything in between. ‘The woman is […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 24 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

2.30 - 3.30pm

£8

Adelaide Ivánova and Rachel Long
Event
Friday 24 May

Dragon Hall After Dark

with Adelaide Ivánova and Rachel Long Join us for an hour of empowering conversation and beautiful poetry from Brazilian poet, activist and artist Adelaide Ivánova and her translator Rachel Long. Ivánova’s award-winning collection, The Hammer, explores the slippery, politically fraught concepts of rape, adultery, trauma and power, ultimately tracing a path of psychic survival through […]

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May 24, 2019 7:30 pm May 24, 2019 7:30 pm Europe/London Dragon Hall After Dark Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Adelaide Ivánova and Rachel Long Join us for an hour of empowering conversation and beautiful poetry from Brazilian poet, activist and artist Adelaide Ivánova and her translator Rachel Long. Ivánova’s award-winning collection, The Hammer, explores the slippery, politically fraught concepts of rape, adultery, trauma and power, ultimately tracing a path of psychic survival through […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Friday 24 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7.30 - 8.30pm

£8

Event
Saturday 25 May

Epic Continent – with Nicholas Jubber

Our greatest works of literature are often inspired by moments of seismic change. Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent’s most enduring epic poems – from the Odyssey to Beowulf – to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they […]

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May 25, 2019 10:00 am May 25, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Epic Continent – with Nicholas Jubber Writers' Centre Norwich –

Our greatest works of literature are often inspired by moments of seismic change. Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent’s most enduring epic poems – from the Odyssey to Beowulf – to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

10 - 11am

£8

Jan Carson
Workshop
Saturday 25 May

Workshop: Postcard Stories with Jan Carson

Jan Carson is an award-winning writer and master of flash fiction. Using examples from her 2017 collection Postcard Stories, she will teach you the art of writing and editing a truly memorable ‘short short’ story: how to condense your thoughts, make use of your time, and experiment with form and language. Jan Carson Jan Carson […]

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May 25, 2019 10:00 am May 25, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Workshop: Postcard Stories with Jan Carson Writers' Centre Norwich –

Jan Carson is an award-winning writer and master of flash fiction. Using examples from her 2017 collection Postcard Stories, she will teach you the art of writing and editing a truly memorable ‘short short’ story: how to condense your thoughts, make use of your time, and experiment with form and language. Jan Carson Jan Carson […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May

10am - 12noon

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

£35 / £31.50

Event
Saturday 25 May

Portrait of an Anxious Nation

with Tom Bolton & James Meek Since the referendum in 2016, the nation has been split into two; one-half dreaming of leaving, the other of remaining. Tom Bolton (Low Country, Vanished City) and James Meek (Private Island, 2015 Orwell Prize winner) have searched the UK landscape for political folk legends and forgotten stories which may […]

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May 25, 2019 11:30 am May 25, 2019 11:30 am Europe/London Portrait of an Anxious Nation Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Tom Bolton & James Meek Since the referendum in 2016, the nation has been split into two; one-half dreaming of leaving, the other of remaining. Tom Bolton (Low Country, Vanished City) and James Meek (Private Island, 2015 Orwell Prize winner) have searched the UK landscape for political folk legends and forgotten stories which may […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

11.30am - 12.30pm

£8

Priyamvada Gopal
Event
Saturday 25 May

The Empire Speaks Back – with Priyamvada Gopal

Priyamvada Gopal is a senior academic and critical public figure who regularly draws attention to racism and sexism in Britain. Join her for the launch of Insurgent Empire; a timely discussion of empire and an alternative history of our country’s proud tradition of dissent. Priyamvada will be joined on stage by Chitra Ramaswamy, a freelance journalist and […]

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May 25, 2019 1:00 pm May 25, 2019 1:00 pm Europe/London The Empire Speaks Back – with Priyamvada Gopal Writers' Centre Norwich –

Priyamvada Gopal is a senior academic and critical public figure who regularly draws attention to racism and sexism in Britain. Join her for the launch of Insurgent Empire; a timely discussion of empire and an alternative history of our country’s proud tradition of dissent. Priyamvada will be joined on stage by Chitra Ramaswamy, a freelance journalist and […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

1 - 2pm

£8

Dragon Hall
Event
Saturday 25 May

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall: home to the National Centre for Writing

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a […]

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May 25, 2019 2:00 pm May 25, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall: home to the National Centre for Writing Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

2 - 3pm

Free - suggested donation £5

Sarah Perry
Event
Saturday 25 May

Harriet Martineau Lecture: Sarah Perry

The Harriet Martineau Lecture celebrates the legacy of a remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work. This year we welcome Sarah Perry, the Norwich-based author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth. Supported by The Martineau Society. ‘Perry’s masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great […]

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May 25, 2019 2:30 pm May 25, 2019 2:30 pm Europe/London Harriet Martineau Lecture: Sarah Perry Writers' Centre Norwich –

The Harriet Martineau Lecture celebrates the legacy of a remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work. This year we welcome Sarah Perry, the Norwich-based author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth. Supported by The Martineau Society. ‘Perry’s masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

2.30 - 3.30pm

£12 / £10.20 conc

Book and flowers
Event
Saturday 25 May

Page Against the Machine

with The Book Hive When was the last time you sat in the sun and enjoyed a good book? Join us for the first outdoor Page Against the Machine in partnership with The Book Hive and Stranger’s Hall Museum. BYOB (Bring your own book), grab a cool drink and turn off your phone for a […]

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May 25, 2019 4:00 pm May 25, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London Page Against the Machine Writers' Centre Norwich –

with The Book Hive When was the last time you sat in the sun and enjoyed a good book? Join us for the first outdoor Page Against the Machine in partnership with The Book Hive and Stranger’s Hall Museum. BYOB (Bring your own book), grab a cool drink and turn off your phone for a […]

The Knot Garden, Strangers’ Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
The Knot Garden, Strangers’ Hall

4 - 5.30pm

Free - please book in advance

Inua Ellams
Event
Saturday 25 May

Fire & Rain

with Jan Carson and Inua Ellams Two spectacular new voices in literature transport us into wildly magical settings. The Fire Starters by Jan Carson is a tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice that fizzes with wonder. The Half-God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams is an epic story and lyrical exploration of pride, power and […]

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May 25, 2019 6:00 pm May 25, 2019 6:00 pm Europe/London Fire & Rain Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Jan Carson and Inua Ellams Two spectacular new voices in literature transport us into wildly magical settings. The Fire Starters by Jan Carson is a tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice that fizzes with wonder. The Half-God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams is an epic story and lyrical exploration of pride, power and […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

6 - 7pm

£8

Salt Publishing books
Event
Saturday 25 May

Celebrating 20 Years of Salt

with Andrew Cowan, S.A. Harris, Andrew McDonnell and Simon Okotie We take enormous pleasure in celebrating 20 years of Salt Publishing, one of the UK foremost independent publishers based in Cromer, Norfolk. Join us for the launch of four highly-anticipated titles; Your Fault by Andrew Cowan, Haverscroft by S.A. Harris, The Somnambulist Cookbook by Andrew […]

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May 25, 2019 7:30 pm May 25, 2019 7:30 pm Europe/London Celebrating 20 Years of Salt Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Andrew Cowan, S.A. Harris, Andrew McDonnell and Simon Okotie We take enormous pleasure in celebrating 20 years of Salt Publishing, one of the UK foremost independent publishers based in Cromer, Norfolk. Join us for the launch of four highly-anticipated titles; Your Fault by Andrew Cowan, Haverscroft by S.A. Harris, The Somnambulist Cookbook by Andrew […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 25 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7.30 - 8.30pm

£8

'Nine Pints' by Rose George
Event
Sunday 26 May

The Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood

with Rose George Why is blood such a taboo subject? In Nine Pints, Guardian journalist and acclaimed writer Rose George begins by donating to the NHS Blood and Transport Service. From there, she spans science and politics, storytelling and global epidemics to tell an astonishing account of this life-giving substance. ‘An absorbing, vital book by […]

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May 26, 2019 10:00 am May 26, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London The Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Rose George Why is blood such a taboo subject? In Nine Pints, Guardian journalist and acclaimed writer Rose George begins by donating to the NHS Blood and Transport Service. From there, she spans science and politics, storytelling and global epidemics to tell an astonishing account of this life-giving substance. ‘An absorbing, vital book by […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 26 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

10 - 11am

£8

Dragon Hall
Event
Sunday 26 May

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall: home to the National Centre for Writing

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a […]

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May 26, 2019 11:00 am May 26, 2019 11:00 am Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall: home to the National Centre for Writing Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 26 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

11am - 12noon

Free - suggested donation £5

'The Spectacle of Illusion'
Event
Sunday 26 May

The Spectacle of Illusion – with Matthew Tompkins

In The Spectacle of Illusion, professional magician-turned-psychologist Matthew Tompkins traces the evolution of the arts of magic and illusion. Featuring witches, magicians, illusionists, hypnotists, mediums and faith heals, Tompkins provides a taste of their tricks and how illusions have been used to sway belief and fool people. Part of the Wellcome Collection’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ […]

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May 26, 2019 11:30 am May 26, 2019 11:30 am Europe/London The Spectacle of Illusion – with Matthew Tompkins Writers' Centre Norwich –

In The Spectacle of Illusion, professional magician-turned-psychologist Matthew Tompkins traces the evolution of the arts of magic and illusion. Featuring witches, magicians, illusionists, hypnotists, mediums and faith heals, Tompkins provides a taste of their tricks and how illusions have been used to sway belief and fool people. Part of the Wellcome Collection’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 26 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

11.30am - 12.30pm

£8

'Unnatural Causes'
Event
Sunday 26 May

Unnatural Causes – with Dr Richard Shepherd

Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist, working on some of the most high-profile cases of the past 30 years such as Harold Shipman and Stephen Lawrence. Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year; a thoughtful, revealing, chilling and bizarre record of an extraordinary life and profession. ‘An absolutely brilliant […]

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May 26, 2019 1:00 pm May 26, 2019 1:00 pm Europe/London Unnatural Causes – with Dr Richard Shepherd Writers' Centre Norwich –

Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist, working on some of the most high-profile cases of the past 30 years such as Harold Shipman and Stephen Lawrence. Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year; a thoughtful, revealing, chilling and bizarre record of an extraordinary life and profession. ‘An absolutely brilliant […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 26 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

1 - 2pm

£8

Granta Magazine
Event
Sunday 26 May

The Path to Publication: 40 Years of Granta magazine

with Ian Jack and Sigrid Rausing From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, Granta magazine has been publishing intelligent, ground-breaking writing for 40 years. Over the years it has featured Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, Julian Barnes, Maggie O’Farrell, Sally Rooney, Han Kang and many others. Here, Granta editor Sigrid Rausing and […]

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May 26, 2019 3:00 pm May 26, 2019 3:00 pm Europe/London The Path to Publication: 40 Years of Granta magazine Writers' Centre Norwich –

with Ian Jack and Sigrid Rausing From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, Granta magazine has been publishing intelligent, ground-breaking writing for 40 years. Over the years it has featured Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, Julian Barnes, Maggie O’Farrell, Sally Rooney, Han Kang and many others. Here, Granta editor Sigrid Rausing and […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 26 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

3 - 4pm

£8

Arunava Sinh leading a session at the BCLT International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School (c) Anita Staff
Workshop
Sunday 21 July

International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School

Delivered by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with the National Centre for Writing. The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. For most language-specific workshops, groups work on a collaborative translation with the author in residence and workshop leader. For […]

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July 21, 2019 9:00 am July 21, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School Writers' Centre Norwich –

Delivered by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with the National Centre for Writing. The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. For most language-specific workshops, groups work on a collaborative translation with the author in residence and workshop leader. For […]

University of East Anglia, Norwich Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 21 July

Runs until 27 July

University of East Anglia, Norwich

£700 / £400