Event

Common People (cancelled)

Saturday 23 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
4.30 - 5.30pm
£7.50

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled

For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

Book jacket for the Common People antholoyJenny Knight and Eva Verde both featured in the celebrated anthology Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, edited by Kit de Waal. Together, they will explore common themes of loss and love in their writing, and the process of working towards their full-length debuts.

Jenny and Eva’s conversation will be chaired by Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink, who also featured in the Common People anthology.

Read: ‘Common People review – a valuable anthology of working-class writers’ (Guardian, May 2019)

Born and bred in rural Suffolk, Jenny Knight is a freelance copywriter and editor living in South Norfolk with her husband and two teenage sons. She was a contributor to the celebrated Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers, edited by Kit de Waal. A prize-winning writer of short fiction and memoir, she attended PRH WriteNow 2018 and her work has won or been highly listed in many competitions, including the Bridport, Fish Memoir, SSWJ, and a 2019 Arts Council/TLC award. Her writing has appeared in several publications and she’s written two novels. She’s currently submitting her first full-length memoir.

Eva Verde is a writer from Forest Gate, East London and is of dual heritage. Identity, class and otherness are recurring themes throughout her work as she studies towards an MA in Creative Writing. Her memoir piece, ‘I am not your Tituba’ was recently selected to form part of Kit De Waal’s Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers, with Unbound. She is long-listed for the unpublished category first Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 for her debut book Little Lives Like Mine. Eva lives in Essex with her husband and three daughters.

Cathy Rentzenbrink was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London, where she works as a writer and journalist. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

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

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May 23, 2020 4:30 pm May 23, 2020 4:30 pm Europe/London Common People (cancelled) Writers' Centre Norwich –

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. Jenny Knight and Eva Verde both featured in the celebrated anthology Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, edited by […]

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