Support writers by purchasing a literary screen print (or two!)
Help us to raise £8,000 to support early-career writers whose voices are under-represented on UK bookshelves


Love our Julian of Norwich ‘All Shall Be Well’ screen print? We have exciting news for you! NCW has launched a new suite of literary screen prints featuring quotes by Norwich literary icons: Meir ben Elijah, England’s only medieval Hebrew poet; physician, philosopher, polymath and author Sir Thomas Browne; and Harriet Martineau, a journalist and writer, regarded by many as the first significant British woman sociologist.

Purchase any print(s) and your money will go towards our Escalator fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 in support of under-represented writers at the beginning of their career.

A5 prints are £10 each. A4 prints are £15. A3 prints are £20. We’ve also got a new, limited edition tote bag bundle! Free UK p&p (we also ship worldwide!).

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About the Escalator campaign

Each year, our Escalator Talent Development Programme supports early-career writers in the East of England by providing eight months of mentoring, training, guidance and networking. These writers have stories to tell that are ambitious, challenging, unconventional and affecting, but their voices are often under-represented on UK bookshelves.

Years of austerity and funding cuts have made funding through traditional means increasingly difficult, so this year we are asking for your help to raise £8,000 to ensure we are able to continue providing essential support to writers through the Escalator programme.

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Hear from our alumni

To date Escalator has supported over 130 writers, many of whom have gone on to sign with agents, publish and win awards and critical recognition for their writing.

Nicola Upson, who found her first agent through the Escalator Talent Development Scheme, says:

‘When you support a campaign like Escalator, you’re not just funding one project or one writer, you’re opening up endless possibilities and making a tangible, positive change. You’re creating communities and bringing people together in a way that’s rare and precious. You might even be saving someone’s life.’

‘When you support a campaign like Escalator, you’re not just funding one project or one writer, you’re opening up endless possibilities and making a tangible, positive change.’

Anni Domingo, Escalator alumni and author of Breaking the Maafa Chain, says:

‘The Escalator programme gives writers from underrepresented backgrounds the chance to develop their professional and artistic potential. It helps to create opportunities to kick-start careers, including gaining limited access to networks and industry knowledge. Writers from groups that are underrepresented, especially those outside of the capital, find that they have limited representation in existing published works, and opportunities appear inaccessible and exclusive. By focusing on writers who are underrepresented in this region Escalator gives us a chance to deal with themes not usually seen and voices not usually heard.’

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Other ways to help

Make a donation

You can make a single donation online, in person at Dragon Hall, or by post.

  • £25 pays for one writer to attend a key professional development workshop
  • £250 covers the cost for the entire Escalator cohort to attend a tailored professional development workshop on editing, performance or voice training
  • £1,250 pays for the mentoring of one writer for the duration of their time on Escalator
  • £2,000 covers the entire cost of an Escalator writer

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Spread the word

Tell your friends and family about the Escalator campaign, share on social media, and encourage everyone to purchase a screen print. All purchases and donations, whether large or small, make a real difference to NCW and our work.

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