Kolkata and Norwich have over fifteen hundred years of literary history between them. Despite enormous differences, literature is each city’s shared and defining art form and provides the cultural and historical thread that runs through the histories of their city regions, communities and identities.
Home to radical re-thinkers of the literary arts – from Thomas Browne and Ishwar Chandra Vidysagar to WG Sebald and Amitav Ghosh – the cities are connected by a commitment to cultural exchange through creative writing and literary translation.
Writing Places is a creative writing and literary translation project exploring the connections between writing and place in Kolkata and Norwich. It is a partnership between the National Centre for Writing, the University of East Anglia, the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT), the Kolkata Literary Meet, Seagull Books, and the Centre for the Translation of Indian Literatures at Jadavpur University.
It is supported by the British Council and Arts Council England ReImagine India fund as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.