Our Young Ambassador programme, launched in 2016, aims for every school in Norfolk to have a UNESCO City of Literature champion. These ambassadors share a love of reading, writing and books in their schools and local communities and spread the word of Norwich as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

The ambassadors get behind-the-scenes passes to festivals, events and performances and get opportunities to interview writers and artists. They can take part in workshops to support their professional development including presenting in public. Each Ambassador is assigned a mentor to help them identify and reach their own goals.

In 2017, the brand new Young Norfolk Writers Competition Arts Award project saw students plan and deliver a marketing campaign in their school communities, organising entries into a long-list, run the awards ceremony and participate in a performance poetry workshop with Guest Judge Matt Windle’s, the poet with punch.

Meet our Young Ambassadors for 2018 >>

Moby Wells, Heathersett Academy, Yr. 10: ‘I was nervous at first but at the first day of training I was able to give a small talk which went surprisingly well because all the other people are so nice, it coaxed me out of my shell. My mentor Sophie has really gone out of her way to help me. I know the Ambassador programme could be lots of work but I feel I can do it because my mentor is there to help.’ 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss Young Ambassadors further, please email victoria@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or call 01603 877177

Read about the experiences of some of our previous Young Ambassadors