The Norwich Showcase

An International Platform For British Writing

09th-13th March 2012

"We hope that as a result of this first Norwich Showcase, we are able to 
inspire new partnerships, ideas and work within the UK and internationally.” Chris Gribble, Writers' Centre Norwich

The international platform for British writing and literature development called the Norwich Showcase, presented by Writers' Centre Norwich and British Council ran from March 09th – March 13th in venues across Norwich.

The Norwich Showcase introduced international literature specialists to innovative British writers and translators and brought together literature specialists from across the world, literature organisations from the UK and some of the best writers out of the UK.

Watch this film for an overview of the Norwich Showcase and find out how our international delegates got on.


Take a look at some of the images from the Norwich Showcase on Flickr.

Catch up with the events

Events were filmed and live streamed on Friday 09th and all day on Monday 12th March. Click here to view the following events: 

Poetry Readings with Lavinia Greenlaw and Hannah Lowe

Watch Hannah Lowe read at the Norwich Showcase.

New Fictions Reading with Joe Dunthorne, Yvvette Edwards and Ross Raisin

Watch Joe Dunthorne at the Norwich Showcase.

Watch Yvette Edwards at the Norwich Showcase.

Watch Ross Raisin at the Norwich Showcase.

Historical Fiction Panel and Reading with Sarah Dunant, Mark Mills and Rebecca Stott

Watch Sarah Dunant at the Norwich Showcase.

Watch Mark Mills at the Norwich Showcase.

Watch Rebecca Stott at the Norwich Showcase.

Translation Slam with Daniel Hahn, Ros Schwartz and Frank Wynne

Poetry Panel and Reading with Lavinia Greenlaw, David Harsent and Frances Leviston

Watch David Harsent at the Norwich Showcase.

Watch Frances Leviston at the Norwich Showcase.


Blogposts and Articles from Norwich Showcase Delegates

Umapagan Ampikaipakan writes a blog for the British Council and a longer article for New Straits Times.

Chandrahas Choudhury writes about his experiences at the Showcase on his blog The Middle Stage.

Sahar Elmoughy describes her time at the Showcase for the British Council.

Briony Everroad writes for Vintage about her participation in the Showcase.

Rajni George interviews fellow Showcase attendee Lakshmi Holmstrom.

Martin Janowski explains what he enjoyed about his time in Norwich.

Nicholas Laughlin talks about the Norwich Showcase.

Toni Marquez writes in Portuguese about his Norwich Showcase experience. (Open the page in Google Chrome and click the translate button for a rough translation)

Watch out for podcasts soon on the following topics:

6 X 8 Delegate Presentations 
Interested in finding out more about the delegates from around the world? Listen to their fascinating presentations here soon. Each delegate had eight minutes to tell us about the work they do and it was really enlightening stuff.


Lavinia Greenlaw and Hannah Lowe

Emily Berry, Kei Miller and Tom Warner

Moniza Alvi, Adam Foulds and George Szirtes

Lavinia Greenlaw, David Harsent and Frances Leviston.

Live Literature
Live Literature Shorts from Molly Naylor and Luke Wright
Literary Death Match with Francesca Beard, Siddhartha Bose, Martin Figura and Ross Sutherland. 

New Fictions 

Samantha Harvey, Anjali Joseph and Evie Wyld.

Joe Dunthorne, Yvvette Edwards and Ross Raisin.

Granta: A Cultural Space
Granta Deputy Editor Ellah Allfrey in conversation about new writing, literature beyond the book and how the magazine is evolving.

Literature, Internationalism And Change
Featuring Chris Gribble, Susanna Nicklin, Jonathan Heawood and special guests.

Writing Landscapes
Readings and discussion with Robert Macfarlane and Adam Foulds. Hosted by Jon Cook.

On Translation
Featuring readings from Lakshmi Holmström and Adam Thirlwell and discussion with Briony Everroad. Hosted by Valerie Henitiuk of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

Historical Fiction
Readings and discussion with Sarah Dunant, Mark Mills and Rebecca Stott.

Translation Slam
Featuring Daniel Hahn, Ros Schwartz and Frank Wynne.
Creative Non-Fiction
Readings and discussions with William Fiennes, Kathryn Hughes and Alexander Masters.

Fiction and Forms
Readings and discussion with Tom McCarthy and Jon McGregor. Hosted by Christopher Bigsby.

View the conversation on Twitter and say hello on the hashtag: #LitShowcase12 

The Norwich Showcase International Delegates:

Fatma Cihan Akkartal (Turkey) – Kalem Copyrite Agency 
Umapagan Ampikaipakan (Malaysia) – New Straits Times 
Doreen Baingana (Uganda) – FEMRITE Ugandan Women Writers Association
Chandrahas Choudhury (India) – The Caravan Magazine 
Najwan Darwish (Palestine) Palfest
Sahar Elmougy (Egypt) – Cairo University 
Rajni George (India)- Punctum
Theotonius Gomes (Bangladesh) – Brine Pickles
Tsila Hayun - (Israel) Hotam Cultural Projects
Nicholas Laughlin (Trinidad and Tobago) – The Caribbean Review of Books 
Peng Lun (China) – SHANGHAI 99 Readers Club 
Jorge Antonio Marques (Brazil) – FLUPP Festival 
Ryoichi Niimoto (Japan) – The Kyoto University of Art and Design
Martin Njaga (Kenya) – Storymoja Publishers
Marella Paramatti (Italy) – Festivaletteratura 
Devyani Saltzman (Canada) - Luminato Festival
Bogdan-Alexandru Stanescu (Romania) – Festivalul International de Literatura Bucuresti 
Bilal Tanweer (Pakistan) – LUMS UNIVERSITY 
Véronique Tadjo (From South African organisation/Nationality Côte d'Ivoire) – Wits Arts & Literature Experience (WALE) 

Full information about the international delegates and organisations.


Naomi Alderman, Moniza Alvi, Francesca Beard, Emily Berry, Christopher Bigsby, Siddhartha Bose, Jon Cook, Sarah Dunant, Joe Dunthorne, Yvvette Edwards, Briony Everroad, William Fiennes, Martin Figura, Adam Foulds, Lavinia Greenlaw, Daniel Hahn, David Harsent, Samantha Harvey, Lakshmi Holmström, Kathryn Hughes, Anjali Joseph, Frances Leviston, Hannah Lowe, Robert Macfarlane, Alexander Masters, Tom McCarthy, Jon McGregor, Kei Miller, Mark Mills, Molly Naylor, Don Paterson, Ross Raisin, Rebecca Stott, Ross Sutherland, George Szirtes, Adam Thirlwell, Tom Warner, Luke Wright and Evie Wyld

View Writer Biographies

UK Literature Organisations:

Ellah Alfrey - Granta
Julia Bird - Jaybird
Viv Bid - Booktrust
Kevin Conroy-Scott - Tibor Jones Associates
Peter Florence - Hay Festivals
Jonathan Heawood - English PEN
Naomi Jaffa- Poetry Trust
Lucy Macnab- Ministry of Stories
Claire Malcolm - New Writing North
Miranda McKearney - Reading Agency
Maria Moorwood- Arts Council England
Martin Pick - Tibor Jones Associates
Sophie Rochester - Literary Platform
Samantha Schnee - Words Without Borders
Stefan Tobler - And Other Stories
Katie Waldegrave - First Story

Full information about the UK organisations and representatives.

Find Out More About The Programme

Over the five days the delegates attended a series of readings, discussion and performances and allowed the writers and literature specialists to look at new ways of working together. The programme was designed to forge international ties, create connections and to encourage creative ideas that will germinate and continue to flourish long past the five days of the programme.

Download the full Norwich Showcase brochure.