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Monday 25 February

Dragon Hall Debate: Mobile phones – tyranny or liberation?

Mobile technology has taken over the world. We use it to communicate privately with loved ones and to publicly display edited highlights of our lives. In this debate, Gerard Parr MBE, Professor of Computing Sciences at UEA, and writer Olivia Sudjic will address whether our increasing reliance on mobile technology is a vehicle for liberation […]

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February 25, 2019 7:00 pm February 25, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London Dragon Hall Debate: Mobile phones – tyranny or liberation? Writers' Centre Norwich –

Mobile technology has taken over the world. We use it to communicate privately with loved ones and to publicly display edited highlights of our lives. In this debate, Gerard Parr MBE, Professor of Computing Sciences at UEA, and writer Olivia Sudjic will address whether our increasing reliance on mobile technology is a vehicle for liberation […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 25 February
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Free - booking required

South Wing of the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
Event
Monday 4 March

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

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March 4, 2019 4:00 pm March 4, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 4 March
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

Free

Reda Gaudiamo
Event
Saturday 9 March

Family storytelling with Reda Gaudiamo

Indonesian short story writer and singer Reda Gaudiamo will tell stories based on her new children’s book, The Adventures of Na Willa, published by Emma Press. This is a collection of the curious adventures and musings of a multicultural girl growing up in Indonesia with a Javanese mother and a Chinese-Indonesian father. In a time […]

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March 9, 2019 2:00 pm March 9, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Family storytelling with Reda Gaudiamo Writers' Centre Norwich –

Indonesian short story writer and singer Reda Gaudiamo will tell stories based on her new children’s book, The Adventures of Na Willa, published by Emma Press. This is a collection of the curious adventures and musings of a multicultural girl growing up in Indonesia with a Javanese mother and a Chinese-Indonesian father. In a time […]

Children’s Library, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 9 March
Children’s Library, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library

2 - 3pm

Free & drop-in

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Tuesday 12 March

LBF: Launch of the International Literature Showcase

Elif Shafak Introduces Her Selection of Some of the Best Women Writers Working in the UK Today Great writing knows no borders: novelist and women’s rights activist Elif Shafak will reveal her selection of some of the best women writers working today as part of a major new showcase of UK writing. The International Literature […]

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March 12, 2019 4:30 pm March 12, 2019 4:30 pm Europe/London LBF: Launch of the International Literature Showcase Writers' Centre Norwich –

Elif Shafak Introduces Her Selection of Some of the Best Women Writers Working in the UK Today Great writing knows no borders: novelist and women’s rights activist Elif Shafak will reveal her selection of some of the best women writers working today as part of a major new showcase of UK writing. The International Literature […]

English PEN Literary Salon Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 12 March
English PEN Literary Salon

4.30 - 5.30pm

Part of London Book Fair pass

Jan Carson
Event
Wednesday 13 March

LBF: Jan Carson in conversation with Peggy Hughes

Jan Carson in conversation with Peggy Hughes, Programme Director of the National Centre for Writing. Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard […]

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March 13, 2019 11:00 am March 13, 2019 11:00 am Europe/London LBF: Jan Carson in conversation with Peggy Hughes Writers' Centre Norwich –

Jan Carson in conversation with Peggy Hughes, Programme Director of the National Centre for Writing. Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard […]

English PEN Literary Salon, London Book Fair Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 13 March
English PEN Literary Salon, London Book Fair

11am - 12noon

Part of London Book Fair pass

Arunava Sinh leading a session at the BCLT International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School (c) Anita Staff
Event
Wednesday 13 March

LBF: What Can a Mentorship Do For You?

A discussion around the different forms of mentoring; what makes a successful mentorship; what are pitfalls; what is the impact, on translators and on the publishing industry more widely; what more is needed.  We will look at examples including the Emerging Translators Mentoring Scheme run by the National Centre for Writing, the Emerging Translator Mentorships […]

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March 13, 2019 1:00 pm March 13, 2019 1:00 pm Europe/London LBF: What Can a Mentorship Do For You? Writers' Centre Norwich –

A discussion around the different forms of mentoring; what makes a successful mentorship; what are pitfalls; what is the impact, on translators and on the publishing industry more widely; what more is needed.  We will look at examples including the Emerging Translators Mentoring Scheme run by the National Centre for Writing, the Emerging Translator Mentorships […]

Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 13 March
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

1 - 2pm

Part of London Book Fair pass

Paper and pencil
Workshop
Wednesday 13 March

How to Write a Story – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing a story? This two-hour workshop led by award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to read and listen to examples, […]

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March 13, 2019 4:00 pm March 13, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London How to Write a Story – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing a story? This two-hour workshop led by award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to read and listen to examples, […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 13 March

4 - 6pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free - please book in advance

Baltic flags
Event
Thursday 14 March

LBF: Literature in Translation – Baltic Books in the UK

Following the successful Baltic Countries Market Focus programme in 2018 we will explore the impact of this participation on the United Kingdom publishing market and how it has changed perceptions of literature from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Several UK publishers will discuss which books from the Baltics they have chosen to publish and why. They […]

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March 14, 2019 1:00 pm March 14, 2019 1:00 pm Europe/London LBF: Literature in Translation – Baltic Books in the UK Writers' Centre Norwich –

Following the successful Baltic Countries Market Focus programme in 2018 we will explore the impact of this participation on the United Kingdom publishing market and how it has changed perceptions of literature from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Several UK publishers will discuss which books from the Baltics they have chosen to publish and why. They […]

Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 14 March
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

1 - 2pm

Part of London Book Fair pass

Jeremy Tiang
Event
Thursday 14 March

LBF: In conversation – Jeremy Tiang, Literary Translator of the Fair and Chris Gribble

In conversation: Jeremy Tiang, Literary Translator of the Fair and Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Writing. Jeremy Tiang’s translations from Chinese include novels by Su Wei-Chen, Zhang Yueran, Chan Ho-Kei, Yeng Pway Ngon, and Li Er, as well as nonfiction by Yu Qiuyu and Jackie Chan. He also writes and translates […]

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March 14, 2019 2:30 pm March 14, 2019 2:30 pm Europe/London LBF: In conversation – Jeremy Tiang, Literary Translator of the Fair and Chris Gribble Writers' Centre Norwich –

In conversation: Jeremy Tiang, Literary Translator of the Fair and Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Writing. Jeremy Tiang’s translations from Chinese include novels by Su Wei-Chen, Zhang Yueran, Chan Ho-Kei, Yeng Pway Ngon, and Li Er, as well as nonfiction by Yu Qiuyu and Jackie Chan. He also writes and translates […]

Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 14 March
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

2.30 - 3.30pm

Part of London Book Fair pass

Sophie Collins
Event
Thursday 14 March

UEA Live: Sophie Collins and Joanna Walsh

Women’s History Month Celebration Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online quarterly promoting work by female-identified writers and artists, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help […]

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March 14, 2019 7:00 pm March 14, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London UEA Live: Sophie Collins and Joanna Walsh Writers' Centre Norwich –

Women’s History Month Celebration Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online quarterly promoting work by female-identified writers and artists, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 14 March
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7 - 9pm

Free

South Wing of the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
Event
Monday 18 March

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

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March 18, 2019 2:00 pm March 18, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 18 March
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

Free

Dragon Hall Salon
Event
Tuesday 19 March

Dragon Hall Salon

Join Norwich’s writing community for a free evening of conversation, ideas and support each month. Open to anyone who makes, reads and works with words, the Dragon Hall Salon is an opportunity to grab a drink from the bar, meet people, cook up plans and compare notes, to talk books, and to hear what’s happening […]

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March 19, 2019 6:30 pm March 19, 2019 6:30 pm Europe/London Dragon Hall Salon Writers' Centre Norwich –

Join Norwich’s writing community for a free evening of conversation, ideas and support each month. Open to anyone who makes, reads and works with words, the Dragon Hall Salon is an opportunity to grab a drink from the bar, meet people, cook up plans and compare notes, to talk books, and to hear what’s happening […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 19 March
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

6.30 - 8.30pm

Free

Event
Tuesday 19 March

Laurie Bolger: Talking to Strangers

Stand-up poet Laurie Bolger brings you stories and chats about comfort food, supermarket meltdowns, tea and pub love. Her warm and witty poems ask the big questions: how does that annoying passenger on the bus turn out to be the stranger that saves the day? Sometimes, when life is lonely, strangers give us the answers […]

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March 19, 2019 8:15 pm March 19, 2019 8:15 pm Europe/London Laurie Bolger: Talking to Strangers Writers' Centre Norwich –

Stand-up poet Laurie Bolger brings you stories and chats about comfort food, supermarket meltdowns, tea and pub love. Her warm and witty poems ask the big questions: how does that annoying passenger on the bus turn out to be the stranger that saves the day? Sometimes, when life is lonely, strangers give us the answers […]

The Burston Crown, Diss Writers Centre Norwich
Tuesday 19 March
The Burston Crown, Diss

8.15pm

Free

Workshop
Saturday 23 March

Adventures in Fiction with Eley Williams

Fully booked! To join the waiting list for this workshop, email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk There are still some places remaining on our Writer’s Roadmap inspiration day in April. Find out more >> Join Eley Williams, prize-winning author of Attrib. & Other Stories, as she offers expert guidance on how to write bold, brave short stories that leave a […]

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March 23, 2019 10:00 am March 23, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Adventures in Fiction with Eley Williams Writers' Centre Norwich –

Fully booked! To join the waiting list for this workshop, email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk There are still some places remaining on our Writer’s Roadmap inspiration day in April. Find out more >> Join Eley Williams, prize-winning author of Attrib. & Other Stories, as she offers expert guidance on how to write bold, brave short stories that leave a […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 23 March

10am - 3pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

£55 / £45 conc

Borders
Event
Monday 25 March

Dragon Hall Debate: Drawing the line – do we need borders?

As Brexit pushes the UK to redefine its relationships with neighbouring nations, we ask what borders do for us, and whether we need them at all. Daniel Trilling, journalist and author of Lights in the Distance, draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of refuge in a fractured Europe; Prof Sarah Barrow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor […]

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March 25, 2019 7:00 pm March 25, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London Dragon Hall Debate: Drawing the line – do we need borders? Writers' Centre Norwich –

As Brexit pushes the UK to redefine its relationships with neighbouring nations, we ask what borders do for us, and whether we need them at all. Daniel Trilling, journalist and author of Lights in the Distance, draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of refuge in a fractured Europe; Prof Sarah Barrow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 25 March
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Free - booking required

South Wing of the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
Event
Monday 1 April

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

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April 1, 2019 2:00 pm April 1, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 1 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

Free

South Wing of the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
Event
Monday 15 April

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

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April 15, 2019 2:00 pm April 15, 2019 2:00 pm Europe/London Guided Tour of Dragon Hall Writers' Centre Norwich –

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide. Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history – starting life as […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Monday 15 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

Free

Jen Campbell, MIchael Donkor and Ben Johncock
Workshop
Saturday 27 April

The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Benjamin Johncock

This inspiration day is designed to help writers at all stages of their careers and will give you the skills and insider knowledge to help you set your own unique course for a life in literature. Hear from experienced writers on how to pursue publication, how to make a living from writing and how to […]

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April 27, 2019 10:00 am April 27, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Benjamin Johncock Writers' Centre Norwich –

This inspiration day is designed to help writers at all stages of their careers and will give you the skills and insider knowledge to help you set your own unique course for a life in literature. Hear from experienced writers on how to pursue publication, how to make a living from writing and how to […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Saturday 27 April

10am - 4pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

£55 / £45 conc

Workshop
Wednesday 1 May

How to Make a Poem – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing poetry? This two-hour workshop led by Forward Poetry Prize-winner Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to read and listen to examples of great poems, […]

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May 1, 2019 4:00 pm May 1, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London How to Make a Poem – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing poetry? This two-hour workshop led by Forward Poetry Prize-winner Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to read and listen to examples of great poems, […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 1 May

4 - 6pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free - please book in advance

Boiler House Press
Event
Thursday 2 May

UEA Live: Boiler House Press

Boiler House Press is a new publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and everything in-between. They are based at the University of East Anglia, home of the world-renowned Creative Writing MA, and a burgeoning world centre for creative-critical writing studies. Boiler House are passionate about writing that breaks a mould; that surprises; that plays with-and-between the creative and […]

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May 2, 2019 7:00 pm May 2, 2019 7:00 pm Europe/London UEA Live: Boiler House Press Writers' Centre Norwich –

Boiler House Press is a new publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and everything in-between. They are based at the University of East Anglia, home of the world-renowned Creative Writing MA, and a burgeoning world centre for creative-critical writing studies. Boiler House are passionate about writing that breaks a mould; that surprises; that plays with-and-between the creative and […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Thursday 2 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

7 - 9pm

Free

Film clapperboard image by Ian Deng
Workshop
Wednesday 22 May

How to Write a Script – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing a script for the stage or screen? This two-hour workshop led by award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to […]

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May 22, 2019 4:00 pm May 22, 2019 4:00 pm Europe/London How to Write a Script – Workshop for 14-19 Year-Olds Writers' Centre Norwich –

Calling young writers! Want to try your hand at writing a script for the stage or screen? This two-hour workshop led by award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Nick Drake is the perfect opportunity to practice your writing skills and discover what it takes to stand out from the crowd. You will get the chance to […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich
Wednesday 22 May

4 - 6pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Free - please book in advance

Arunava Sinh leading a session at the BCLT International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School (c) Anita Staff
Workshop
Sunday 21 July

International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School

Delivered by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with the National Centre for Writing. The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. For most language-specific workshops, groups work on a collaborative translation with the author in residence and workshop leader. For […]

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July 21, 2019 9:00 am July 21, 2019 9:00 am Europe/London International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School Writers' Centre Norwich –

Delivered by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with the National Centre for Writing. The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. For most language-specific workshops, groups work on a collaborative translation with the author in residence and workshop leader. For […]

University of East Anglia, Norwich Writers Centre Norwich
Sunday 21 July

Runs until 27 July

University of East Anglia, Norwich

£700 / £400