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Literary Norwich

In June the National Centre for Writing will open in Norwich which was England's first UNESCO City of Literature. Kirsty Lang takes a literary tour of the city.

Norwich will soon be home to the new National Centre for Writing in the medieval Dragon Hall. Chris Gribble tells Kirsty Lang about the extraordinary building and the role of the Centre. Authors Sarah Perry and Sarah Hall describe the thriving literary culture of the city and Kirsty visits The Book Hive, one of the city's independent bookshops. She goes to the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and to the University of East Anglia, home to the MA in Creative Writing that has Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright among its famous graduates. There she meets tutor Rebecca Stott, author Imogen Hermes Gowar, whose novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and poet and MA student Gboyega Abayomi-Odubanjo.

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30 minutes


  • The Writers' Centre Norwich

    Duration: 03:00

  • Writers in Norwich

    Duration: 07:19

  • The Book Hive

    Duration: 03:27

  • Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library

    Duration: 02:49

  • Rose Tremaine

    Duration: 04:20

  • UEA's MA in Crreative Writing

    Duration: 06:01

The Writers' Centre Norwich

The Writers' Centre Norwich


Main image above: the home of the Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, which will become the National Writers' Centre.

Image to the left:  the Dragon of Dragon Hall


Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library

Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library

Image: The exterior of The Norwich Forum (Left), which houses the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library

Image credit: Visit Norfolk

The Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre

Image: The exterior of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts in the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

Image credit: Pete Huggins

Front Row in Norwich

Front Row in Norwich

Recording Front Row in Norwich

Image: from Left - Kirsty Lang meets Norwich-based authors Sarah Hall and Sarah Perry, with Chris Gribble, the CEO of the Writers' Centre Norwich.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Chris Gribble
Interviewed Guest Sarah Perry
Interviewed Guest Sarah Hall
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Stott
Interviewed Guest Imogen Hermes Gowar
Interviewed Guest Gboyega Abayomi-Odubanjo


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