Just received the latest Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter that I thought my followers would be interested in seeing:
Writers depart for Norwich City of
Festival is next week and it's not too late to get involved.
If you didn't already know, the festival brings the best writing talent
from across the globe to Norwich, City of Literature, for a week
of private salons and public events.
You can get
involved by following the conversations and provocations on Twitter and
via podcasts, and of course you can enjoy some big events with JM Coetzee and John Carey
at the Norwich Playhouse, and more intimate readings with our
Worlds writers at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry.
Now, where to
Indulge in a Week of
During the week of Worlds, there are three places you need to find
The Playhouse Welcomes Coetzee & Carey
The first is the Norwich Playhouse. John Carey will be talking to DJ Taylor
about his latest book The
Unexpected Professor, as well as relaying stories about
some of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
And then there's the return of JM Coetzee, who
will be reading alongside some serious international talent in Xiaolu
Guo (A Concise
Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers), Julia Franck (The Blind Side of the
Heart) and Ivan Vladislavic (Double Negative).
Worlds Festival Reads
Our second & third venues - The Norwich Cathedral Hostry and
King's Centre - will help us celebrate great writing by bringing
together the Worlds writers for a series of readings. These are a
great way of discovering work you might not ordinarily come across.
For just £2 per event, these are a real steal.
Tuesday 17th June: Louise
Doughty, C.J. Driver, Lian Yang, Akhil Sharma, SB Veda and Kerry
Young. Hosted by Chris Gribble, WCN Chief Executive. Further information & booking.
Wednesday 18th June: NoViolet
Bulawayo, Dan Burt, Adam Foulds, Hanne Ørstavik and Denise
Riley. Hosted by Andrew Cowen, UEA Director of Creative Writing. Further information & booking.
Thursday 19th June:Bernice
Chauly, Kendel Hippolyte, Oonya Kempadoo, David Morley, Togara
Muzanenhamo and Sharlene Teo. Hosted by Jonathan Morley, WCN
Programme Director. Further
information & booking.
Friday 20th June: Kathryn
Heyman, Masatsugu Ono, James Scudamore, Owen Sheers and Wojciech
Tochman. Hosted by Katy Carr, WCN Communications Director. Further information & booking.
Twittering, podcasting, blogging & more
If you can't make it to any of our events, or you want to get a taste
of the conversation during the private Salons, make sure to follow @WritersCentre on Twitter and use
the #Worlds14 hashtag. We're also aiming to podcast the provocations
throughout the week and post in-depth blogs a little later on. And
do keep an eye on our YouTube and Flickr pages for videos and photos.
Ness and Gray in June & July
is coming to the Norwich Playhouse this June (24th) thanks to a
collaboration between WCN and Fly Festival. He'll be talking
to Daniel Hahn about the role books played in his
adolescence, his belief that teenagers are totally undervalued these
days, and his drive as a writer. Further information & booking
Enjoy a good rousing debate? Scottish writer and
Gray, author of the excellent Lanark, is
coming to Norwich to discuss Scottish
independence and the arts. He'll be reading from Independence,
written in support of home rule for Scotland, and will be joined
by esteemed panelists. Further
information & booking
The Unexpected Professor: John Carey in conversation
with DJ Taylor
An Evening with JM Coetzee, Xiaolu Guo, Julia Franck
and Ivan Vladislavić
Worlds Festival Reads at The Hostry & King's
A City of Stories with Patrick Ness
Independence: An Evening With Alasdair Gray
Your Reading Adventure Starts Here
Looking for an amazing read?
We have eight of
them! Summer Reads is full steam ahead and we're already getting great
feedback from readers nationwide. Go and peruse our selection over at www.summerreads.org.uk.
The books get even better when you consider everything else on offer, from
author/translator events with Evie
Wyld and William
Confident Reader Workshops and those ever popular book quizzes!
IdeasTap Inspires: Writers’ Centre Norwich
congratulations go to our shortlisted writers. Just over 70 of you will be
taking part in Masterclasses in Bristol, Manchester, Norwich and London led
by writers such as Ross Raisin and Emma Jane Unsworth.
In August we will
select ten winners who will receive six months of mentoring from
writers Daniel Hahn, Kerry Hudson, Alex Preston and Nicola
Upson, be given vital industry advice, attend a bespoke writing
retreat and be introduced to agents and publishers. Good luck!
The East Anglian Book Awards is Open for
Are you a writer
living in East Anglia, or is your writing set in the region? Or are
you a publisher with a talented East Anglian author on your books, or a
text based in the area?
WCN has once again teamed up with the Eastern Daily Press and Jarrold, with
the support of the UEA, to present these awards, where a winning book will receive
the £1000 top prize! Find out more.
Environments with David Morley Saturday 21st
June, Writers’ Centre Norwich & Norwich Cathedral, 10am-4pm,
£60/£50 conc Join leading poet
David Morley in the stunning grounds of Norwich Cathedral for a poetry
workshop with a difference.Further information
Art of the Short Story with Philip Langeskov Saturday 5th
July, Writers’ Centre Norwich, 10am-4pm, £60/£50 conc Refine your short
story writing with this workshop from UEA tutor and Lighthouse fiction
editor Philip Langeskov. Further information
& Other Places: Poetry Weekend with George Szirtes Saturday 12th
& Sunday 13th July, Writers’ Centre Norwich, 10am-4pm each day,
£120/£100 conc Enjoy a weekend
devoted to the craft of poetry under the tutelage of internationally
renowned poet George Szirtes. Further information
Ticket Offer: TLC Literary Conference 13th-15th June 2014 TLC's third annual
Conference for writers takes place this weekend across three days featuring
talks and panels by 30+ industry specialists, plus a bonus day with
workshops, a Writers' Fair, and live agent pitching.
Get 25% off
Conference Passes available using the code Partner25 and a limited number
of Sunday-only tickets (£45) using the code TLCBonusDay. For more
information and tickets, please visit the Conference website.
Can't catch Masatsugu Ono at
Worlds Literature Festival? He'll be at The London Review Bookshop on 13
June with Tash Aw: http://lrb.me/ono13june
development agency Spread
The Word have announced their inaugural London Short Story
Festival. The festival will include talks,
workshops and master classes, Q&A’s and readings from some of the
world’s finest short story authors.