Norwich City of Literature launch
Norwich City of Literature, the UK's newest edition to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, was launched at the House of Lords on 5th November. Norwich is only the 6th city in the world to become a City of Literature, and the first in England, making the city part of an elite international network.
While the new Norwich status was first announced in May, the event, kindly hosted by Baroness Hollis of Heigham, was an opportunity to introduce Norwich to newcomers and showcase the city's unique literary heritage and status as a literary hub. Baroness Hollis' speech encompassed the history of the city, including the subversive nature of Norwich, and the writers who have upheld the unofficial city motto of "Do different", including Julian of Norwich, Thomas Paine and Harriet Martineau. Chris Gribble, the CEO of Writers' Centre Norwich, which led on the Creative Cities bid, focused on the future of the city, revealing the new projects which will launch Norwich nationally as a UNESCO City of Literature.
Writers’ Centre Norwich also took the opportunity to thank their partners for supporting the bid including Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and the University of East Anglia.
The launch event was followed by a meeting between the UKNC and representatives from five Creative Cities from UK and Ireland.
Written: 21/12/2012 , last modified: 21/12/2012
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Writers, Writers' Centre Norwich stakeholders, bid supporters and MP for Norwich North, Chloe Smith MP at launch event outside House of Lords. From left: George Szirtes, Anjali Joseph, Neel Mukherjee, Andrew Cowan, Elif Shafak, Helen Lax, Brenda Arthur, Laura McGillivray, Chris Gribble, Chloe Smith and Alex Preston.
Writers, Writers' Centre Norwich stakeholders, bid supporters and MP for Norwich North
Chief Executive of Norwich City Council Laura McGillivray Signs Norwich (From left to right) Chris Gribble, Laura McGillivray and Brenda Arthur. Image courtesy of Jack Ladenburg