Norwich UNESCO City of Literature presents its biggest programme to date as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich UNESCO City of Literature is set to welcome some of the most original thinkers, activists and writers of our time to the UNESCO Creative City for their City of Literature weekend, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

City of Literature 2016, which will take place at the Writers’ Centre Norwich between 21 and 22 May, will feature a series of events dedicated to exploring ideas ranging from the cutting edge of neuroscience to stories of human perseverance, involving 45 writers in over 25 events.

Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of the Writers’ Centre Norwich, says:

“Writing helps us understand the world and can enable us to transform it too. The programme this year explores the relationship between explaining our reality and choosing to change it”.

Day One of the weekend will explore the theme ‘The World as it is and Has Been’. Events include ‘Gender, Identity and Overcoming Trauma’ (21 May) where graphic novelists Una and Nicola Streeten will discuss how graphic novels have enabled women to talk about their lives and address personal and painful issues.

The theme of the second day of the weekend (22 May) is ‘The World as We Might Make It’ with events such asFree Speech in an Interconnected World’ with Guardian columnist and university Professor Timothy Garton Ash.

The UNESCO Creative City is also currently coordinating Fierce Light (10 – 28 May 2016) a major national co-commission as part of the 14-18 NOW UK arts programme for the WWI centenary. It brings together outstanding international poets and filmmakers to explore the war and its legacy in the 21st century.