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The Lockdown Diaries University of East Anglia FLY Festival

We are very excited to announce The Lockdown Diaries, a brand new creative writing project for students aged 10-16 in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Lockdown Diaries gives local students a creative outlet to reflect and respond to the COVID-19 lockdown. Over the coming weeks we will be running a series of activities for students and their families to take part in. 

At the end of The Lockdown Diaries project, a selection of entries from each activity will be chosen to feature in an anthology to celebrate the creativity and resilience of the region's young people during these extraordinary times.

The Lockdown Diaries anthology will be illustrated, printed and distributed to schools across Norfolk and Suffolk in the autumn term. Please read our terms and conditions below for full details.

Our first activity is the 8-Week Challenge, a series of short-form creative challenges launching on Monday 6th April via our Twitter page @UEAFLYFestival and website - can you complete them all?


Students participating in the 8-Week Challenge will be in with a chance of winning the following prizes*. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories, 10 - 13 and 14 - 16:

  • Writing published in The Lockdown Diaries anthology
  • A £30 book voucher 

*Please note, this a local project for students living in Norfolk and Suffolk, only students living in these areas will be eligible. Winners will be contacted via email, so please include an up to date email address when submitting your entry. 

For full terms and conditions please click here.


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