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We are Norwich, the City of Stories. Celebrating our history, empowering tomorrow’s voices. 

Established in 1991, the University of East Anglia’s pioneering Literary Festival has welcomed over 500 of the world’s finest writers and thinkers.

We’re committed to inspiring and empowering audiences, drawing on the University of East Anglia’s expertise in storytelling across all our subjects. We’re proud of our broad, dynamic, inclusive programmes, our unique heritage, and our curious, charismatic community that brings the festival to life.

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The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is the region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing and one of the fastest-growing literary festivals in the UK.

Many incredible crime writers have attended the festival in recent years, including Val McDermid, Attica Locke, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Louise Doughty, James Runcie, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Peter James, Anthony Horowitz, Nicci French, Paula Hawkins and Benjamin Black.

Noirwich is about the reading and the writing of crime fiction. We explore how the genre works and where it is going, thanks to our unique connection with the University of East Anglia’s creative writing department. Our crime writing workshops provide attendees with the opportunity to enhance their own skills.

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UEA's Arts and Humanities Research Engagement Series brings the latest research and new ideas to audiences inside and outside the university on matters of great public interest.

Running annually in the spring, we invite the essential expert voices, from UEA and beyond, to tell you what you really need to know about the critical issues facing us all.

The upcoming series Back to the Future: Arts in a Digital Age , will take place May-June 2022 at The Castle Museum, Norwich. 

You can find more information, as well as watching back previous events, on our Arts and Humanities Research Series page.

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Future and Form

What will writing look like in 50 years? What role will authors play in the future?

The UEA’s 50th anniversary of Creative Writing’s flagship project, Future and Form, is generously supported by Arts Council England, and explores the interface between contemporary literature and creative technology.

Future and Form brings together UEA alumni Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Mona Arshi, Tash Aw, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Mitch Johnson and James McDermott with UEA faculty, creative technologists, cultural organisations and schools to explore the relationship between contemporary literature, creative technology and space. The project aims to increase engagement with literature among new and traditionally hard to reach audiences, while providing prototypes for possible literary futures.

The resulting highly innovative and exciting work, was exhibited in a series of virtual and physical installations in 2021.

Cultural partners are National Centre for Writing, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, The Forum Trust, Norwich Millennium Library with Norfolk County Library and Information Service, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk Museum Service with Norwich Castle Museum, Ormiston Academies Trust, British Archive for Contemporary Writing, Sainsbury Centre and the Norwich Science Festival. Technology partners are Mutiny and Guildhall Live Events, with support from GRIT, Immersive Studios and StoryFutures Academy.

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UEA’s Philosophy Public Lecture Series is an annual series of talks and panels, free and open to all.

We bring together some of the world’s leading academics (including home-grown ones!) to present and discuss their work in a publicly accessible way around a different theme every year. This series seeks to make the work of philosophers at the University and beyond more widely understood and engaged with by the general public.

Prominent past UEA public lecturers have included Hilary Putnam, Onora O’Neill, Mary Midgeley, Nassim Taleb, Amitav Ghosh, Richard Horton, Chris Hedges, Jonathon Porritt, David Willetts, Andy Haldane, and Quentin Skinner.

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