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.
Our autumn 2020 and spring 2021 programme of events will celebrate 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA (CW50). We will welcome back some of our most treasured alumni, many of whose voices have shaped contemporary writing.
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Creative Writing at 50
Founded by Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson in 1970, UEA’s Creative Writing MA was the first of its kind in the UK. To this day, it remains one of the most prestigious creative writing programmes in the world.
Ian McEwan was the first student and our list of eminent alumni include the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Sir Kazuo Ishiguro OBE, Anne Enright, Tracy Chevalier, Louise Doughty, 1. Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s, Emma Healey, Tash Aw, John Boyne, Deepa Anappara, and many others.
Situated in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, our equally illustrious roster of faculty and visiting professors has included Rose Tremain, Angela Carter, Lorna Sage, Sir Andrew Motion, Amit Chaudhuri, Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin, Ali Smith and Caryl Phillips.
During 2020-2021 we will celebrate the past, interrogate the present and spark debates about the future as we mark five decades as a global leader in creative writing.
Find out more about getting involved in our national and international programme of events, activities, and new initiatives.
FUTURES FOR CREATIVE WRITING ONLINE CONFERENCE
Celebrating 50 Years of Creative Writing at UEA
Friday 21 May and Saturday 22 May | Online
This online conference seeks to bring together PhD research students, Creative Writing tutors and graduates, writers and scholars to explore the varieties of practice in our discipline now, the points of convergence and contention, and, crucially, the opportunities for future development and the forces that may shape the nature of writing in the academy over the next several years.
Central to the conference will be an acknowledgement of the importance of literature and drama in helping us navigate challenging moments in history.
Keynote Speakers include Bernardine Evaristo and Carolyn Forché
For further details and registration, please click here
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH engagement series
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 spring 2021 series 'After Brexit: Utopia or Dystopia?' will feature figures from politics and academia, who will share their reflections, and offer their hopes and fears for a post-Brexit Britain.
All events are free and open to all and for the first time available to watch online from the comfort of home.
For more information and to book your place, please click here.