UEA Live

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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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. 

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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 spring 2021 series 'After Brexit: Utopia or Dystopia?' featured figures from politics and academia, who shared their reflections, and offered their hopes and fears for a post-Brexit Britain.