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Adisa the verbalizer

Adisa strode into the festival today with a mouthful of metaphors and wit full of wisdom. He has entranced audiences internationally with his poetry performance and kept the audience here at UEA...

Alexander Gordon Smith returns to FLY!

Alexander Gordon Smith returns to UEA, his old University, to speak about his published work and joke about his inspiration. Set for a striking speech ‘Monsters!’ boomed the...

Students learn to draw Japanese cartoons

Manga are comics that are mainly created in Japan and conforms to a Japanese art style in the late 19 th century. Manga refers to comics and cartooning in Japan where the comics are specifically...

Author of Skellig soars at FLY

As Almond entered the lecture theatre a visible buzz filled the air. The students watched raptly as he arranged his work across the table, from Skellig (his most well known novel), to A Song...

Tanya Landman bears all at FLY

After a long anticipated wait, we welcomed Landman to the lecture theatre, to give a talk that the sixth formers and I will surely remember. Well known for Apache, The Goldsmith’s Daughter and...

Mitch Benn entertains audiences

Mitch Benn, an English comedic musician and author was welcomed by the audience with cheers as he got out his acoustic guitar and played us one of his songs which he is known to have played on his...

EU referendum provokes discussion at FLY

FLY welcomed sixth form and college students on Thursday for an inspiring day of talks, workshops and debates exploring key themes and issues present in young adult fiction. The...

Drama workshop is a hit with students

The atmosphere was electric as students from Red Balloon Norwich arrived for an all-day drama workshop. The workshop ran by Tom Butterworth and Tom Francis started with a rather unique warm...

From bear to books: Keith Gray at FLY

Keith Gray started his humorous talk outlining the irony of his childhood background: he was reluctant to read. The award winning author avoided books as he regarded them as something to be...

Interview: Debs Newbold

Following her captivating performance of Macbeth, contemporary storyteller, Debs Newbold spoke to Sienna James about her influences and why improvisation plays a huge part in her work. ...

Once upon a time, again

As part of the FLY festival 2016 I went to a number of workshops. One was the Once Upon a Time, Again. There were roughly 12 students and it was laid out around a big table so it was very...

Winegums, Wonderland and writing! Chris Riddell at FLY!

On Tuesday 21 st June 2016 I attended the Chis Riddell Workshop as part of my role on the FLY Media Team. Riddell is now the only person in the world who has won the Kate Greenaway award...

Can you write a 100 word story?

The short story at the bottom is what I managed to write in about 10 minutes due to the advice and help given at the '100 word story' workshop. The workshop was helpful in starting the...

Macbeth making sense?

An exciting day at Fly Festival never stops as Debs Newbold takes us out of Norwich and into Scotland to experience the story of Macbeth. Newbold enters the stage with confidence, making the...

Interview: William Hussey

William Hussey was born in Hounslow and after traveling here, there and everywhere his family settled in the sea side town of Skegness.  Have you ever considered writing for a...

Celia Rees - A Writer's Album

"Writing is like exploring... If we're reading, we're adventuring into another land." - Celia Rees. Anyone a literature lover? Of course you are. Well, I can tell you if you love...

Students have fun with puns!

While waiting outside the seminar room I could hear the excited chatter of the students waiting outside, desperate to get in. Peering out I realised the vast numbers around. This was a shock as I...

An intro to FLY

Campus is abundant with activity today as students hustle around filled with excitement for the literary celebrations of the year and as young people from all different backgrounds come together...

Welcome to FLY 2016!

UEA's Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY) is officially underway, with hundreds of students from across the county eagerly awaiting the arrival of one of Britain's foremost...