The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has been outward facing since its inception. Alongside the cultural impact of individual pieces of literary research, our literary translators and creative writers have long enjoyed more established links to non-academic audiences. Much of this interchange is made possible through the work of the British Centre for Literary Translation and the Writers Centre Norwich. Both Centres are models for the creation of our more recent Centres and Projects. Work in this area includes the international dissemination of scientific knowledge through works of creative writing and creative non-fiction, the regional impact of our research on medieval cultural heritage, and the bringing together of human rights activists and academics. Examples of our activities include:
British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT)
BCLT is a flagship centre of its kind in the country, with a high-recruiting international summer school. It provides a means for translators, literary critics and creative writers to collaborate together to ensure that research theory and new knowledge is translated into practice and serves as a working model for other centres. The research of the centre is used to shape a programme of international workshops, summer schools, prizes and activities designed to raise the status and understanding of literary translation.
Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN)
The Centre, in partnership with the School, provides a wide range of writing projects and events locally and internationally, with the annual Worlds Literature Festival (200 delegates) and a monthly writers' salon. More recent initiatives include the founding of Newwriting.net, the Escalator Programme, which provides mentoring for emerging writers and ‘Well Versed', a national project that aims to develop ways of inspiring the better teaching of poetry in UK schools. The Centre has helped to establish writing programmes in India, China and Africa, and it aims to strengthen this international focus in future.
Writing and Rights
The Writing and Rights Centre, established in 2012, is dedicated to understanding and promoting the relation between writing and rights in the modern period, broadly 1900-the present day. It seeks to create dialogues between human rights activists and academics who have worked on critical human rights and refugee studies, and the history of literary censorship. Plans for next year include a publication comprising the work of activists, censored writers, journalists, and literary historians, and a major conference to include rights activists and historians of human rights.
Writing and Science
The School is home to an important group of writers who use creative non-fiction, fiction, drama and poetry to engage with scientific ideas. These writers have developed new public understandings of a broad range of scientific disciplines from climatology to evolutionary genetics. The Writing and Science project hosted an innovative public conference in Spring 2013 that brought together writers and scientists. In future it will provide mentoring schemes for science writers seeking to write non-specialist books for a larger public.
Medieval cultural heritage
The School's Medieval and Early Modern research group is establishing strong links with local archives and institutions. These include the Norfolk Record Office, which houses the largest medieval and early modern county archive collection outside London, the Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Collection, Norwich Cathedral Library, Norwich Castle Museum, the Julian of Norwich Centre, the Norfolk Archaelogical Unit and the Suffolk Record Office. Current collaborations between academics in the School and non-academic local institutions include links with heritage groups with a specific wish to promote medieval literary biography, and a project organised with the Julian of Norwich Centre to create a publicly accessible online annotated bibliography of their specialist library.