Research centres Research centres

The shared interdisciplinary research specialisms of the School are concentrated in a number of Research Centres and Projects. They are focal points and form a structure for collaborations between academic researchers and non-academic partners.


British Centre for Literary Translation
Founded in 1989 by W. G. Sebald, the British Centre for Literary Translation promotes and encourages the translation of literary works, supports practicing translators and fosters the study of translated writing. The Centre is a thriving international cultural institute whose ethos and programme are informed by the work of members of the School.

Writers' Centre Norwich
The Writers' Centre Norwich was founded in 2004 by Jon Cook to promote creative writing projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Since 2005 it has run the annual Worlds Literature Festival, and in 2001 it launched an innovative digital platform called In 2012 the Writers Centre was granted Arts Council funding to establish the International Centre for Writing in Norwich.


Launched in 2012, the Writing and Rights Centre brings together literary scholars, historians, writers, and human rights activists to create an international focus for the study and understanding of writing and rights. Founding members include academics Rachel Potter, Lyndsey Stonebridge and Matthew Taunton and human rights activist, Jonathan Heawood.

This project brings together poets, translators, critics, and theorists, both staff and students, engaged in the work of ‘poetics': reflection on poetry taking place through poetic practice, through the practice of criticism and translation, through philosophical argument. It organises and publicises readings, reading groups, seminars, workshops, and symposia in and around UEA. Affiliated staff include Jean Boase-Beier, Ross Hair, Jeremy Noel-Tod, David Nowell-Smith, Denise Riley, Cecilia Rossi, Clive Scott and Nick Selby.

Run by a number of creative writers at UEA who engage with science in their work, the aim of this project is to bring together creative writers, literary critics and scientists to explore and develop the rich dialogue - historical and contemporary - between fiction, poetry, drama and science by enabling conversations and collaborations. Affiliated staff include Giles Foden, Richard Holmes, Jean McNeil, Rebecca Stott and Steve Walters,