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About the festival

The University of East Anglia held its first literary festival in 1991. Writers at that first festival included Arthur Miller, P.D. James, Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie, Ruth Rendell and many more. Since then we have been delighted to welcome an array of authors, poets, journalists, illustrators, scientists, economists and broadcasters. 


We host two festivals each year; one in the spring and the other in the autumn, and these are attended by over 6,000 people. All events are ticketed and open to the public. The Spring Literary Festival is hosted by the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts and the Autumn Literary Festival is hosted by the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies.


Proceeds from our literary festivals go towards supporting student scholarships, bursaries and activities at the University. If you would like offer your financial support, please visit our Supporting Us page.


In 2011, UEA's Creative Writing programme was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for groundbreaking and innovative programmes in creative writing with wide international impact. The Queen's Anniversary Prize is the UK's most prestigious higher education award.


In 2012, Norwich became England's first UNESCO City of Literature and one of only six in the world, joining Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin and Reykjavik as part of an elite international network.


If you would like to get in touch with us or join our mailing list, please email literaryevents@uea.ac.uk