Norfolk Reads and Writes was a two month celebration of
international writing for the readers and writers of Norfolk.
It was a unique opportunity for readers and writers across the
county to share the best in international literature, meet the
writers of the books they have read, and get involved in the
creative side of writing.
Meet the Author Workshops
Many people signed up to a series of meet the
author workshops in libraries across the county where reading
groups and interested individuals were given the chance
to meet exciting new writers:
Guo: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
(Orange Prize shortlist, 2007),
Matar: In the Country of Men (Man Booker shortlist,
2006. Hisham was unable to attend due to ill health)
Nagra: Look We Have Coming to Dover! (Forward best
The authors dicussed their books, their writing and the new
imaginative horizens they bring with them.
Workshops ran at The Garage, Chapelfield North, Norwich, from
25th - 27th June.
- Best-selling memoirist and top tutor Vesna Goldsworthy www.chernobylstrawberries.com led
a two hour workshop that helped writers to shape stories into
the beginnings of a successful memoir.
- Writer, poet and translator Michael Augustin presented original
audio recordings of exiles including Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht,
Alfred Döblin and Erich Fried reading their work in the original
- Novelist Brian Chickwava explored how the drama of everyday
life is a key part of our urge to tell stories.
- Daljit Nagra, Faber’s new young gun, explored the comedy,
tragedy and everyday life within poetry with 11-16 year olds.
- The novelist and prize-winning translator Maureen Freely
explored how to cross borders (national, cultural, psychological)
in one’s writing without making the extraordinary exotic.
- Lawrence Bradby, Norfolk writer and artist, led a final
workshop for young writers.
In association with Creative Arts East and Norfolk Library
and Information Service.
This programme was made possible by
the generous support of the The Foyle Foundation.