NA­TIONAL WRIT­ING CEN­TRE OPENS

EDP Norfolk - - The Mardler -

The new Na­tional Cen­tre for Writ­ing has been launched fol­low­ing the £2m ex­ten­sion and restora­tion of Nor­wich’s his­toric 15th cen­tury Dragon Hall. The cen­tre, backed by pa­trons in­clud­ing Mar­garet At­wood, Sarah Perry, Ali Smith and Rose Tre­main, aims to en­gage 20,000 young peo­ple in its open­ing year of ac­tiv­ity and be a place for lo­cals and vis­i­tors to dis­cover sto­ries from all over the world.

The cam­pus in­cludes a new ed­u­ca­tion room for work­shops with chil­dren and adults, a re­fur­bished events venue in the mag­nif­i­cent Great Hall, a writ­ers-in-res­i­dence cot­tage and sev­eral spa­ces avail­able for hire.

Chris Grib­ble, chief ex­ec­u­tive of NCW, says: “After sev­eral years in the plan­ning, we are thrilled to cel­e­brate this land­mark oc­ca­sion for our home city. This is a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion for our city and re­gion, which puts Nor­wich on the global map as a cen­tre of lit­er­ary ex­cel­lence.”

Mar­garet Attwood with Chris Grib­ble at Dragon Hall

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