NATIONAL WRITING CENTRE OPENS
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