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Monday 23 October

Will automation steal your job?

Thursday 26 October

Bird's Eye View - Norwich Science Festival

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Monday 23 October

Will automation steal your job?

Automation has impacted production lines for years, but now it’s transforming white collar work too. UEA’s Rudy Lapeer will talk about the past, present and future of robotics, while Fiona Lettice will discuss technology’s disruptive effects on business. Her collaborator, James Duez (Rainbird), will join the panel, discussing the use of artificial intelligence to augment human abilities in the fields of data analysis, efficiency and automation.

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Monday 23 October
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

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Thursday 26 October

Bird's Eye View - Norwich Science Festival

Ever wondered what a bird would say if it possibly could? Join this exciting 30-minute workshop to find out, delivered by Writers’ Centre Norwich in partnership with Norfolk Festival of Nature.

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Thursday 26 October
Millennium Library, The Forum

10.45 - 11.15am, 11.45am - 12.15pm, 2.15 - 2.45pm

£4

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Thursday 26 October

UEA Live: Eley Williams

Eley Williams’ prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx Press, 2017), was selected by Ali Smith as one of 2017's best debut fiction books at the Cambridge Literary Festival.

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Thursday 26 October
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, All Saints Green, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

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Thursday 26 October

Scary Little Girls: StorySmiths

Join celebrated storytellers from Scary Little Girls as we bring literature to life with rich performances, music, song and audience treats.

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Thursday 26 October
The Fox Lyng, Lyng, Norfolk

7.30pm

Non-ticketed

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Friday 27 October

Scary Little Girls: Storysmiths

Join celebrated storytellers from Scary Little Girls as we bring literature to life with rich performances, music, song and audience treats.

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Friday 27 October
The Ancient Shepherds, Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire

8.30pm

Free

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Saturday 28 October

Scary Little Girls: Storysmiths

Join celebrated storytellers from Scary Little Girls as we bring literature to life with rich performances, music, song and audience treats.

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Saturday 28 October
The Old Red Lion, Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

8.30pm

Non-ticketed

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Thursday 2 November

Martin Figura: Boring The Arse Off Young People

Martin Figura is an award-winning poet and recently described as a pleasant 58 year old gentleman in a hospital referral letter (bad back). He has performed at Festivals all over Britain, including several Latitudes and in the USA, Canada and India.

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Thursday 2 November
The Kings Head Orford, Suffolk

7.30pm

Non-ticketed

Workshop
Saturday 4 November

Agent Day with Jenny Hewson

Are you looking for an agent, but don’t know where to start? Would you benefit from a one-to-one conversation with an established agent in the industry?

Gain invaluable knowledge on the contemporary publishing landscape from Jenny Hewson, an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White where she represents award-winning and bestselling authors from around the world, including Sarah Perry, Thomas Keneally, and Melissa Harrison. 

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Fully booked!

Jenny Hewson

Saturday 4 November

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

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Tuesday 7 November

John Osbourne: John Peel's Shed

Chosen as Pick of the Day in The Radio Times, this show is an ode to radio, the records stored in John Peel's shed and those who have ever sought solace in the wireless.

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Tuesday 7 November
The Ancient Shepherds, Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire

8.30pm

Free

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Wednesday 8 November

Scary Little Girls: The Full Bronte! Literary Cabaret

Roll up, roll up for a cabaret celebration of your favourite literary sisters, their lives and times! This affectionate tribute is a performative romp conducted with tongues firmly in cheeks!

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Wednesday 8 November
The Lodge, Tuddenham, Norfolk

7.30pm

£30 inc. 3-course meal

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Monday 13 November

Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds

Join us for the launch of a new anthology, Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds, with Burmese writer, translator, photojournalist and political activist Letyar Tun. 

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Monday 13 November
The Book Hive, Norwich

6.30 - 8pm

Free - no booking required

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Thursday 23 November

UEA Live: Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people, and the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and MeatspaceThe Good Immigrant (Unbound Books, 2016) brings together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today. It was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and won the Reader's Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards.     

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Thursday 23 November
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, All Saints Green, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

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Friday 24 November

East Anglian Book Awards

The judges have made their decision… Join us for a celebration the very best in regional writing and publishing in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature as we announce the winners of the East Anglian Book Awards 2017!

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Friday 24 November
Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace

11.30am for 12pm start. Expected to finish by 4pm.

£27.50 (includes 2-course meal and coffee)

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Monday 27 November

What does it mean to be English?

With Brexit looming, and the rise of nationalism, the notion of Englishness is under the spotlight. Is there a difference between patriotism and nationalism? Can we be English and European?

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Monday 27 November
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Workshop
Saturday 2 December

How Far Do You Go? Creating the world of your novel

When it comes to writing historical fiction, when does the research end and imagination begin? How do you find the perfect balance between the two?

Discover new ways to bring your research to life, create a believable sense of time and place, and give yourself the freedom to imagine with this day workshop for aspiring or emerging fiction writers. 

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Kate Worsley

Saturday 2 December

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Online Course
Course starts 8 January

Start writing crime fiction

This 12-week course is designed for people who want to get started with crime fiction. You can be new to writing or wanting to improve your existing skills. The course will examine the themes and appeal of crime fiction, examining how to create credible worlds and characters and craft a page-turning, tension-filled short story.

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Application deadline 11 December

Julia Crouch

Course starts 8 January

12 weeks

£450

Online Course
Course starts 8 January

Level 1 Fiction

This 12-week course is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing short fiction. It is also for those who have written some short fiction and who would like the guidance of an experienced writer to develop their craft. Explore how to create interesting characters and plots and benefit from expert, honest and constructive feedback.

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Application deadline 11 December

Mark McNay or Eliza Robertson

Course starts 8 January

12 weeks

£450

Online Course
Course starts 8 January

Level 1 Poetry

Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you're new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join Liz Berry on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. 

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Application deadline 11 December

Liz Berry

Course starts 8 January

12 weeks

£450

Online Course
Course starts 8 January

Level 2 Poetry

This course builds on the skills learned at introductory level and will broaden your understanding of the scope of contemporary poetry.

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Application deadline 11 December

Helen Ivory

Course starts 8 January

24 weeks

£900

Online Course
Course starts 8 January

Level 2 Fiction

Ideal for writers who have already studied creative writing. Advance to longer and more complex manuscripts, experiment with new techniques and find a sense of adventure in your writing.

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Application deadline 11 December

Anjali Joseph or Monique Roffey

Course starts 8 January

24 weeks

£900

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Thursday 14 December

UEA Live: Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her latest novel, The Essex Serpent (Serpent’s Tail, 2016), was a number one bestseller, won Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and both Fiction book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year 2017 at the British Book Awards. She lives in Norwich.

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Thursday 14 December
The Flamingo @ The Pig and Whistle, All Saints Green, Norwich

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

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Monday 22 January

Should we edit genes?

The enzyme CRISPR-Cas9, which gives scientists the ability to cut and splice genes in plants, animals and humans, is a transformative technology. Wendy Harwood from the John Innes Centre will discuss the use of new gene editing technology in agriculture looking at how this could contribute to improved agricultural crops for the future, while Norwich Medical School’s Tom Shakespeare will discuss the possible impact of gene editing on human disease, and the ethical questions this raises.

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Monday 22 January
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

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Monday 26 February

A new age of anxiety?

With an epidemic amongst young people in depression and anxiety, and policy-makers now looking at ways of addressing public wellbeing, we ask if we are living in a new age of anxiety.

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Monday 26 February
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

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Monday 23 April

Who's afraid of populism?

The election of Donald Trump, the threat of populists in France and the Netherlands – not to mention in Poland, Hungary and Turkey – has caused some to fear for the health of liberal democracy itself. Why are so many disengaged from or dismayed by their legislators and governments? Is populism a challenge or an opportunity?

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Monday 23 April
The Forum, Norwich

7.30pm

Free entry - booking essential