Writing Places

Writing Places is an ambitious creative writing and literary translation-led project that aims to explore the connections between writing and place in Kolkata and Norwich, celebrate the links between our cities and countries, and foreground debate of the 70th anniversary on Indian Independence in 2017. It is part of the UK-India Year of Culture.

The project comprises a mix of writers’ exchanges between India and the UK, literary translation workshops and mentoring, festival events and public discussions. In 2018, we will publish the Writing Places anthology with Seagull Books, edited by Arunava Sinha.

Our overall theme is writing and place. Kolkata and Norwich have over fifteen hundred years of literary history between them. Despite enormous differences, literature is each city’s shared and defining art form and provides the cultural and historical thread that runs through the histories of their city regions, communities and identities. Home to radical re-thinkers of the literary arts – from Thomas Browne and Ishwar Chandra Vidysagar to WG ‘Max’ Sebald and Amitav Ghosh – the cities are connected by a commitment to cultural exchange through creative writing and literary translation. 

Writing Places is a partnership between Writers’ Centre Norwich, the University of East Anglia, the British Centre for Literary Translation, the Kolkata Literary Meet, Seagull Books, and the Centre for the Translation of Indian Languages at Jadavpur University. It is supported by the British Council and Arts Council England ReImagine India fund.


The Lowlands - with
Sarah Perry, Lucy
Hughes-Hallett and
Anjali Joseph

Monday 22 May
Part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival