The New Writing Partnership

The New Writing Partnership is a collaboration between the City of Norwich, the County of Norfolk, the University of East Anglia and Arts Council England, East.

It seeks to explore relationships between writers, culture and local communities and stimulate debate about literature and its values through international and cross-cultural exchanges. It follows writing wherever it leads – to the screen, to the stage, into the classroom, into pubs, on to the web, on to the streets, in the media and, of course, into books.

East Anglia boasts more resident writers than any other region in the UK outside London. Each year the region draws a broad range of writers from all over the world to its various programmes. Writers come to the University of East Anglia to study creative writing or as residential fellows; they talk and read at the International Visiting Writers series in Norwich; they congregate at the hugely popular Essex Book Festival; and perform at the highly respected Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

The University of East Anglia is synonymous with literary excellence, claiming a roll-call of famous writers – including Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Angela Carter, Rose Tremain, Andrew Motion and W G Sebald – who have studied or taught there since novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson started the MA in Creative Writing in 1970. This course is now led by Michèle Roberts, Patricia Duncker, Andrew Cowan, Denise Riley, Val Taylor and Richard Holmes.



The New Writing Partnership aims to build on the literary heritage and strength of Norwich, Norfolk and the East of England and to establish the region as a centre of literary excellence for a new generation of writers and readers.

The New Writing Partnership is a registered charity (registered charity number: 1110725) and is led by Christopher Gribble, Chief Executive. The Board comprises: Dame Gillian Beer, Rachel Calder, Graham Creelman, Jill Dawson, Rachel Higgs, Faith Liddell, Rebecca Swift, Bill Thompson and Andrew Yuill. Board observers are: Jon Cook (University of East Anglia), Nikki Rotsos (Norwich City Council), Mari Martin (Norfolk County Council) and Lucy Sheerman (Arts Council England, East), who represent the key stakeholders.

Diversity issues are integral to every part of the New Writing Partnership’s programming.  We aim to showcase the best writing and industry talent from a broad mix of cultures, and to develop the writing skills of participants with diverse cultural backgrounds and physical abilities.  We work to be as inclusive and open as possible, guided by our detailed diversity action plan.