01.  03.  2007

Calling Norfolk’s Young Poets

27 February 2007

For immediate release

The New Writing Partnership, Creative Arts East and Norwich City Football Club Study Centre have kicked off a Young Poets Competition at Carrow Road.

The competition is part of the Norwich City of Refuge project and is open to Norfolk-based poets between the ages of 11 and 25. Poems must be based on the theme of Refuge but can be in any style.

The lucky competition winners will have their poems published in an anthology later in the year and will also get the opportunity to read their work during Refugee Week in June.

The press conference on Tuesday 27 February at the Carrow Road football ground was attended by the following (l-r in photograph; photo by Roger Harris):


Young Poets Competition Launch

• Sarah Bower of Creative Arts East
• Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of NWP
• Canaries star Bryan Gunn
• Brenda Ferris of Norwich City Council
• Patrick Hacon, Chairman of Norfolk County Council

Photos from the launch are available now from The New Writing Partnership. Tel 01603 877177.

Notes to Editors:

Norwich becomes the UK's first City of Refuge for persecuted writers and their families later this year. The programme will contribute towards cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, encouraging tolerance and integration in the wider community. The City of Refuge project offers sanctuary, promotes internationalism and signifies a commitment by all those involved to free speech and anti-racism. For further information on the project please refer to www.newwritingpartnership.org.uk/cityofrefuge.

Norwich City of Refuge is supported by a steering group drawing members from the British Centre for Literary Translation, Norwich City Council, NWP and ICORN.

The New Writing Partnership exists to develop and support creative writing, establishing the East of England as a national and international centre of excellence.

For further information please contact:
Sarah Gooderson or Shenaz Kedar, The New Writing Partnership, Norwich
Tel 01603 877177

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