Chrysalis – Sat. 23rd January
A day of events programmed by young people*, reflecting on 2020 and a year spent apart. Tickets are available from the National Centre for Writing.
All events and workshops are free to enjoy online from home.
With Holly Ainley, Hannah Chukwu, So Mayer and Amelia Platt
10.30 – 11.30am GMT
When you look at your bookshelves, do you see diversity? Whose stories are being told? How are you reading them? Tune in for our panel discussion on reading and writing habits, and how the world can benefit when we broaden our reading horizons.
Featuring Holly Ainley, book buyer for Jarrold; Hannah Chukwu, assistant editor at Hamish Hamilton (Penguin); writer and activist So Mayer; and young reader and Lit Insider, Amelia Platt.
2020 Vision: A Reflection on the Year
With Inua Ellams
12.30 – 1.30pm GMT
2020 was a year like no other. Tune in live for the launch of a specially commissioned poem by internationally touring poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams. A unique chance to not only take stock of last year but also to look forward to the future.
This event will also include a live Q&A, giving you the chance to ask Inua about his writing, his experience of 2020, and his process for creating this poem.
Workshop: Writing the Present
With Alex Holmes
2.15 – 3.45pm GMT
How can writing help you make sense of your feelings and the world around you right now? Join Alex Holmes, mental health and wellness advocate, writer and podcaster, for a friendly and informal online workshop which will give you the tools to write about the issues that matter to you most in an open and honest way.
This workshop will take place online and is open to everyone. Registration is free but places are limited to 15.
PLEASE NOTE the workshop is FULLY BOOKED but there is a wait list option.
Lit From the Inside
Our Lit From the Inside programme enables 14 – 17-year-olds to get a behind-the-scenes look at the literary arts scene in Norwich.
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*The young people who programmed this event are from Lit from the Inside, a scheme open to those who live or go to school in Norfolk.
Bookings and information https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/chrysalis/
I am excited to hear Inua Ellam’s commission, I’m blessed to have seen him perform live several times, always a magical experience. 2020 saw him launch new work, win awards and present at several Literary Festivals including Hay.