Norwich was officially declared a Unesco City of Literature on 5 November.
The city is the first one selected in England, and the sixth in the world. The new status was celebrated with a ceremony in the Cholmondley Room in the House of Lords, with several UEA writers in attendance at the event hailed as the “launch of Norwich” in the literary field .
Andrew Cowan, Professor of Creative Writing at UEA said he was “immensely proud” that “our city has yet again contributed something to British and global cultural life through this achievement.”
The new title has been hailed as excellent news for the University, paticuarly the Literature, Drama and Creative Writing department. A grant of £340,000 has been approved through Unesco’s flagship project, which will possibly lead to a creation of an “international centre for writing”, to be located in Norwich.