Books / 22/12/2021 UEA Spring 2022 Line-up

After the Autumn success of UEA Live, the Spring line-up has just been announced! This term we had some stellar speakers, from Bimini Bon Boulash to Ed Miliband, and the Spring event looks just as exciting. Every Wednesday across March and May, with a date in April, guest speakers will be coming to the UEA...

Books, Venue / 15/12/2021 UEA Live: Ed Miliband on Boris, beards, and big ideas

Rivalled only by the Scottish pirate-themed heavy metal band playing in the LCR, Ed Miliband held an audience in the largest lecture theatre on campus to discuss his new book Go Big: How to fix our world on Thursday 9th December. Known by many as the leader of the Labour Party from 2010 to 2015, MP for Doncaster...

Books / 07/12/2021 Christmas Shopping – Bookshop Edition

As the holiday season grows closer, many people are starting to worry about buying the perfect gift for their loved ones. Well, you can’t go wrong with a good book, and for that Norwich is the perfect place to be. From hidden gems to the more mainstream, here are the best places to shop for...

Books / 07/12/2021 Winter Book Recommendations

One of my favourite things to do in winter is grab a book and sit with a hot drink, pretending there’s a fire right next to me, when in reality it’s just a radiator. If you’re not a fan of winter, this is one of the small pleasures to make this season that tiny bit...

Books / 07/12/2021 The Cosy Books to Read This Winter.

What makes a book ‘cosy’? It’s a question I’ve often struggled to answer. In the ever commercialising, digitalising, and everything-else-ising age, I’m not sure ‘cosy’ reads satisfy today’s reader as much as they used to. The winter is no longer necessarily freezing cold, and the summer no longer boiling hot. The climate is changing, and...

Books / 07/12/2021 This One Sky Day: UEA Live with Leone Ross

At the beginning of November, I had the pleasure of seeing Leone Ross discuss her latest novel at UEA Live. This One Sky Day was fifteen years in the making, and listening to Ross speak, you can see why. The book is set in the fictional archipelago Popisho, a magical place inspired by the Caribbean....

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#BookTok: Worth the Hype?

If you’re not familiar with the concept of BookTok, it’s a communal space for the readers of TikTok where books are recommended and discussed between users. It has benefited people all over the world. I’m not ashamed to admit that when looking for a book recommendation, BookTok is the first place I check, and it’s…

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An Interview with Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon is a well-known fantasy and dystopian author. Whilst studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, Shannon signed a book deal for a seven-book series known as The Bone Season. Shannon is currently working on the fifth instalment of the series, and a project set in the world of The Priory of the…

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UEA Live: Lauren Groff and her Queer Nuns

On October 7th, Lauren Groff kicked off UEA Live by discussing her latest novel Matrix, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Awards. Matrix is a historical fiction novel reimagining the 12th century poet Marie de France as a queer, visionary leader. Groff has a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction, four published novels,…

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Bimini Bon Boulash at UEA Live

People of influence are well represented by the fans they have, and those waiting to see Bimini Bon Boulash are characterised by animal prints, colourful hair, and bold makeup. Taking my seat, I settle into the excited buzz of the room. It doesn’t feel like we’re about to watch a book launch – the energy…

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Translated Texts

If you’re fascinated by all aspects of modern and traditional Japanese culture – from the bustling cities and picturesque countryside, the decadent cuisine and beautiful architecture, and the exuberant world of the performing arts to the quirky contemporary fashion scene – but you haven’t yet experienced the magnificent culture for yourself, these translated texts might…

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Noirwich Crime-Writing Festival: Killer Debuts

TW: fear, violence, animal abuse, trauma, lynching  The shadow of Noirwich, the annual crime-writing festival, descended upon the city of stories. From this darkness emerged three writers: Catriona Ward, Femi Kayode, and Greg Buchanan, connected by their shared experience as alumni of UEA’s writing programme. I caught their 11th September conversation with host Lee Randall….


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