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New festival for young readers and writers

Published on 07/06/17

Dozens of new worlds will be conjured up at new festival of reading and writing in Norwich in July.

The Inspired Words festival on Saturday, July 15, will celebrate the creative power of books with a day of readings and workshops.

Held at Jane Austen College on the city's historic Colegate - itself once the home of 19th century Norwich author Amelia Opie - the day will see seven authors showcase their work.

The line up features Alexander Gordon Smith, Katy Birchall, Tamsyn Murray, Sara Grant, Catherine Barter, Suzan Collins and Hilton Pashley.

There will also be sessions from the children's team from the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, and workshops.

The festival feel will be rounded off with picnic tables and food and drink stalls, to feed body and mind throughout the day.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm, and family tickets cost just £5.

Jane Austen College librarian and event organiser Robert Welton said: "We're really excited about this new festival and bringing together authors and young readers.

"The lineup covers a range wide of ages and styles, and we've got both local authors and those from further afield. There are some great literary events in Norfolk but our festival approach is different, and means families can enjoy a relaxed day and dip in and out of the sessions.

"We want to emphasise the creative side of reading and writing and how enjoyable and engaging it can be."

Author lineup

  • Alexander Gordon Smith: Escape From Furnace; The Fury; The Inventors
  • Katy Birchall: The IT Girl series
  • Tamsyn Murray: Completely Cassidy; Tanglewood Animal Park; Stunt Bunny
  • Sara Grant: Chasing Danger; Dark Parties
  • Catherine Barter: Troublemakers
  • Suzan Collins: Chatty Cat
  • Hilton Pashley: Gabriel’s Clock; Sammeal’s Wings

Buy your tickets today

Family tickets - covering up to two adults and three children - cost just £5 and are available to buy online via our ticket partner Eventbrite.

Places are limited so we strongly recommend buying tickets in advance to ensure you and your family can enjoy the festival.

On the day

The festival is being held at Jane Austen College on Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1DD.

There is no car parking available on site, but St Andrew's multi-storey car park on Duke Street is only a short walk away.  Cycle spaces are available.

Jane Austen College is approximately a 20 minute walk from Norwich railway station, or 15 minutes from Norwich bus station.

Indoor and outdoor picnic areas will be available, with food and drink available to purchase. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, but alcohol is not allowed.