Nathaniel Gilson (L6R), Grace Murray (M5B) and Alice Wollocombe (U5N) have been announced as Writers' Centre Norwich Young Ambassadors for 2018.
The Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN) Young Ambassador programme launched in 2016 with aims for every school in Norfolk to have a UNESCO City of Literature champion. These ambassadors share 'a love of reading, writing and books in their schools and local communities and spread the word of Norwich as England's first UNESCO City of Literature' explains the Writers' Centre. Ten other ambassadors have also been announced, for the 2018 year, from a variety of schools across Norfolk.
The ambassadors get behind-the-scenes passes to festivals, events and performances and get opportunities to interview writers and artists. They can take part in workshops to support their professional development including presenting in public. Each Ambassador is assigned a mentor to help them identify and reach their own goals.
The Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN) has a mission to put literature at the heart of contemporary culture. The WCN says that: 'Through pioneering and collaborative projects we explore the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation.'
WCN led the successful bid in 2012 for the city of Norwich to be recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature. WCN are currently transforming Dragon Hall into the National Centre for Writing. The Hall will be a new space where established and emerging writers are supported and nurtured, where the best in world literature is made easily accessible to audiences and readers, and which benefits local communities through innovative education programmes. The centre is planning to open in 2018.
Congratulations to Nathaniel, Grace and Alice and good luck for the year ahead.