An evening with The National Centre of Writing

A Historic evening with Dragon Hall 

Who could resist an invite to spend an evening networking with an intriguing medieval merchant with a penchant for extensions and risk taking?

Tuesday evening was spent in one of Norwich’s most beautiful heritage buildings, the medieval Dragon Hall on King Street.  Dragon hall is home to the National Centre for Writing, who take care of the city’s UNESCO City of Literature status.   

We were very proud to support The National Centre for Writing as they opened their doors and welcomed Norfolk Chamber of Commerce members to join them for one of their heritage tours and fizz in the Foyle Gallery, the stunning contemporary glass addition to Dragon Hall.

Meg Rumbelow Hemsley, Development Manager and Peggy Hughes, Programme Director talked about the NCW role and the exciting creative work they support and inspire in the community.

By creating a programme that engages writers, literary translators and readers, both in person and online the National Centre for Writing  are supporting new voices and stories. With a full programme of workshops and mentoring. If you are interested in attending any of the events you can find out more here.

Following the fizz, we split into three groups and followed the incredibly knowledgeable Heritage volunteers, Mary Bradford, Richard Matthew and Malcolm Ireson around the stunning Grade 1 listed building.

From stories of the 15th Century entrepreneur Robert Toppes to visiting the 14th Century Undercroft it was a witty and colourful journey back in time.


If you want to start writing, or improve your skills you can find inspiring and creative tips on NCW blog page.

The Heritage tours are free to attend and are run on the first and third Monday of each month at 2pm. You can find out more about the next upcoming tour in February here.

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