NCW Activity Report

Covid-19 pandemic & 2019-20 statistical review

A Message from Chris Gribble,
Chief Executive NCW

When we sat down in late February, poised to end the first full financial year of our existence as The National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall, we had no idea what the months ahead held in store for us all.

Like characters at the start of any narrative, we didn’t know how things would turn out.

What we have learned during the long (and continuing) months of this pandemic is that staying connected and staying creative – our priority in the months just gone – will guide us over the year to come. We have worked incredibly hard to maintain contact with our audiences and communities, to offer them support, resources, opportunities to share their experiences and spaces just to be in each other’s company. We will continue to do that with a renewed commitment to ensuring access and inclusivity is at the core of our thinking and actions. We will carry on the work to maintain Dragon Hall as a Covid-secure space for when our audiences can return, and in the meanwhile redouble our efforts to make digital spaces creative and welcoming for all those who can join us there.

Dragon Hall has been a place of exchange, conversation, debate, argument and community gathering since 1430. We’re absolutely committed to making sure it returns from this short hiatus as a place where those who live in, work in or visit Norwich – physically or virtually, writers, translators, readers and communities of all sorts – can find the inspiration, stories and encouragement they need to face an uncertain world.

Following is a summary of our pandemic year, we hope you enjoy some of the work and stories in it. We’re looking forward to meeting you in the coming year.

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Original illustrations and infographic by Elhorno