Programme

The Café Writers hold events at Louis Marchesi, 17 Tombland, Norwich in the upstairs function room.
Meetings start at 7.30 and admission is £3.00. All are welcome. We host readings from writers from across the globe, presenting a wide range of writers performing a variety of styles – poetry, drama, prose – in an atmosphere that both welcomes new work and invites professional polish. There are opportunities to read from the floor.

10th February 2020 – Zaffar Kunial and Competition winners

Zaffar Kunial (headliner and competition judge) Competition winners (support) Published by Faber & Faber, Zaffar Kunial’s debut book — ‘Us’ (2018) — was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Rathbones...

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9th March 2020 – Amanthi Harris and S.A. Harris

9th March - Amanthi Harris and S.A. Harris Amanthi Harris was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and has degrees in Law and Chemistry from Bristol University. Her novel BEAUTIFUL PLACE is published by Salt. LANTERN...

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20th April 2020 Jackie Wills and Helen Rye

Jackie Wills has spent her working life as a journalist, editor and teacher. She's a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists, former Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the universities of Surrey and Sussex and a Lector, leading reading groups in Brighton and...

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8th June 2020 Jessica Mookherjee and Cai Draper

Jessica Mookherjee is a poet of Bengali origin. She grew up in Wales and now lives in Kent. She has been published in many print and online journals including Agenda, Interpreter’s House, The North, Rialto, Under the Radar and Antiphon. Her pamphlet “The Swell” was...

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July 13th 2020 – George Szirtes and Jennifer Wong

George Szirtes’s first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979 was joint-winner of the Faber Prize. He has published many since then, his collection, Reel, winning the T S Eliot Prize in 2004 for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His latest is Mapping the...

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10th August 2020 – Joelle Taylor and Laura Scott

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor who has recently completed touring Europe, Australia, Brazil and South east Asia with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She is widely anthologist, the author of three full poetry...

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Recent events

14th October 2019 – Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris

14th October - Joint headline Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris   Mary Jean Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong, and studied at the universities of Oxford and Royal Holloway. Her debut collection Flèche is a Poetry Society Recommendation, and was recently...

9th December – Chrissy Williams and Kathy Pimlott 2019

9th December - Chrissy Williams and Kathy Pimlott Chrissy Williams is a poet, editor and tutor living in London. She edits the online poetry journal PERVERSE. Her first book-length collection BEAR was published by Bloodaxe in 2017. Poetry Review called it "a treasure...