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Welcome to a new chapter
UEA Live is a different kind of literary festival. Our legacy is longstanding. Our voices are inclusive. Our events are experiences.
Previously known as the UEA Literary Festival, UEA Live has been welcoming the world’s finest writers and thinkers to Norwich since 1991. That makes us the longest-established university-based literary festival.
We might have a new name and a new look, but we’re committed to inspiring and empowering audiences, drawing on the University of East Anglia’s expertise in storytelling across all our subjects. We’re proud of our broad, dynamic, inclusive programmes, our unique heritage, and our curious, charismatic community that brings the festival to life.
Imagination is crucial in these turbulent times because it offers hope and alternative futures. Continuing our celebration of 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA, our spring programme showcases pioneering writers who use creativity to forge the world differently and will be available to experience online.
Our UEA Live: Spring 2021 Programme
Future and Form
Film by Ali Smith and Sarah Wood
Home to the UK’s first creative writing MA, the University of East Anglia has been at the forefront of pioneering excellence in creative writing for the past 50 years.
With more published writers than any other institution in the UK, our esteemed, prize-winning alumni have become some of the most distinguished voices of the contemporary era.
During 2020–2021 we will celebrate the past, interrogate the present and spark debates about the future as we mark five decades as a global leader in creative writing.
Founded by Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson in 1970, UEA’s MA Creative Writing was the first of its kind in the UK. To this day, it remains one of the most prestigious creative writing programmes in the world.