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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. In 2020, we’re launching two special event series, celebrating CW50 – 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA. And we can’t wait to share them with you.

In the spirit of doing things differently, UEA Live: Autumn 2020 will be available for FREE to experience online.

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Our UEA Live: Autumn 2020 Programme

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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.

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