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The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is the region’s largest annual celebration of crime writing and one of the fastest growing literary festivals in the UK.

Many incredible crime writers have attended the festival in recent years, including Val McDermid, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Peter James, Anthony Horowitz, Nicci French, Paula Hawkins and Benjamin Black.

Noirwich is about the reading and the writing of crime fiction. We explore how the genre works and where it is going, thanks to our unique connection with the University of East Anglia’s creative writing department. Our crime writing workshops provide attendees with the opportunity to enhance their own skills.

The festival is a co-production by the National Centre for Writing and the University of East Anglia, bringing together our expertise to deliver a celebration of crime writing like no other.

Join us in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature for a four-day spectacular at three city venues: the medieveal Dragon Hall, the University of East Anglia and Jarrold.

Visiting Norwich

Norwich has rail, air and bus links and can be reached from London in under two hours.

During your stay you can easily travel to the beautiful Norfolk coast and explore castles, cathedrals and some of England’s finest stately homes.

Norwich is a city where heritage landmarks spanning 1,000 years of history blend with striking 21st century architecture. It is an inclusive place alive with all the sights, local delights and cultural vibrancy of a major city while still being possible to navigate on foot.

Latest news

Noirwich 2019 revealed

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival returns this September with a new line-up of astonishing crime writers. A limited number of Season Passes are now available!

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Looking back at Noirwich 2018

Now that Noirwich 2019 has been revealed, we thought we'd take a retrospective look back at last year's festival. If you've never been to Noirwich before this will give you a taste of what to expect in September.

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Activism and literature

This week we have an interview with author Winnie M Li, writer of the novel Dark Chapter which was described by the Guardian as “a defiant retelling of personal trauma.”

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Hybrid writing

Matt Wesolowski is the author of Six Stories and here discusses the term 'hybrid writer' and how he incorporates new forms into his storytelling.

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UEA
Noirwich

Arts Council England

Arts Council England

Norwich City Council

Norwich City Council

Norfolk county council

Norfolk county council

Norwich BID

Norwich BID

Dead Good Books

Dead Good Books

Jarrold

Jarrold

Crime Club

Crime Club

Waterstones

Waterstones

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