New programme aims to transform 300 young people in Norwich into travel writers

The Writers' Centre Norwich.

The Writers' Centre Norwich. - Credit: Archant

A programme of school trips and workshops is aiming to turn 300 young people in Norwich into travel writers.

Words and Ways will offer two free travel-themed creative writing workshops to ten schools across the city.

It is being run by the Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN) and Anguish's Educational Foundation (AEF).

The creative writing workshops, designed for students between the ages of six to 18 years, will take place at either end of a school trip.

The first will teach participants the skills needed to be eagle-eyed adventurers under the strict and watchful eye of 'Indianya' Jones.

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While the second will see them turn their field notes into poetry, prose and performance, finally earning their wings as fully fledged travel writers.

The programme marks the 400th anniversary of the AEF, which was set up by Thomas Anguish through a bequest left in his will following his death in 1617.

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Mr Anguish, a former alderman, sheriff and mayor of Norwich, was so deeply moved by the plight of the city's impoverished children that he directed money be spent on the relief of their suffering.

Four hundred years on, his fund continues to support those in need.

Sophie Scott-Brown, programme manager at Writers' Centre Norwich said: 'We are delighted to be Anguish's Educational Foundation on delivering 'Words and Ways'.

For four hundred years Thomas Anguish's legacy has provided vital support and enrichment to the lives of the city's children.

'What better way to celebrate this than to offer all children, regardless of circumstance, access to both incredible journeys and the verbal tools to make them even more meaningful?'

The project will run between February and July 2017, culminating in an anthology collection of the children's work in autumn 2017 and a showcase event in early 2018.

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