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Norwich to become literary capital with a National Centre for Writing

Novelists, including recently published, Benjamin Johncock have welcomed the news that Norwich is to open a National Centre for Writers in the city's Dragon Hall.

Norwich has long provided literary inspiration for writers such as Rose Tremain, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Anna Sewell and Tracy Chevalier.

And the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA course has an alumni of dozens of award-winning authors.

Dragon Hall, Norwich Credit: ITV Anglia.

Thanks to grants worth £900,000 from Arts Council England the Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN) can convert its current site in the ancient Dragon's Hall, into a national hub for literature.

The funds will be spent improving the buildings, creating a writer's cottage and encouraging authors from across the country to attend events and classes.

"It really helps put us on the map and identify somewhere that isn't London in the UK for some of our partners.

"It'll be great for bringing in cultural tourism money as well. And it'll help us run festivals and partnerships that will bring in money right across the county, I hope"

– Chris Gribble, Chief Exec, WCN

Work is due to finish in 2018.

With Norwich already named a UNESCO City of Literature, this latest development puts Norwich firmly at the centre of the literary world.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout