Meet the World: The view from afar
30 March 2021 7:00pm — 8:00pm
With Liz Breslin (Dunedin, New Zealand), Marcin Wilk (Krakow, Poland) and Megan Bradbury (Norwich, UK).
What is it like to visit and write about a city that is hundreds (or thousands!) of miles away during a pandemic? How can this distance shape your writing? Join us online as we hear about how two of our UNESCO writers have been viewing Norwich from afar during their month-long virtual residency with the National Centre for Writing.
In a time when most of us can mostly only travel beyond our known boundaries by means of the internet, we will explore the truths in these virtual views. Modern life is watching us – through webcams and traffic cameras – so Liz Breslin spent a month watching it back, writing what she saw, and sharing her views from the other side of the world.
Marcin Wilk also used his virtual residency to enter the unknown space of a foreign city and see how his imagination worked. He has been exploring The Book Hive and other independent bookshops in Norwich, their history and the people who run them, and looking through the prism of bookshops at the local community, the book market, and the city.
Liz and Marcin will be in conversation with Megan Bradbury, whose novel, Everyone is Watching, about New York City, was researched mostly in Edinburgh. She also has over ten years’ experience as a bookseller.
This event will take place on YouTube. Please book your place in advance to receive a streaming link directly to your inbox.
With thanks to the ACE Ambition for Excellence Fund for supporting the UNESCO virtual