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NAW 2017Tuesday, 21 February 2017
After seven years of energetic and fulfilling activity, the National Academy of Writing is taking a sabbatical through 2017. A brief amount of that time (though not too brief) will be spent looking back in wonder at a period that has seen the Academy work with some of the finest writers in the English language.
In this its second decade the NAW has staged events featuring a range of writers from Man Booker prizewinners Kazuo Ishiguro and Alan Hollinghurst to unmistakeable new voices like Sarah Perry and Benjamin Wood. Writers who have contributed to courses and events include Deborah Moggach, A.L.Kennedy, Iain Banks, Sophie Hannah, David Almond, Jojo Moyes, Sir Michael Holroyd, Linda Grant, Keith Ridgway, Deborah Levy, Kevin Barry, Kapka Kassabova, Emma Healey, Max Porter, Naomi Wood, Evie Wyld, Deirdre Madden, Kerry Hudson and John Boyne.
The Academy has been delighted to collaborate during this period with Pembroke College, The University of Cambridge, Writers & Artists, Birmingham City University, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Henley Literary Festival, Chiswick Book Festival, the Bristol Festival of Literature and the Southbank Centre in London.
Our famous Public Edit, which features a direct edit of stories submitted by the audience, is now established as an exciting interactive literary event that finds something useful to say about stories of all kinds, from writers just starting out to second books by Costa shortlisted novelists. The Public Edit has become a feature of the literary circuit in the UK and increasingly abroad: audiences have put forward texts for the Edit at the EKF Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria and at the Dhaka Literary Festival in Bangladesh.
In particular, the NAW has been made worthwhile in this period by the committed writers who have taught and attended courses in Birmingham, at the Freeword Centre and Writers & Artists in London, and over the gorgeous summer months in Cambridge. Many thanks to you all.