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A visit to Norwich

February 27, 2017

We travelled across the country on February 13th for a meeting of the Cafe Writers in Norwich. On this occasion the Competition judge, Andrew McMillan, read from his multi-award-winning first collection Physical, there were open-mic slots and some of the prize-winners read their poems. The winning poems and Andrew’s report can be seen here. The audience exceeded fifty and the atmosphere was friendly. The evening was compered with great good humour by Martin Figura.

Next morning we had a few hours to explore the city before travelling on to visit cousins in Suffolk. I’d love to go back to Norwich sometime and see more. Here are some photos of the fabulous Royal Arcade, opened in 1899.

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The Cathedral, of course! Construction started in 1096.

And the Guildhall, constructed 1407-1413 from cream-coloured stone and knapped flints.

St Andrew’s Hall dates back to the 14th century and, with Blackfriars Hall, is one of the most complete friary complexes in England.

I was fascinated by the paving under my feet – I kept getting ideas for quilts!

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