Norwich – Literary Utopia?
Today’s New York Times Travel section has an article Norwich, England – A Getaway for Book Lovers (that’s the title online; in the print version it’s called Where Writers, and Readers, Feel at Home). Several contemporary writers are mentioned, notably Kazuo Ishiguro, along with a passing reference to the burial site of Sir Thomas Browne. There’s no mention of W.G. Sebald nor did the Times writer bother to find out the name of the artist who hand painted the entire text of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia on the brick facade of an old electrical plant, one of the locations she highlights. A quick Google search produces the artist’s name: Rory Macbeth. Check out the Flickr stream of norfolkodyssey, which contains a number of photographs of the site. If you’re going to Snape Maltings next weekend for the big event After Sebald – Place and Re-Enchantment: A Weekend Exploration, a side trip to Norwich doesn’t look too difficult.
Maybe Norwich should apply to become a UNESCO City of Literature.