<p>Norwich is to become the UK's first City Of Refuge for persecuted writers and their families. It will join an international network of more than 30 cities, welcoming politically exiled writers who have been denied freedom of speech in their home countries. </p><p>According to the Norwich Evening Standard, the city is also to host a “writer in residence”, who will help promote the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, on a regional, national and international level. </p><p>As the country's first City Of Refuge, Norwich will offer safety and creative freedom to a persecuted writer and will bag a world first by running a three-year community programme, which will include work in schools, libraries, arts venues, community centres, asylum seeker centres and prisons.</p>
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