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The Norwich Tales

Enjoy three brand new stories inspired by Norwich’s fascinating medieval history.

For the past year, three local writers have been working with three different age groups to create stories through words, pictures and performance to bring the City’s medieval heritage to life.

Watch a film about the project

Explore the stories

Rose Feather: I See a Family

Picture-book maker and workshop leader Rose Feather has created a new illustrated story book for Early Years audiences inspired by Norwich’s medieval trades called I See a Family. The book forms part of a lovely new Medieval Family Adventure Kit available for visitors to Norwich Castle to enjoy.

Daisy Henwood: A Norwich Bestiary

Poet Daisy Henwood worked with young people aged 14-18 through a series of workshops to create A Norwich Bestiary – a collection of poems inspired by the animals found in the museum’s collections, around the city, or imagined into key moments in Norwich’s past.

Follow A Norwich Bestiary poetry trail to take a fascinating tour of historic locations across the city, starting at Norwich Castle. We encourage you to pause at each stop to read or listen to the poems.

Shey Hargreaves: Bedmaking

Writer and performer Shey Hargreaves created her Norwich tale in the form of a drama performance for adult audiences. Bedmaking is a moving exploration of care-giving in the medieval period which connects to and reflects on the experience of providing care during the pandemic.

Watch Bedmaking by Shey Hargreaves



Thank you to our three writers and everyone who took part in the workshops which helped shape these stories.

Particular thanks to: our Tangle Talk families (I See a Family); our Kick the Dust young volunteers – Kitty, Assyl, Kendra, Zoe, Oskar, Florence, Mabel, Elliot, Kitty, Pepper, Catriona, Vesper and Phoenix (The Norwich Bestiary); the healthcare professionals who attended workshops, The Assist Trust, Professor Carole Rawcliffe, Bethan Holdridge, Cathy Terry, Tracey Mavor, Anthony Cule, Tim Lawrence, and Charles Moore (Bedmaking).