City of Literature

Page Against the Machine

In partnership with The Book Hive

This is a past event which has now ended.

Join us for a Festival edition of Page Against the Machine, in partnership with The Book Hive! Pick a book, grab a cool drink and turn off your phone for a well-deserved detox read in the beautiful surroundings of The Plantation Garden – or join in from home from the dining room window, tucked up in bed or in a deck chair in the garden!

This event is part of the City of Literature programme, in partnership with National Centre for Writing.

Explore the full City of Literature programme here

Important information

Age guidance: All ages welcome

Duration: 1 hour

Accessibility: The entrance and the main part of the garden are fully accessible. However, there are steep steps up the Italian Terrace at the end of the garden and some steps and steep slopes on the woodland paths around the top of the garden. There is an accessible toilet.


Please note: You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and picnic in the garden, but alcohol is NOT permitted. The Garden is a NO SMOKING zone. Assistance dogs only.


Tag us!: Make sure to take a picture of your chosen book and reading spot, and share with us on social media using the hashtag #CityofLit21: Twitter @WritersCentre @bookhive Instagram: @writerscentre @thebookhive

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Though this is a free event, we ask that you book a place in advance.

We will ask for a contact number at the point of booking for NHS Test and Trace, we also ask that all members of your party scan into NHS Test and Trace on entry to the event.

We encourage you to book digital, e-tickets to all the events you’re booking for this year.


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City of Literature is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by National Centre for Writing

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