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02/23/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2021 09:54

FCC Environment and National Centre for Writing team-up to celebrate books, reading and the positive spirit of young people across Norfolk

FCC Environment ยป FCC Environment and National Centre for Writing team-up to celebrate books, reading and the positive spirit of young people across Norfolk
23rd February 2021

The National Centre for Writing (NCW) and FCC Environment, one of the largest providers of waste management in the UK, teamed up to run a competition across Norfolk to celebrate the positive spirit of young people and gift books on the theme of a renewal to schools in the county.

In a year in which there has been so much bad news the campaign commissioned a poem on the theme of renewal and hope, by Mathilda Armiger, one of the Young Norfolk Laureates. Her incredible poem was shared with 15,000 readers via the NCW e-newsletter.

Through the partnership a selection of books was hand-picked to celebrate a green future and the active spirit of young people across the region.

The books were selected by Peggy Hughes, Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing, which is based in Norwich, England's first UNESCO City of Literature.

Peggy chose the following books:

Primary school age

  • The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  • Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
  • The Big Book of Blooms Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer
  • Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: an animal poem for every day of the year selected by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Secondary school age

  • Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Dark Wild Books by Piers Torday
  • The Stubborn Light of Things by Melissa Harrison

Following a region-wide competition NCW and FCC Environment gifted four book bundles to schools in Norfolk. The packages went to:

  • Caister Academy
  • Locksley School
  • Marsham Primary School
  • Sidestrand Hall School

On receiving the books Sarah Arnold, the Librarian at Caister Academy said:

'We were delighted to be one of the winners in the Book Bundle Giveaway run by the National Centre for Writing and FCC Environment. The books will be included in our Key Stage 3 reading group; I look forward to introducing the students to new and exciting authors and to share our passion for reading.'

Peggy Hughes, Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing said:

'Sometimes I have to pinch myself that my job involves choosing such wonderful books for the young readers and environmentalists of Norwich, and huge thanks to the continuing support of FCC Environment, to be able to gift these books to schools. I hope that through the words and ideas of Dara McAnulty, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Greta Thunberg and others that our young people will learn that no-one is too small to make a difference.'

FCC Environment Operations Director Steve Longdon said:

'We have been supporting the aims of the National Centre for Writing and the outreach work they undertake for some time now including their commissioning of award-winning performance-poet Luke Wright to write a poem in praise of the thousands of front line workers who have continued to collect and manage waste throughout the Coronavirus pandemic so it's great to be involved in recommending some books for young people. Reading is a hugely beneficial activity at all ages and I shall certainly be investing in one or two of these for my son.'

At Christmas time, as part of the campaign, NCW also gifted bundles of the books to The Norwich Food Bank and the Kings Lynn Foodbank. During NCW's Christmas appeal 90 book donations were made after people were inspired by the partnership.

NCW Press enquiries: Alice Kent, Communications Director at [email protected] / 01603 877177

The book covers for all selected book titles can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6jlxws9x5wfu4t2/AACgRUCMPb0O_TnaNC7GvJY-a?dl=0

About National Centre for Writing

The National Centre for Writing (NCW) is a place of discovery, exchange, ideas and learning for writers, literary translators and readers. Based in the restored and extended 15th-century Dragon Hall in the heart of Norwich England's first UNESCO City of Literature, it explores how writing can inspire and change the world we live in. Its year round programme of events, festivals and courses reaches over 14,000 people a year with an additional 110,000 engaged online. Through its learning and participation programme it supports 5,000 young people a year and has a commitment to working with those in the most disadvantaged areas. NCW's patrons include Margaret Atwood, JM Coetzee, Kei Miller and Elif Shafak.


FCC Environment is one of the UK's leading recycling and waste management companies and in Norfolk the company had provided waste services for many years. FCC Environment operates the Mile Cross Recycling Centre on Swanton Road in Norwich on behalf of Norfolk County Council as well as Waste Transfer Stations at Costessey, Thetford and Shipdham the company also treats and disposes of up to 100,000t of Norfolk's residual waste.

Staff at the Recycling Centre are now back at work providing residents with a safe and socially distanced space to bring in all the waste, other than textiles, that the public have had to store at home during the early stages of the lock down when the most of the Recycling Centres in the country were shut.

The team of 10 Key Workers are on site to receive waste and recycling during the hours of 0900-1700, 7 days a week.

FCC Environment works closely with the Nation Centre For Writing through FCC Communities Foundation which is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

As the lead Community Heritage Partner FCC Environment's support through FCC Communities Foundation has enabled renovation work to the Great Hall and Great Arch (which date back to the 1400s), secured full accessibility for deaf audiences, created a community garden and supported the new education space.