Mary and Nic research Pastons for creative response

Mary in King Street, viewing a beam said to have come originally from a Paston House in Princes Street

The Paston Heritage Society has just had a visit from Mary Paulson-Ellis, a writer based in Edinburgh who is part of a writers network  
organisation called 26. The group has recently gone into partnership with the Writers' Centre in Norwich and the UEA Creative Writing Programme to celebrate Norwich becoming England's first UNESCO City of Literature. 

Appropriately, 26 of the group's writers were paired with 26 UEA students and then matched with 26 literary figures from Norwich and Norfolk from the last 1000 years – the brief being to find out as much as possible and then write a creative piece in response. Mary's match is with the Paston Family and their letters.

Mary came to Norfolk for a few days and was able to meet Lucy Care (recuperating at the time from an accident in the snow) and look through some of the society's resources. Trustee Tim Lenton showed her and her UEA colleague, Nic Bouskill, the key sites in the Paston area, as well as the sites where they lived and moved in Norwich – ending up with a look at the Paston Treasure in the Castle Museum.

Both Mary and Nic will be producing writing as a result of their research, and we hope to have access to it in due course.