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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

The Dragon‘s Spell

The Dragon's Spell

Writers' Centre Norwich and HEART commissioned the award-winning poet George Szirtes to write The Dragon's Spell, which wove its way through the city centre during the Norwich Dragon Festival 2014 (10-23 February). 

The challenge was to track down the dragons and uncover the cunningly concealed secret code that they are hiding. Dragon-seekers had to piece the fragments together to discover the dragon's spell in order to enter the competition.

20 dragon panels were on display in shop and venue windows throughout the city. Each dragon was unique – some of our dragon friends had spots, stripes or even horns, and they were all different colours – which one was your favourite?!

Congratulations to first prize winner Connie Cook, who won a unique, specially commissioned wooden dragon sculpture, created by Wild Chain Carvers!

Connie with her dragon 'Bluefire'

Two runners-up received intu Chapelfield Gift Cards - £50 for second prize, and £25 for third prize.

Download The Dragon's Spell leaflet

About George Szirtes

George Szirtes is an accomplished and experienced tutor who has previously taught at the University of East Anglia and at the Norwich University of the Arts. His books of poetry and works of translation have won the TS Eliot Prize, the Faber Memorial Prize and the Cholmondeley Prize Déry Prize for Translation, to name but a few. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

About Writers' Centre Norwich

Writers' Centre Norwich is passionate about reading, writing and literature in all its forms. Through working with readers, writers, schools, young people and communities WCN aims to encourage and develop the role of literature in people's lives.

Following WCN's successful bid for Norwich to become England's first UNESCO City of Literature, the organisation is now working on a flagship project developing a national centre for writing in Norwich.

If you'd like to know more about Writers' Centre Norwich and what it means to be a UNESCO City of Literature please visit



Terms & Conditions for The Dragon's Spell competition


  • The Dragon's Spell runs from 10th - 23rd February 2014
  • Entries should be handed into intu Chapelfield's information desk only
  • Only entries handed in by 2nd March 2014 will be valid
  • 1st prize is a carved dragon sculpture by Wild Chain Carvers
  • 2nd prize is an intu Chapelfield Gift Card for £50
  • 3rd prize is an intu Chapelfield Gift Card for £25
  • Prize is non-transferable
  • No cash alternative
  • The winners will be notified by 14th March 2014
  • Employees of HEART or the Dragon's Spell working group are not eligble to enter the competition