Annual Conference 2023 – Norwich

Venue: Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich

Dragon Hall – National Centre for Writing

Dates: Tuesday June 27th – Friday June 30th, 2023


As always, the conference will be a mixture of papers, trails and social events.

The completed conference registration form should be sent to the Society’s Secretary, Sharon Connor (details below).  This year, participants will be expected to book their own hotel accommodation; so, to help with this, local hotels are listed below.

The cost of the full Conference, to be paid to the Society, will be £100 per person, which covers lunches, refreshments and the conference fee and the conference dinner on the Thursday evening. To confirm, this does NOT include hotel accommodation. Please see the final page for details of bursaries available.

Dragon Hall is an historic building and the home of the National Centre for Writing. It is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Norwich. We are hopeful that it will be a good venue for encouraging new people to come to the Conference as the Centre is a focal point of Literature activity in Norfolk.

Conference Organiser: Stuart Hobday


Martineau Society Annual Conference 2023 – June 27th – 30th Norwich

Venue: Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich

For Registration Form, click here

To book your stay at a local hotel

Local hotels include the following: (The Nelson is nearer Dragon Hall but the Duke Street is more modern)

Other options will come up on or Trip Advisor. The Number 17 Bed and Breakfast on Colegate is very good.

Provisional Conference Timetable

Tuesday 27th June

5pm – 9pm Social Gathering / Talk

Wednesday 28th June

Morning: paper presentations

Lunch: Sandwiches and fruit

Afternoon: Norwich Trail

Evening: Social activity


Thursday 29th June

Morning: paper presentations

Society plus AGM, 12 – 1pm

Lunch: Sandwiches and fruit

Afternoon: Norwich trail

Evening: conference dinner


Friday 30th June

Morning: paper presentations

Lunch: Sandwiches and fruit

2pm Depart


If you meet the following criteria, you may wish to claim a bursary

The Martineau Society sponsors students to attend the annual conference which will be held in Norwich as above. Those wishing to apply should fulfil the criteria below.

The applicant should:

– be a research student;

– present a paper on their research at the conference;

– be a member of the Society (annual student membership of £10 will be waived for one year should you present a paper to the Conference).

– arrange for a letter/email of support, from a supervisor or departmental administrator if unavailable, indicating reasons for the applicant’s attendance at the conference.

Help with conference expenses is also available in exceptional circumstances to current Society members who wish to give a paper or presentation. Please send an explanatory letter/email.


by post to: 27 East Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LJ UK

or by email to:

(For more details of the Conference and the application instructions, go to The Martineau Society website,