The Story Machine

Part-funhouse, part-literature festival

A crowd watching Jarred McGinnis read at 'The Story Machine', in the charming setting of Dragon Hall's garden.

What is the Story Machine?

The ‘Story Machine’ is an immersive literature festival, part-reading, part-funhouse, part theatre where participants make their own way through the hallways, hideaways, gardens and cellars of Dragon Hall as you experience readings, installations and audio visual projections.

Joyous in tone, international in scope and direct in its confrontation with serious issues, The Story Machine…was beautifully done. Other festival producers should take note.


The Special Relationship is at the vanguard of a dramatic re-envisioning of what literature might be when presented live. National Centre for Writing was thrilled to work with The Special Relationship on The Story Machine, an immersive and multi-media celebration of short stories that premiered at Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2016. The Special Relationship has since been selected as one of 25 organisations doing interesting, innovative, and impactful work to be featured in the International Literature Showcase.

Sam Ruddock, Programme Manager, Writers' Centre Norwich