If you are a writer or are interested in literature events and activities and live in the north of England then you've found a great regional resource.


  • 2 July 2014 Young writers wanted for Cuckoo Summer Schools

    Cuckoo Young Writers are looking for people to join them for a festival of fun this summer in the Cuckoo Summer Workshops. If you are aged 14-18 years old and love writing, then sign up to a Cuckoo Young Writers summer programme in Sunderland, Newcastle or Cramlington, and spend a week writing, film-making, and performing.

  • 20 June 2014 Four writers wanted for Greyscale Play Development Programme

    Greyscale Play Development Programme is a play development programme for theatre writers run by Selma Dimitrijevic, freelance writer and director and artistic director of Greyscale, in association with New Writing North. It aims to support four writers to develop a full-length play through a series of activities and opportunities to write, observe and learn.

  • 17 June 2014 Wanted: Enthusiastic person to help live literature professional during Edinburgh Fringe

    Poet Kate Fox is looking for someone to help out with her Poet in Residence show at this year's Edinburgh Festval Fringe from 2-8 August. It would be hard work, she says, but with time to go see things you want to see before and after.

  • 17 June 2014 Northern Writers’ Awards winners announced at ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne

    The 19 winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2014 were announced on Tuesday 17 June at the official ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne. This year’s winners highlight the breadth of talent coming from the North of England. “Awards like this can make a powerful difference, and it’s a joy to be able to support poets at different stages in their writing lives,” said judge Jean Sprackland.

  • 16 June 2014 Gladio chosen as North Tyneside Summer Read

    Whitley Bay writer Steve Chambers' novel, Gladio: We Can Neither Confirm nor Deny, has been announced as the North Tyne Summer Read for 2014. Steve is an established playwright for both screen and radio, having written for Casualty and Byker Grove, and is co-writer of the long-running HighLites on BBC Radio 4. Gladio is his first novel and is a fast-moving and complex thriller based on a real-life conspiracy.

  • 5 June 2014 Evaluator needed for Strategic Touring Project

    New Writing North is once again producing a show for under 7s as part of Durham Book Festival. This year it’s an adaptation of The Worst Princess, the picture book by Anna Kemp and Sarah Ogilvie, produced in association with Sage Gateshead and Bait and funded by Arts Council England Strategic Touring. The show will tour to community centres and libraries in County Durham and South East Northumberland, and will be supported by an audience development programme. We are seeking an evaluator of the programme who will measure the impact of the project against its strategic objectives and make recommendations to ensure any impact is sustainable.

  • 4 June 2014 Crime Story wraps

    Crime Story, our weekend festival for crime writers and readers, took place over the weekend 31 May-1 June at Northumbria University. The festival brought together aspiring crime writers, passionate crime readers, best-selling authors, forensic scientists, criminologists and law enforcement specialists for a fun, informative and enjoyable weekend.

  • 20 May 2014 Cross your tees and dot your i's at the Crossing the Tees Book Festival

    Middlesbrough Libraries and Stockton Libraries & Heritage have joined together to produce the Crossing the Tees Book Festival, which runs from 6-21 June across Stockton and Middlesbrough libraries. Festival highlights include evenings with authors Joanne Harris, Stephen May and Gervase Phinn, plus opportunities for everyone to be involved in activities which focus on everything from crime to sci-fi and writing workshops for aspiring novelists.


  • Debbie Taylor: Herring Girl Fortuna, Newcastle: 7 August 2014, 5:30pm

    Mslexia editor Debbie Taylor will be (literally) launching her novel Herring Girl at a party aboard the Fortuna in Newcastle upon Tyne. There will be cold bubbles, fishy smackerels, a (brief) reading – and a return cruise from the Quayside to the mouth of the River Tyne, where the ‘historical paranormal crime’ novel is set.

  • An evening with David Levithan The Mining Institute Neville Hall, Newcastle: 11 August 2014, 6:30pm

    The New York Times best-selling co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson discusses his ground-breaking YA novels Every Day and Two Boys Kissing.

  • Durham Book Festival 2014 launch event Durham Castle, Durham: 12 August 2014, 6:30pm

    Join New Writing North and best-selling author Richard Benson, author of acclaimed new book The Valley, in the beautiful surroundings of Durham Castle for the launch of the 2014 Durham Book Festival. This year’s festival includes world-class authors, poets and thinkers, as well as a host of exciting new commissions, and guests at the party will be the very first to discover what’s in the 2014 programme.

  • Philippa Gregory: The King’s Curse Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester: 15 August 2014, 7:30pm

    International bestselling author Philippa Gregory she talks about her latest novel, The King’s Curse, the riveting story of Margaret Pole, one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the War of the Roses.

  • The Lives of Women Jerwood Centre, Grasmere: 16 August 2014, 2pm

    Join Katie Waldegrave (The Poets’ Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge) and Rebecca Turner, assistant curator at the Wordsworth Trust, for a look at some of the attitudes faced by the women in the Wordsworth household and their circle of friends.

  • An evening with Sarah Waters Merchant Taylors Hall, York: 26 August 2014, 7pm

    The Paying Guests sees Sarah Waters at her tense, tender, compelling best. Hear the Booker Prize-shortlisted author discuss her new novel when she visits York

  • Kei Miller & Liz Berry The Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere: 26 August 2014, 7:30pm

    Join Jamaican born Glasgow resident poet Kei Miller and young Black Country poet and performer Liz Berry for a poetry reading at The Daffodil House. Kei is returning to the the Wordsworth Trust to read from his new collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, while this marks Liz’s first reading in Grasmere, and the publication of her debut full-length collection by Chatto.

Northern Crime 2014

Northern Crime, the literary competition that aims to unearth and publish exciting new crime writing from writers who live and work in the North of England, is back. >>>

North Tyneside Summer Read

Gladio, Whitley Bay writer Steve Chambers' fast-moving and complex thriller based on a real-life conspiracy, has been announced as the North Tyne Summer Read for 2014. >>>

Durham Book Festival 2014
We’re just putting the finishing touches to the programme of this year's Durham Book Festival. Be the first to find out what’s going on by signing up for the festival newsletter. >>>
Tyne View

Four Tynesiders set off to walk the tidal length of the River Tyne. The resulting book captures the ordinary and extraordinary people of the river and the river itself at a point of change. >>>

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