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News

  • 24 October 2014 Ballinger Trust awards Ł30,000 to fund Cuckoo Young Writers groups in the North East

    Following the recent news of support from Newcastle’s Cultural Development Fund we’re delighted to be able to announce further good news. The Ballinger Charitable Trust has awarded us £30,000 over the next two years to secure the longer term future of our Cuckoo Young Writers groups in Newcastle, Sunderland, and Alnwick. This means we can run our core programme of fortnightly writing groups and recruitment activity year-round.
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  • 22 October 2014 Patrick Robertson wins People's Play Award

    We are pleased to announce the winner of the People's Play is Patrick Robertson's play, In My Father's House. The play will run at the The People’s Theatre in Heaton from Tuesday 28 October-Saturday 1 November.
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  • 17 October 2014 Writer event: how to prepare your work for broadcast

    As part of the Verb New Voices project we're involved in, there will be a discussion session for those interested in writing for TV and radio on Thursday 6 November at ARC, Stockton. The event brings together writers and producers and is a must-see for writers looking to get into TV and radio.
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  • 10 October 2014 Paul Kingsnorth wins Gordon Burn Prize

    At a special event at Durham Book Festival on Friday evening, Paul Kingsnorth was announced as the winner of the second annual Gordon Burn Prize for his debut novel The Wake. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of Buccmaster of Holland, a man from the Lincolnshire Fens, who, with a fractured band of guerrilla fighters, takes up arms against the invaders.
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  • 9 October 2014 Sali Hughes in conversation: Pretty Honest

    New Writing North is delighted to present this special 4th Estate Literary Salon on Wednesday 5 November, 6.30pm-7.30pm, at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema with leading beauty expert Sali Hughes to celebrate the publication of her new book, Pretty Honest
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  • 1 October 2014 Newcastle Cultural Development Fund announces Ł90,000 investment in New Writing North projects

    New Writing North is delighted to be included today in the list of organisations receiving funding from the inaugural Newcastle Culture Development Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. We have been awarded £90,000 of funding over three years to support the Cuckoo Young Writers programme in Newcastle. The funding will be used to deliver creative writing activity in key Newcastle wards, young people-led creative projects, and literary events programmed by and for young people under the brand ‘Young Writers’ City’.
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  • 29 September 2014 News from the Writing Lab

    Last week saw the concluding event of an innovative schools project between New Writing North and schools from the North East’s Catholic Schools Partnership. Students from Carmel in Darlington, St John’s in Bishop Auckland, St Anthony’s in Sunderland, and Our Lady & St Bede from Stockton all read work and talked about writing projects they’ve been working on for the past six months with funding from Bridge North East.
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  • 29 September 2014 Durham Book Group leader vacancy

    After six years, Jo Colley is stepping down as leader of Durham Book Group. The group is now looking for another leader to take on this voluntary position.
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Events

  • Sali Hughes in conversation: Pretty Honest Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle: 5 November 2014, 6:30pm

    New Writing North is delighted to present this special 4th Estate Literary Salon with leading beauty expert Sali Hughes to celebrate the publication of her new book, Pretty Honest. Sali will be in conversation with Marie Nixon, talking about 20 years of working in the beauty industry, from assistant make-up artist to beauty editor at The Guardian. She’ll be talking feminism and beauty and answering your questions too.
     
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  • Panel discussion: Supporting writers to create work for broadcast and performance ARC, Stockton: 6 November 2014, 6pm

    The Verb New Voices scheme has provided writers with opportunities to be mentored by broadcast and spoken word professionals, to collaborate with other artists, to develop their own writing on an Arvon course, and to create a piece of work for live performance, and for broadcast on Radio 3’s The Verb.
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  • Kathleen Jamie in conversation Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester: 6 November 2014, 7pm

    Kathleen Jamie discuss the techniques she uses and choices she makes when writing. 
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  • There were our own / there were others The Bluecoat, Liverpool: 6 November 2014, 7:30pm

    A poetry reading to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, in remembrance of all those affected by conflict. 
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  • Linda France and Birtley Aris: another wild Queen’s Hall, Hexham: 6 November 2014, 7:30pm

    Poet Linda France and artist Birtley Aris launch their new, beautiful pamphlet, another wild.
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  • Jung Chang in conversation University of Leeds: 13 November 2014, 5pm

    International best-selling author Jung Chang introduces her latest book, Empress Dowager Cixi
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  • Beda Higgins: Little Crackers Blackwell’s, Newcastle: 13 November 2014, 6pm

    Come and join Beda Higgins to celebrate the publication of her new book of short stories.
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The People’s Play 
In My Father’s House by Patrick Robertson is the winner of the 2014 People’s Play Award. Don’t miss its run at The People’s Theatre. >>>
Last chance to see The Worst Princess

Our brand new show for under 7s is now into the final part of its tour so if you haven't seen it yet head straight to the website and find out if it's going to be near you. >>>

Northern Writers’ Awards 2014
Entries open soon for the Northern Writers’ Awards, the North’s premiere talent development programme for writers which support new and established writers to develop their work and progress their careers. >>>
Paul Kingsnorth wins Gordon Burn Prize 2014

Paul Kingsnorth was announced as the winner of the second annual Gordon Burn Prize for his debut novel, The Wake. Find out more about the winner. >>>

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