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  • 28 August 2014 Cuckoo reviewers to attend Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

    Cuckoo Young Writers have teamed up with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival to offer a masterclass as part of the festival next month. Led by Gateshead-based writer Michael Pattison, the session is titled Everyone’s a Critic – How to break into film criticism and is a great starting point for budding film reviewers.

  • 14 August 2014 Cramlington Cuckoo group leader wanted

    We’re seeking a creative person with an interest in working with young people to take on a new role as part of our Cuckoo Young Writers programme.

  • 12 August 2014 Durham Book Festival announces 2014 programme

    The annual book festival returns with guests including Kate Adie, Dennis Skinner, Jung Chang, Meg Rosoff, Sheila Hancock, Kirsty Wark, Kate Tempest and Stuart Maconie plus a specially-commissioned family show adapted from Anna Kemp and Sara Oglivie’s picture book, The Worst Princess.

  • 12 August 2014 Gordon Burn Prize 2014 shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the second annual Gordon Burn Prize was announced at the official launch of the Durham Book Festival programme. The prize, run in partnership by New Writing North, Faber & Faber, and the Gordon Burn Trust, was conceived to pay tribute to the legacy of the late author.

  • 6 August 2014 One month left to enter Northern Crime Competition

The Northern Crime Competition closes on 29 August. That means that if you want to be the next David Peace or Ann Cleeves, you need to submit your manuscript now. The winning novels will be published in print and as ebooks in 2015. The winning writers will receive a standard publishing contract, a £1,000 advance, and support to editorially develop their work. Short story winners will get £100 and their story published in the very first Northern Crime short story anthology.

  • 6 August 2014 TEDx talks go live

    Look out for our series of TEDx talks by young writers from Tyneside, which have been published online via the TEDxYouth@TyneBridge website. The project, which took place last year, was co-ordinated by New Writing North and Juice Festival as eight young writers took to the stage, delivering talks which tackled vital subjects for young people in the 21st century with topics covering everything from sexism, gender roles and homophobia to how to survive and thrive post-university.

  • 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.


  • Mari Hannah: Monument to Murder Stanley Library: 6 September 2014, 10am

    It’s just over two years since the publication of her debut, The Murder Wall, but award-winning Mari Hannah is already launching the fifth book in the Kate Daniels detective series, Monument to Murder.

  • Dave Gorman: Too Much Information The Mining Institute, Newcastle: 10 September 2014, 6:30pm

    Dave Gorman offers a witty insight into modern life with his new book, Too Much Information. There will also be a Q&A as well as a book signing.

  • Poetry Unbound with Sir Andrew Motion and Liz Lochhead The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed: 11 September 2014, 7:30pm

    Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – Liz Lochhead, and the former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, are collaborating to provide a unique evening with insights regarding national identity and sensibility.

  • Jibba Jabba The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle: 25 September 2014, 7:30pm

    Hosted by Jenni Pascoe, Jibba Jabba is a popular spoken word cabaret that combines comedy and music in a celebration of words. Audience members are encouraged to participate alongside four feature guests.

  • Free as a Bard Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay: 28 September 2014, 7:30pm

    Enjoy a spot of culture at the coast with poets Ellen Phethean and Kirsten Luckins alongside musician Robby Thinman, plus a literary raffle.

  • Peter Bennet & Birtley Aris: Arcana Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 29 September 2014, 7pm

    Join Red Squirrel Press as they celebrate the launch of Arcana, a beautiful new collection by Peter Bennet, illustrated by Birtley Aris.

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
The North East's premier book festival has announced its 2014 programme and it's bigger and better than ever before. See the programme at our new website >>>
Gordon Burn Prize 2014

This prestigious prize seeks to recognise writers whose work follows in the fearless footsteps of the late writer. Find out who’s on the shortlist this year. >>>

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