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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 1 October 2014 Newcastle Cultural Development Fund announces £90,000 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’.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 18 September 2014 Special guest Mark Benton headlines Durham Book Festival Big Read event

    We're very excited to announce that actor, musician (and Strictly Come Dancing contestant!) Mark Benton will be joining us for the Durham Book Festival Big Read event on Sunday 12 October. Mark will be reading extracts and bringing to life The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which children across County Durham are reading this October after Durham Book Festival made 1,000 copies available free through schools, libraries and community centres.

  • 11 September 2014 Kate Tempest shortlisted for Mercury Prize

    We’re absolutely delighted that performance poet Kate Tempest, who’s appearing at Durham Book Festival on Friday 17 October to present her new poetry collection Hold Your Own, has just been nominated for the Mercury Prize for her album Everybody Down.


  • Sunderland Literature Festival Various venues: 6 October 2014, 12pm

    Organised by Sunderland libraries and running from 6-25 October, there are events for every reader in the city this month, including sports writer Harry Pearson and popular author Carol Clewlow.

  • Mudfog Press: 20 Years of Publishing Central Library, Middlesbrough: 25 October 2014, 3pm

    Join Mudfrog Press to celebrate 20 years as an independent publisher in Tees Valley. As part of T-junction Poetry Festival the press will launch a new pamphlet, by Adrienne Silcock, Taking Responsibility for the Moon, and will be joined for readings from Mel McElvoy, Mike Pratt, Natalie Scott and Khadim Hussein.

  • Max Adams: The Wisdom of Trees Ampersand Inventions, Commercial Union House, Newcastle: 29 October 2014, 7:30pm

    North East writer Max Adams launches his new book, The Wisdom of Trees, a very personal exploration of a lifelong fascination with trees and their relationship with the human race. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

New Writing North: Marketing and communications manager
We are looking for a marketing and communications professional to join our team in Newcastle upon Tyne to manage PR and marketing across our work. >>>
The Worst Princess

Our brand new show for under 7s opens this September in Gateshead, before embarking on a month-long tour to 40 community venues in County Durham, Northumberland and beyond. >>>

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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