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.
  • Don't miss Peter Straughan in Newcastle @NCLA_tweets on 11 Feb talking about his adaptation of #WolfHall (note change of date) about 10 hours ago


  • 23 January 2015 New radio talent wanted for Verb New Voices

    Created by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC and arts organisations from across the North, Verb New Voices 3 is looking for four artists based in the North of England who would like to make a new piece of work for BBC Radio.

  • 22 January 2015 Ten days left to enter the Northern Writers' Awards 2015

    There are now just ten days left to enter the Northern Writers’ Awards 2015, which close for submission on Monday 2 February at 5pm. Join us for a chat about the awards. NWN chief executive Claire Malcolm will be on Twitter at 12pm-1pm and 8pm-9pm on Thursday 22 January, using the hashtag #NorthernWritersAwards.

  • 21 January 2015 Reviewers in Residence with Northern Stage and Cuckoo Young Writers

    If you are aged 15-23 years and based in the North East you can apply to our new scheme to develop your review writing skills. Starting in February 2015, we have an exciting new opportunity for Reviewers in Residence with Northern Stage and Cuckoo Young Writers. The project offers new and aspiring arts reviewers and theatre critics the chance to develop their writing and start building a portfolio of work.

  • 5 January 2015 Rendezvous: A Celebration of the life and work of Julia Darling

    Live Theatre is looking for ideas from writers for five specially commissioned 20-minute plays inspired by the work of Julia Darling to mark the tenth anniversary of Julia’s death. The project is an opportunity for the company to work with both emerging and established writers alongside a mix of young and experienced directors.

  • 19 December 2014 CBBC New Voices Initiative

    CBBC is setting up an intensive, skills-based programme designed to give emerging writers valuable insights into writing for an ongoing children’s TV series, covering all stages of the scripting process with input from experienced writers, producers, script editors and executive producers. 

  • 9 December 2014 A Rendezvous with Julia Darling ten years on

    New Writing North is working with Julia Darling’s friends and family, the BBC, and Live Theatre to mount a series of events in 2015 to honour the tenth anniversary of her death. There will be more news about events in the new year but writers who knew Julia might want to book tickets now for Rendevous 2, as it’s on sale and tickets are already selling well. The event will be an evening celebrating Julia Darling’s writing, featuring poetry, fiction, extracts from plays, and live music performed by many of Julia’s long-time collaborators, performers and friends including The Poetry Virgins.

  • 12 November 2014 Northern Writers’ Awards roadshows: December and January

    To launch this year’s application season for the Northern Writers’ Awards, we'll be visiting four northern cities – Newcastle, Wakefield, Manchester and Liverpool – to meet writers who are thinking of entering the awards, or who just want more information about them.

  • 12 November 2014 Channel 4 joins Northern Writers’ Awards in search of undiscovered writing talent from the north of England

    A new scheme was launched today to identify raw and diverse television talent from the north of England. Launched by Northumbria University, Newcastle, in partnership with Channel 4 as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, the new award will offer a unique opportunity for two writers to be mentored through the script commissioning process with Lime Pictures and RED Production Company.


  • Helen Macdonald in conversation with William Fiennes Room G.05, Percy Building, Newcastle University: 12 February 2015, 7:15pm

    A poet, historian, naturalist, illustrator and Cambridge academic, Helen Macdonald’s extraordinary memoir – a lyrical depiction of the relationship between human and wild falcon – told in H is for Hawk, is one that was deeply personal to Macdonald, and it took her almost seven years to put it on to paper.

  • Ian McMillan: My life and easy times: getting away with words Curtis Auditorium, Newcastle University: 17 February 2015, 5:30pm

    The ‘Bard of Barnsley’ – presenter of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Humberside Police’s Beat Poet, resident poet at English National Opera, and founding member of Oscar The Frog, Barnsley’s first folk-rock band – who makes poetry part of the everyday world, reflects on his life and times.

  • Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester: 18 February 2015, 6pm

    Get up close to this unique and fascinating collection of Burgess’s books, manuscripts, photographs, compositions, drawings and correspondence with writers and artists such as Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene, Angela Carter and Hunter S. Thompson. 

  • Wolf Hall: Peter Straughan and John Yorke Culture Lab, Newcastle University: 20 February 2015, 7:15pm

    Coinciding with the broadcasts of the BBC2 serialisation of Wolf Hall, join writer Peter Straughan and managing director of Company Pictures and author John Yorke, as they discuss the challenges of bringing the Booker Prize-winning series of books by Hilary Mantel to the screen. 

  • Jo Colley: Bones of Birds Athena Building, Teesside University: 24 February 2015, 6pm

    North East poet Jo Colley reads from her latest collection, Bones of Birds

  • Adam Thirlwell: In conversation International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester: 26 February 2015, 7pm

    Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape, and a project with international novels that includes an essay-book, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney's. 

Gordon Burn Prize 2015
Submissions are now invited for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, which rewards new work that represents the spirit and sensibility of the late writer's groundbreaking literary methods. >>>
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. >>>

Our House, Your Home

Richard T Kelly investigates the story of social housing, past, present and future in the insightful, witty and moving Our House, Your Home, with photographs by Sally Ann Norman. >>>

Northern Writers’ Awards 2015
Entries are now open 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. >>>

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