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News

  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 5 September 2014 Volunteer for Durham Book Festival 2014

    We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work at this year’s Durham Book Festival. As a volunteer, you’ll be allowed free entry to all Durham Book Festival events (subject to available space). You’ll also have the chance to meet some of the authors. We’ll provide food and drinks throughout your shifts, and to top it off you’ll get a free t-shirt to keep as a souvenir.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Events

  • National Poetry Day event: An evening with The Celia Bryce Band and The Marsden Writers South Shields Central Library: 2 October 2014, 7pm

    Read Regional 2014 author and singer-songwriter Celia Bryce brings together the Marsden Writers and The Celia Bryce Band for an evening of poetry and song to celebrate National Poetry Day.
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  • Medley of Poets for National Poetry Day Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 2 October 2014, 7pm

    Red Squirrel Press invites you to them in a National Poetry Day celebration with five popular poets: Kathleen Kenny, Tom Kelly, Ellen Phethean, Fiona Ritchie Walker and Colin Will.
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  • Caroline Bergvall: Drift Sage Gateshead: 4 October 2014, 8pm

    Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel for Drift, a journey through time and space where languages mix and live percussion meets live voice.
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  • Durham Book Festival Venues across Durham: 6 October 2014, 9am

    After months of preparation, the North East’s biggest literary festival is finally here. We are truly excited about this year’s programme, which runs from Monday 6-Monday 20 October and offers everything from poetry to politics.
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  • Katrina Porteous and Alistair Anderson: Two Countries Berwick Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed: 8 October 2014, 7pm

    An evening of words and music to celebrate the launch of Two Countries, Katrina Porteous’s long-awaited new poetry collection from Bloodaxe.
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  • Mudfog Press: 20 Years of Publishing Baker Street Kitchen Café, Albert Rd, Middlesbrough: 19 October 2014, 4pm

    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.
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  • 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.
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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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