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  • 9 October 2015 Dan Davies wins Gordon Burn Prize

    At a special event at Durham Book Festival this evening we announced the winner of the third annual Gordon Burn Prize, which is run in partnership by New Writing North, Faber & Faber and the Gordon Burn Trust. Dan Davies was chosen as the winner for his book In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by the judging panel, which was comprised of authors Roddy Doyle and Doug Johnstone, journalist Suzanne Moore, actor Maxine Peake and artist Gavin Turk.

  • 9 October 2015 Durham Book Festival begins

    It’s been months in the planning, but Durham Book Festival is finally here. The festival launched on Tuesday with our schools day at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, where we were joined by pupils from four other schools to hear authors Simon Bartram, Pip Jones and Linda Newbery. This evening, at a special ceremony at Durham Town Hall, we will announce this winner of the Gordon Burn Prize.

  • 9 October 2015 LGBT reading/writing group facilitator

    New Writing North is looking at setting up LGBT book groups in schools in Newcastle and County Durham. We are looking for people who are interested in facilitating book group sessions and may also be interested in supporting young people’s creative writing, so it is likely that the successful applicant will be a writer or an emerging writer

  • 9 October 2015 The Fighting Bradfords: Scriptwriting Commission at Gala Theatre, Durham

    New Writing North is supporting Durham County Council to find a writer for a brand new play they are commissioning. The play will be part of the Council’s First World War Centenary commemorations. It will explore the war from a County Durham perspective, both at home and on the frontline.

  • 2 October 2015 Cuckoo Young Writers have a new website!

    New Writing North’s young peoples programme, Cuckoo Young Writers has just launched a brand new website. As well as being the place to go to find out all of the latest Cuckoo opportunities and news, the new website is a hub of information for young writers all over the UK and includes interviews with professional writers, journalists and poets, how-to guides, book recommendations from well known faces and writing prompts.

  • 28 September 2015 Man on the Moon takes off!

    Man on the Moon, our theatre production aimed at children under 7 and their families, blasts off off on a tour of 41 venues across the North of England, including 33 in the North East. Produced by New Writing North in association with Sage Gateshead for Durham Book Festival, the tour will be visiting libraries, community centres and primary schools across the North, including many places that have no permanent theatre of their own.

  • 28 September 2015 Speaking up for the arts

    New Writing North and many other arts and cultural organisations across the country are thinking about the forthcoming government spending review and are encouraging people to do all they can to speak up for public funding for the arts. There are a number of ways we are encouraging people to get involved.

  • 24 September 2015 Man on the Moon blasts off into (rehearsal) space

    This week we snuck in to watch rehearsals of our children’s theatre production, Man on the Moon, adapted from Simon Bartram’s picture book by Zoe Cooper and directed by Ruth Johnson. We’re thrilled with what they have created so far and can’t wait to see the finished production, which opens on 26 September.


  • Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Live Theatre: 1 October 2015, 6pm

    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, adapted from Alan Warners' cult Scottish novel by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot and The Pitmen Painters), has its English Premiere at Live Theatre from Thursday 1 to Saturday 24 October. Love, lust and pregnancy get in the way of an all-girl choir's trip to Edinburgh, with a soundtrack of classical music and pop rock. Tickets cost between £10 and £26. To book call Live Theatre's box office on 0191 232 1232 or see www.live.org.uk

  • Durham Book Festival Durham: 6 October 2015, 9am

    The North East’s biggest literary festival returns this October providing inspiration and entertainment for curious minds. Highlights for 2015 include Bill Bryson, Mary Portas, Vince Cable, Pat Barker, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Caroline Criado-Perez, and the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize.

  • Public Address: The Soapbox Tour Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle: 14 October 2015, 6pm

    Spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes begins a new national tour, opening in Newcastle at Alphabetti Theatre on Wednesday 14 October. Performance poets Shagufta K Iqbal, Justin Coe, Jasmine Gardosi, Henry Raby and AJ McKenna, will be talking about everything from mythological women to bees.

  • Butcher's Dog launch Live Theatre: 17 October 2015, 6pm

    Issue 6 of biannual poetry magazine Butcher's Dog is being launched at Live Theatre on Saturday 17 October. Expect another brilliant night of poetry and games, with readers including Helen Boden, Julie Hogg, Kris Johnson and Wendy Pratt. Tickets are available from www.live.org.uk or by phoning 0191 2321232.

  • Digressions exhibition The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds: 17 October 2015, 6pm

    A display of multimedia artworks, celebrating the tercentenary of Laurence Sterne's birth, is coming to an end at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery in Leeds on Saturday 17 October.

  • Hexham Book Festival Residency: Meet Melissa Harrison Rothbury Library: 19 October 2015, 6pm

    Melissa Harrison, whose book Clay was chosen by Ali Smith as her book of the year, is at Rothbury Library on Monday, 19 October (6pm; call 01670 361352 for tickets). This is a brilliant opportunity to meet two of the authors taking part and learn more about their work.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah in Teesside Teeside University: 24 October 2015, 4pm

    Celebrate Black History Month with Teesside University and Tees Valley Arts on Saturday 24 October, 4-5pm, as they present An Audience with Benjamin Zephaniah, where one of Britain's best-loved poets will talk about his career and read from his work.

Gordon Burn Prize shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce that Dan Davies has won the Gordon Burn Prize 2015. The result was announced at Durham Town Hall to kick off the book festival. >>>

Mayfly Press reissues Crocodile Soup
Mayfly Press is delighted to be reissuing the fabulous Crocodile Soup, Julia Darling's 1998 novel, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. >>>
Durham Book Festival begins
It’s been months in the planning, but Durham Book Festival is finally here. The festival runs until Saturday 17 October with literary events across Durham city centre. >>>
Cuckoo Writers' new website
New Writing North’s young peoples programme, Cuckoo Young Writers has just launched a brand new website and it's superb. Take a look. >>>

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