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.
  • If you would like to join @CuckooWriters & @CarinaRodney tomorrow, just come along. All age 12-19 welcome.10am-4pm, #Amble library. FREE! about 12 hours ago


  • 30 March 2015 Free creative writing workshops for young people in Cramlington

    This Easter holiday, forget about chocolate eggs and get hatching some new writing ideas by joining Cuckoo Young Writers for four days of FREE creative writing workshops in Cramlington Library. Cuckoo sessions welcome all young people aged 12-19. No experience is required – just bring your imagination.

  • 18 March 2015 NWN looking for governance review consultant

    The board of New Writing North are looking to appoint a freelance consultant to review our present governance and operational arrangements and to provide an options appraisal for the future management of the organisation.

  • Meg Rosoff photo by Zoe Norfolk 17 March 2015 The 2015 Newcastle Writing Conference: Do it Yourself

    New Writing North and Northumbria University are delighted to present the Newcastle Writing Conference: Do it Yourself, which takes place on Saturday 6 June. Aimed at new and emerging writers of fiction, as well as more established writers wanting to embrace the digital age, the conference will explore trends in publishing, identify new markets for writing and support authors to make connections with each other and with industry experts.

  • 16 March 2015 Strategic Touring Funding: playwright opportunity

    We are thrilled to have received three years of funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund. The funding allows us to tour one production adapted from a picture book each year, alongside a series of workshops and family reading days at community venues across northern England. We are now looking to commission a writer to adapt a picture book (book TBC) into a play with music for children under seven and their families.

  • 16 March 2015 Arts Fundraising Fellow

    We are pleased to announce that we are one of 25 arts organisations nationally to have been selected to host an arts fundraising fellow from September 2015. The fellow will work on identifying and pursuing fundraising opportunities for New Writing North, as well as receiving comprehensive training and support from a mentor. Applications are now open for ambitious self-starters with a passion for the arts to work at host organisations – including our own – across the country.

  • 16 March 2015 Cuckoo Young Writers set up in Amble

    Following the success of our Cuckoo Young Writers group in Cramlington, we are pleased to establish a new group in Amble, Northumberland. Both groups are for young writers aged 12-19, are free to join, and will meet every Saturday in term-time at Amble and Cramlington libraries (Amble 10am-12pm and Cramlington 11am-1pm) from Saturday 25 April.

  • 16 March 2015 Writers's survey 2015

    Thanks to everyone who took part in the writers’ survey 2015. Some stats which really stood out for us were that 89% of respondents wanted to improve the quality of their writing; 88% would like advice on dealing with publishers and agents; 82%, advice on running a successful writer’s blog; and 80%, advice on using social media to promote their work. 

  • 11 February 2015 Read Regional 2016: Submit new books by writers in the North of England

    We are delighted to open the call for submissions for books to be considered for the 2016 Read Regional campaign. For the 2016 campaign we welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult and children’s books.


  • Read Regional 2015 Various library venues across the North of England: 2 March 2015, 8pm

    From March to June at libraries and literary festivals across the North East and Yorkshire, the annual Read Regional campaign celebrates ten exciting new books from the North of England.

  • Jo Nesbo: Blood on Snow Waterstones Leeds: 8 April 2015, 3pm

    Jo Nesbo signs copies of his new thriller, Blood on Snow. Or catch him the following day Thursday 9 April at Waterstones Gateshead at 12.30pm. 

  • Matt Haig: Reasons to Stay Alive Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester: 9 April 2015, 8:30pm

    Join Matt Haig and special guests MJ Hyland and Karima Francis for an evening of discussion and debate around creativity, mental health and his new book, Reasons to Stay Alive. Reasons to Stay Alive follows Matt Haig's journey through crisis, showing how he triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

  • The Palace of Varieties Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle: 11 April 2015, 10pm

    A phantasmagorical evening of spoken word. A one-off special at Alphabetti Theatre’s new venue from three of the North East’s most unique voices: Chris Stewart, Kirsten Luckins, and John-Clovis Morden. 

  • Red Squirrel pamphlet launch Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 13 April 2015, 9pm

    Red Squirrel Press invites you to join them for the launch of three poetry pamphlets by Anne Hine, Louise Hislop and Celia McCulloch and one short story pamphlet by Sara Park Short Story Competition Winner 2013 Emma Timpany. 

  • Hexham Book Festival Locations around Hexham: 20 April 2015, 12pm

    The annual festival returns for its 10th anniversary, featuring writers and speakers including Simon Armitage, David Starkey, Virginia Ironside, Martin Rowson, Andrew Graham-Dixon and Alexander McCall-Smith.

  • A Decent Ride: An Evening with Irvine Welsh Northern Stage: 20 April 2015, 7pm

    Spend an evening with Irvine Welsh as he discusses his latest book. A Decent Ride sees the Scottish novelist back on home turf, leaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay. 

Read Regional 2015
From March to June at libraries and literary festivals across the North East and Yorkshire, the annual Read Regional campaign celebrates ten exciting new books from the North of England. >>>
The 2015 Newcastle Writing Conference: Do it Yourself

Aimed at new and emerging writers of fiction, the conference will explore trends in publishing, identify new markets, and support authors to make connections. >>>


A series of talks, running from March to May 2015 – sessions range from how trace evidence can help solve forensic investigations, to contemporary understandings of victimhood. >>>

New Writing North looking to recruit new trustees
New Writing North is looking for new trustees who as well as having a passion for literature and an empathy with our work will act as ambassadors for NWN across the region>>>

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