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News

  • 17 July 2015 Come to our songwriting summer school in Bishop Auckland

    Cuckoo Young Writers is flying to Bishop Auckland this summer in search of young writers aged 12-19 who want to try their hand at songwriting. Working with acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff (AKA The Lake Poets), the Cuckoo songwriting summer school is a chance to learn about crafting lyrics and creating a memorable melody.
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  • 10 July 2015 Help us crowd fund for the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

    After Northumberland writer, Chloe Daykin, won the inaugural Julia Darling Travel Fellowship, we look to the future of the fellowship and have now set up a crowd-funding site with Just Giving to raise money. We hope that the prize will be crowd funded by those who knew Julia and appreciated her contribution to the arts.
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  • 8 July 2015 There is a Green Hill events

    In the summer of 2014 playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin followed in his father, Sid Chaplin's footsteps and made a journey of his own in a series of six walks around Northumberland.
     
    Join us for two special events that will explore the region and at which we’ll discuss where we come from and where we might be going.
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  • 1 July 2015 Take part in our Manifestos project with Juice Festival and Northern Stage

    We are told that young people are disengaged from politics, but we think that's wrong. Cuckoo Young Writers, Northern Stage and Juice Festival are teaming up to run a project which asks young people to create their own manifestos about the things they care about, be that gender identity, the environment, issues in their local community, or simply their vision for a better world. It's a chance to work with poets, theatre directors and artists, and interrogate academics for Northumbria University journalists and politicians. 
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  • 25 June 2015 Northern Writers' Awards 2015 winners announced

    We are absolutely thrilled to let you know the winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2015, as selected by judges Louise Welsh, Caroline Sheldon, Daljit Nagra, Peter Wilby and Rachel Cooke. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Newcastle last night Thursday 25 June .There was a lot of joy in the room as the judges reflected on the tremendous quality of the work they read.
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  • 16 June 2015 Intern wanted

    New Writing North is seeking a paid intern, to work 25 hours per week (10am-4pm, with some flexibility) in our offices in central Newcastle. This is an internship for people who have graduated with a degree from Northumbria University in the last 24 months. Applications from graduates in any discipline are welcomed, but a proven interest in the arts and literature is essential. 
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  • 15 June 2015 Durham Moot: Sunday 12 July 2015

    Historically, the Durham Miners’ Gala fulfilled many functions, among which was its role as a place for debate. The Gala traditionally was a space for thinking aloud about how to make a more just, egalitarian and better society. On Sunday 12 July, Durham Book Festival and Durham Miners’ Association, in association with Palace Green Library and The People’s Bookshop, are joining forces to create such a space for thoughtful discussion.
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  • 14 June 2015 Public statement with regards to plagiarism claims against Sheree Mack

    Earlier this week the American writer Judith Turner-Yamamoto brought to New Writing North’s attention her belief that her story A Mercy, (which was shortlisted for the 2011 Manchester Fiction Prize), had been plagiarized by the North East writer Sheree Mack. The Mack story in question, The Tracks, was commissioned by New Writing North and published in a free publication that we distributed in the region in 2012 and was subsequently published in The Journal
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Events

  • Songwriting Summer School Auckland Castle: 27 August 2015, 11am

    Cuckoo Young Writers is flying to Bishop Auckland this summer in search of young writers aged 12-19 who want to try their hand at songwriting. Working with acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff (AKA The Lake Poets), the Cuckoo songwriting summer school is a chance to learn about crafting lyrics and creating a memorable melody.
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  • There is a Green Hill with Michael Chaplin, Newcastle upon Tyne The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University: 18 September 2015, 6:45pm

    In the summer of 2014 playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin followed in his father, Sid Chaplin's footsteps and made a journey of his own in a series of six walks around Northumberland.
     
    Join us for the second of two special events that will explore the region and at which we’ll discuss where we come from and where we might be going.
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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. >>>
Gordon Burn Prize longlist

With fact and fiction and everything inbetween, the longlist for this year's Gordon Burn Prize, which celebrates the life and work of the late North East writer, is the strongest yet.  >>>

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. >>>

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