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.

News

  • 11 April 2014 New Writing North recruiting: Programme Manager (Young People)

    We are recruiting a temporary member of staff to cover the current Programme Manager (Young People)’s maternity leave. The post is four days a week, with some evening and weekend working required. Initially the contract will be for six months with the possibility of an extension depending on the current postholder’s maternity arrangements.
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  • 31 March 2014 Linda France wins National Poetry Competition

    Congratulations to Linda France, whose poem, Bernard and Cerinthe, has won the National Poetry Competition. The poem was inspired by Linda’s Poetica Botantica project, a Durham Book Festival 2012 commission, which has seen her visit botanical gardens all over the world.
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  • 26 March 2014 Three northern writers win commission to make a new piece of work for Radio 3’s The Verb

    Last year Verb New Voices went looking for talented new writers from across the North, to take part in a unique development scheme. Now Louise Fazackerley, Matt Miller, and John Hamilton May have been announced as the recipients of the Verb New Voices Award.
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  • 17 March 2014 People’s Play reminder

    Scriptwriters still have a few weeks left to enter The People’s Play Award 2014, which closes for entries on 7 April. The competition, which aims to discover and develop new writers for theatre, is open to writers who have not yet had a full professional production of their work. 
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  • 20 February 2014 Whodunnit? Find out at Crime Story

    New Writing North and Northumbria University are pleased to announce Crime Story, our exciting weekend of discussion and workshops for fans and writers of crime fiction. The weekend will focus on a fictional murder that we’ve commissioned from best-selling crime novelist Ann Cleeves in which a woman finds her foster-son dead in a locked room, a blood-splattered picture of an enigmatic woman on the wall and the dubious landlord nowhere to be found. The killer? Well, that’s up to the Crime Story participants.
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  • 14 February 2014 Northern Crime competition 2014: looking for new northern crime writers

    Northern Crime, the innovative literary competition that aims to unearth and publish exciting new crime writing from writers who live and work in the North of England, is back. After a successful debut year, Moth Publishing is looking for more fresh new voices, more great stories with strong characters, and fiction that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the genre. This year, for the first time, we are also looking for short stories to publish in the first Northern Crime anthology. 
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  • 11 February 2014 Open call for submissions for new books by Northern writers for Read Regional 2015

    We are delighted to open the call for publishers and authors to propose books for inclusion in the Read Regional 2015 campaign. Read Regional works with libraries across the North East and Yorkshire to promote new titles by authors who live and work in the region and next year, for the first time, we will be accepting submissions from authors who live anywhere in the greater North (encompassing the North West as well as Yorkshire and the North East).
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  • 7 February 2014 Writing Squad looking for young talent

    Do you know a young person between 16 and 21 who loves writing? They can be a poet, a prose writer or even scripting an online game. The Writing Squad is the writer development programme for young writers in the North of England and they're looking for 30 talented young writers who live, work or study in the North of England. Successful applicants will receive tutoring from professional writers, feedback from tutors, four Squad days a year with professional writers, opportunities to work on literary projects, and support from a network of other young writers.
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Events

  • All the Bens Harrogate Theatre / Slung Low, Leeds: 10 April 2014, 7pm

    Ben likes Al, Al likes Henry, and Henry likes numbers. When they all meet, that’s when everything changes. This Manchester Theatre Award winner (Best Fringe 2012) is an engaging, witty and accessible 60 minute play dealing with themes of loneliness, desire, identity, growing up, special needs and internet meets.
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  • Mari Hannah: Monument to Murder 
Ponteland Library: 23 April 2014, 7pm

    Join Mari Hannah, creator of DCI Kate Daniels, on World Book Night as she talks about her latest novel, Monument to Murder.
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  • Stephen May: World Book Night Wallsend Customer First Centre: 23 April 2014, 7pm

    Celebrate the fourth annual World Book Night with the annual book giving. Revellers will be joined by Stephen May, author of Wake up Happy Every Day!
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  • World Book Night with Kate Fox Stockton Central Library: Wednesday 23 April, 7pm
: 23 April 2014, 7pm

    An evening of stand-up poetry from poet, writer and BBC 4 regular Kate Fox. Kate has been poet in residence for the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival. Her recent show, Good Breeding, was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 
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  • Crime Saturday Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 3 May 2014, 2pm

    An estimated 45% of the books borrowed from the Lit & Phil fall into the category of crime fiction. Fascination with the subject seems to be not only ongoing but continually branching out into new areas. Join them for Crime Saturday and meet some of the authors responsible for this interest. 
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  • Crime Story Northumbria University: 31 May 2014, 10am

    Crime Story is an exciting weekend of discussion and workshops as writers, criminologists, lawyers, police and forensics experts walk attendees through the investigation, trial and punishment of a fictional murder. 
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Read Regional 2014
The Read Regional campaign aims to connect local authors from the north of England to local readers via promotions in libraries, bookshops and with festivals and venues. >>>
Crime Story: 31 May-1 June

Crime Story is an exciting weekend of discussion and workshops as writers, criminologists, lawyers, police and forensics experts walk attendees through the investigation, trial and punishment of a fictional murder. >>>

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. >>>

Northern Crime 2014

Northern Crime, the literary competition that aims to unearth and publish exciting new crime writing from writers who live and work in the North of England, is back. >>>

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