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News

  • 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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  • 12 August 2014 Gordon Burn Prize 2014 shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the second annual Gordon Burn Prize was announced at the official launch of the Durham Book Festival programme. The prize, run in partnership by New Writing North, Faber & Faber, and the Gordon Burn Trust, was conceived to pay tribute to the legacy of the late author.
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  • 6 August 2014 One month left to enter Northern Crime Competition

    
The Northern Crime Competition closes on 29 August. That means that if you want to be the next David Peace or Ann Cleeves, you need to submit your manuscript now. The winning novels will be published in print and as ebooks in 2015. The winning writers will receive a standard publishing contract, a £1,000 advance, and support to editorially develop their work. Short story winners will get £100 and their story published in the very first Northern Crime short story anthology.
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  • 6 August 2014 TEDx talks go live

    Look out for our series of TEDx talks by young writers from Tyneside, which have been published online via the TEDxYouth@TyneBridge website. The project, which took place last year, was co-ordinated by New Writing North and Juice Festival as eight young writers took to the stage, delivering talks which tackled vital subjects for young people in the 21st century with topics covering everything from sexism, gender roles and homophobia to how to survive and thrive post-university.
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Events

  • Jibba Jabba The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle: 25 September 2014, 7:30pm

    Hosted by Jenni Pascoe, Jibba Jabba is a popular spoken word cabaret that combines comedy and music in a celebration of words. Audience members are encouraged to participate alongside four feature guests.
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  • Free as a Bard Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay: 28 September 2014, 7:30pm

    Enjoy a spot of culture at the coast with poets Ellen Phethean and Kirsten Luckins alongside musician Robby Thinman, plus a literary raffle.
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  • Peter Bennet & Birtley Aris: Arcana Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 29 September 2014, 7pm

    Join Red Squirrel Press as they celebrate the launch of Arcana, a beautiful new collection by Peter Bennet, illustrated by Birtley Aris.
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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. >>>
North Tyneside Summer Read

Gladio, Whitley Bay writer Steve Chambers' fast-moving and complex thriller based on a real-life conspiracy, has been announced as the North Tyne Summer Read for 2014. >>>

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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