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  • 19 December 2014 CBBC New Voices Initiative

    CBBC is setting up an intensive, skills-based programme designed to give emerging writers valuable insights into writing for an ongoing children’s TV series, covering all stages of the scripting process with input from experienced writers, producers, script editors and executive producers. 

  • 9 December 2014 A Rendezvous with Julia Darling ten years on

    New Writing North is working with Julia Darling’s friends and family, the BBC, and Live Theatre to mount a series of events in 2015 to honour the tenth anniversary of her death. There will be more news about events in the new year but writers who knew Julia might want to book tickets now for Rendevous 2, as it’s on sale and tickets are already selling well. The event will be an evening celebrating Julia Darling’s writing, featuring poetry, fiction, extracts from plays, and live music performed by many of Julia’s long-time collaborators, performers and friends including The Poetry Virgins.

  • 12 November 2014 Northern Writers’ Awards roadshows: December and January

    To launch this year’s application season for the Northern Writers’ Awards, we'll be visiting four northern cities – Newcastle, Wakefield, Manchester and Liverpool – to meet writers who are thinking of entering the awards, or who just want more information about them.

  • 12 November 2014 Channel 4 joins Northern Writers’ Awards in search of undiscovered writing talent from the north of England

    A new scheme was launched today to identify raw and diverse television talent from the north of England. Launched by Northumbria University, Newcastle, in partnership with Channel 4 as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, the new award will offer a unique opportunity for two writers to be mentored through the script commissioning process with Lime Pictures and RED Production Company.

  • 7 November 2014 Verb New Voices heard in Stockton

    We were at ARC in Stockton last night to see Verb New Voices writers Louise Fazackerley, Matt Miller and John Hamilton May perform the works in progress that they have been working on with mentors Peader Kirk and Matt Fenton, artistic director of Contact Theatre. They have produced some really exciting spoken word performances, excerpts of which you can hear on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

  • 3 November 2014 The best Worst Princess tour comes to an end

    We had the last performance of The Worst Princess this weekend, after over a month of touring the show across County Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and even Manchester and Sheffield.

  • 24 October 2014 Ballinger Trust awards £30,000 to fund Cuckoo Young Writers groups in the North East

    Following the recent news of support from Newcastle’s Cultural Development Fund we’re delighted to be able to announce further good news. The Ballinger Charitable Trust has awarded us £30,000 over the next two years to secure the longer term future of our Cuckoo Young Writers groups in Newcastle, Sunderland, and Alnwick. This means we can run our core programme of fortnightly writing groups and recruitment activity year-round.

  • 22 October 2014 Patrick Robertson wins People's Play Award

    We are pleased to announce the winner of the People's Play is Patrick Robertson's play, In My Father's House. The play will run at the The People’s Theatre in Heaton from Tuesday 28 October-Saturday 1 November.


  • Northern Writers’ Awards Liverpool roadshow The Bluecoat, Liverpool: 8 January 2015, 4pm

    Find out more about how to apply for a Northern Writers’ Award can give your writing career a real boost. So if you are interested in writing for television but unsure how to go about it, or already write some poetry or prose, come along and find out how we can support your writing ambitions.

Northern Writers’ Awards roadshows
This year’s Northern Writers’ Awards includes a new award – the Channel 4/Northumbria University Award. Meet TV producers interested in new stories from the North of England at our winter roadshows. >>>
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. >>>

Our House, Your Home

Richard T Kelly investigates the story of social housing, past, present and future in the insightful, witty and moving Our House, Your Home, with photographs by Sally Ann Norman. >>>

Northern Writers’ Awards 2015
Entries are now open for the Northern Writers’ Awards, the North’s premiere talent development programme for writers which support new and established writers to develop their work and progress their careers. >>>

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