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.


  • 7 July 2016 Write for our blog

    This summer, New Writing North is launching a brand new website. We are now looking for writers and readers based in the North of England who are interested in contributing to our blog. The blog will take a prominent place on our website and posts will be shared on our social media accounts and in this newsletter.

  • 7 July 2016 Cuckoo Young Writers: On Writing

    Ever wonder what we do in our Cuckoo Young Writers groups? Our Amble group have made a brilliant animation all about why they take part. If you know a young person aged 12-19 who enjoys writing, why not send them this film or invite them to try out one of our free summer schools?

  • 7 July 2016 Read Regional comes to an end

    After four months of library, book group, school and festival events, Read Regional 2016 has come to a close. We’d like to thank everyone who attended events and made our authors feel welcome in their local libraries, the 22 librarians with whom we programme Read Regional events across the North of England, and our 2016 authors: Helen Cadbury, Ian Clayton, Carys Davies, Crista Ermiya, Andrew Forster, Chris Killen, Rachel McIntyre, Kim Moore, Hazel Osmond, and Caroline Roberts.

  • 1 July 2016 Announcing the winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2016

    We are delighted to announce the winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2016. The 30 winners were announced at a ceremony in Newcastle last night. 2016 was our biggest year so far for the awards, with over 1000 entries, so competition was incredibly fierce.

  • 15 June 2016 North Tyneside Summer Reads

    As part of an ever-popular campaign, The Mysterious Miss Mayhew, written by North East author Hazel Osmond, has been selected as the North Tyneside Summer Read for 2016. The Mysterious Miss Mayhew will be promoted to readers along the coast throughout summer 2016. From July until September, residents and visitors can pick up a copy for the special price of just £4.

  • 15 June 2016 Northern Writers’ Awards 2016

    We had a record number of entries to the Northern Writers’ Awards this year, with a great number of very high quality submissions. We have now contacted everyone who applied for Northern Writers’ Awards to notify them of the outcome of their entry. The winners will be announced on 30 June—watch this space!

  • 15 June 2016 Crime Story 2016 comes to an end

    We hope everyone who joined us found the day as interesting and inspiring as we did. If you haven’t yet completed our evaluation, we’d be really grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to tell us what you thought. Your feedback will help inform the choices we make for Newcastle Writing Conference in 2017 and the next Crime Story in 2018. Plus, there’s a £25 book voucher up for grabs.

  • 15 June 2016 Cuckoo Young Writers Summer Schools

    This summer, Cuckoo has a creative writing summer school for every taste. Join us for everything from song writing to crime fiction, spoken word to making poetry out of paper, scissors and glue! Cuckoo Young Writers’ Summer Schools are for young people aged 12-19 who are interested in creative writing. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already got a novel on your memory stick or you just want to try something new and have a go: CUCKOO NEEDS YOU. And it’s all totally FREE!


  • Talks on Tyne: Historical writing discussions Newcastle Castle: 27 July 2016, 5pm

    Writers and historians who have worked with Tyne Bridge Publishing—Newcastle Libraries’ publishing arm—will present a series of weekly talks at the Black Gate: the gatehouse to Newcastle’s medieval Castle (27 July–31 August). Speakers include TV favourite John Grundy and Max Adams (The King in the North) and will cover topics as diverse as medieval Newcastle, the Roman Tyne Bridge, and Tyneside’s role in the Battle of the Somme.

  • Whitley Bay Pure Fiction Whitley Bay Library: 30 July 2016, 2:15pm

    An afternoon of Pure Fiction with local writers Kitty Fitzgerald, Jennifer C Wilson and Sandy Chadwin is taking place at Whitley Bay Library, Whitley Bay on Saturday 30 July at 2.15pm. Tickets, costing £3.50, can be booked in advance online.

  • Festival of Writing in York University of York: 9 September 2016, 9am

    The 2016 Festival of Writing is being held at the University of York from 9-11 September. Tickets prices start at £185 and agent one-to-one sessions are available.

We are recruiting!
We are recruiting a temporary member of staff to cover the current Young People’s Programme Manager post. Read more and find out how to apply here >>>
Durham Book Festival for schools
See what great author events for young people of all ages we have this year at Durham Book Festival >>>
Arts Award
New Writing North is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter organisation. This means that we run activities that young people, schools and groups can use towards their Arts Award >>>
Announcing the winners
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2016. Please join us in congratulating the class of 2016! >>>

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