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.


  • 25 February 2015 Cuckoo Young Writers group leaders wanted

    We’re seeking a creative person with experience in working with young people to take on a new role as group leader, as part of our Cuckoo Young Writers programme. Working alongside a professional writer, the candidate would run weekly sessions supporting young writers with creative projects.

  • 11 February 2015 Read Regional 2016: Submit new books by writers in the North of England

    We are delighted to open the call for submissions for books to be considered for the 2016 Read Regional campaign. For the 2016 campaign we welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult and children’s books.

  • Photo: Sasa Savic 9 February 2015 The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

    New Writing North in conjunction with the family and friends of the late writer Julia Darling are establishing a new Travel Fellowship for creative writers in her name. The fellowship worth £2,000, can be used to fund travel and accommodation in the UK and internationally and is open to novelists, poets and playwrights over the age of 18, who live and work in the North of England and who have at least one professionally produced or published work to their name.

  • 29 January 2015 Music reviewing opportunities for young writers

    Love music? Writing reviews? Interested in jazz? Want FREE tickets to world-class events and a masterclass with a professional writer? If you are aged 15-23 years you can apply to be a festival reviewer at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival at Sage Gateshead.

  • 23 January 2015 New radio talent wanted for Verb New Voices

    Created by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC and arts organisations from across the North, Verb New Voices 3 is looking for four artists based in the North of England who would like to make a new piece of work for BBC Radio.

  • 22 January 2015 Ten days left to enter the Northern Writers' Awards 2015

    There are now just ten days left to enter the Northern Writers’ Awards 2015, which close for submission on Monday 2 February at 5pm. Join us for a chat about the awards. NWN chief executive Claire Malcolm will be on Twitter at 12pm-1pm and 8pm-9pm on Thursday 22 January, using the hashtag #NorthernWritersAwards.

  • 21 January 2015 Reviewers in Residence with Northern Stage and Cuckoo Young Writers

    If you are aged 15-23 years and based in the North East you can apply to our new scheme to develop your review writing skills. Starting in February 2015, we have an exciting new opportunity for Reviewers in Residence with Northern Stage and Cuckoo Young Writers. The project offers new and aspiring arts reviewers and theatre critics the chance to develop their writing and start building a portfolio of work.

  • 5 January 2015 Rendezvous: A Celebration of the life and work of Julia Darling

    Live Theatre is looking for ideas from writers for five specially commissioned 20-minute plays inspired by the work of Julia Darling to mark the tenth anniversary of Julia’s death. The project is an opportunity for the company to work with both emerging and established writers alongside a mix of young and experienced directors.


  • Read Regional 2015 Various library venues across the North of England: 2 March 2015, 7pm

    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.

  • The CRIME STORY Seminars: The culture of police investigation with Prof. Mike Rowe, professor of criminology Northumbria Unviersity, Newcastle: 11 March 2015, 5pm

    Following the success of last year’s Crime Story conference, we return with a series of seminars led by experts in criminology, forensics and law. This first session asks, ‘How do the realities of police investigations contrast with our fictional versions?’ 

  • Kate Fox: The Price of Happiness Live Theatre, Newcastle: 17 March 2015, 8pm

    What’s the cost of feeling you have to want the same things as everybody else? In a new series for BBC Radio 4, poet and comedian Kate Fox explores some of the things that she definitely does not want – from babies to a big white wedding. Join her for the live recording at Live Theatre.

  • Newcastle Poetry Festival 2015 Newcastle University: 19 March 2015, 9am

    A new international festival running from 19-21 March celebrating contemporary poetry, this inaugural festival will mark the culmination of project, The Poetics of the Archive: Creative and Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive.

  • The CRIME STORY Seminars: How textile fibres help solve forensic investigations, with Dr. Kelly Sheridan, senior lecturer in forensic science Northumbria University, Newcastle: 25 March 2015, 5pm

    In this session, Dr Kelly Sheridan explains how DNA evidence might often provide the ‘who’ in forensic investigations but it can’t answer the often crucial questions of ‘when’ or ‘how’. Increasingly, trace evidence – and in particular textile fibre evidence – is called upon to provide these answers. 

  • Cynthia Fuller: Estuary Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 25 March 2015, 7pm

    Celebrate the launch of Cynthia Fuller’s latest poetry collection, Estuary, which is published by Red Squirrel Press. 

  • Newcastle Literary Salon Chapter 3: Physical & Mental Health The Scrumpy Willow & Singing Kettle cafe, Newcastle upon Tyne: 27 March 2015, 8pm

    Join the third outing of the Newcastle Literary Salon, with readings by Jenni Pascoe, Steve Urwin, Sean Burn, Patrick Shannon and Vic Watson. 

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. >>>
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. >>>


A series of talks, running from March to May 2015 – sessions range from how trace evidence can help solve forensic investigations, to contemporary understandings of victimhood. >>>

Gordon Burn Prize 2015
Submissions are now invited for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, which rewards new work that represents the spirit and sensibility of the late writer's groundbreaking literary methods. >>>

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