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.


  • 9 May 2016 Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends

    We're very happy to be supporting Shore to Shore, a two-week national tour taking place this summer. For 14 consecutive nights Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will visit local communities to perform alongside Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, musician John Sampson and a guest local poet in each location.

  • 9 May 2016 Vacancy: group leader for new Cuckoo Young Writers Group

    New Writing North is recruiting a group leader for our new Cuckoo Young Writers group in Durham. The role of the group leader is to work with the group’s lead writer to creatively direct the group, lead sessions and support the young people (age 12-19) taking part. We are looking for applicants who have experience of working with young people, a background in creative writing and are keen to develop their skills in these areas.

  • 9 May 2016 Young Writers’ City: stars of the future

    We’re incredibly proud of our young writers from Excelsior Academy, who have been working with writers Bob Beagrie, Fred Phethean and Rowan McCabe on poetry, spoken word, rap and beat-boxing. This spring they created three short films with a fantastically talented filmmaker, Adam Opie, who is just 17 himself and who brilliantly captures some of the joy and pain of teenage life in Newcastle’s West End.

  • 4 May 2016 Should We Stay or Should We Go?

    Join other young writers (aged 15-23) to create an alternative EU campaign zine. Whether you’re a young journalist, a poet, a dystopian fiction writer or a comic book artist, come and have your say on what Europe means to you—from Eurovision, football teams and pen pals to borders, identity, migration and human rights. We’re looking for everything from factual to fictional, journalistic to speculative, political to poetic.

  • 1 April 2016 ‘Ways of Seeing’: free writing workshop for marginalised writers

    New Writing North are pleased to once again be working in partnership with award-winning Brighton-based charity Creative Future to offer a free workshop to writers who feel they have lacked professional development or showcasing opportunities due to mental health, disability, ethnicity, sexual identity and / or social circumstance.

  • 22 March 2016 New Writing North is recruiting!

    We have two new roles in our small, friendly office in Newcastle upon Tyne. We are recruiting an experienced bookkeeper for the role of Finance & Administration Assistant and a creative, energetic and organised self-starter for the new position of Participation Manager.

  • 22 March 2016 One-to-one surgeries at Crime Story 2016

    We’re offering a limited number of FREE 20-minute one-to-one surgeries at Crime Story 2016 for writers. If you have a plot conundrum or a piece of narrative that requires detailed procedure, you can apply for a session with a lawyer or forensic scientist. If you’re looking for publishing advice, we have a literary agent and an editor to help.

  • 17 March 2016 The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

    The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is open for submissions until Thursday 31 March.
    The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship exists to remember the late writer Julia Darling. The first award in 2015 was given to the novelist Chloe Daykin who used the funds to travel to Norway to research her second novel.


  • Opera Helps across the North 27 May 2016, 12pm

    Wunderbar has launched the UK premiere of Opera Helps, created by artist Joshua Sofaer, taking place across the North of England. Between March and May, a professional opera singer will be visiting applicants’ homes, listening to their problems, and singing an aria to make them feel better.

  • The Mansio launches at Hexham Book Festival Senhouse Museum, Maryport: 28 May 2016, 9am

    A travelling ‘Roman ruin’-cum-performance space is to be launched at Hexham Book Festival, and ten writers, including Lemn Sissay, Colette Bryce, David Almond and Daljit Nagra, have created new works to be performed inside it. Centring around the idea of ‘borders and frontiers’, the installation will tour various locations across Hadrian’s Wall.

  • Rendezvous—Wish You Were Here Live Theatre, Newcastle: 5 June 2016, 7:30pm

    Join us for an evening of poetry, music, cabaret and cocktails at Live Theatre as we award this year’s Julia Darling Travel Fellowship and celebrate the life and work of Julia Darling. The evening will be hosted by Charlie Hardwick, with performances by The Poetry Virgins, Kissed, Zoe Lambert and others.

  • Free as a Bard Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay: 5 June 2016, 8pm

    Free as a Bard, the popular poetry and music evening launches two IRON press books by poets George Jowett and John Price. The evening also sees a welcome return for musician Jenny Lascelles. In addition there'll be free fruit, a literary raffle and more. Tickets £5. Show starts 8pm.

  • Crime Story 2016 Northumbria University, Newcastle: 11 June 2016, 9am

    A festival for crime fiction writers and readers offers a unique insight into reallife criminal investigation. Crime Story 2016, which takes place at Northumbria University, Newcastle on 11 June, brings together people from the two very different worlds of fact and fiction. Detectives, forensic scientists, lawyers and pathologists will guide crime writers and readers through the investigative process as they attempt to solve a fictional crime, written exclusively for the festival by Paula Hawkins, the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.

  • The Folio Academy Sessions 18 June 2016, 9am

    For the third year running, the Folio Prize Foundation and the British Library host some of the world’s finest writers and their guests at a weekend devoted to the art of storytelling on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June. All tickets, starting from £18, are available through the British Library Box Office.

  • Kendal Poetry Festival Abbot Hall Art Gallery: 24 June 2016, 9am

    Kendal will host its first poetry festival from the 24-26 June at Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Co-directors Kim Moore and Pauline Yarwood have put together a programme of exciting poetry readings, workshops, discussions and open mics.

Crime Story 2016
We are thrilled to open booking for Crime Story 2016. The festival for crime fiction writers and readers offers a unique insight into real-life criminal investigation >>>
Rendezvous: Wish You Were Here
Join us for an evening of poetry, music, cabaret and cocktails at Live Theatre as we award this year’s Julia Darling Travel Fellowship >>>
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 >>>
Read Regional 2016
From March to June 2016, the annual Read Regional campaign will be celebrating ten exciting new books from the North of England at libraries and literary festivals across the North >>>

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