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News

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 17 October 2014 Writer event: how to prepare your work for broadcast

    As part of the Verb New Voices project we're involved in, there will be a discussion session for those interested in writing for TV and radio on Thursday 6 November at ARC, Stockton. The event brings together writers and producers and is a must-see for writers looking to get into TV and radio.
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  • 10 October 2014 Paul Kingsnorth wins Gordon Burn Prize

    At a special event at Durham Book Festival on Friday evening, Paul Kingsnorth was announced as the winner of the second annual Gordon Burn Prize for his debut novel The Wake. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of Buccmaster of Holland, a man from the Lincolnshire Fens, who, with a fractured band of guerrilla fighters, takes up arms against the invaders.
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Events

  • Kate Fox North East tour Various venues across the North East of England: 21 November 2014, 7pm

    Spoken word performer and poet Kate Fox is bringing four events in five days to the North East at the end of the month: Letting Off Steam with folk musicians Union Jill on 21 November at Washington Arts Centre; workshops as part of the Northern Children's Book Festival on 22 November; her Edinburgh show Poet in Residence at the Gala in Durham on 23 November and a slot at the launch of the Books on Tyne festival on 25 November in Newcastle.
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  • Books on Tyne Newcastle venues: 24 November 2014, 9am

    Annual book festival from 24-30 November at the Lit & Phil and Newcastle City Library, with guests including Marina Lewycka, AL Kennedy, Sarah Moss and Val McDermid.
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  • Polari: London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 24 November 2014, 7pm

    With Mari Hannah (winner of The Polari First Book Prize 2013), Sophia Blackwell, Debbie Taylor, Stephen Shieber and VG Lee. 
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  • Linda France and Birtley Aris: Another Wild Lit & Phil, Newcastle: 4 December 2014, 7pm

    Poet Linda France and artist Birtley Aris present their new, beautiful pamphlet, another wild.
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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. >>>
There Is a Green Hill
In the summer of 2014 playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin made a series of six walks around the North East of England. Read about his journey in There Is a Green Hill>>>
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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