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  • 19 November 2015 Verb New Voices on BBC Radio 3

    Did you catch the first of our Verb New Voices broadcasts on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb last Friday? If you missed Carmen Marcus’ brilliant performance (along with Pat Barker, Jacob Polley and James Yorkston), you can listen again on BBC iPlayer.

  • 19 November 2015 Join Sunderland Young [Song] Writers

    In January, Cuckoo Young Writers will be launching their first Cuckoo Young [Song] Writers group in Sunderland. Working with songwriters Martin Longstaff (The Lake Poets) and Natasha Haws, the group will meet weekly on a Saturday, 11am-1pm, at Pop Recs Ltd.

  • 19 November 2015 Words for Wellbeing at Washington Mind

    Led by acclaimed poet and novelist Carolyn Jess-Cooke and group leader Hannah Morpeth, the group will be a chance for young people to write away their worries and frustrations, develop their imaginative writing and enhance their wellbeing by getting things out of their head and onto the page.

  • 19 November 2015 Call out for writer/visual artist: Young Writers’ City

    New Writing North is currently developing a project with West End Women and Girls Centre in Newcastle. We are looking for a female writer and visual artist or graphic designer for approximately 8 x 2 hour sessions between January and March 2016.

  • 6 November 2015 Manifestos brought to life

    On Friday 30 October, Cuckoo Young Writers performed Manifestos at Northern Stage, as part of this year’s Juice Festival. Since the summer, a group of young writers have been working with poet Paul Summers to explore issues that they feel strongly about.

  • 4 November 2015 We’re on the road with Northern Writers’ Awards

    We can hardly believe it’s that time of year, but the Northern Writers’ Awards are almost upon us. From 16 November, www.northernwritersawards.com will be live with the awards available for 2016, with the portal opening for submissions on Tuesday 1 December.

  • 4 November 2015 Cuckoo Young Writers in the recording studio

    In August, a group of Cuckoo Young Writers aged 12-17 began working with professional songwriters Martin Longstaff (AKA The Lake Poets) and Natasha Haws to write lyrics and compose their own tunes. What began as a summer school became an extended project, as the group continued to meet and write on Saturdays throughout September. Their work culminated in a performance at Auckland Castle and a recording session in the Field Music studios in Sunderland last weekend.

  • 4 November 2015 Free Thinking Festival 2015

    We are delighted to be working with BBC Radio 3 on two projects, which will be presented at the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 7 November.


  • Book launch with Kathleen Kenny and Sadhana Naithani The Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle: 8 December 2015, 7pm

    A night of entertainment and readings at the Lit and Phil on Tuesday 8 December (7pm), where Kathleen Kenny and Sadhana Naithani will read from their new books.

  • Mudfog Press events Hartlepool Library: 9 December 2015, 6pm

    Mudfog Press will be launching two new pamphlets at Hartlepool Library on Wednesday 9 December (6pm): Walking the Ridge Line by Robin Moss, and Sheila Nichols's Tasting the Salt.

  • Exposing Cover-Ups The Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle: 11 December 2015, 6pm

    An event taking place at The Lit & Phil on Wednesday 11 December (8-9.30pm) will feature two influential whistle-blowers discussing their experiences.

  • Mudfog Press events The Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle: 16 December 2015, 7pm

    Robin Moss will be reading from his collection, Walking the Ridge Line at the Lit & Phil on Wednesday 16 December at 7pm

Northern Writers’ Awards roadshows

New Writing North is taking to the road this November to speak to writers about the Northern Writers’ Awards and other development opportunities >>>

Mayfly Press reissues Crocodile Soup
Mayfly Press is delighted to be reissuing the fabulous Crocodile Soup, Julia Darling's 1998 novel, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize >>>
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 >>>
Cuckoo Writers' new website
New Writing North’s young peoples programme, Cuckoo Young Writers has just launched a brand new website and it's superb. Take a look >>>

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