New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north of England, and opened in 1996. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne and originally working across the North East only, in 2012 New Writing North joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations and now works on selected projects across the Greater North.
New Writing North works with writers to develop career opportunities, new commissions, projects, residencies, publications and live events.
We work in partnership with a broad range of organisations, universities, local authorities, regional development agencies, sponsors and media producers to develop opportunities for writers and readers in our region.
New Writing North is a registered charity number 1062729 and a limited company incorporated in England and Wales under no: 3166037.
Since 2012, New Writing North has focused on four main areas of work, with year-round activity to offer writers of working across all forms as well as readers. One-off projects are interspersed with these four ongoing ones:
Durham Book Festival
Taking place yearly in the autumn, this is the biggest book festival in the North East and attracts a large number of new and established authors to the region for events in beautiful historic locations including Durham Town Hall and Durham Cathedral.
Northern Writers’ Awards
Our annual awards scheme which gives £40,000 in prize money to new and emerging writers to develop their work towards publication. The awards also offer the opportunity for writers to get support, feedback, financial grants and networking and career development opportunities. The awards are open across the north of England.
Our annual promotional campaign for published authors in the region to raise their profile and work with libraries to reach new audiences and develop their careers. Read Regional currently takes place across the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, with a view to expanding to the North West in the near future.
For examples of our past project work or of the sort of one-off projects we typically undertake, see our Projects
Chief executive: Claire Malcolm
Programme director: Anna Disley
Finance and administration manager: Catherine Robson
Marketing and communications manager: Olivia Chapman
Programme manager (young people and courses) : Laura Brewis
Programme manager (festivals and events) : Rebecca Wilkie
Phone: 0191 204 8850