Friday, 14 June 2013

New Writing North

Just received my latest newsletter from New Writing North and thought my followers may like to know the details:

Vacancy at New Writing North: Marketing and communications manager
(Maternity cover from August 2013 for up to one year)
Deadline: Friday 21 June

We are looking to recruit a temporary member of staff to cover a period of maternity leave. The marketing and communications manager performs a key role within New Writing North, encompassing the devising and delivery of both corporate objectives and project-related marketing and PR. The post reports to the chief executive and the postholder will work across the organisation with other senior staff and programme managers and with external stakeholders and project partners. For full details and to apply, see
Bloodaxe Books archive returns to Newcastle University
Thirty-five years ago poetry lover Neil Astley set up his own publishing house from an admin office on the Newcastle University campus. From these humble beginnings, Bloodaxe Books would become one of the most important contemporary poetry publishers in the world, giving a voice and in many cases a break, to leading writers, including Simon Armitage, Helen Dunmore, Tony Harrison and Benjamin Zephaniah; major figures in world poetry such as Mahmoud Darwish, Miroslav Holub and Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer; and Newcastle University’s own Bill Herbert, Jackie Kay and Sean O’Brien.
Now, three and half decades later the university has acquired its archive and Bloodaxe Books is returning to the place where it all began. The university has just taken delivery of the first part of the archive and is starting the long task of cataloguing it. It is hoped that the archive will be available for reference within two years. For more information, see
University of Sunderland Students’ Union: Freelance events producer
Sunderland University is looking for an organised, inspiring, creative individual to help programme and produce a range of events over the summer period, culminating in Freshers’ Welcome Week. Deadline: Wednesday 19 June. For more details, see
Newcastle City Council Arts Development Team: Community artist
Newcastle Arts Development team, Culture and Creativity Advisor and the Healthy Schools team are interested in developing an art project linked to the Healthy Schools Plus programme currently running within Newcastle. Deadline: Friday 21 June. For more information, see
Writing groups and workshops
Workshop: The short story
Lit & Phil, Newcastle: Saturday 22 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
Looking at what works and what doesn’t with short stories. Workshop led by Mslexia Short Story Award winner Beda Higgins, whose first collection, Chameleon, was part of the Read Regional campaign. Free workshop, no booking required.

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