Sunday, 5 October 2014

New Writing North news

Here is some further information on New Writing North news, including job opportunities and competitions:

News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
New Writing North: Marketing and communications manager
Salary band £22,000-£25,000 (subject to review)
We are looking for an energetic and accomplished marketing and communications professional to join our team in Newcastle upon Tyne to manage PR and marketing across our work.
From ensuring our day-to-day communications with writers, readers and stakeholders are informative to placing stories in the national press and media, New Writing North’s marketing and communications manager plays an important role in the organisation’s effectiveness.

Please see for full information on the job and how to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday 13 October and interviews will take place on Monday 27 October in Newcastle upon Tyne. The post will begin in December 2014.
Durham Book Festival for Schools
Teachers – don’t miss the chance to bring your class along to Durham Book Festival for Schools, which takes place this 6 & 7 October at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School. There are events for all ages from leading writers Meg Rosoff, Daljit Nagra, Mick Manning and Brita Granström and Helen Stephens. Tickets are £3.50 per child, with accompanying teachers free. Visit for full details and to book, or call Rebecca Wilkie on 0191 204 8855 for more information.
Durham Book Festival tickets selling fast
Seats are selling fast at Durham Book Festival, with some events already sold out. Don’t miss out on the chance to see Linda Grant, John Carey, Rachel Cooke, David Kynaston and many more. Visit to book your place now.
Kate Tempest shortlisted for Mercury Prize
We’re absolutely delighted that performance poet Kate Tempest, who’s appearing at Durham Book Festival on Friday 17 October to present her new poetry collection Hold Your Own, has just been nominated for the Mercury Prize for her album Everybody Down. Kate is a wonderful, edgy performer, who blurs the line between poetry, spoken word and hip-hop and we’re thrilled she’s bringing her performance to Durham. You can see more about her at and book tickets for her Durham event at

Kate has also been selected for the ‘Next Generation’ of 20 hotly tipped poets announced by Poetry Book Society this week. We are delighted that Tara Bergin, who was one of our Read Regional authors this year, is also on the list, as is Daljit Nagra who will be appearing at our Durham Book Festival for Schools day on Monday 6 October at Durham Johnston School.
Cuckoo Quarterly: Issue 11
The autumn edition of Cuckoo Quarterly goes live next Wednesday 17 October at We have a selection of poetry, fiction, shorts and pieces on the theme of 'Fired up'. Also new for this edition is a multimedia element, with links to spoken word, poetry and songs and images and excerpts from Glitches in the Stream, our soon-to-be-released Cuckoo poetry film. All this work was produced on our summer programme, where Cuckoo Young Writers had the chance to work with professional writers, musicians and film-makers.
Digressions: a new book and exhibition by Ian Duhig
Commissioned to celebrate the work of Laurence Sterne, best known for The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy, Digressions is the name of both a book, out now with Smokestack, and an exhibition, which comes to Shandy Hall, Coxwold, next month. The Northern Writers’ Award winner and poet Ian Duhig and artist-printmaker Philippa Troutman collaborated on the project through a combination of poetry, prints and collage. ‘Our idea was to celebrate both the legacy of Sterne’s novel and his home, with a rambling, creative engagement cunningly designed to resemble Tristram Shandy’s apparently random construction, but with genuinely directionless excursions,’ says Ian. ‘I felt particularly well qualified to undertake this task as I can get lost on a sofa.’

The exhibition is currently on show at The Poetry Society and will be at Shandy Hall from 11 October-1 November. For more information, see
Gabrielle Kent signs three-book deal with Scholastic UK
There is excellent news from Gabrielle Kent, who has worked in and around the videogames industry for 15 years, and is about to publish her first children’s book. As well as teaching at Teesside University, she directs, hosts and programmes Animex, the UK’s largest annual games and animation festival. A new web-based game that allows readers to journey beyond the story with an interactive experience will be launched to coincide with the publication of Alfie Bloom: The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, the first book in her middle-grade fantasy series, due out next summer.
Winter residencies at Allenheads Contemporary Arts
Creative practitioners are invited to Allenheads Contemporary Arts for self-funded residencies between October 2014 and March 2015. Residencies include accommodation, studio space and professional support if required. Located in rural Northumberland in England’s highest village, the independent arts venue is a stimulating environment for artists at any stage of their career. Enquiries are welcomed from individual or groups for a minimum of one week. Fees vary according to the number in your party and length of stay. Full details are at
HWA Debut Crown: submissions open
Submissions are now open for the fourth annual Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown for best first historical novel. Submitted novels must be a first full-length work of fiction with a predominantly historical focus, published by a recognised publisher in the UK. For the purposes of this prize, ‘historical’ is defined as 35 years or more from the date of publication, so in this case, novels must have the majority of the content set in a time period at or prior to 1978. The current prize dates run from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014: any first novel published between these dates which fulfils the other criteria is eligible. Submissions close on 31 January 2015. Full details including how to apply can be found at
Harrogate International Festivals: Literature festivals coordinator
Join the team at Harrogate International Festivals coordinating the expanding year-round programme of literary festivals and events. Harrogate International Festivals are looking for a flexible, responsible co-ordinator who will support the literary festivals manager on the preparation and delivery of the festival’s varied portfolio of annual literature events. This role will also involve work across the wider organisation, encompassing the full portfolio of year round events as needed. £15-£18k. Closing date: Friday 10 October. For full details, see
The Forge: Operations manager
The Forge is a participatory art commissioning and producing agency that creates arts projects with and for young people. Its work encompasses exhibitions, concerts, performances, discussion events, films, public art works and publications, in projects that inspire young people to become successful, confident individuals capable of reaching their full potential. They are looking for an operations manager to join a small team, providing leadership across the organisation’s policies; procedures; communications; and its financial and HR functions, as well as contributing to its strategic vision. For full details and an application pack, visit
The Listening Post
Workshops and courses
Lit & Phil poets group open to new members
If you are a poet looking for feedback and support, and you are willing to offer the same to others, a group that has been meeting at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle is seeking new members. The group met on Tuesday evenings, but a new (fortnightly) time could be arranged to suit new members. No particular style, no agenda, no entry requirements other than friendliness. Please contact David Slater on 07717 630751 or email if you are interested.
Writing a Novel: An Arvon residential creative writing course
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Shropshire: Monday 17-Saturday 21 November Do you want to write a novel, or have perhaps started one but are unsure where it’s going? Over five days of fun and focused workshops and one-to-one sessions, leading authors Courttia Newland and Sophie Hardach will refine your vision and get to grips with techniques from pace to point-of-view. By the end of the week you will have given your novel a strong start and be ready to turn those pages into a full-length manuscript. For more details, see
New writers’ retreat in Yorkshire Dales
A new residential creative writing programme has been set up in the Yorkshire Dales. Called The Page, it’s located near Darlington and features award-winning novelist and playwright Courttia Newland as its first tutor. Running from 11 to 17 October 2014, the programme will provide fiction writers with expert one-to-one and group tuition in the following areas: characterisation, narrative construction, writing dialogue, writing action and creating a sense of place. Book your place by calling Stephen Thompson on 07917 841134. For more information, see


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