Sunday, 18 January 2015

News from New Writing North

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter that I thought my followers would be interested in:

January 2015
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Deadline approaching for Northern Writers’ Awards 2015
There’s still time to enter the Northern Writers’ Awards 2015. With support from Northumbria University, this year’s awards are our biggest ever, with £46,000 worth of awards for emerging and more established writers across the North. There are new awards for aspiring television writers, short story writers, and new poets, as well as our flagship Northern Writers’ Awards.
With so many categories to choose from this year, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to apply. The awards close for submission at 5pm on Monday 2 February and application is online only at
Join us for a chat about the awards. Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North, will be on Twitter at 12pm-1pm and 8pm-9pm on Thursday 22 January, using the hashtag #NorthernWritersAwards.
Matthew Hale Award
Do you work with or know a young writer who shows promise, but lacks the opportunity to develop their talent? We are seeking nominations from parents, carers, family members, teachers, youth leaders, social workers, librarians and other professionals working with young people to nominate candidates for this award as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards.
The young person must live in the North of England and be 12-18 years old. They can be interested in writing in any form, including songwriting, blogging and drama.
You can nominate until Monday 2 February at 5pm at
News from Cuckoo Young Writers
Our Newcastle Cuckoo group has kicked off the New Year at a new venue. The group is led by Susannah Pickering and Matt Wesolowski and now meets every Saturday at Northern Stage (Barras Bridge, NE1 7RH) from 11am to 1pm. As always, the sessions are free, drop-in, and open to all between the ages of 12 and 19. There is no need to sign up, just come along on the day. For more information, contact Amy Mitchell at
Survey of writers 2015
What sort of support do you need as a writer? This is the key question we are hoping will be answered by our survey of writers, which is open until 31 January 2015. We want to hear from as many of you as possible, so that we can understand and plan for the ways to best support you and your work. If you would like to inform our future work, please complete the short survey at
Hooray for Angela Readman, who has just taken first prize in the Charles Causley Poetry Competition. Angela’s poem, The Museum of Water, was described as ‘delicate and unsettling’ by judge Kathleen Simmonds.
Congratulations to playwright Sean Burn, whose play, collector of tears, was chosen by British Theatre Guide as the best North East new play of 2014. Peter Lathan of British Theatre Guide called it ‘a flawless fusion of writing, performance, design and lighting’.
Heathcliff Adrift, a poetry collection by Benjamin Myers exploring Heathcliff’s lost years, was commissioned for an exhibition alongside photography by Nick Small at Durham Book Festival 2014. If you missed it there, you can now catch it as the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, from 1 February until 30 May. 
Well done to Olivia Gwyne, a creative writing MA student at Newcastle University, who has been shortlisted to the final three in the SASH Writing Competition, which is judged by Ross Raisin and was mentioned in our newsletter last August. The winner will be announced on 30 January.
BBC Radio 4: Opening Lines
The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit is now open for submissions for writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines. Three writers will have their work selected for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. They particularly seek stories which benefit from being read aloud, with a strong emphasis on narrative and avoiding too much dialogue and digression. A broad range of subject matter will be considered, but very dark, harrowing tales would be unsuitable for this slot. Deadline: Friday 13 February. For full details, see
The CWA Debut Dagger
The CWA Debut Dagger is open for submissions until 31 January. This is the 15th year of the competition for unpublished crime writers, and all shortlisted entrants gain a professional assessment of their entry. For full details, see
Poems inspired by Julia Darling
To tie in with the tenth anniversary of Julia Darling’s death, Ellen Phethean, Julia’s business partner at Diamond Twig, is looking to publish poems inspired by Julia on her website. Please send your poem to Ellen at with a short piece about a memory of how you were inspired by Julia. Poems will be published from April.
The Philip Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition 2015
Judged by acclaimed poet Jean Sprackland, this competition offers a first prize of £1,000, as well as a prize for young poets. Deadline: Friday 10 April. For full details, see
Gender, sexuality and writing
UnstapledPress is a Newcastle-based publishing house, set up by fine art students at Newcastle University. They are currently working on a new publication, Venn, which explores gender identity and sexuality in contemporary society. They are looking for any writing, (essays, poetry, text), visual material, (illustrations, photography, prints) or any other related projects. Send any submissions or queries to Deadline: Monday 1 February. 
New Writing South is recruiting for two full-time positions: a creative learning manager (deadline: 19 January) and an operations and communications manager (deadline: 22 January). Both jobs are based in Brighton. For full details, see
Museums Sheffield has a vacancy for a communications manager, full-time for seven months. Deadline: 26 January. For full details, see
The Poetry Translation Centre is expanding its work and is seeking a managing/programme director to work alongside the founding/artistic director, four days per week. Based in London. Deadline: 26 January. For full details, see
National Trust Wallington in Northumberland requires a freelance audience consultation facilitator, to support the work of its West Wing project. The consultancy period is expected to run from March to July 2015. Contact Gillian Mason on for an Invitation to Tender document. Deadline for expressions of interest: 23 January.
Theatre Hulabaloo, a specialist producer of children’s theatre, seeks a part-time general manager. Based in Darlington. Deadline: 28 January. For full details, see
The Listening Post
Fallow Café, Manchester: Monday 26 January, 7.30pm
Live literature night Verbose is back at the Fallow Café in Fallowfield, Manchester. Events take place on the fourth Monday of the month, starting Monday 26 January. This spring season, expect to see Sarah Butler, Jenn Ashworth, Emma Jane Unsworth and many more. Entry is free. Find Verbose on Facebook for updates at
Poetry events at Teesside University
Teesside University and Smokestack Books will be presenting a regular series of poetry events this year, starting on Tuesday 20 January with a reading by the award-winning poet Ian Duhig, whose latest collection is Digressions. Following, on Tuesday 24 February, North East poet Jo Colley will read from her latest collection, Bones of Birds. Both events are free to attend and start at 6pm in Teesside University’s Athena Building. For further information contact
The Poetry School
The Poetry School has several interesting courses coming up, both in London and online, including No laughs please, we’re poets: can comic poetry be good poetry?, which looks at the seriously funny poetry of Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott et al. That course starts on Friday 6 February. All courses can be booked online at
Deadline for the next newsletter
If you have news that you would like to submit for inclusion in the newsletter please contact The deadline for receipt of information for the first newsletter of 2015 is 26 January. The next edition of The Listening Post covering February's events will be published in late January so if there are any events that you would like to submit for inclusion you will need to send information to Laura by 20 January.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is correct at the time of going to press, things do change, frequently at the last minute and very often without our knowledge.

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