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News from New Writing North
Writing North news
As you read
this, we are finalising the very last details for Newcastle Writing
Conference 2015, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 6 June). The
conference theme – Do
It Yourself – leads on from the survey we undertook of 259
writers in the North of England earlier in the year, from which we
learned that so many writers are looking for help navigating the
opportunities available to them online and offline. Tomorrow we’ll be
doing our best to inspire you to seize those opportunities. If you can’t
make it to the conference, do follow our chat on Twitter using #NclWritingConf.
Julia Darling Travel
weekend we were delighted to announce Chloe Daykin as the winner of the
inaugural Julia Darling Travel Fellowship. Chloe impressed the judges
with her proposal to travel to Norway, where she intends to take the
journey across fjords and Norwegian wilderness upon which she will send
the protagonist in her new children’s book. The prize was announced at Rendezvous 2, a
celebration of the work and life of Julia Darling at Newcastle’s Live
Theatre. We hope the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship will run again next year,
and we are crowd-funding for it on JustGiving. To donate, please text JULI01
plus the amount (eg JULI01 £10) to 70070.
We were thrilled to see Read Regional poet Helen Tookey (Missel-Child,
Carcanet) and past Northern Writers’ Awards winner Toby Martinez de las Rivas
Faber and Faber) on the shortlist for the 2015 Seamus Heaney Prize for
best first collection. The winner will be announced during the Seamus
Heaney Centre Poetry School in the week commencing 22 June. Writer Alison
Carr and director Rosie
Kellagher have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign
to raise the final funds needed to get their play The Soaking of Vera Shrimp
to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Winner of the 2013 Live Theatre/Empty
Space Bursary Award, this one-woman play will be performed at The
Pleasance, 5-31 August, at 12.45pm. The campaign runs until 9 June and
any donations would be hugely appreciated. For more information see www.kickstarter.com/projects/57629152/the-soaking-of-vera-shrimp-at-the-edinburgh-festiv. Huge congratulations to Lisa
Anne Craig, whose story Flour Baby is one of three selected to
be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Opening
Lines. Lisa will be invited to attend the recording in June,
and it will be broadcast in August 2015. Finally, our friends over at Mslexia
and North East poet Linda
France have published two Mslexia Minis, which can be printed out
or downloaded to an e-reader for just £3 per guide. Poetic Forms is a
guide to the 15 most popular and enduring poetic forms; First Principles
is an 11-part primer in contemporary poetry. Both guides feature
specially-commissioned examples from some of our leading women poets
including Ruth Padel, Mimi Khalvati and Carol Ann Duffy. Both e-books are
available now at www.mslexia.co.uk/writing-guides.
Get Seen 2015
Sustained Theatre Artists Yorkshire (STAY) have announced details of a
showcase event, Get Seen, on 20 July at West Yorkshire Playhouse, which
will give up and coming performers/artists the opportunity to perform a
10 minute snapshot of their work in front of casting agents and
influential industry figures, as part of the wider Open Season at West
Yorkshire Playhouse. There are 8-10 slots available for artists/groups to
apply for via an application form which can be found on the stay-uk.org
website. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 June at 5pm. Those
who are successful with their written applications will be invited to
audition on Thursday 25 June and the chosen performers will be notified
the following day and offered access to a rehearsal space from 1-19 July. STAY is an organisation created to celebrate cultural diversity,
therefore they strongly encourage minority artists to apply for the
opportunity. For more details, see http://stay-uk.org/stay-events/get-seen-west-yorkshire-playhouse/.
Hit the North
Hit The North is a They Eat Culture project, consisting of a programme
of cross-arts work developed in and around Preston’s train station, investigating
notions of northerness, regional identity and place, at a post-election
moment. They Eat Culture has an open call out for a group of commissions and
interventions to work alongside its residencies and engaged communities
inhabiting the station over the period of this project. They are looking
for practitioners in any medium/genre, including visual arts, film and
photography/digital arts, data-work, sonic arts, illustration, graphics,
design, architecture and built environment, live art, performance, and
writing. They are also interested in people who might contribute a
critical response to the programme. Deadline for proposals is 31 July.
For more information see www.theyeatculture.org.
To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and they will send back a fuller brief.
Butcher’s Dog open
Poetry magazine Butcher’s
Dog is currently open for submissions. This issue is being
edited by Luke Allan, Degna Stone and guest editor Wendy Heath. ‘There is
no set theme, we just want you to send us your best work,’ they say. Send
no more than three unpublished poems to them by 31 July. For full
submission guidelines, see www.butchersdogmagazine.com/p/how-to-submit.html.
The National Poetry Competition 2015 is open for entries. This year’s
judges are David Wheatley, Esther Morgan and Sarah Howe and the prizes
are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the
third, with seven commendations of £200. The top three winners will also
be published in The
Poetry Review, as well as having the possibility of reading
at some of the UK’s top literary festivals. Deadline for entries: 31
October. Since its launch in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry
Competition has marked a milestone in the careers of many of today’s leading
poets. Previous winners include Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Tony Harrison,
and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Enter here.
InkTears Flash Fiction competition is now open for entries. There are
six prizes available ranging from £250 to £25. All prize-winners will
have their story published to the InkTears readership and their bio
published on the InkTears website. Submissions must be 500 words or less
in length, any theme. Fees: 1 entry £3; 2 entries £5; 3 entries £6.50; 4
entries £7.50. Closing date: 31 July. Full results will be posted on the
InkTears website by 10 November. For full details see www.inktears.com.
the National Centre for Children’s Books, based in Newcastle, is looking
for people to fill a wide range
of roles including: administrative assistant, bookshop
co-ordinator, trading assistants, stock control administrator, catering
supervisor, story catchers, business development manager, and trustees.
for individual posts and details on how to apply. Active
Northumberland is seeking submissions for a consultant/consultancy company
to deliver a new five-year cultural strategy for Northumberland. It is
anticipated that the process will involve two main stages: Stage 1 –
scoping the existing cultural landscape in the county and developing
terms of reference for the development and delivery of the cultural
strategy; Stage 2 – the cultural strategy and blueprint for a new County
Cultural Partnership. It is envisaged that this piece of work will
commence in late June 2015 immediately upon appointment. Phase 1 to be
completed by the end of September 2015. Phase 2 must be completed by the
end of October 2015. Tender deadline: Friday 12 June. For more
information on how to apply visit http://sector1.net/job/cultural-strategy-for-northumberland-tender/76159. The award-winning Yorkshire
Festival is looking for an experienced and dynamic artistic director
to lead and articulate the artistic vision for Yorkshire Festival 2016.
The artistic director will oversee the commissioning and curation of an
ambitious programme of new work that delivers that vision successfully
and will build a sustainable future for a biennial Yorkshire Festival. If
you have a proven track record in creating outstanding events and are
ready to build a popular festival of international repute email email@example.com for
further details and how to apply. Closing date Monday 8 June, 9.30am.
Interviews in central Leeds on Wednesday 17 June.
The Old Fire
Station, Penrith: Friday 5 June, 7pm Liz Lochhead’s appearance at The Old Fire Station is a real coup for
Penrith. The Scottish National Poet has been described by Carol Ann Duffy
as, ‘funny, feisty, female, full of feeling; a fantastic performer of her
work and a writer who has tirelessly brought poetry to the drama and
drama into poetry.’ Tickets: £10. Tickets can be reserved via www.eventbrite.com/e/liz-lochhead-somethings-old-somethings-new-tickets-16954251623.
Sunderland: Tuesday 23 June, 8pm A fast-paced night of spoken word shenanigans, featuring the best
poets, comedians and musicians the North has to offer. With a headline
set this month from the wonderful Carmen Thompson, who has just been
selected for Radio 3’s the Verb New Voices project.
Poetry at the Portico
Manchester’s Portico Library has a full line-up of poetry events
throughout the summer months, including events with Cinnamon Press, and
Carcanet. June sees appearances by writers including John Gallas, former
winner of the Portico Poetry Prize, John Redmond and Tim Liardet. Read
Regional authors Helen Tookey and Tara Bergin will be reading in July.
for more details.
Making the Creative
Industries Work: the Art of Creative Practice
Architecture, Cooper’s Studios, Westgate Rd, Newcastle: Monday 8 June,
6pm-8pm Northumbria University is hosting a performance and conversation for
and about creative practitioners. Making the Creative Industries Work
will feature a performance by concert pianist Yoshie Kawamura and
emerging dance star Natasha Watson to Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives.
Following the performance, David Almond will join the conversation so
that a musician, a dancer and a creative writer, at different stages of
their professional development, will discuss their career paths and the
challenges and opportunities they face. The discussion will be
facilitated by Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland. Tickets:
£8 from www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/events/2015/06/making-the-creative-industries-work-the-art-of-creative-practice/.
Society of Authors
2 July Members and non-members are invited to join The Society of Authors’
Summer Social for a river cruise of Chester, afternoon tea at Chester
Town Hall, a roundtable discussion and a networking event with literature
professionals from the North of England. Book online by Friday 26 June at
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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.