Tuesday, 23 June 2015

News from New Writing North

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter, including jobs, opportunities and workshops:

    June 2015
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Introducing Durham Moot
We are incredibly excited to be programming the first ever Durham Moot. We hope you will be able to join us this 12 July at Palace Green Library, Durham, for an afternoon of debate and discussion about how to create a more just, egalitarian and better society. We’re bringing leading speakers together from academic, cultural, community and council backgrounds, as well as journalists Owen Jones, Alex Niven and Ian Wylie, for a lively discussion about where the North goes from here.

Why ‘Moot’ though? Well, it’s an old English word that, in its adjectival form suggests something subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and as a noun refers, historically, to an assembly held for debate or a regular gathering of people having a common interest. It neatly sums up what we hope to achieve.

To book online see http://durhambookfestival.com/durham-moot/.
Julia Darling Travel Fellowship crowd-funding site
In our last newsletter we mentioned that we were hoping to crowd-fund for future years of the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship. Several people have contacted us because they would like to donate, but not by text message. We have now set up a JustGiving page where you can donate online at http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/newwritingnorth/juliadarling.
Internship opportunity
New Writing North is offering an internship opportunity, open to those who have graduated from Northumbria University in the last two years. The successful candidate will work 25 hours per week, assisting with day-to-day administration, including general office work, as well as supporting a varied programme of projects and events, including our celebrated Cuckoo Young Writers programme, Durham Book Festival and the Northern Writers’ Awards. Deadline for applications: Monday 6 July. Interview date: Wednesday 22 July. Start date: Monday 24 August.
For more information see www.newwritingnorth.com/about-intern-wanted-page-2834.html.
Cuckoo Young Writers summer schools
Cuckoo Young Writers is looking for young writers who want to get inspired over the summer holidays. They are running two summer schools in Amble and Cramlington for young people aged 12-19. And they are totally free.

In Amble, young people will be working with playwright Carina Rodney to work on scripts and monologues, which will be performed on stage at Alnwick Playhouse by their youth theatre in the autumn.

In Cramlington, Cuckoo is offering a pick’n’ mix summer school, where young people can sign up for a day of writing flash fiction using social media, protest poems or songwriting with Martin Longstaff (AKA The Lake Poets).

Cramlington summer school

Cramlington Library, 11am-4pm

12 August: Writing stories using social media with Carina Rodney 13 August: Protest poetry with Paul Summers 14 August: Songwriting with Martin Longstaff

Amble Scriptwriting summer school

Amble Library, 10.30am-3.30pm

17-19 August: Scriptwriting with Carina Rodney and Emily Wiseman
For more details and to sign up, email laura@newwritingnorth.com.
Young Writers City: Writing summer schools in Newcastle
Young Writers City is Cuckoo Young Writers’ sister project, which is taking place in three communities in Newcastle. We want to get more young people from Newcastle involved in creative projects and give them the chance to experience all types of writing. We will provide opportunities and funding to support young people in making and sharing their work and shout out about what a great place Newcastle is to be a young writer.

To get us started we are launching a series of Young Writers City workshops over the summer in Walker, West End and Walbottle. Like Cuckoo Young Writers, they are for young people aged 12-19 years and what’s more it’s all FREE.

You can drop in for one session, or stay for the whole thing, and there is something different happening every day.

You can keep it short with flash fiction or mini poems, develop your script-writing skills, get dark with your fiction, or have a go at making your own short film/poem about where you live. All with professional writers. It’s free. It’s fun. And it’s somewhere near you.

Thursday 6 August-Saturday 8 August: Outer West Library, Denton Way, NE5 2QZ

Thursday 13 August-Friday 14 August: Walker Activity Dome Library, NE6 3BR Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August: West End Library, Condercum Road, NE4 9JH

For full details see www.newwritingnorth.com/young-young-writers-city-page-2836.html. Spaces are limited. To book a free place email Amy Mitchell at amy@newwritingnorth.com or call 0191 204 8852.
Statement from New Writing North
Earlier this week American writer Judith Turner-Yamamoto brought to our attention her belief that her story, A Mercy, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Manchester Fiction Prize, had been plagiarised by North East writer Sheree Mack. The Mack story in question, The Tracks, was commissioned by New Writing North and published in a free publication that we distributed in the region in 2012 and was subsequently published in The Journal.

The case Turner-Yamamoto made was a compelling one and having taken appropriate action to address the matter with Sheree Mack, we are confident in our conclusion that Mack had taken ideas from the premise and structure, and some of the language, directly from Turner-Yamamoto’s story.

This is a regrettable situation for both writers. We have this week taken action to inform our project partners of this issue and to pulp the remaining copies of the publication that are in our stock. We are in contact with Turner-Yamamoto to ensure that she is fully informed of our actions.
Top of our reading list this week is The Weightless World, the debut novel by Manchester author Anthony Trevelyan. Here’s the premise: Raymond Ess is fifty-six, a senior executive, an important man. I’m twenty-eight, his personal assistant, not important at all. We work for Resolute Aviation and we’ve come to India to buy an antigravity machine. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Out now with Galley Beggar Press. For more information, see: http://galleybeggar.co.uk/store/books/weightless-world.

Familiar faces abound at Dorothy Wordsworth’s Canada Day Poetry Party on 1 July at The Wordsworth Trust, as northern poets Eileen Pun, Emily Hasler and Penny Boxall join past Northern Writers’ Award winners Kim Moore, Polly Atkin and Andrew Forster, along with Canadian counterparts Karen Solie (published by Bloodaxe), Damian Rogers, Wanda O’Connor and Megan Fernandes. They will read from and discuss contemporary poetry, and make links between literary communities in Britain and Canada. For more information, go to: http://pollyatkin.com/dorothy-wordsworths-canada-day-poetry-party/.
National Literacy Trust Poetry Prize
The National Literacy Trust has just launched a new poetry prize with Bloomsbury Publishing. The winning poem will feature in a poster campaign in schools across the country. There is an entry fee of £8 for the first poem and £4 for subsequent poems, with all proceeds going to the work of the National Literacy Trust. The prize closes on 31 August with an announcement of the shortlist on 2 October, National Poetry Day. For further details see www.literacytrust.org.uk/poetryprize.
PhD research project at Northumbria University
New Writing North is collaborating with Northumbria University to offer a research project on the impact of cultural participation on building sustainable networks of literature activities for families in communities with little access to the arts.

This studentship offers the candidate an opportunity to carry out a piece of research on New Writing North’s touring programme of theatre and arts activities for under 7s and their families. This programme is positioned in a growing body of research that claims family engagement in educational activities enables parents to better support learning for young children. The provision of arts programmes for communities marginalised from cultural provision contributes to learning environments that support children’s communication, language and literacy development. This is particularly evident for children from lower-income backgrounds. In times of austerity, as cultural participation offers decrease and community facilities come under budget pressures, the cultural sector is seeking to invent new models of partnership collaboration that protect access to arts and culture in areas of low participation.

The successful candidate will be interested in research methods that span education, social science and creative writing. You will investigate how an audience development model of cultural participation achieves educational and societal impacts for participants, and supports the development of a sustainable infrastructure of cultural participation in areas of disadvantage and deprivation. The research will also consider whether an emerging partnership model, between New Writing North and libraries and community centres, has an impact on sustainability of and participation in arts and cultural programmes.

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2014/15 this is £13,863 pa); tuition fees and research and training support budget. Deadline for applications is Friday 24 July. Informal enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to Dr Caroline Murphy at Caroline.Murphy@northumbria.ac.uk. To apply, see: www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=64150.
Following the successful completion of core funding agreements with Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, Queen’s Hall Arts is looking for talented individuals to join its board of trustees. Currently there are opportunities and challenges facing the organisation, which make it an exciting time for anyone wishing to be involved in the arts in Hexham and the region and to play a significant part in fostering the wellbeing of the community. In particular they would welcome interest from people with expertise in marketing and sales and from artform specialists. They are also keen to welcome anyone who feels they have the interest, skills, talents, imagination and desire to contribute to the board. Send a short letter of interest and CV to geof.keys@queenshall.co.uk by Monday 6 July.

For further information see

Arvon, the writing charity, has a vacancy for a learning and participation coordinator. The L&P team currently manages a programme of residential and city-based creative writing courses for schools, young people and adult groups across the UK. The post-holder will ideally be a confident and experienced individual, and will be working in Arvon’s national office, based at the vibrant Free Word Centre in Farringdon, London. Closing date: Monday 22 June, 5pm. Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 1 July. To apply, see www.arvon.org/about-us/arvon-jobs.

Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema has five job opportunities available, including four new roles in their learning and participation scheme (lead moving artist, programme producer, learning and participation manager and learning and programme assistant). Successful applicants will be helping to deliver the ACE/C4 Random Acts programme across the North. They are also recruiting a head of marketing and communications. See www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/about-us/jobs for details and how to apply.

Creative Access is advertising for a sales and marketing intern to work at Inpress Books. The chosen candidate will gain an overview of the book industry supply chain and will learn how the sales and marketing department operates in the publishing sector. All roles advertised through Creative Access are only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background. Closing date 25 June. For full details see http://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunities/sales-and-marketing-intern-at-inpress.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is looking for three new enthusiastic members of its team, including a learning and participation programme manager, a communications officer, and a business development assistant. For more information, see: www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/AboutUs/jobvacancies.aspx.
Workshops and networking
Writing group invites new members
A writing group that meets on the first Friday of the month in Jesmond, Newcastle, is inviting new members to join. They describe themselves as a friendly, mixed group, in which the members give constructive feedback on each other’s poetry, prose and plays. If you are interested in joining, email Rachael Marsh at rachaelmarshliterary@gmail.com for more information.
Libraries R.I.P.: Reading is Power
Newcastle City Library: Saturday, 4 July, 10am-2pm
Youth Libraries Group North East are holding a free event, aimed at all those with a interest in children’s literature, children’s libraries and reading. With guest speaker Dan Smith, there will be discussions of relevant issues, opportunities to network, and cake. Book online at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/libraries-rip-reading-is-power-tickets-17082983664.
Digital artists drop-in
Campus North, Sunco House, 5 Carliol Square, Newcastle: Wednesday 1 July, 5pm
Helix Arts and Campus North are holding a networking event for participatory artists and technology start-ups. Drop-in with a project/proposal you would like to share, and enjoy a glass of something cold whilst discussing your latest idea with like-minded others. To RSVP contact: catherine.hearne@helixarts.com.
Blog posts about Newcastle Writing Conference
People are talking about us on the internet! Since Newcastle Writing Conference took place nearly a fortnight ago, we’ve been reading blog posts responding to the event. Here are just a few of our favourites:

“Witty and truthful, [Meg Rosoff’s] speech was one of my favourite parts of the day, inspiring us all to just forget what we think we ‘should’ be doing and just write what we want to.” Cuckoo reviewer Charlotte Hall

“As someone who just enjoys scribbling stuff down and daydreaming I had never even considered this side of writing!” Juice Festival blogger Hannah Wilkin

"I’ve had a fairly extensive break from twitter and blogging… and this talk really gave me some motivation to re-engage and enjoy these platforms…" From My Little Notepad, a writing blog by Becca Brown
Deadline for the next newsletter
If you have news that you would like to submit for inclusion in the newsletter please contact laurafraine@newwritingnorth.com. The deadline for receipt of information for the next newsletter is 29 June. 

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