Tuesday, 7 July 2015

News from New Writing North newsletter

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

 July 2015
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Book soon for Durham Moot
Tickets are selling fast for Durham Moot, our afternoon of discussion around community, democracy, society and culture at Palace Green Library on 12 July. We were pleased this week to add two more speakers to the bill: Vera Baird QC will be joining our panel on Community & Generations and author Richard Benson will be taking part in the discussion about Conversation & Culture.
Other speakers on the day include Owen Jones, Sean O’Brien, Ian Wylie, Cllr Simon Henig, Dave Temple, Heather Wood and many more.
Durham Moot is programmed by Durham Book Festival and Durham Miners’ Association in association with Palace Green Library and The People’s Bookshop. Tickets cost £6/£4 per session or just £15/£10 for the whole afternoon. Book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/durham-moot-2015-tickets-17335713586.
Durham Book Festival for Schools
Tickets are now on sale for Durham Book Festival for Schools, which takes place on 7 October and is hosted by Durham Johnston School.
We are delighted to bring three popular and inspiring authors to Durham to speak to pupils in Key Stages 1-3: award-winning picture book author Simon Bartram, the hilarious Pip Jones, and Costa-prize winning novelist Kate Saunders. The children will hear these best-selling writers read from their work, see live drawing from Simon Bartram, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Books will be available for sale after each event, and the authors are happy to sign copies if the children would like them to.
Schools are invited to attend the event. Tickets cost just £3.50 per child, with accompanying teachers free of charge. We have a combined ticket offer for children in KS1 & 2 to attend both the Simon Bartram and Pip Jones events for £6 each.
For full details about each event, see http://durhambookfestival.com/schools or book directly through the Gala website or by calling 03000 266 600.
Last call for interns
Our vacancy for an internship at New Writing North closes on Monday 6 July. We are looking for a paid intern to work 25 hours per week in our Newcastle offices.
The successful candidate will assist with day-to-day office administration, which includes general office work, as well as supporting a varied programme of projects and events, including our Cuckoo Young Writers programme, Durham Book Festival and the Northern Writers’ Awards.
This is an entry-level opportunity for a recent graduate who is passionate about literature, writing and the arts and keen to gain experience working in creative industry and in particular arts administration. This is a developmental role in which the chosen candidate would have the opportunity to gain project management skills and build relationships within the arts sector.
Entry requirements: This is an internship for people who have graduated with a degree from Northumbria University in the last 24 months. Applications from graduates in any discipline are welcomed but a proven interest in the arts and literature is essential.
Salary: £14,287 per annum, pro rata. 25-hour per week contract, which will be equivalent to a salary of £10,205 per annum. Deadline: Monday 6 July. To apply, see  www.newwritingnorth.com/about-intern-wanted-page-2834.html.
Take part in our Manifestos project with Juice Festival and Northern Stage
We are often told that young people are disengaged from politics, but we think that’s wrong. What about #millifandom, young feminists demanding No More Page 3, or kids using blogs to shame local authorities into improving school dinners? Maybe it is just mainstream politics that can’t articulate young people’s concerns?
Cuckoo Young Writers, Northern Stage and Juice Festival are teaming up to run a project which asks young people to create their own manifestos about the things they care about, be that gender identity, the environment, issues in their local community or simply their vision for a better world. It’s a chance to work with poets, theatre directors and artists, and interrogate academics for Northumbria University journalists and politicians. It’s a chance to find out why things are how they are, and what they’d do to change them. The finished manifestos, which may be a performance, spoken word, a film or a piece of art, will be presented as part of a live event during Juice Festival in October.
We are looking for 10 young people, aged 15-23, to take part in 10 workshops from August-October, with the first workshop at Northern Stage on 3 August, 2pm-5pm. For other dates, check here [website address].
If you would like more information or to sign up please email Laura Brewis at laura@newwritingnorth.com.
Come to our songwriting summer school in Bishop Auckland
Thursday 27 August & Friday 28 August 2015, 11am-4pm
Cuckoo Young Writers is flying to Bishop Auckland this summer, in search of young writers aged 12-19 who want to try their hand at songwriting. Working with acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff (AKA The Lake Poets), the Cuckoo songwriting summer school is a chance to learn about crafting lyrics and creating a memorable melody, and at the end of the two days there will be some catchy tunes to take home! The summer school is TOTALLY FREE and open to young people who already write songs and those who want to give it a go.
Following the two-day summer school we will be establishing a Cuckoo Young Writers group at Auckland Castle, which will run weekly on a Saturday from 5 September, 11am-1pm, where keen young writers can continue to flex their songwriting muscles with Martin. This will culminate in a performance at Bishop Auckland Castle as part of Durham Book Festival in October.
If you’d like more information or to sign up, email laura@newwritingnorth.com or phone 0191 204 8852.
Cuckoo Young Writers’ activity in Bishop Auckland is kindly supported by Daisy Arts and Auckland Castle.
Congratulations to Helena Fox, who has received Arts Council Grants for the Arts Research & Development funding, together with funding from New Writing North & Split Infinitive, for the development of a new site specific script for Scarborough based on the reminiscence of local people who grew up amongst the fishing community of Scarborough’s ‘Bottom End’. The project, What The Sea Saw, will give Nella the opportunity as a writer to investigate new ways of exploring intangible heritage, including recorded reminiscence, personal mythologies and historical archives, in writing a site-specific script, allowing different planes of time to be seen in the lanes, steps and alleys of this ancient fishing town, reflecting stories of Old Town, Scarborough, and capturing a soon to be forgotten way of life.
Shelley Day Sclater has only just won a Northern Writers’ Award and she already has more good news: her novel The Confession of Stella Moon is to be published by Saraband! In fact, Shelley won an Andrea Badenoch Award for an early draft of this book back in 2011, so we’re doubly delighted Stella Moon will soon be hitting the book shelves.
We’re pleased to announce that Herring Girl by North Tyneside writer Debbie Taylor has been selected as the 2015 North Tyneside Summer Read. The project is run by North Tyneside Council in partnership with New Writing North. Herring Girl will be promoted to readers along the coast during summer 2015. Previous authors involved include Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Dan Smith, Mari Hannah, Rebecca Muddiman and Steve Chambers. Herring Girl is set in North Shields’ fish quay both in the present day and in the late 1800s in the fishing port’s heyday, so we can hardly imagine a more appropriate choice.
We were pleased to see that an archive of Keith Armstong’s work is now available at Durham University Library within its Special Collections. Alongside Keith’s own publications, the collection also records much of his far-ranging collaborative work with other writers and with community groups. Details can be found at http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=ead/lit/armstrgk.xml.
IdeasTap teams up with Hiive
Charity IdeasTap, which worked to create industry opportunities in the arts, is closing its website on 8 July, but you can now access its opportunities through Hiive. There are £100,000 worth of IdeasTap opportunities on Hiive over the coming months, including The Columnist, which is open for applications now. The Columnist is an opportunity to work as a paid columnist on Hiive, writing insightful opinion pieces about the arts and culture. Deadline for applications: 27 August. For more information, see http://competitions.hiive.co.uk/Opportunities/Brief/IdeasTap-Presents-The-Columnist-270815#Overview. To apply, you must first sign up to Hiive at https://app.hiive.co.uk.
Poets in residence at the Northern Poetry Library
Active Northumberland Culture, Heritage and Libraries Service is looking to appoint five poets in residence as part of an 18-month project at the Northern Poetry Library. The Northern Poetry Library project aims to raise and reinvigorate the profile of the nationally relevant Northern Poetry Library (NPL) in Northumberland and develop audiences for contemporary poetry. They are recruiting five Northern poets who can draw on the significant wealth of poetry produced in the North East and held in the NPL collection, to be resident in the libraries of six towns: Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth, Hexham, Ashington and Blyth. Lead Poet Lisa Matthews has been appointed and will be working in Morpeth. Closing date for applications: 1 September, 5pm. For details see http://sector1.net/job/poets-in-residence/76621.
Monkeywood Theatre wants your football stories
What does football mean to you? By Far The Greatest Team, a brand new show exploring and celebrating football fandom in Manchester, is coming to The Lowry in September 2015. Alongside the production, Monkeywood is seeking five-minute plays from Manchester United and Manchester City fans about what it is to be a football fan. Ten of these plays will be selected to make up Ten Tiny Plays About Football, which will be performed script-in-hand by professional actors at The Lowry in September alongside the main production of By Far The Greatest Team. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never written before – all you need is to be a Manchester football fan with a story to tell. Your play can take any form you wish (dialogue, monologue, even silent!) as long as it runs at approximately five minutes (think five pages of evenly spaced dialogue as an approximate guide). There is no fee for entry and this is an unpaid opportunity. Send your finished plays to info@monkeywoodtheatre.co.uk by 27 July. Successful writers will be notified by 17 August.
Artist in residence at York University
The University of York has an opening for an artist in residence on health and disease. The Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) Artist in Residence Scheme is intended to support the creation of new artistic work inspired by an aspect of research into biomedicine and/or human health and wellbeing currently being conducted at the University of York. The scheme is intended to establish a powerful creative collaboration between artist and researcher that will both generate persuasive, innovative and visceral art and inspire further interdisciplinary research and practice to the benefit of artist and researcher alike. Applications to the C2D2 Artist in Residence Scheme are welcomed from all professional artists and creative practitioners. The term ‘artist’ is understood in the broadest sense to include visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets and any other producers of original and experimental creative work. For further information and to apply see www.york.ac.uk/c2d2/artist/.
Storytelling at Manchester Literature Festival
Manchester Literature Festival is looking for a storytelling practitioner to facilitate a new project around engaging parents in their children’s reading habits. They are inviting expressions of interest from practitioners able to work three Saturdays per month. The project will involve establishing and working with groups of families in three Manchester-based libraries on a year-long storytelling project. They will be selecting and reading from popular children’s books and facilitating activity based on the books shared. The successful practitioner will have previous experience of working with families in community settings, facilitating craft and wordplay activities and hold a current DBS certificate. They will work with the project coordinator to plan the sessions. The sessions will take place on a Saturday morning and will begin on Saturday 1 August. Please send a CV and covering letter to Jennie@manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk. Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 17 July. Fee is £100 per half day inclusive of planning time, £300 per month.
Translator in residence
Free Word is looking to recruit a translator in residence to build on its work of the last few years. With new support from the Jan Michalski Foundation they are able to offer a 12-month residency programme integrated with the broader translation work that they do across their programme, The Power of Translation. They are looking for a practising literary translator, who is interested in curating and commission work around the arts of translation, as well as developing their own practice. The role will last for 12 months from September 2015. For more information on the role, and on how to apply, see www.freewordcentre.com/about/jobs/.
Hit The North
Hit The North is a programme of cross-arts work developed in and around Preston’s train station. They are looking to bring together from open call a group of commissions and interventions to work alongside residencies and engaged communities inhabiting the station over the period of this project. They are also interested in people who are interested in contributing a critical response to the programme. Commissioning will be from open call: a) Two up to £5,000 b) Six up to £500. Both strands have scope for extension/development. Email ewa@theyeatculture.org for more information or see www.theyeatculture.org.
The Portico Library, Manchester is a historic subscription library with an exhibition space located on Mosley Street, Manchester. They are seeking a dynamic and able part-time administrative assistant who will report to the Librarian and will often act as first point of contact for visitors and enquiries, and providing general assistance in the smooth running of the Portico as a library, gallery and as a business according to the job description. The successful candidate will have significant skills and experience in clerical and secretarial duties, have a good command of written and spoken English, be computer literate in Microsoft Office, web editing and SAGE applications, have a pleasant telephone and front of house manner and be a team worker, with a keen interest in the arts. Contact admin@theportico.org.uk or call 0161 236 6785 for a full job description and application form or download from www.theportico.org.uk/vacancies.
Arvon, the UK’s leading creative writing charity, has two current vacancies. They are looking for a centre assistant to work at Lumb Bank, Hebden Bridge, and a communications officer to work in their national office in Farringdon. The centre assistant should have an interest in the arts and literature and be able to demonstrate a wide range of domestic, practical and interpersonal skills. Candidates must also live locally and be able to work flexibly. Salary: £18,162 PA (for 4 days per week, £22,703 FTE). Arvon is looking for a confident and experienced marketer, with a passion for reaching new audiences and telling compelling creative stories. Salary: £15,892 PA (for 3 days per week, £26,467 FTE). For more information and to apply for both jobs, see www.arvon.org/about-us/arvon-jobs/.
The Poetry Society is seeking an education coordinator (4 days p/w) to work on a number of ambitious and exciting programmes from their Covent Garden offices. You will be working with an experienced and committed team developing and delivering work for children and young people. The post-holder will be responsible for editing and curating the Society’s digital platform for young writers: Young Poets Network; promoting and overseeing bookings for the Society’s Poets in Schools programme; assisting with school and youth memberships, website sales and other projects. Full job description and details of how to apply are at poetrysociety.org.uk/jobs. Deadline for applications: 13 July, 4pm.
Workshops and networking
A Write at a Museum
Stockton-on-Tees: From Saturday 18 July (7 sessions)
A Write at a Museum is a new creative writing course taking place in Stockton-on-Tees. Tutor Joan Opie will lead classroom-based workshops and three visits to local museums. Participants will explore responses to exhibits to produce effective, original writing. Develop your writing skills in a supportive, friendly environment. Suitable for all levels. Cost for seven sessions: £55. For more information, contact Joan Opie on 07804 797763 or email jopieteacher@gmail.com.
Writing for Children
Lit and Phil, Newcastle: From Tuesday 29 September: 10.15am-12.15pm (10 sessions)
Tutored by Ellen Phethean, this 10 week rolling course begins on Tuesday 29 September and is suitable for newcomers or more experienced writers, covering many topics including plot, dialogue, creating character and tension and examining children’s literature, using classic and new examples of picture books right up to young adult books. Every session will include some creative writing time, and the term will end with a helpful in-depth look at a piece of writing produced during the term. Pay at the first session: £80 in advance or £27 for the first session and £7 every further session. Book through the Lit and Phil, tel: 0191 232 0192. Contact Ellen Phethean for more details at ellen.phethean@virgin.net.
Short prose writing course
Lit and Phil, Newcastle: From Wednesday 7 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm (8 sessions)
Led by Kathleen Kenny and Ellen Phethean, this course is directed towards writers who are interested in writing flash fiction, short stories, longer fiction and memoirs. It will offer the opportunity to examine and develop your skill and the piece you may be working on. This course can help with whatever you are trying to achieve, whether you are just starting, or working on a sustained piece. Fee: £70 for eight weeks in advance. Book through the Lit and Phil, tel: 0191 232 0192. Contact Kathleen Kenny for more details on 07909 766 572.
Workshops at Writers’ Centre Norwich
Our friends at Writers’ Centre Norwich have a series of workshops coming up for writers at all levels, including a day with Granta managing editor Yuka Igarashi, and a day with a literary agent, plus poetry, short fiction and crime writing workshops. It’s also time to sign up for their new semester of creative writing online courses run in partnership with the University of East Anglia. Deadline for applications: 28 August. For more information, see www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk.
Literary T-shirts: What's your favourite?
Looking for a gift for a fellow book lover? Or simply in need of some wardrobe replenishment yourself now the weather's finally warming up a bit? Make the most of the unseasonably warm English summer and head over to the Scottish Book Trust site, where they've compiled a list of their 21 favourite literary T-shirts.
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 13 July. The next edition of The Listening Post covering August's events will be published in late June so if there are any events that you would like to submit for inclusion you will need to send information to Laura by 22 July.
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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