Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Yorskhire Writers newsletter

Here is the latest Yorkshire Writers newsletter, with details of festivals, competitions, events and courses, for my followers to peruse:

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Yorkshire Writers' Newsletter

July 2015


Writing Yorkshire

Writing Yorkshire provide regular workshops, writing groups, masterclasses and open mic sessions throughout the Yorkshire area, here's a brief list of current sessions that we are running and further details can be found within the newsletter or via the links.

Get Writing with Writing Yorkshire - Writing Group - Sheffield. More info HERE
Onwords and Upwords
- Writing group - Barnsley. More info HERE
Doncaster Church View Writers - Writing Group - Doncaster. More info HERE
Rotherham Riverside Writers - Writing Group - Rotherham. More info HERE
The Tom Treddlehoyle Sessions - Open Mic - Barnsley. More info HERE

Writing Yorkshire News

Junior Writers’ Summer Project - 8 to 11 years
Sheffield Central Children’s library
11th to 14th August 2015
Join celebrated author, Nik Perring, for an exciting four day summer writing project for children aged 8-11 years where Nik will show you how to come up with exciting ideas and turn them into brilliant stories, along with description, dialogue, and learning the art of good story telling.  You’ll write your own awesome stories for people to hear and read.
The project will end with a celebratory reading and sharing event at the end of summer where you’ll be presented with a little book of all the stories written.
For more information click HERE

Arvon South Yorkshire 2015 (16-25 yrs)
Are you a young person (16-25), living in South Yorkshire? Do you like to write or express yourself with words?
Apply for this exciting summer opportunity to develop your writing with the support of top writers. Get inspired on this 3 day programme run by Arvon in partnership with Writing Yorkshire. Enjoy a range of workshops to get scribbling, one to one support, personal writing time, and top tips from professional writers who will share their own writing.
Lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided each day and you'll get to know and work with other young people in a friendly and supportive environment.
"Arvon changed my idea of myself as a writer." Katherine Henderson
Arvon South Yorkshire is aimed at young people (16-25yrs), living in and around South Yorkshire. All abilities and writing interests are welcome, whether you're just starting out or seeking direction. We are particularly keen to hear from young people from diverse backgrounds, those with disabilities and anyone who feels they wouldn't normally have this opportunity.
Programme dates: 27th to 29th August 2015
For full details click HERE

We welcome your details of events, writing groups, courses, workshops, open mics, in fact anything to do with creative writing. If you have anything that you would like us to publicise then please send the details to us at this address:  - we'll be happy to pass the details on via the newsletter or our website. If you know of anyone that you think may be interested in the newsletter then please do forward a copy on to them.


Sheffield Poetry TV

Poetry TV? Poetry, on the TV? Well it's not on the BEEB or Channel Four so that just leaves .... Sheffield LIVE!
Sheffield Poetry TV features all aspects of the South Yorkshire live literature scene. Hosted by poet Rex Davies, the programme welcomes local poets and spoken word performers into the studio and gets out and about into the live literature venues of Sheffield and beyond.
The latest episode (6) is now up and running HERE but don't worry if you missed the previous episodes because we also have "Catch up Sheffield Poetry TV", just click on the links below:
Episode 5
                Episode 4
                                Episode 3
                                                 Episode 2
                                                                   Episode 1
And if you've never heard of Sheffield Live then click HERE and be delighted by what you'll find.

BAFTA Opportunity

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is looking for aspiring writers of children’s films and TV shows for its new writing forum. The competition is part of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, a long-running initiative which was created to give a platform to undiscovered screenwriters. Applications are now open at the BAFTA website  HERE and the deadline for entries is the 27th July.

There are lots of groups out there, all waiting to welcome you. To find out the details just click - here - this will take you straight to our group listings on the Writing Yorkshire website where you'll find all of the information that you'll need.

Heads up for the Hebden Writers Group

Hebden Bridge
Interested in writing?  Looking for motivation to finish writing projects? We are a friendly and welcoming group, at each meeting we work through a series of writing exercises, generating new story ideas and looking at different elements of fiction and poetry.  Experienced writers or absolute beginners always welcome. The group has been running for 4 years now and we always welcome new members.
When: Monday fortnightly - 7-30pm – 9pm
Where: The Snug Room, The White Lion. Hebden Bridge
For more info & dates contact - Email:  /  Tel: 07968093030


Peepal Tree / Inscribe Readers and Writers Group

It's a place to .................
Discover a world of Caribbean & Black British books and writers
Develop your critical reading skills
Work on your own creative writing
Learn from published writers
When: Monthly sessions, contact us for the date of the next session.
Where:  Inkwell Arts, Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. LS7 3LW
To apply please send us your: Name, address, email and telephone number together with a brief statement about yourself as a reader/writer
More info: / phone: 0113 2451703

Here are details of some of the groups that Writing Yorkshire organise:

Writing Yorkshire Group -
Get Writing with Writing Yorkshire - Sheffield
A group for all writers, experienced or beginners who want to experiment with different forms.
Facilitated by experienced writer and teacher, Beverley Ward, the group offers writing prompts and exercises to generate new writing and provide space for writers to share works in progress.
Dates: Every Wednesday, 11.00 am-1.00 pm.
Venue: Mugen Tea Rooms, The Hide, Scotland Street, Sheffield. S3 7AA
Cost: Pay what you can afford (recommended price £5 per session)
Please email: to register or for more information.

Writing Yorkshire Group -
Doncaster Church View Writers

This group meet monthly on Tuesday evenings, 6.30 pm, at Church View, opposite Tesco, next to St George's House (Minster).
Members are mostly people already busy in various aspects of the creative arts who want to extend their existing skills but the group is open to all who are interested.
More info: Ray Hearne *Please contact Ray to confirm the latest dates & times
Tel: 07903 24 1947 / Email:

Writing Yorkshire Group -
Onwords & Upwords Group
- Barnsley

If you have health issues, or perhaps feeling stressed, then the Onwords and Upwords group is for you. It's a friendly and supportive writing group, which meets up in Barnsley town centre to explore both ideas for getting started and ways of developing creativity and imagination.
New members are always welcome to join the group, the sessions and refreshments are all free.
Venue: The Civic Theatre, Barnsley, Mondays 1.00 - 3.00pm
Dates: Monday 13th July (Following this session contact Sue for details of future dates)
More info: Email Sue Shaw, Writing Yorkshire -

Writing Yorkshire Group -
Rotherham Riverside Writers

A writing group for all writers, all styles, all levels of experience and all welcome.
When: Fridays, 2.00 pm
Where: Rotherham Central Library @ the Riverside, Main Street, Rotherham.
More info: Ray Hearne *Please contact Ray to confirm the latest dates & times
Tel: 07903 24 1947 / Email:

If you run a group that you would like us to mention then just send the details to us at: and we'll be happy to add them to our listings (thanks to those who have already sent details on to us).


Strut your Stuff at the 2015 Buxton Fringe

Writers, and especially those from community writing groups, are welcome to strut their stuff, through reading or performing their writing and promoting and selling their publications. These 3 free events, hosted by TheFED – a network of writing and community publishers, will take place from 2.30-5.30pm on 15, 16 and 17 July at the Buxton Tap House, George Street, Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 6AT, as part of the celebrated 2015 Buxton Fringe Festival. There is no charge to audience members, so people can just come along and listen, and there is no pressure to join TheFED though membership application forms will be available for those who are interested.
To book a slot, please telephone Louise on 07549862495 or email:
More info:



INSCRIBE Advanced/Intermediate Poetry Weekender 

Interested in an inspiring, intensive, long weekend? Working on your poetry? Developing your critical and editing skills?
This is fantastic opportunity to gather with other poets from around the country who are your creative peers. During the residential, we will spend an intensive two and a half days working on craft with a view to preparing work for publication or taking the next steps in your writing career. Set in the beautiful, quiet grounds of the Grade I-listed Wentworth Castle, the intention is to motivate your poetry goals and help you to achieve your poetry dreams.
Guest Tutor: Jackie Kay
Onsite Tutors: Kadija Sesay & Dorothea Smartt
All interested poets must submit a selection of 4 poems, before being offered a place and registering. Send your poems by email, as attached word documents to:
Costs - Inclusive of full-board accommodation and tutoring - Inscribe members: £110 / Non-members: £210
When: Friday, 31st July 2015 - Sunday, 2nd August 2015
More info: HERE

Arvon Screenwriting Retreat: Bring characters and stories alive
24th - 29th August 2015
Spend five days immersed in the countryside working on your script. The film development process is about getting a script right and there are no shortcuts. During this week, in a supportive and industrious environment, we will help you apply key principles of good storytelling for film, with the aim of re-invigorating your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed. We will explore a range of different screenwriting techniques, from more traditional approaches to writing from improvisation, using documentary methodologies and seeking out the characters that emerge from a theme. This is a course for those who want to bring characters and stories alive in the richest way possible.
Where: Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Heptonstall , Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 6DF
Cost: Single room price - £725 / Shared room price - £680
More info: Click HERE

Writing Yorkshire Session
The Tom Treddlehoyle Sessions 
- Barnsley.
All Writers and listeners are welcome to join us for an open mic session of poetry, prose and performance that, all done, will leave everyone with a smile on their face and words a-plenty! A welcome will be waiting for you so come along and be amazed by the Words Abound in Barnsley.
When: The last Tuesday of every month, 8.00 pm, next session July 28th.
Where: The Tom Treddlehoyle is at 73 Pogmoor Road, Barnsley, S75 2DX
More info: Phone Ray Hearne on 07903241947


Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster Young Writers Groups are always open and welcoming to new members (13s to 19s), here are some details. 

Writing Yorkshire Groups
Writing Workshops for young people aged 13-18 in Doncaster.

Interested in creativity, imagination, words, images and objects? Want to explore new starting points, develop ideas, tell stories, create characters and meet other young writers? Then come to The Point Community Arts Centre (16 South Parade, Doncaster),  on the following Thursdays: July 16th and 23rd.
We Meet up in the café area at 4.45. and share our writing between 5.00 - 7.00 pm. Workshops are free and refreshments are provided.
More info: Sue

And if you're in Sheffield or Rotherham ............
Are you aged 14 to 19? Then we have groups for you as well! You don't have to think you're an amazing writer to join, you just need an interest in creative writing and having a go. The groups are very supportive, relaxed and informal and everyone is welcome. Workshops are generally once a fortnight, 5 to 7 or 5.30 to 7.30 with a munchies break in between  As well as writing workshops, we let groups know about other writing happenings like competitions, events and festivals. If you're interested or you know someone who is, say hello to Vicky:

If you're too old for a group but want to know what's happening in Yorkshire for under 25s, drop Vicky a line too.


Buxton Festival: Literary Series

10th - 26th July
This year’s progamme features over 40 fascinating talks from best selling and award-winning authors, personalities, historical, artistic, poilitical and musical experts.
Including Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate on Saturday 25 July, 9am–10am, Upstairs at the Old Clubhouse. Tickets: £10.50. Visit the WEBSITE for details.

NiddFest Literary Festival: Celebrating Nature in Writing

Introducing Europe’s first ongoing festival of nature writing
NiddFest is a new family-friendly literary festival in Upper Nidderdale, the Yorkshire Dales. Over a weekend at the end of July, NiddFest will host talks by some of the UK’s finest writers, whose work is influenced by the natural world. NiddFest’s patron is the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
 Authors include Carol Ann Duffy, Herdwick Shepherd James Rebanks, Welsh national poet Gillian Clarke, leading naturalist Mark Cocker, Guardian Children’s Book prize winner Piers Torday, bestselling children’s author Michelle Harrison, Katharine Norbury, Booker-prize nominated Evie Wyld, garden writer Jackie Bennett, TV chef and forager Valentine Warner and local author Rob Cowen. We will put on events in some of the more scenic locations in our dale, liking them to outdoor events - for instance Valentine's event will be preceded by foraging, a talk by Mark Cocker will be linked to a moorland safari.  There will be bug safaris, den building and fairy trails for younger visitors.
More info:
Where: Pateley Bridge and nearby villages, Upper Nidderdale, HG3 (30 mins drive from Harrogate)
When: 24-26 July
Cost: From £7 for adults, £3 for children. Tickets available to book now on our website.

The 2015 Festival of Writing - York
4th - 6th September 2015
A complete creative writing course for all writers.
More info: Click HERE to visit the website.


Skin - Chris Jones - Longbarrow Press

Skin is the second full-length poetry collection by local author Chris Jones.
Skin reflects on the ties that bind us, taking in the complex layering of human relationships and the cells and tissues of the body itself.
The poems consider the role of the individual within the home and the institution, frequently returning to the idea of two men talking, debating, or arguing with each other. In ‘Sentences’, the hierarchies embedded in prison culture leave both men feeling the pressure of their marginal status. In the Reformation-era sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’, the two protagonists use the biblical paintings and religious objects that they have set out to destroy to conduct a guarded, then more overt, theological debate. The book offers counterpoints to these homosocial power relationships in its depiction of nurturing, loving behaviour in the sequences ‘Miniatures’ and ‘Jigs and Reels’, which reflect on family connections and fatherhood. Skin also affirms the creative collaborations that link poets to artists and musicians, and extends this dialogue through its patterns of sound and image.
Skin is a book of bonds, reaching back, reaching out; a sensory exploration of the world we inhabit and try to make sense of.
A beautifully produced 96-page hardback book, it is now available from Longbarrow Press for £12.99 inc UK P&P. A limited edition CD with three podcasts recorded in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire churches (in the traces of Jones’s sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’) is also included with initial orders.
More info HERE

Scrittura Magazine

Scrittura Magazine is a brand new online literary magazine dedicated to publishing new, exciting writing from anyone, anywhere, of any age. They are seeking submissions, be it prose, poetry or scripts, all will be considered
Deadline: 30th July 2015
More info & submission guidelines HERE


Timothy Corsellis Prize - closing date: Sunday 6th September 

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 is open for entries of poems and short essays responding to WWII poetry – free entry & publication and prizes on offer! For poets aged 14-25 from all over the world; find out more on the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network HERE

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize


This is a unique writing competition for short stories and poetry, open to writers across the world and fondly referred to as MOLP.

It has a £3,000 prize fund and is the only literary competition in the world to plant a tree for every entry received. We also send each entrant a certificate with the GPS coordinates of their tree which they can view via a Google Maps link. This is a remarkable achievement and only made possible by the great community of Bore who document each plot with an electronic logger; they are taking the reforestation of their land very seriously.
Our competition is also funding the building of an urgently needed new classroom in the same community at Kundeni Primary School, right next door to our tropical Word Forest.
The competition will remain open until 31st December 2015.
For more info click HERE

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award - Closing date 31st July, 2015

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is for poems written by any young poet aged 11-17. Since it began 15 years ago the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. It is the largest competition of its kind and is free to enter.
Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. The winners receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.
More info click HERE

The National Poetry Competition 2015 is open for entries! 
This year's intrepid 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 are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, The Poetry Review, as well as having the possibility of reading at some of the UK's top literature festivals. Get your entries in before the deadline of the 31st October online or by post for a chance to be the 2015 champion! 
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 the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
More info HERE

Writing Yorkshire  Website 
If you'd like to find out more about the full range of services that Writing Yorkshire offer, including mentoring, writers advice sessions, and membership then click here.

If you want to send us an item for inclusion please email it to: with "Newsletter" in the subject line.
Writing Yorkshire provide information about writing events in the region, and run a variety of writing activities throughout the Yorkshire area. If you would like more information please email or ring Geoff on 0114 3830456 (answerphone, but we will ring you back).

Thanks to all who provided information posted here. We will always endeavour to make sure that the information included is accurate but apologies in advance for any errors or omissions which may occur, any corrections or suggestions will be welcomed.
We hope that you enjoy the newsletter.

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