Friday, 6 November 2015

New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest New Writing North newsletter, including details of the Northern Writers' Awards on the road events coming up in Bradford and Gateshead, for my followers:

6 November 2015
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Northern Writers’ Awards on the road
This Saturday 7 November, we will be in Bradford and Gateshead talking to writers about writing opportunities, including the Northern Writers’ Awards, which open for entry on Tuesday 1 December. You can still sign up for your place at the Bradford roadshow online at Eventbrite or turn up on the day (subject to availability).
On Friday 13 November, our roadshow comes to Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, with free tickets available at Eventbrite.
And finally on Saturday 21 November, we will be at Hull University for a full afternoon of talks about writing opportunities. Sign up for your free place at Eventbrite.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Manifestos brought to life
On Friday 30 October, Cuckoo Young Writers performed Manifestos at Northern Stage, as part of this year’s Juice Festival. Since the summer, a group of young writers have been working with poet Paul Summers to explore issues that they feel strongly about. They discussed their views with academics, journalists and writers, and then devised their own creative “manifestos”, which were presented on Friday as short plays, spoken word performances, film-poems and songs.
The young writers and performers were joined on stage by Reality Boots (a band formed by Skimsone Arts’ Young Artists Collective) who performed music about young adults’ rights, and by former-Futurehead Barry Hyde, who performed the protest songs which he wrote with the Sunderland Cuckoo Young Writers group earlier in the year.
At the event, we collected feedback from audience members on what their own manifestos would be. Their words have been collected and are being crafted into a poem by Paul Summers, which we look forward to sharing later in the year.
Kathleen Kenny’s The Satellites of Jupiter is published by Red Squirrel Press this month with two launch events. A night of entertainment and readings at Tyneside Irish Centre on Thursday 26 November (7.30pm), will be followed by a joint launch at the Lit and Phil on Tuesday 8 December (7pm), where Kathleen will be joined by Sadhana Naithani, author of new novella, Elephantine.
BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in Screenwriting
Tyneside Cinema is looking for 25 of the most talented and committed young writers from across the UK (aged 16–19) to take part in an intensive and exciting residential training programme that will kick-start a career in the film industry. The deadline for applications is Monday 30 November.
To find out more and apply visit
Playwrights for script development
Just Some Theatre Company is looking for new writers to work with on three new script development projects. The company is looking to commission writers for three new full length scripts, all based in England between 1900-1950.
They have two ideas to commission, and are looking for fresh ideas for the third script, so feel free to send anything you have that fits with the time period and could be developed. Writers can send up to 3 samples of their work, each up to ten pages in length. If submitting something for the third undecided play please include a synopsis of up to a page and either the whole script, or a section if you prefer. 
Successful applicants will be offered a writers fee and a fee for the development process. Please send your scripts in PDF format to by Saturday 5 December 2015.
Call for submissions: Developed With The Lowry
The Lowry Studio is looking for a theatre company or solo maker to create a new piece of work for unconventional spaces and festivals as part of their Developed With The Lowry scheme. They will receive a bespoke package of support and funding that covers the 12 months of the project and beyond.
Interested parties should send a description of the work you would like to make including some discussion of how you will achieve this (500 words max) and a biog of your work to date to by Wednesday 18 November.
Poetry and prose pamphlets
The Emma Press has launched their annual call for pamphlet submissions, which is running until 13 December. The independent publisher, based in Birmingham, will consider proposals for both poetry and prose pamphlets and has invited writers to send them ten poems or a full prose manuscript.
For details see The Emma Press website.
BBC World Drama 25th International Play Writing Competition 2016
The International Playwriting Competition—from the BBC World Service & British Council—is open until 31 January 2016 to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK. £2,200 will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play, as well as a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service.
The application form can be downloaded via the BBC website.
InkTears Contest
Short story writers have until 30 November to enter their pieces (1,000 to 3,500 words in length) into this competition, which offers a top prize of £1,000. Any theme is acceptable and all six winners will get their story published and bio published on InkTears’ site.
See the InkTears website for full entry details.
The Brunel University African Poetry Prize
Brunel University is seeking ten poems for publication, with the prize open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible and the closing date is 30 November.
Visit the Prize’s website for full T&Cs.
First Story’s National Writing Competition
Students at state secondary schools have until Friday 4 December to submit a story or poem of 850 words or less on the theme of ‘Echoes’, to have a chance of being published in The Sunday Times online, winning a place on an Arvon creative writing residential and being professionally published in a collected anthology. Four acclaimed writers will judge the competition: James Dawson, Laura Dockrill, Adam Foulds, and Helen Mort.
Find out more at First Story's website.
Workshops and networking
Telling Tales: A short course in performance storytelling
Join international storytellers Dominic Kelly and Jo Blake Cave for a course over two weekends, all about crafting and performing stories. Taking place 21-22 November and 5-6 December as part of Lancaster Litfest, participation costs £175 for the full 4-day course and £75 for concessions.
For further details see the event page on the Litfest website.
New writing group launched
Popular Prompts is a new group for writers, meeting the first Friday of the month at 6pm in central Newcastle. If you’re interested in developing your ideas in a supportive environment, call Carmel on 07712 130720 to express your interest.
The Poetry School: looking ahead to spring
Booking opens for The Poetry School’s spring term on Monday 9 November. Courses will be offered across the North East and Yorkshire from Poetry School favourites as well as welcoming Mona Arshi, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Melissa Lee-Houghton and Harry Giles to the programme.
See for the full programme.
Writing for Wellbeing Workshops
Laura Napran’s Writing for Wellbeing workshops offer to lead you through guided writing activities to foster personal growth, increased mindfulness, and emotional wellbeing.
Sessions take place at the Westoe Practice, South Shields, Sunday 29 November, from 10am–1pm, £25; York Yoga Studio, Acomb, York, Sunday 6 December, from 1pm–4pm, £25; and at the Lit & Phil Library, Newcastle, Saturday 20 February, from 10am–1pm, £25.
For information on more sessions and to book go to the Writing for Wellbeing website.
Finding your inner creator
Chapter One Books based in Manchester will be hosting a free writers’ workshop on Saturday 21 November (11am–1pm) led by first-time published author Susan Sollazzi. Susan will be sharing her experiences, techniques and knowledge, having had her novel, Ringing in my Ears, published this year.
Tickets are available to book in advance via Eventbrite.
One-to-one poetry surgeries
The Poetry Society offers writers surgeries with poets across the country, providing an opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with another poet.
Current surgeries on offer in the North are as follows:
Collette Bryce in Newcastle on Saturday 5 December and 9 January.
Jo Bell in Manchester on Saturday 9 January.
Seni Seneviratne in Sheffield on Wednesdays 18 November and 16 December.
Carole Bromley in York on Saturdays 28 November and 9 January.
BAFTA-nominated Bridge + Tunnel Productions, based in Central Newcastle, are seeking a production & office assistant to support the production team in delivering a slate of projects and core organisational tasks. To request the job description, please email
The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere is recruiting for its 2016 traineeships. The trust has been providing training opportunities for people starting careers in museums, libraries and literature for over 30 years, and has a high reputation across the sector for the standard of training it provides. Trainees will receive a unique, all-round experience of both an historic house and a working museum that receives 50,000 visitors a year. Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the traineeship. The deadline for application is Sunday 22 November. To apply, see The Wordsworth Trust's website.
Settle Stories, based in the Yorkshire Dales, wishes to commission an impact evaluation of the Settle Storytelling Festival 2016 and related workshops. The evaluator will cover the festival events from 1-3 April 2016 and workshops in schools in the run up to the festival. The deadline for application is 30 November. For full details, see the Settle Stories website.
The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, near York has a vacancy for an exhibitions and engagement officer, who will support the curator in the delivery and promotion of the activities programme and on museum work as required. Full-time fixed term post ending March 2016 at £18.5k per annum. The deadline for application is 14 November. For full job description, see The Laurence Sterne Trust's website.
The Listening Post
Being Human events on Tyneside
Eleven free events will be taking place across Newcastle this month, led by academics from Northumbria University, as part of the nationwide Being Human festival of the humanities. Highlights taking place at the Lit & Phil include ‘Shakespeare's Citizens: Reading & Responses’ on Tuesday 17 November, 6–8pm, and ‘New Writing at Northumbria’—the annual showcase of creative writing from the University’s current postgraduate students and staff—on Friday 18 November, 7–9pm.
Brave New World
This first ever stage adaptation of the classic novel is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 10–Saturday 14 November. Written by award-winning writer for stage and screen, Dawn King, there will be a free post-show talk on Wednesday and a tour of the stage and set prior to the Saturday matinee. For further information please call the audience development and participation officer on 01325 405510. Tickets are priced £17.40–£27 and are available via the Theatre’s website.
Return of The Remarkable Mr Rutherford
As part of the Humber Mouth Literature Festival (6–16 November), The Hull to Scarborough Line, aka Sue Wilsea and Felix Hodcroft, will be presenting a free show at Kardomah94 all about Maurice Rutherford, the 92-year-old Hull poet. The live show will feature readings, film footage of places in Hull that he has written about as well as an interview with the man himself. The performance takes place at 6pm on Wednesday 11 November; reserve your place via Eventbrite.
Ian McMillan poetry reading
The Yorkshire poet and raconteur will be reading in the intimate Beehive Poets back room at the New Beehive Inn, Bradford on Monday 9 November at 8pm. Space is strictly limited to 40 persons; RSVP via Beehive Poets’ Facebook group and pay your £5 entry fee on the door.
Reading Groups survey
Are you in a reading group? The Reading Agency is currently running a survey to find out about your experiences, whether you meet at home, in a bookshop, in a library or in the pub. Every survey completed by 30 November will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury hamper full of goodies for your reading group. Enter via SurveyMonkey.
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 next newsletter is 16 November.
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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