Monday, 21 December 2015

News from New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter:

December 2015
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Merry Christmas to all our subscribers
Merry Christmas from New Writing North!At the end of another busy year, we’d like to wish all of our subscribers lots of joy and a stocking-full of good books this festive season. See you in 2016!

(Psst. We hate to nag, but why not complete your Northern Writers’ Awards application over the break, and give yourself a carefree January?)
Moth publishes collection of prize-winning short stories
Moth Publishing, our crime imprint in partnership with BEPL, has just brought out Northern Crime One, the collection of short stories that won the Northern Crime Competition. Congratulations to the winning writers Karon Alderman, Pat Black, Lynne M Blackwell, Ben Borland, Michael Connon, Adrian P Fayter, Bradley Langham, Danny Marshall, Kathleen McKay, Tom Moody, Emma Oxley, Pam Plumb, Basil Ransome-Davies, Alex Reece Abbott, Martin Robins, Nick Triplow, Betty Weiner, Belinda Weir, MJ Wesolowski, and Sue Wilsea!

The collection offers a great variety with rural noir, high concept horror and all crime in between. Call us biased, but we think would make a perfect gift for the crime fiction fan in your life. Snap it up here: Northern Crime One.
Reviewers in Residence at Inpress Books
Cuckoo Young Writers and Inpress Books are excited to be buddying up to offer a unique Reviewers in Residence scheme in 2016. Inpress is the UK’s specialist in promoting and selling books produced by independent publishers, and this unique programme will offer young people (aged 15-23) a behind-the-scenes peak into the publishing industry, a chance to hone your books reviewing skills and the chance to join Inpress at big publishing industry events in London, such as the London Book Fair and the Festival of Publishing.

We’re looking for up to 10 young people (aged 15-23) who are interested in writing about books and the publishing industry to take part. From those 10, we will select 3 lucky people to take part in the London events!

The programme starts at the end of January 2016 and runs until April 2016.

For all the details, including key dates and how to apply, go to the Cuckoo Writers website.
Leeds' AJ Kirby has had his new novel, Small Man Syndrome, published by Newcastle-based horror and dark fictions publisher Wild Wolf Publishing. Available to order online, it explores the consequences of one fateful action—following on from, but independent to, his previous works Bully and Paint This Town Red.
Beanstalk charity recruitment
Beanstalk, a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading, is looking for Reading Helpers who can spare 1.5 hours, two afternoons a week. Helpers don’t need previous experience; they just need to be reliable, enthusiastic and able to relate well to children. Email to find out what opportunities are available in your area.
Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios
The Open University Geography Department and the University of Sheffield School of Architecture are seeking artists to take part in a national residency, exploring 'future scenarios' of climate change. Each residency includes an award of £10,000 and welcomes applications from individuals and collectives from any art form. The closing date for applications is 15 February, 5pm. See for more information.
James Tait Black Prize for Drama
Playwrights, agents and theatre companies are being encouraged to enter their productions, performed between 1 January and 31 December 2015, into this competition. The closing date for submissions is 12 February 2016. All details on how to submit a play can be found on the James Tait Black web pages.
Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition
Writing East Midlands has launched its inaugural writing competition. The judges are renowned poet Pascale Petit and acclaimed short fiction writer and novelist Paul McVeigh. The prizes are: 1st £500 , 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course, and an invitation to read at the prize-giving event in Nottingham. Closing date is 1 February 2016. Entry fees are £7 for first poem or story and £5.50 for subsequent entries. Go to for more information.
Workshops and networking
Poetry: Imaginary gardens, real roads course
Led by Arvon, this course (2–7 May 2016) will enable you to create a small body of linked poems over the course of a week, mixing myth, science, reality and imagination. The course costs £750/£700 and takes place at Lumb Bank, Yorkshire. Book your place here.
Novel Writing for Novices with Tracey Iceton
Novelist and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton will introduce the craft of novel writing at ARC, Stockton on 16 February 6pm–8pm. Participants will develop ideas while supportive, constructive feedback enables them to get started or improve a work-in-progress. Tickets cost £10 per person; book direct via
Seasonal Space to Write one-day event
At Hall Garth Hotel & Country Club near Darlington on 16 January (10am–5pm), North East poet and teacher Natalie Scott will be holding a writing support day, bringing writers together to practice and share experiences of writing poetry and prose. Places cost £35 per person and include lunch. Please register your interest with Natalie by emailing
The Novel: Writing is Re-Writing
Writers & Artists have just announced the launch of The Novel: Writing is Re-Writing, a ten-week evening writing programme designed for writers with at least a first draft of their book behind them.
Working with the National Academy of Writing, this intimate course (for a group of up to 12 writers) puts you in touch with publishing industry insiders and top authors, offering:

• Unique sessions with award-winning authors and literary agents        
• Feedback, with direct reference made to material from your own manuscript

• Advice on essential elements of the writing craft and how this can be applied to your own manuscript

• Attention to the opening of your book, which will receive concentrated workshop feedback from the group and course leaders

Crafted to offer practical guidance on how to move towards a carefully considered and edited incarnation of your novel, and to offer exposure to established writers and industry experts, this is about your writing and how you can take it to the next level. The course will begin on 16 March 2016 and run every Wednesday evening (6-8.30pm) until 18 May 2016. Places are £1,250 per person and can be purchased via or by calling 0207 631 5985.
Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is looking for freelance practitioners, including playwrights, to work with cross-generational groups, both in schools and working within the wider community. Opportunities are part-time (£15k-20k pro rata) and applications close Monday 11 January. Please go to the theatre's website for more info.

Creative Organisations of Liverpool (COoL) is advertising the new role of development manager, to support their transition from being a loose collective of small and medium sized arts organisations to becoming a strategic membership-based organisation. The rate of pay for the work is £135 per day (inclusive of VAT) up to maximum of 96 days, i.e. a total fee of £12,960 (inclusive of VAT). For the full job description, apply via by 5pm on Monday 4 January.

Bluecoat, is looking for a head of development (fundraising) to join their team in supporting the development of contemporary arts in Liverpool. This role demands a candidate who possesses comprehensive fundraising experience and a strong track-record in developing and managing traditional and new streams on a significant scale. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 7 January and the application form can be found online at
The Listening Post
The Eternally Packed Suitcase launch
Vane Women Press is launching its latest publication, The Eternally Packed Suitcase by Lisa Matthews, at Newcastle City Library on Wednesday 20 January at 7pm. At the free event, Lisa will be accompanied by two wonderful local writers: poet and filmmaker Jo Colley and poet, prose writer and editor Crista Ermiya.
DCMS #OurCulture Discussion - Have Your Say!
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is wanting people to join the conversation about their proposals for a new cultural strategy, using the hashtag #OurCulture. Want to know more? Read about the upcoming White Paper and its key themes in the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey's blog or via the DCMS website.
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 11 January 2016. This is the last newsletter of this year. The first newsletter in 2016 will be out on Friday 15 January.
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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