Thursday, 24 March 2016

News from New Writing North

The latest News from New Writing North newsletter is out with details of workshops, jobs, opportunities and competitions:

24 March 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
One-to-one surgeries at Crime Story 2016
We’re offering a limited number of FREE 20-minute one-to-one surgeries at Crime Story 2016 for writers. If you have a plot conundrum or a piece of narrative that requires detailed procedure, you can apply for a session with a lawyer or forensic scientist. If you’re looking for publishing advice, we have a literary agent and an editor to help. For the full list of one-to-ones, see the full programme at the Crime Story website.
Sessions are free to Crime Story 2016 attendees and will be allocated to those we feel the experts can best advise.
Please apply after booking your Crime Story 2016 ticket, by emailing Peter Cumiskey with no more than 3 paragraphs explaining the topic or work that you would like to discuss.
New Writing North is recruiting!
We have two new roles in our small, friendly office in Newcastle upon Tyne.
We are recruiting an experienced bookkeeper for the role of Finance & Administration Assistant. The postholder will support the work of the Senior Finance & Administration Manager in carrying out day-to-day financial tasks and preparing and managing the organisation’s accounts and associated budgets. Read more and apply at our website. Deadline for Finance & Administration Assistant applications: Friday 22 April 2016
We are also looking for a creative, energetic and organised self-starter for the new position of Participation Manager. The Participation Manager will develop, manage and deliver ambitious arts projects, which create the best conditions for people, and especially young people, to express themselves creatively and to fulfill their artistic potential. Read more and apply at our website. Deadline for Participation Manager applications: Friday 29 April 2016
Congratulations to Simon Van der Velde whose short story, Your Pension Guarantee has been short-listed in the Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2016, from a field of 2,200 entries. Best of luck in the next round, Simon!
Founding editor of Butcher’s Dog magazine Luke Allan has had a new chapbook of poems published by MIEL, entitled minimum soft exchange. The collection, containing mainly concrete and formal poetry, is available to purchase online.
Project H-2 for Young Writers in Hull
Support from Hull City Arts and Hull Libraries means The Writing Squad is now able to open up their Project H initiative to even more writers aged 16-20 in Hull and the surrounding area. 10 writers will join a monthly workshop to create an event for this year’s Humber Mouth festival in the city. Visit for details. The deadline is midnight on Friday 8 April.
Penguin Random House UK recruitment
The Scheme, Penguin Random House UK’s entry-level recruitment programme is offering four 13-month paid traineeships in London starting from September. The deadline is Friday 8 April; for more information, see
Skype Poetry Surgeries with Heidi Williamson
The Poetry Society is offering Skype one-to-one sessions with Bloodaxe poet and tutor Heidi Williamson. These one-hour sessions cost £45 for Poetry Society members and £55 for non-members. View more information and book your place.
Writer in Residence at First Story
First Story believes that writing can transform lives and that there is dignity and power in every young person’s story.
Its programme places talented, professional writers into secondary schools serving low-income communities. This residency model allows writers the opportunity to work alongside teachers and students to inspire creativity, foster communication skills and build confidence.
First Story is currently looking for writers with a talent for teaching creative writing to nurture the skills of young writers and help them to find their own voices.
What they are looking for: Writers should have published at least one book and/or have an established reputation as a performance poet or playwright. They also need at least three years’ experience teaching creative writing, preferably to young people. Editing experience is desirable but not essential.
To apply, see the First Story website.
Sunderland 10x10: 10 Artists into 10 Businesses
Sunderland Cultural Partnership is welcoming submissions from artists and creatives from the North East to take part in an aspirational artist-in-residence initiative. Theatre and spoken word artists are amongst those being sought to work with local businesses, with fees of £1000 being offered. Applications close on Friday 1 April at 5pm; for more information, email
Call for Love Poems
Birmingham publisher the Emma Press is looking for love poems, for The Emma Press Anthology of Love to be edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright. Poets are invited to send in up to three poems and the deadline is 10 April. Read all about it here.
V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize
The Royal Society of Literature has opened submissions for its annual V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for unpublished short stories (between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length). The submission fee is £5 per story and the closing date for entries is 20 June. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review.
Young Muslim Writers Awards
Young Muslim writers aged between 5 and 16 are encouraged to submit their short stories and poems before 31 July. Shortlisted writers will be invited to the exclusive awards ceremony for the chance of taking home the trophy.  See:
Workshops and networking
Screenwriting Skills Course
Award-winning screenwriter Gavin Williams is to present a six-seminar course on writing for TV and film, at The Literary and Philosophical Society (commencing 12 April), and also concurrently at Jesmond Library (commencing 14 April). Using clips, discussion, and practical exercises the classes will take you through the craft of writing effective dialogue, world-building, shaping dramatic scenes, and approaching the film and television industry.  Participation costs £60. To sign up—or for more information—please contact
Writing for Wellbeing in Helmsley
Laura Napran’s Writing for Wellbeing workshops offer to lead you through guided writing activities to foster personal growth, increased mindfulness, and emotional wellbeing. Upcoming sessions include Helmsley Arts Centre on Sunday 17 April (participation costs £25). For more information on workshops and to book, go to
Lapidus Day 2016 takes place in Chester
Writing for wellbeing organisation Lapidus is holding its annual mini conference at Chester University’s new riverside campus on Saturday 14 May. Ticket prices range from £80-£110, and as well as an exciting programme of workshops, talks and networking, keynote speaker and founding Lapidus member, Cheryl Moskowitz, will offer insight into her own writing for wellbeing journey. Places are limited, so book your tickets now:
Learn to Self Publish in Manchester
Jennifer Smedley, author of Snøfjell, and owner of PlantaPress will be sharing practical inside knowledge about printing, bookshops and marketing at The Bridge Pub & Restaurant on Wednesday 26 May (10am-4pm; tickets £40). Book your place online via Eventbrite.
LASALLE College of the Arts seeks to appoint an outstanding programme leader, to be based in Singapore, for its inaugural Masters in Creative Writing programme (closing date: Thursday 31 March). Apply and view the job specification at their website.
The Customs House in South Shields is recruiting four peer mentors to each work with two arts educators in planning delivery for Arts Awards projects with specific audiences. The fee will be £600 (three days at £200 per day). Email your expression of interest or any additional questions to by Monday 4 April.
The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford is seeking a lecturer in Creative Writing and English, with a main focus on fiction or creative non-fiction. Additional research and teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: children's/young people's literature, experimental literature, genre fiction. Applications are welcome until Wednesday 6 April via the University website.
The Listening Post
Two Rivers & the Sea launch
Two Rivers & the Sea—a poetic-visual essay, continuing the A Year in Beadnell project, which comprised part of October’s Durham Book Festival—will be launching at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle on Tuesday 12 April. The evening, commencing at 6.30pm, will see poet Lisa Matthews and visual artist Melanie Ashby explain how they came to unearth sights and sounds of the Northumberland coastline. They will be joined by Jo Colley, Linda France and Monkfish Productions. For further details about this event, see the venue’s website.
Pig in Thin Air: Newcastle book launch
Writers, animal people, vegans, runners and travellers are invited to the book launch of Alex Lockwood’s The Pig in Thin Air—which explores the relationship between our bodies and those of our nonhuman animal companions. The free event takes place on Floor 4 of Commercial Union House on Friday 15 April at 6.30pm. Find out more via the Facebook event page.
Shakespeare 400 in Newcastle
The 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is being marked by the display of a rare First Folio once belonging to George III at Newcastle City Library. Fans of The Bard can also vote for which film adaptation they would like to see screened at Newcastle Castle Keep on Sunday 24 April. Vote for your favourite via the Castle's 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 4 April 2016.
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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