Monday, 11 April 2016

News from New Writing North newsletter

There are details of the Crime Story 2016 in the latest News from New Writing North newsletter, plus competitions, workshops, jobs and more:

11 April 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Crime Story 2016
We’ve been delighted by the interest in this year’s Crime Story and tickets are selling fast. If you’re intending to come, do book soon to ensure your first choice of break-out session. These groups are kept small, so that we can all benefit from the discussion and to make sure people can have all their questions answered. There are two break-out sessions in the day, and the options can be seen on our programme.
Crime Story takes place on 11 June 2016 in Newcastle. Early Bird tickets are on sale at £79 until 10 May.
Read Regional 2016
Read Regional continues into its second month, as our 10 authors visit libraries, festivals and book groups across the North of England. Caroline Roberts has written on our blog about her first experiences of author events.
In the next few weeks, you can catch the Read Regional authors at the following events:
Tuesday 12 April Chris Killen at Sprotbrough Community Library, 6pm
Ian Clayton at Penrith Library, 7pm
Wednesday 13 April Exploring Poetry with Anna Woodford at Newcastle City Library, 6.30pm
Thursday 14 April Ian Clayton at Wallsend Customer First Centre, 7pm
Saturday 16 April Carys Davies at Barrow Library, 2pm
Tuesday 19 April Chris Killen at Kendal Library, 3pm
Wednesday 20 April Carys Davies, Marple Library, 6.30pm
Thursday 21 April Andrew Forster and Kim Moore poetry reading, plus Exploring Poetry with Linda France, Sunderland City Library, 10am
Ian Clayton, Blyth Library, 7pm
Saturday 23 April Carys Davies, Bradford City Library, 2pm
Chris Killen, York Explore Library, 5pm
Monday 25 April Helen Cadbury, Teesside University Library, 7pm
Wednesday 27 April Ian Clayton, Goole Library, 6pm
Thursday 28 April Kim Moore poetry reading, plus Exploring Poetry with Anna Woodford, York Explore Library, 6pm
Rachel McIntyre is also taking part in several events for schools, and a creative writing workshop with our Cuckoo Young Writers.
Submit books for Read Regional 2017
We’re still accepting books by authors based in the North of England for Read Regional 2017. The deadline is Friday 22 April, so if you’d like to take part, please apply (or ask your publicist to do so) soon.
Read Regional is run by New Writing North in conjunction with 22 library authorities in Yorkshire, North East England and North West England. Each year we select 10-15 new books by Northern authors and promote them widely through libraries and festivals. All participating libraries purchase bulk book orders and receive supporting marketing campaign materials and the authors visit libraries to give readings and to meet book groups.
For the 2017 campaign we welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult and children’s books. We will consider books published between June 2015 and December 2016. Submit at the Read Regional website.
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
Young Europeans
As the European Referendum draws closer, we are looking for young people (aged 15-23) who want to think about what Europe means—from Eurovision, football teams and pen pals to borders, identity, migration and human rights—and then to respond creatively.
Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know that much about the EU—you’ll have the opportunity to meet some EU experts (including an MEP and pro and anti-union academics) and you’ll be supported by writer Susannah Pickering who will lead each session.  But what we really want from you is to think creatively about all the issues and eventually produce a piece of work in response to what you have learned which will be performed at an event at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 16 June, a week before the referendum. It might be a spoken word performance, a talk, a song, a reading—it’s up to you. You’ll work with Susannah who will help you shape your ideas into a final piece, and with a director who’ll help you get your piece performance-ready.  The work produced will form part of the pre-Referendum conversation and, who knows, may even change a few minds!
Sessions start Saturday 7 May. Read more about the project at the Cuckoo Writers website.
If you’d like to sign up for the Young Europeans project or would like more information, please email or phone 0191 204 8850 by Monday 25 April.
Young Europeans is a partnership project between New Writing North, Isis Arts, Juice Festival, Sage Gateshead and Northumbria University.
Join a Cuckoo Young Writers group this spring
Our Cuckoo Young Writers sessions are for young people aged 12-19, take place every Saturday in term time and are entirely FREE. Whether you have been writing for a while or are just thinking about putting pen to paper, we’d love you to join us.
All sessions are led by a professional writer and a group leader, who will inspire you to write in new ways and support you in developing and sharing your writing. Most of all, you’ll have fun and share ideas with a likeminded group of young people.
The following sessions are booked for this half-term:
Newcastle, Saturdays 11am-1pm Room 8, Newcastle City Library, 33 New Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX
16 April 2016: Creative writing with Rachel McIntyre (Read Regional) 23 April-7 May 2016: Crime writing with Matt Wesolowski
14-28 May 2016: Creative writing with playwright Zoe Cooper

Amble, Saturdays 10am-12pm Warkworth Memorial Hall, Castle Street, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65 0UJ
16 April-28 May 2016: Creative writing with Emily Wiseman
Cramlington, Saturdays 11am-1pm Cramlington Library, Forum Way, Cramlington
16 April 2016- 28 May 2016: Writing about place with Paul Summers and Lucy Jones
Sunderland, Saturdays 11am-1pm Pop Recs Ltd, 27 Stockton Road, Sunderland, SR2 7AQ
16 April 2016- 28 May 2016: Songwriting with Martin Longstaff and Natasha Haws
There is no need to book in advance, just turn up!
If you want more information, email or phone 0191 204 8850.
Congratulations to Arlene Pearson, whose novella, Where the Four Winds Meet, has been accepted and published by CUT—the writers’ publishing community. Visit Arlene’s page on the website to download it as an e-book.
We’re looking forward to reading Blood from the Quill, a collection of Gothic prose and poetry by the Elementary Writers Group led by award-winning local author Victoria Watson. Find out more about the collection at the Wild Wolf Publishing website:
Live Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Bursary winner Alison Carr has written a new play, Iris, which is playing at Live Theatre until Saturday 30 April. A heady cocktail of dark humour, it is a tale of two sisters coming to terms with the death of their mother who still manages to control their lives from beyond the grave.
Random String Fellowship
Ludic Rooms are inviting artists from across disciplines to apply for the Random String Fellowship. The comprehensive development programme, based in the West Midlands, will explore interactive technology, involving mentoring, group development sessions and access to technology.
To apply, artists should visit, complete the online application form by 18 April and upload a CV, images and weblinks.
IRON Press ghost story collection
Writers are invited to submit up to two stories for Cold Iron, IRON Press’s anthology of new, unpublished ghost stories (vampires, werewolves and zombies are strictly forbidden), with a closing date of 30 September. The book will be launched at a midnight events in Cullercoats next year. See for details on how to enter.
The Northern Correspondent poetry submissions
Four poems on the theme of ‘Before and After’ are being sought for the next edition of The Northern Correspondent. If you have a poem you would like to be considered, or want to find out more, email by Saturday 30 April.
Chroma Magazine
Writers and poets are being sought for a new independent magazine entitled Chroma—with each issue to be based around a different colour, the first being red. The magazine will be published in print and online. For more information, see:
Ticket offer for The Father
Mon 18–Sat 23 April, Newcastle Theatre Royal The Father, written by Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton, is the most acclaimed new play of the decade, and you can catch it in Newcastle over 6 nights next week. Oliver Award-winner Kenneth Cranham stars alongside Amanda Drew (Broadchurch), Rebecca Charles, Brian Doherty, Daniel Flynn and Jade Williams.
Newcastle Theatre Royal is offering 2 for 1 tickets to our subscribers for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 April in the Stalls and Grand Circle. Book in person at Box Office, or by calling 08448 11 21 21, and quote ‘New Writing North’ to redeem.
Sonnet competition marks 400 years since death of Shakespeare
Writers & Artists have come together with the Arden Shakespeare and the Royal Society of Literature to offer an exclusive competition, open to published and aspiring poets alike. The first, second and third-placed sonnets will all be published on alongside feedback from judge, Ruth Padel. Enter via their website by Monday 31 May.
The Sitcom Mission
The Sitcom Mission, the UK-based international comedy writing competition, is now open for entries, with four 15-minute sitcoms to be presented at an industry showcase in October. Entry costs range from £10 to £60, depending on the level of feedback you would like to receive. See to apply.
SI Leeds Literary Prize reminder
Entry for the SI Leeds Literary Prize closes on Saturday 30 April. The prize aims to act as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women's voices and a platform to discover new talent. In addition to the cash awards, the winning author receives a free place on an Arvon creative writing course of their choice, and the top three authors receive a free place at a writer development support.
Workshops and networking
Speculative Fiction in Tyne and Wear
Speculative Tyne and Wear is a new group of creators and fans of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction that live in the North East of England. To find out more about their proposed programme of regular readings, workshops, and promotional events, visit their website.
Writing for Wellbeing in Pickering
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 one themed to Change and Growth at The Friends Meeting House, Pickering, North Yorkshire on Saturday 7 May (participation costs £25). For more information on workshops and to book, go to
Writing for Children course at Lit and Phil, Newcastle
Suitable for beginners or more experienced writers, this 10-week course (Tuesdays 10.15am-12.15, commencing Tuesday 26 April) will examine technique and style in children’s literature. Stimulating exercises will be used to get participants started writing your own work, and a final critique session will involve the giving of feedback.  £8 in advance or £27 for the first session and £7 per session after that. For more information, email course leader Ellen Pheathean, at
Arvon writers’ retreats
Arvon’s new, dedicated Writers Retreat, The Clockhouse, in the Shropshire Hills, has been launched. Six and three-day get-aways are available to book via the Arvon website, costing between £400 and £600. Walk in the beautiful landscape, share your triumphs and challenges with fellow writers over dinner together, or just sit at your desk and write.
Mslexia Publications Ltd is looking to add a new board member, with energy, commitment and expertise in financial management and fundraising & strategic development. This position is offered on a voluntary (unpaid) basis. Board members are required to attend four meetings in Newcastle upon Tyne per year. Email for more information by Friday 15 April.
The Wordsworth Trust currently has two vacancies, which they are offering to applicants on a fixed term basis until May 2018. They are seeking a senior project administrator (£25k-30k) and grants development officer (£15k-20k). The deadline for both is Monday 18 April. Apply via the Wordsworth Trust website.
The Listening Post
New Short Stories @ The Lit and Phil
Wombach Press, a new, small library press based in Northumberland, is presenting an evening of readings at The Lit and Phil, Newcastle on Thursday 14 April at 7pm. Wombach writers Michael Golding, Olivia Gwyne, Jess Warde-Aldam and Sue Wilsea will each read one of their stories. Admission is free; reserve your place by emailing
The Square & Compass
An evening of words and music with Gordon Phillips and John Bushby from their CD: The Square & Compass: A Folksong Cycle for St Mary’s Island and Its Surrounds, North Tyneside, is being presented at Newcastle City Library on Tuesday 10 May (6.30-7.30pm). To book a free ticket, phone 0191 2774100.
Reading the Flowers launch at Hexham Book Festival
Hexham-based Linda France’s new poetry collection, Reading the Flowers, will be launched at Queen’s Hall as part of Hexham Book Festival, on Saturday 23 April (2.45-3.45pm). Tickets cost £6 and details on how to book for this and other events can be found on the Hexham Book Festival 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 18 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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