Saturday, 7 May 2016

News from New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter for my followers to peruse:

6 May 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Young Writers’ City: stars of the future
We’re incredibly proud of our young writers from Excelsior Academy, who have been working with writers Bob Beagrie, Fred Phethean and Rowan McCabe on poetry, spoken word, rap and beat-boxing.
This spring they created three short films with a fantastically talented filmmaker, Adam Opie, who is just 17 himself and who brilliantly captures some of the joy and pain of teenage life in Newcastle’s West End. Take a look...
Crime Story: Early Bird offer ends on Tuesday 10 May
If you’re planning to come to Crime Story 2016 on Saturday 11 June, book soon to take advantage of our Early Bird ticket offer (£79 instead of £99), which finishes on 10 May.
The ticket price includes five panel events, two workshops, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. You can also request a one-to-one session with one of our experts.
Find the full programme and book now at
Vacancy: group leader for new Cuckoo Young Writers Group
New Writing North is recruiting a group leader for our new Cuckoo Young Writers group in Durham. The role of the group leader is to work with the group’s lead writer to creatively direct the group, lead sessions and support the young people (age 12-19) taking part. We are looking for applicants who have experience of working with young people, a background in creative writing and are keen to develop their skills in these areas.
The weekly Cuckoo groups will take place from 10 September on Saturdays in term time, 11am-1pm, at Gala Theatre in Durham. The fee is £50 per session. There will also be a summer school during the week of the 1st August 2016, which the group leader should be available for. We are particularly interested in applicants based in Durham.
To apply for the role, please fill in this digital application form. Successful applicants will be invited for an informal interview. Application deadline: 27 May 2016.
Ways of Seeing: free writing workshop for marginalized writers
There are still a few places left on the Ways of Seeing workshop, which we are running in partnership with the charity Creative Future. This free workshop takes place in Newcastle on Wednesday 18 May and is open to writers who feel they have lacked professional development or showcasing opportunities due to mental health, disability, ethnicity, sexual identity and/or social circumstance.
The workshop is suitable for new, emerging and established writers. To book your place, visit the Creative Future website.
Read Regional: May dates
Ian Clayton has been writing on our blog about his experiences of traversing the North with this year’s Read Regional tour. Find out which library serves the best biscuits and who makes the best tea at
You’ll find our Read Regional authors at the following libraries in the next few weeks:
9 May Ian Clayton at Manchester Central Library, 6.30pm
10 May Helen Cadbury at Pudsey Library, 1.30pm
Hazel Osmond and Chris Killen at Acklam Library, 7pm
11 May Christa Ermiya at Woodlands Community Library, 2pm
Ian Clayton at Crown Street Library, Darlington, at 2pm
Andrew Forster at Newcastle City Library at 6.30pm
12 May Carys Davies at Selby Library, 2.30pm
16 May Kim Moore poetry reading and Exploring Poetry with Anna Woodford, Gateshead Central Library, 1.30pm
17 May Hazel Osmond and Chris Killen at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, 7pm
18 May Hazel Osmond and Caroline Roberts at Wakefield Library and Museum, 7pm
19 May Kim Moore poetry reading and Exploring Poetry with Carole Bromley, Hull Central Library, 6.30pm
Hazel Osmond and Caroline Roberts at Gateshead Central Library, 7pm
20 May Crista Ermiya at Richmond Library, 7pm
24 May Hazel Osmond at Houghton Library, 2pm
25 May Andrew Forster at Wetherby Library, 6.30pm
26 May Chris Killen at Manchester Central Library, 6.30pm
Helen Cadbury at Cheadle Library, 6.30pm
Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends
We're very happy to be supporting Shore to Shore, a two-week national tour taking place this summer. For 14 consecutive nights Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will visit local communities to perform alongside Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, musician John Sampson and a guest local poet in each location.
The tour coincides with 10 years of Independent Bookshop Week run in partnership with local independent bookshops in a range of local venues. There will also be a poetry tour anthology published to coincide with it. You can catch the tour at the following bookshops across the North: Simply Books in Stockport on 27 June Bookends in Carlisle on 28 June Forum Books in Corbridge on 29 June For full details of the tour, see the Pan Macmillan website.
Nick Quantrill’s fourth Hull-set crime novel The Dead Can't Talk is to be launched with a special event at Kardomah 94 in Hull on Friday 13 May in conversation with Helen Cadbury (7.30pm - free). He will also be signing copies in Waterstones, Hull on Saturday 14 May.
Orion has acquired the rights to The Companion, the debut by Sarah Dunnakey, set in 1930s Yorkshire and the present day, to be published in hardback and e-book in May 2017 and paperback in November 2017. In 2014 Dunakey won a Northern Writer's Award from New Writing North after submitting part of the novel.
North East-based Max Adams, author of King of the North, has The Ambulist published on 24 May. In contrast to his previous, historical novel, his latest is set in the present day and follows a man who walks, seemingly forever, through the plains and vales of Northumberland. See
Blaydon writer Fiona Ritchie Walker has won first prize of £1000 in the Felix Dennis Creative Writing Competition 2016. Her short story, on the competition theme 'For All Time' – celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - is included in an anthology of winning and commended stories which was launched at the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and is now available to order online.
International Literature Showcase
Writers have until midday on Monday (9 May) to submit applications for the International Literature Showcase (ILS): a major two-year partnership between British Council, Arts Council England and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Applicants must have a clear and proven record of publication and critical acclaim. See Writers’ Centre Norwich’s website for more details.
Chair of Open Clasp Board of Trustees
Award-winning women’s theatre company Open Clasp is looking to appoint a new female Chair of their Board of Trustees. In view of the company’s new international/national profile, the chair needs to have the skill and ability to support the company in retaining and building upon this exposure. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 10 May; please email with a CV and covering letter.
Writing about ‘Influence’
Avis Magazine, a publication run by MA students at Manchester Metropolitan University, is looking for submissions from new and emerging writers focusing on ‘Influence’. The closing date is 23 May and the issue will be released in late summer. See:
Poems about aunts
The Emma Press has launched an open call for poems about aunts to feature in The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts, edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright and to be published in March 2017. Full details of submission guidelines can be found on The Emma Press’s website.
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition is now open for submissions, deadline 31 May. The first and second prize winners will receive a cash prize (1st prize: €1000, 2nd prize: €500), as well as chapbook publication and the invitation to read at Cork Poetry Festival. See Munster Literature Centre’s website for more information.
Multilingual publishing platform for authors
La musa sulla nuvola is a new multilingual publishing platform that will collect and showcase promising literary manuscripts to make them available to professionals and readers. Based in Venice, the online magazine, whose name translates as ‘The Muse on the Cloud’, will be accepting submissions until 30 June. See for more details.
Myths of the Near Future
The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) has launched the call for submissions for its eighth Myths of the Near Future magazine—calling all young writers, aged 16-25, to submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays. See Myths magazine’s website for more information about how to submit (deadline: 1 July).
Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards
The New Writers Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland and each year they provide 10 unpublished writers with financial support to enable them to concentrate on developing their work. The closing date is 6 July. See for entry specifications.
Foyle Young Poets’ Award
The biggest competition for writers aged 11-17; winners receive fantastic prizes and support for their writing. Apply via the Foyle Young Poets website by 31 July.
Workshops and networking
Lancaster: That Killer First Page
Paul McVeigh’s one-off workshop at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster on Saturday 7 May will advise what it is competition judges, agents and editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. You’ll write a short piece and get feedback on that crucial story opening. Tickets for this class are available to book via Eventbrite for £60.
Pen Power: Words to promote Wellbeing in Darlington
Facilitated by poet Natalie Scott, this one-off workshop at Health Warehouse Café, Darlington on Tuesday 17 May will guide you through a range of activities designed to get you writing creatively and expressively. For more information and to book your place please for £6 visit
A Writer's Imaginarium
This six-month cross-genre writing programme at Lancaster Meeting House, running on the first Monday of every month, September to February inclusive (except for the meeting on 9th Jan 2017), will offer a space for you to explore and develop your writing potential (booking deadline 20 May). £120 full price or £60 concessions. See the programme’s website for more information.
Writers’ retreats in Cumbria
Join Pippa Little and Geraldine Green for a midsummer poetry course at Brantwood Coniston, former home of John Ruskin, from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June (course fee: £240; book here). Brantwood will also be the setting for a writers’ retreat with Geraldine Green and Graham Mort 3-6 October.
Healing Words poetry class in Scarborough
A one-off experiential workshop with Kate Evans, at Scarborough Counseling & Psychotherapy Training Institute on 5 November, will explore how poetry can be used as a tool for self-reflection. Early bird tickets are currently available for £75 from
Finding the Words
Whitley Bay Library, Whitley Bay: Saturday 16th July
An all day creative workshop run by local writers Jennifer C Wilson and Elaine Cusack. The day consists of two workshops: Scavenger Hunt in the morning and Found Poetry in the afternoon. Attendees can book either morning or afternoon sessions for £20 each or the whole day for £30. Both morning and afternoon sessions will include writing exercises, guidance, group feedback sessions and if possible, one to one advice. Booking and information
Free Word, based in Central London is seeking a new, dynamic director to lead their programmes with energy and expertise. £60-65K per annum, depending on experience; entries close on Saturday 14 May. For more information, please refer to the job specification on the Guardian Jobs website.
The Listening Post
Poetry launch in Blyth
A reading from the Blyth Poetry Group and Northern Poetry Library Poet-in-Residence, John Challis, of Among Woods and Water, takes place upstairs at Blyth Library on Tuesday 24 May at 5pm. The collection has been put together over the last few months by the group and explores Blyth’s history and industrial past. Free entry; find out more at
The Folio Academy Sessions
For the third year running, the Folio Prize Foundation and the British Library host some of the world’s finest writers and their guests at a weekend devoted to the art of storytelling on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June. All tickets, starting from £18, are available through the British Library Box Office.
Festival of Writing in York
The 2016 Festival of Writing is being held at the University of York from 9-11 September. Tickets prices start at £185 and agent one-to-one sessions are available. See The Writers’ Workshop website for more information.
Poetry Exchange in Manchester
The Poetry Exchange will be in residence at John Rylands Library, Manchester. They invite readers to book in for an individual Exchange with them to talk about a poem that has been a friend to you. In exchange, you’ll receive a bespoke gift, created especially for you and inspired by the conversation. To receive detailed information and a personal invitation email us at, please email them at
Free as a Bard
Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay: Sunday 5th June
Free as a Bard, the popular poetry and music evening launches two IRON press books by poets George Jowett and John Price. The evening also sees a welcome return for musician Jenny Lascelles. In addition there'll be free fruit, a literary raffle and more. Tickets £5. Show starts 8pm. Tickets and information
Deadline for the next newsletter
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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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