Sunday, 5 June 2016

Julia Darling Travel Fellowship event tonight, plus News from new Writing North

There will be an evening of poetry, music, cabaret and cocktails to support the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship tonight at Live Theatre, plus details of upcoming events in the News from New Writing North newsletter:

      June 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Help us support the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship
We hope you can join us on Sunday 5 June for an evening of poetry, music, cabaret and cocktails at Live Theatre as we award this year’s Julia Darling Travel Fellowship and celebrate the life and work of Julia Darling. The evening will be hosted by Charlie Hardwick, with performances by The Poetry Virgins, Kissed, Zoe Lambert and others.
Julia Darling was a kind and generous writer who went out of her way to support and encourage many other writers to develop their work and their creativity. The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is inspired by Julia’s love of travel and by the appreciation that she had of writing away from home, whether at creative retreats in the wilderness or in rented houses at the seaside. The prize supports a creative writer or group of writers to undertake a period of travel.
The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is purely crowd-funded and supported by many generous donors. Ticket sales from 'Rendezvous—Wish You Were Here' will support the continuation of this prize. The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is managed by New Writing North, with additional support from Live Theatre.
Book online now or call 0191 261 2694
Dad? skate culture exhibition
This weekend, 3-5 June, a skate culture exhibition created as part of Young Writers’ City takes place at Tyneside Cinema Pop-Up Film School in Newcastle.
Since the beginning of the year, Dad? Crew—a bunch of teenage skateboarders from Newcastle—have been working with poet Paul Summers to create an exhibition of skateboarding sonnets, photos of flips and short films that show you places and faces through a skateboarder’s eyes. It’s a chance to see the tagging, tricks and injuries, and to see Newcastle in a totally new way.
Alongside the exhibition, there will be live music, spoken word, and a screening of seminal skateboarding documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys, which tells the story of the group of teenage skaters in 1970s California who formed Z-Boys skate crew and went on to change the history of skateboarding.
Friday 3 June 2016 6.30-9pm: Opening night, with spoken word, a local band, music and hot dogs. No need to book, just turn up.
Saturday 4 June 2016 11am-5.30pm: Exhibition open, just pop in.
6.30-9pm: Screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys. Tickets are free and there will be some available on the door, but booking on Eventbrite is a good idea.
Sunday 5 June 2016 10am-12 noon: Exhibition open, just pop in.
Last call for Crime Story 2016 tickets
Crime Story, our innovative festival for crime readers and writers, returns to Northumbria University, Newcastle, on Saturday 11 June. Fancy chatting to detectives, lawyers and forensic scientists? Want to meet a literary agent? Hoping for a good catch up with your crime writing peers? Then you’ll have to be quick!
There are just a few tickets left for this year’s festival—find out more and book online at
Read Regional 2016—don’t miss our final events
It’s the last month of Read Regional 2016. Our authors have traversed the North, meeting new readers in towns, cities and villages, talking about their work with book groups, schools, and communities across the region. If you have not yet had a chance to catch a Read Regional event, there is still time! In June, you’ll find our authors in the following places:
We’re recruiting—Young People’s Programme Manager (maternity cover)
We are recruiting a temporary member of staff to cover the current Young People’s Programme Manager’s maternity leave. The Young People’s Programme Manager is a management post within New Writing North involving planning, programming, delivery and event management of work with young people, including the Cuckoo Young Writers programme.
The post is full-time with some evening and quite regular weekend working required. Initially the contract will be for six months with the possibility of an extension depending on the current postholder’s maternity arrangements.
Deadline for applications: 5.30pm on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 6 July 2016.
For enquiries about this role, please contact Anna Disley, Programme Director at
Alex Reed, a poet and writer living in Northumberland, has had his poetry pamphlet A Career in Accompaniment published by V. Press. Drawing on the writer’s personal experience of caring for his partner, and his previous work as a family therapist, the collection is available to buy from the V. Press website.
Self-published author Leslie Wilkie has had her latest novel The Gillygate Affair released. The story revolves around the theme of people smuggling and sexual exploitation on the North York Moors and is available in paperback priced £9 and e-book for £1.99.
Newcastle-based writer, and 2013 Costa Short Story Award winner, Angela Readman has won the first prize of £2,000 in the Mslexia 2016 Short Story Competition. Her winning story, ‘The Story that was Never Told’, appears in the latest issue of Mslexia, which is now available to order online.
Congratulations, all!
Grants for the Arts advice surgeries
If you are thinking of submitting an application to Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme, Alison Boyle will be available to give advice and discuss your proposed project funding on Wednesday 17 August 2016 in the New Writing North offices in Newcastle.
Surgeries with Alison will last 50 minutes and are available 3-5pm. If you’d like to be considered for a surgery slot, please email Peter Cumiskey with a one-paragraph outline of your proposal. We will allocate slots to writers that Alison is best able to advise.
Operating Theatre seeks new trustees
Operating Theatre—a charity that exists to produce thought-provoking drama on health and social issues using high quality talent—is seeking additional trustees. The successful applicants will help the charity as they enter their second decade, playing a vital role in supporting them as they work to increase the visibility of the company both locally and nationally. For a briefing pack including further details, please email
Call for submissions—Gala Theatre scratch night
Next Up…, Gala Theatre’s platform for new work, is seeking submissions for the first in a new series of scratch nights. The first event, taking place on Tuesday 28 June, 7.30pm, will provide an opportunity for playwrights, artists or companies to trial and share works-in-progress in front of a friendly and constructive audience. It’s a chance for you to road-test new work and gather feedback; it’s also the best way for the team at Gala to get to know you and your work. Submissions in a wide range of genres and styles of performance are welcomed.
Application Guidelines · Applicants must be based in the North of England
· Work can be stand-alone or an excerpts from a longer piece
· Performed excerpts should be no longer than 20 minutes
· All actors/performers must be provided by the participating company/artist/writer.
· Your performance should be possible to stage with minimal props. Sound and lighting requirements must be suitable for performance in a small, studio style space. A short tech of one hour will be scheduled for the afternoon before the performance.
To find out more or apply, contact Nick Malyan on by Friday 10 June.
International Slam opportunity
Pangaea Poetry, an international poetry organisation, is looking for poets from across the world to take part in their third Arts Council-funded poetry slam. Across the month of July anyone looking to take part can upload a video to YouTube and submit it online to the slam for four weekly rounds. At the end of the month, five poets will receive £300 and support from Pangaea to look at how they can take their poetry forward. Submissions can be made at or you can contact for more information.
Workshops and networking
Improve your memoir writing at Commonworld/Cultureworld, Manchester
At this Inscribe masterclass (Saturday 18 June, 11-4pm) led by Peepal Tree Press author Yvonne Weekes, guidance will be given on developing the craft of writing your memoir. The workshop will involve discussion and practical exercises exploring plot, structure and subject matter; characterization, point of view and setting; language, style and originality. Tickets (£15/£12 conc) can be booked via Eventbrite.
Child Protection & Safeguarding in the Arts and Cultural Sectors
Taking place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead on 5 October, 10.30am-4.15pm, this course will benefit individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice. The course costs £130 and includes a certificate of attendance for each delegate; book your place online at, or contact
Healing poetry in York
As part of the York Festival of Ideas, poet Christy Ducker will explore how the science of wounds and healing can generate poetry. Experiment with poetic form, DNA, metaphor, and cell-talk to take your writing in surprising new directions at her workshop on Saturday 11 June (2.30-4.30pm, King’s Manor, University of York). For more information on the festival programme, see
Developing your Ideas: From Inspiration to Publication
Taking place at Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, this panel discussion on Thursday 7 July will unite illustrator Chris Chatterton and his agent Arabella Stein, in conversation with the author and artist Niel Bushnell and his agent Juliet Mushens. Tickets are available for New Writing North subscribers at the special members’ rate of £25 (instead of the non-member rate of £35). Simply book via the Society of Authors website and enter the promotion code of ‘NW16’ when prompted.
Writing for Wellbeing in York
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 Poetry for Healing at York Yoga Studio, Acomb, York on Sunday 19 June (participation cost: £25). For more information on workshops and to book, go to
Midsummer poetry weekend in Cumbria
Fancy spending a long weekend in the beautiful Lake District, on a poetry course? Then come and join Pippa Little and Geraldine Green for their Midsummer Poetry Course, June 24-26, at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, in Coniston, Cumbria. Through a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new poetry will be produced. Further info, including course outline, can be found on Geraldine Green’s blog.
Poetry Carousel returns to Cumbria
After a sell-out 2015 Poetry Carousel, the Poetry Carousel will run again in 2016 with tutors Kim Moore, Clare Shaw, Tsead Bruinja and Saskia Stehouwer. This is poetry residential with a difference. Four tutors will work with small workshop groups of no more than eight. The course fee includes accommodation, workshops, breakfast, lunch and three-course evening meals. For more information about the workshops that the tutors will be running, please go to Kim Moore's website.
Ilkley Literature Festival, which takes place 30 September–16 October, is seeking a head of finance and administration (£20k-25k) to take control of fiscal affairs and financial reporting as well as developing strategic and imaginative approaches to raising funding. For more information, apply via the Festival website by Monday 20 June.
The Listening Post
Gothic (1986) screenwriter special offer in Newcastle
A screening of Ken Russell’s 1986 film Gothic, which chronicles the ‘birth’ of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is taking place Friday 17 June, 7pm, in the Great Hall of Newcastle Castle Keep. The film will be followed by a discussion with screenwriter Stephen Volk, and tickets are available for a special discount rate of £10 each to New Writing North members (normal price: £13). Simply email with the number of tickets you require. For more information about the event, see:
Crossing the Tees festival
The Crossing the Tees book festival returns for 2016, from 10-25 June, coordinated by the library services for Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington. With highlights including celebrated authors John Nicholson, Helen Cadbury and Jenny Colgan, poets Anna Woodford and Andy Willoughby, plus creative writing, a film festival and a book fair—there really is something for everyone. See
Whitley Bay Pure Fiction
An afternoon of Pure Fiction with local writers Kitty Fitzgerald, Jennifer C Wilson and Sandy Chadwin is taking place at Whitley Bay Library, Whitley Bay on Saturday 30 July at 2.15pm. Tickets, costing £3.50, can be booked in advance online.
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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