Saturday, 18 June 2016

New Writing North newsletter

New Writing North are recruiting a Young People's Programme Manager, details of this, Crime Story, Cuckoo Young Writers Summer Schools, competitions, opportunities and more in the new newsletter:

June 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
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
Cuckoo Young Writers Summer Schools
This summer, Cuckoo has a creative writing summer school for every taste. Join us for everything from song writing to crime fiction, spoken word to making poetry out of paper, scissors and glue! Cuckoo Young Writers’ Summer Schools are for young people aged 12-19 who are interested in creative writing. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already got a novel on your memory stick or you just want to try something new and have a go: CUCKOO NEEDS YOU. And it’s all totally FREE!
Make poetry in Newcastle/ Gateshead, 25-29 July 2016 Pick ‘n’ mix writing summer school in Durham, 2-4 August 2016 Explore songwriting in Sunderland, 1-3 August 2016 Crime writing in Cramlington, 16-17 August 2016 Start songwriting in Warkworth, 23-25 August 2016
For more info about all the summer schools and to sign up, see Cuckoo Young Writers
Spaces are limited, so book soon!
Crime Story 2016
We had a fantastic time last weekend at Crime Story 2016 and are busy plotting our heinous crimes (arm-wrestling DCI, digital footprints and plenty of sellotape…)
We hope everyone who joined us found the day as interesting and inspiring as we did. If you haven’t yet completed our evaluation, we’d be really grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to tell us what you thought. Your feedback will help inform the choices we make for Newcastle Writing Conference in 2017 and the next Crime Story in 2018. Plus, there’s a £25 book voucher up for grabs.
Find the form here.
Northern Writers’ Awards 2016
We had a record number of entries to the Northern Writers’ Awards this year, with a great number of very high quality submissions. We have now contacted everyone who applied for Northern Writers’ Awards to notify them of the outcome of their entry. The winners will be announced on 30 June—watch this space!
North Tyneside Summer Reads
As part of an ever-popular campaign, The Mysterious Miss Mayhew, written by North East author Hazel Osmond, has been selected as the North Tyneside Summer Read for 2016. Hazel is also part of this year’s Read Regional campaign.
The Mysterious Miss Mayhew will be promoted to readers along the coast throughout summer 2016. From July until September, residents and visitors can pick up a copy for the special price of just £4 from St Mary’s Lighthouse, the Old Low Light, and any North Tyneside customer first centre.
The Summer Read campaign culminates in an author event on September 15 at 6.30pm at The Rendezvous Cafe, in Whitley Bay. Hazel will be talking about and reading from her book, and will be available to sign copies. Tickets for the event are £3 or £5.50 including a copy of the book, and can be purchased from any North Tyneside library.
For more info, contact North Tyneside Libraries,
Northumberland writer Lorna Windham has had her historical novel The Jacobite’s Daughter published by Tyne Bridge Publishing. Set amongst bloody battlefields, it follows a brave Scottish lass through a world of secrets, spies, intrigue and injustice.
The Poetry Exchange has now concluded Season One of its podcast, which looks as ‘poems as friends’. The latest episode, ‘The full moon in daylight’, was recorded at Durham Book Festival 2015. You can find the full season of podcasts here.
Correction: Self-published author Leslie Wilkie has published his latest novel The Gillygate Affair. 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.
Sign up for November’s Great Northern Slam
The Great Northern Slam is back at Northern Stage on Thursday 3 November, with the first prize a national paid gig including expenses, courtesy of Apples and Snakes. If you are interested in signing up for the slam email for full details, or visit the Great Northern Slam website.
Foyle Young Poets Awards 2016
The biggest poetry competition for writers aged 11-17 is open for entries until noon on 31 July. Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. For more information, see:
Buzzwords Poetry Competition
Poems of no longer than 70 lines are being sought, with a top prize of £600, and £300 for a runner-up (deadline: 7 August). Proceeds of the competition will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’, which is the longest running and most respected regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham. Visit the organisation’s website to download an entry form and for postal instructions.
Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition
With two top prizes of £1000 on offer, this competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. The competition is open for submissions until midnight on 31 August and it costs the equivalent of £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. See the Oxford Brookes University website for specifications of international entry.
2016-17 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism
Journalists, critics, bloggers and unpublished writers interested in examining the contemporary arts have the chance to win £3000 and have their work published in print and online versions of the Observer. For more information and to submit your work, visit The International Anthony Burgess Foundation’s website. Deadline is 30 November.
Workshops and networking
Outdoor poetry workshops
Nationally recognised and award winning poet Linda France will run three renga sessions this summer—a classical Japanese tradition, which encourages greater attunement to the landscape and the natural world. The resulting poems will broaden others' experience of the landscape, providing a snapshot of the spirit of the place at a particular time on a particular day
To book a place at Kirkhale on Saturday 25 June or Rothley Low Lake on Wednesday 17 August (£8 each, 10.30am-4pm), please contact Nick Owen.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade writing retreat
Award-winning writer Victoria Watson will be running a writing retreat at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade on Sunday 24 July, 10am-2pm. It's £40 per person with group discounts available, including lunch. As a participant at this retreat, you'll be invited to read your TVLB-inspired work at Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10 September (although this is not mandatory). To book your place, call Victoria on 07854 147140 or email
INSCRIBE Masterclass: Writing the Magic in the Everyday
INSCRIBE—a writer development programme for Black and Asian writers—is offering an extraordinary opportunity to work with award-winning author Marcia Douglas [Jamaica/U.S.A]. Her fiction workshop will explore magical realism, or what Cuban writer, Alejo Carpentier calls, “the marvellous real.”
The masterclass takes place at UNION 105 (East St. Arts), Leeds on Saturday 13 August (11am-4pm), £12-£15. Places are available to book via Eventbrite.
Mentoring: The Next Creative Generation
A course exploring the principles of mentoring, which will equip attendees with the tools to support the next generation of creative practitioners and leaders, takes place on 6 October at HOME, Manchester. This course is priced at £130, which includes lunch, refreshments and certification of attendance. Book your place online.
Opus Independents in Sheffield has a vacancy for a part-time admin & finance assistant to cover a maternity leave for a minimum of 12 months. £8.25/ hr for 7.5 hours per week. Deadline Sunday 24 July. For full details see their website.
Heritage Lottery Fund, in Manchester, is seeking a casework manager/substantive senior grants officer to report to the Head of HLF North West and will assess and process applications for grants in that region. Circa £28-37k, full-time. Deadline for applications Sunday 3 July. Full details here.
SICK! Festival is looking for a development director with a proven track-record for fundraising as the festival moves into a new city, Manchester. Full time, salary c £36k. Deadline for applications is Monday 27 June. See the festival's website for full details.
Ilkley Literature Festival has a vacancy for the head of finance and administration, who will manage the administration of the festival. Full-time post, £22k. Deadline for applications is Monday 20 June. See the festival's website for full details.
The Poetry Archive is seeking a new, visionary director to take the organisation into its next stage of growth. The post is UK-based and the current director works remotely. This is a full-time role. Deadline for applications is Thursday 23 Juiy, visit their website for full details.
The Listening Post
Artists’ Book Market at Baltic
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June 10am-5pm
The Artists’ Book Market returns to Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art this weekend, with 40 national and regional artists, bookmakers, small press publishers, artist’s groups, zine artists and bookbinders will be exhibiting and selling their work direct to the public, as well as a series of ‘artists interventions’ including a library rave and a talk on the history of zine-making. Find out more at the Baltic's website.
Helen Cadbury Saltburn event
York crime writer and playwright Helen Cadburyone of our Read Regional 2016 authors—will be giving a special talk and book signing at Saltburn Community Theatre on Friday 24 June, 6.30pm, as part of Independent Bookshop Week. This is a free event, with books available to purchase on the night. See the Book Corner website for more details.
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.
Among Woods and Water poetry launch
The Northern Poetry Library will be launching poetry anthology Among Woods and Water at Alnwick Library on Thursday 12 July at 7.30pm. The evening will feature readings from the collection and a celebration of one of the most important poetry resources in the UK. Reserve your place via Eventbrite.
An additional launch event will take place at Berwick Library on Thursday 14 July, 2pm. Book here.
Identity, Politics and Mythology
Trashed Organ and GemArts present an evening of South Asian literature with readings by three prize-winning poets: Moniza Alvi, Arundhathi Subramaniam and Amali Rodrigo. The reading will be followed by a discussion led by Dr James Procter of Newcastle University.
Arundhathi will also deliver a poetry workshop on poetry and identity during the day at Newcastle University. Both events take place on Thursday 14 July and are presented as part of the GemArts Masala Festival. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Greyscale rehearsal space offer
Greyscale studio, a rehearsal space in the centre of Newcastle, is available for dates throughout June, July and August for a special rate of £10 an hour. For more information, visit the Greyscale website or email
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 27 June 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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