Thursday, 14 July 2016

News from New Writing North newsletter

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

July 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Northern Writers’ Awards 2016
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2016. The 30 winners were announced at a ceremony in Newcastle on Thursday night. 2016 was our biggest year so far for the awards, with over 1000 entries, so competition was incredibly fierce.
Write for our blog
This summer, New Writing North is launching a brand new website. We are now looking for writers and readers based in the North of England who are interested in contributing to our blog. The blog will take a prominent place on our website and posts will be shared on our social media accounts and in this newsletter.
We are looking for one resident blogger each month, who will write a series of three posts around a particular topic or theme. We can pay £50 per post. If you are interested in applying to be our resident blogger in the next few months, please email Laura Fraine by 22 July with ‘Resident blogger’ in the subject line, two paragraphs about yourself and your work, a suggestion of the subject you would like to write about, and a brief outline of how the series of posts might develop.
We may also be able to offer occasional unpaid blog posts to writers and readers in the North of England. These may be of interest to you if you are working on a funded literary project, are promoting a newly-published work, or have something you want to get off your chest. If you have a post you would like to suggest for our blog, email Laura Fraine with brief details. Please do not send completed posts at this stage.
Read Regional 2016
After four months of library, book group, school and festival events, Read Regional 2016 has come to a close. We’d like to thank everyone who attended events and made our authors feel welcome in their local libraries, the 22 librarians with whom we programme Read Regional events across the North of England, and our 2016 authors: Helen Cadbury, Ian Clayton, Carys Davies, Crista Ermiya, Andrew Forster, Chris Killen, Rachel McIntyre, Kim Moore, Hazel Osmond, and Caroline Roberts.
Cuckoo Young Writers: On Writing
Ever wonder what we do in our Cuckoo Young Writers groups? Our Amble group have made a brilliant animation all about why they take part. If you know a young person aged 12-19 who enjoys writing, why not send them this film or invite them to try out one of our free summer schools?
Northern Writers’ Awards winner Christy Ducker has launched North East Heroes, a creative writing and education project for people aged 12+. Poetry workshops, or ‘hero sessions’, focusing on historic local figures such as Grace Darling and Humphry Davy, are available for secondary school groups to book via the project’s website, where you can also explore some of the responses produced by young people so far.
Val Scully, whose novel based on the notorious life of Newcastle heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes was launched at Gibside in March, will be appearing at the Land of Oak and Iron launch event on Sunday 10 July. My Name Is Eleanor is set at Gibside, in the lower Derwent Valley, an area which is about to benefit from this great new initiative, a landscape partnership which aims to celebrate, conserve and enhance the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of the area. Val is currently researching the nineteenth century history of the area—particularly Blaydon, Winlaton and radical Tyneside—for her next novel, due out in 2017. See her website for details.
Hearing the Voice—writer in residence opportunity
Palace Green Library is looking for a writer to undertake a residency during the course of the exhibition Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday (5 November 2016–26 February 2017). The residency would contribute particularly to a section of the exhibition focusing on the important role that voices—be they inner, imagined or heard—play in writing and in the reading of literary works. The aim of this residency is to actively explore ideas around inner voice in writing and reading through engagement with and interaction between the exhibition, its visitors, and a writer.
Applications must be made via the Palace Green Library website by 12 noon on Friday 15 July.
Clairssa Luard Residencies for poets under 35
The Wordsworth Trust is offering a series of month-long residencies between November 2016 and March 2017—each offering an invaluable opportunity for poets to spend time in the heart of the Lake District and to contribute to their exciting Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project, 'Reimagining Wordsworth'.
Each poet will be paid a fee of £1,750, and will be provided with a self-catering cottage a short walk from Dove Cottage. For more information, see the Trust’s website. The deadline is at 8am on Monday 25 July.
Queen’s Hall Arts commission
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham is looking to host a short residency in their studio theatre this autumn as part of Black Theatre Live, a national consortium of venues which aims to develop and increase the volume of black and minority ethnic theatre being produced and toured in England (see
A £3,000 commission is available, with a view to supporting a full production in October 2017. Please send expressions of interest to Geof Keys, Artistic Director, at
T S Eliot Prize call for submissions
Publishers of single author poetry collections that have been published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the calendar year 2016 are invited to submit for this year’s T S Eliot Prize. The winner will receive £20,000 and each of the ten shortlisted poets £1,500. Further details can be found on the temporary website The closing date is 5 August.
Workshops and networking
The Mansio free workshops and talks
The Mansio, a contemporary structure sharing new work from poets and authors, will be at Walltown Crags from 25–30 July and Vindolanda from 2–7 August. A series of free workshops, talks, story-telling and author events is taking place around Northumberland, linked to the tour.
At Queen’s Hall, Hexham on Tuesday 12 July, 11am–1pm, Fiona Shaw will lead a writing workshop, Writing into the Past, Writing into the Future.
Events later in the month will include writing workshops with Tony Williams, poetry reading and writing workshops with Colette Bryce, and a reading from poet in residence Daljit Nagra. Events are free, but booking is advised. See for full programme and booking details.
The Listening Post
GemArts Masala Festival celebrates South Asian literature
GemArts Masala Festival, happening this month in Newcastle and Gateshead, is to bring a mix of the very finest South Asian Arts and Culture to the North East. Taking place 11 to 17 July, the programme is packed with award-winning international poets, specially curated LGBT short film screenings and discussions.
Literary highlights include Identity, Politics and Mythology, an evening of poetry with Moniiza Alvi, Amali Rodrigo and Arundhathi Subramaniam, taking place on Thursday 14 July at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab. For full listings of workshops and demonstrations, visit or call 0191 440 4124
Early bird offer: James and the Giant Peach at Northern Stage
This Christmas, Northern Stage are bringing to life the much loved Roald Dahl story James and the Giant Peach, packed full of songs, a sprinkling of joining-in and of course a giant juicy peach! (Recommended age 5+).
Book before Thursday 1 August to save 20% on your tickets. Use promo code: NWNORTH when booking online. Or quote it over the phone 0191 230 5151.
Talks on Tyne: Historical writing discussions
Writers and historians who have worked with Tyne Bridge Publishing—Newcastle Libraries’ publishing arm—will present a series of weekly talks at the Black Gate: the gatehouse to Newcastle’s medieval Castle (27 July–31 August).
Speakers include TV favourite John Grundy and Max Adams (The King in the North) and will cover topics as diverse as medieval Newcastle, the Roman Tyne Bridge, and Tyneside’s role in the Battle of the Somme.
All talks, running approximately one hour, will commence at 6pm and cost £4 plus booking fee. For more information and to book tickets, see
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 11 July 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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