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Writing North news
Hey, Presto! 38-date
tour for our children’s theatre production
roll up! We’re about to set off on a 38-stop tour of the North with our
children’s theatre production, Hey, Presto!, produced by New Writing
North for Durham Book Festival Presto and
Monty are best friends. Monty is great at singing, eating
ice cream and pulling funny faces, while Presto is a brilliant magician!
When the carnival comes to town, Presto and Monty decide to join up with
their amazing magic act. The show is a huge success, but fame goes to Monty’s head.
Can the friends work out how to work together, before it’s too late? Join us in your
neighbourhood for a show with original live music, magic
tricks and lots of laughs for children under 7 and their families. Tour runs 22 September–30
October. Find your nearest venue at the Hey Presto! website.
Creative Writing for
Creative Writing for Teachers programme returns next month. The group is suitable for
teachers of all key stages, including Post-16 and adult
classes. Working with professional writers, participants gain the confidence to develop their
own creative writing across forms, share ideas and
reflect with their peers on their creative writing teaching. By taking part in writing
workshops as participants, teachers gain knowledge,
confidence and tools to take back with them into the classroom. In the 2016/17 academic year, sessions will take place from
4.30-6.30pm on the following dates: Thursday 13th October
Thursday 8th December
Thursday 26th January
Thursday 16th March
Thursday 11th May
Thursday 6th July All sessions take place at The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road,
Newcastle. The course costs £99 per teacher for the year. Book your place now.
New Writing North is looking to
join forces with schools in Newcastle and Durham to
deliver our brand new LGBT+reading and
creative writing project, Proud Words, which we set up in
response to demand from young people. Schools are invited to apply to host a Proud Words group in which pupils will work with a series
of professional writers to discuss and respond to
literature which tackles LGBT+
issues. The group will work with the writers to produce
their own works of creative writing in response, culminating in the creation of
an anthology of original writing that can be shared amongst
the wider school and community. This opportunity is free of charge to
schools. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 September. Apply now.
As part of this year’s Durham
Book Festival, we’re partnering with crowdfunding
to bring you the lowdown on crowdfunding
your own book. Crowdfunded authors Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant)
and Alice Jolly
(Dead Babies and
Seaside Towns) discuss the trials and tribulations of
crowdfunding with Unbound publisher and the creator of QI, John Mitchinson,
on Sunday 9
October at Durham Town Hall. Book tickets at the Durham Book Festival website.
Book group leaders
sought for Durham and Berwick
New Writing North’s book groups in Durham and Berwick are each seeking a new volunteer to steer
their meetings. Durham’s meetings take place on the
second Monday of every month at Waterstones, Saddler Street at 6pm, while
Berwick’s group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the First
Class Passenger Lounge, Berwick Train Station (6.30pm). If you are
interested in either of these positions, please email email@example.com.
Poet, historian and broadcaster Katrina
Porteous will have her specially commissioned poem Conversations on a Bench
broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday
9 October at 4.30pm (and it will also be available on
iPlayer). It intertwines various stories told to Anna Scott-Brown on a
bench overlooking the harbour in the fishing village of Beadnell,
Northumberland. Durham author Avril
Joy's latest novel, Sometimes
a River Song, published by Linen Press and recently
longlisted for the Guardian
Not The Booker, is currently nominated for the The People's Book Prize,
Autumn 2016. Vote via The People’s Book Prize website. Linen
Press are currently open for submissions; find out more here.
The State of the Arts
contributors in Liverpool
The State of the Arts is an arts, culture, and politics website
publishing features, reviews, and interviews from and about cities around
the UK. If you’d
like to be a voluntary contributor towards the Liverpool
section, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with a
brief description of what you would like to do.
platform in South Shields
Hive South Yorkshire is a new hub
for young writer activity in the South Yorkshire region.
For information on their writing residentials and retreats; workshops,
publishing opportunities and more, please visit www.hivesouthyorkshire.com.
Live Theatre’s Live
now open for Live Theatre's £2,000 Live Lab Bursary to develop a new piece of
theatre. The bursary winner will receive £2000 to help in
the development of a new piece of theatre, dramaturgical and producing
support, two weeks rehearsal/R&D space at Live Theatre and a
performance slot in the Work-in-progress night at the Live Lab Elevator festival
in February 2017. For more information on how to apply see www.live.org.uk/bursary.
Live Tales Writing
Live Tales, Live Theatre’s new creative
writing centre for children and young people, is looking
for Volunteer Writing Mentors and Illustrators to help with creative
writing workshops for young people (ages 7-11). For more information on
how to get involved, see www.live.org.uk/volunteer.
South Asian folk
music project in Bradford
Womenzone is developing a
new heritage project entitled Loving Grannies Music!, looking to examine the oral tradition of
songs being passed down from generation to generation. If
you live in Bradford and are willing to be interviewed or if you have any
old photographs of women reciting folk songs at weddings, births and
special ceremonies please contact Mandeep Samra, Project Coordinator, on
01274 665 270 or email: MandeepSamra@womenzonecc.co.uk.
magazine for women writers, is inviting submissions on
the theme of
‘Guilty’ for potential publication. From infidelity to
blowing up a building, from getting away with murder to being sentenced
for shoplifting—the possibilities for exploring guilt are endless. Send
up to four poems of up to 40 lines each, or up to two stories of up to
2,200 words each. Submit at the Mslexia website.
The closing date is 5
Nominations are now open for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown 2017. The
2017 Prize is for books published from 1 January 2016–21 March 2017, and
entry closes on 31
January. The award is £1000, and there is a nomination
fee of £30. For more information and the nomination form, please visit www.historicalwriters.org/awards.
Writers’ Centre Norwich is running a series of online courses in
partnership with the University of East Anglia. ‘Writing Poetry: Intermediate’
Fiction: Intermediate’ are 24 week courses, costing £900 each.
The Essentials’ is 12 weeks, and costs £450. Deadline for
entries is Sunday
Murder in the North:
The WEA is running an 11-week
course at Hebburn Library on Monday afternoons (1-3pm), examining Northern Crime Fiction,
September. One of the key issues discussed will be what
makes a crime novel ‘Northern’, and the various narrative techniques used
in the genre. You can enrol via the WEA website or
find out more by emailing email@example.com.
Society of Young
Publishers event in Manchester
Peter Walsh of Milo Books will be giving a talk for publishers
on Friday 30 September
at 7pm, at Sugar Junction in Manchester, just a short walk from
Manchester Piccadilly train station. Peter is the managing director of
Milo Books, a specialist true crime and sports publishing house based in
the North West. Book via Eventbrite to hear about his
experiences and to network with other professionals and aspiring
publishers in the industry.
Course at Grange Over Sands
Tutors Kim Moore and Jennifer Copley will be running From Ordinary to Extraordinary,
taking place Monday 24–Friday 28 October, at Abbott Hall Hotel
in the wonderful setting of Morcambe Bay. Find out more about the course,
which is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced poets, via Kim Moore’s blog.
Society is seeking an education manager, to work at the
offices in Covent Garden, central London. The full-time, permanent
position will require the successful candidate to be the strategic lead
on work with children and young people, schools, teachers and
universities (£28-£32K depending on experience). Closing date: 5pm,
Wednesday 21 September. Find out how to submit your application.
Hidden Civil War in
Hidden Civil War is a month long programme of activity in Newcastle, inviting activists and artists
to contribute to a series of events that expose, collate and present evidence of
a Hidden Civil War in Britain today. Throughout October,
there will be various talks, event and exhibitions. See the New Bridge Project website for more
& Creative Writing Festival
annual celebration of the written word takes place 30
September–3 November, and there is something for everyone. The programme
for the festival, which takes place across Wearside, features a wide
variety of talks and workshops from writers, with guests including Ann Cleeves,Michael
Chaplin and Sean
O’Brien. For more information, and to book, see www.litwritfestival.co.uk.
North West Grey Hen
The latest Grey
Hen Press anthology, Extraordinary
Forms: some wonders of the natural world, launches at the
Harris Library, Preston on Sunday 2 October, 2-3.30pm. Featuring are
Rosemary Doman, Joy Howard, Char March, Frances Nagle and Hannah Stone.
For more information, see the Grey Hen Press website.
Lit/Up East Riding
Beverley Literature Festival and Bridlington Poetry Festival have combined as Lit/Up: a celebration of all things
literary in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Taking place
5-22 October, highlights include appearances from broadcasters Lord
Robert Winston and Will Self; bestselling journalist Mark Lawson; Rachel
Joyce talking about her BBC Radio adaptations of Charlotte Brontë; and
Northern Writers Award winning poet Zaffar Kunial.
based book festival returns 7-9 October. There will be a
crime strand to this year’s festival, with Val McDermid and
Mari Hannah appearing. Other great speakers include Alexander McCall Smith
(The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency), screenwriter Jimmy McGovern
and regular Radio 4 panellist and comedian Susan Calman.
Tickets are on sale online via the festival website.
Dark Fairy Tales at
the Mining Institute
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the publication of dark fairy
tale The Book of
Lost Tales, author John
Connolly will be in conversation with local horror author
at the Mining Insitute in Newcastle at 7pm on Wednesday 19 October. Book
tickets for £3 via the Waterstones website.
The Berwick Literary
From Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 October, Berwick upon Tweed will host
its third annual book festival. Guests
Starkey talking about his study of the Magna Carta; Alistair Moffat
talking about his history of Scotland; and Andrew Hankinson,
who caused much discussion with his You
Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat].
Anne Sexton event:
Noon Walk on the Asylum Lawn
This poetry event on 19 November 2016 at the Voodoo Café, Darlington
(7.30pm) will celebrate the work of poet Anne Sexton. Writers (including Jo Clement, Jo Colley, Julie Hogg and Lisa Matthews)
and musicians will have the opportunity to respond to Anne’s work, as
will award winning poet Kim Moore. For more information, see the project’s Crowdfunder page.
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