Tuesday, 18 October 2016

News from New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter, including jobs, competitions, opportunities, workshops and more, for my followers to peruse:

October 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Durham Book Festival update
Thanks to everyone who came to Durham Book Festival, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

The vlogger Jen Campbell joined us over the first festival weekend as our first ever Vlogger in Residence. Jen made two lovely films about the experience, which you can find at the Durham Book Festival's Videos page.

We were also lucky enough to host a live recording of the fantastic Backlisted Podcast, of which we’re huge fans in the NWN office. This episode focused on The Holiday by Stevie Smith, and you can hear it on the Durham Book Festival's Audio page.

If you missed our event Writing the First World War with Pat Barker and Michael Morpurgo, you can watch a recording on www.litshowcase.org from Tuesday 18 October.

Finally, if you attended the festival, it would be great if you could complete our survey for the chance to win a set of Durham Book Festival books.
Hey Presto! touring the North
Our children’s theatre production is about half-way through its tour of the North, and getting rave reviews from children and parents alike. Adapted by Laura Lindow from the picture book by Nadia Shireen, it’s the very funny story of best friends Monty and Presto, who are suddenly shot to fame after discovering Presto’s special talent for magic tricks. Perfect for children aged 7 and under, and their families.

The tour runs until 30 October and still has dates in Leeds, Wakefield, and widely across the North East. See the list of dates on the tour's website.
North East historian and TV personality John Grundy will have his new book The History of Newcastle launched at Newcastle City Library on Friday 21 October (free but ticketed) at 2pm. This will be followed by a more in-depth lecture at Newcastle Castle’s Black Gate on Sunday 23 October.

Damselfly Books have recently published Wendy Robertson's new novel The Bad Child. In a departure from her usual historical themes the author has ventured into the anomalies and politics of modern family life, accessing it through the voice of Dee, the middle child in a typically middle class family.

Sarah Reay launches The Half-Shilling Curate, a personal account of war and faith between 1914-1918, at the Lit & Phil on Thursday 27 October at 7pm (free event).
Land of Oak & Iron—Lead Writer Commission
The Land of Oak & Iron is inviting proposals for the production of text for a range of on-site interpretative products. The lead writer will be responsible for producing interesting, accurate and accessible text for interpretation panels as well as being involved in some more creative writing for poetry installations within the landscape.

Please email lucy.chapman@groundwork.org.uk for more information. Closing date is Wednesday 19 October at 5pm.
Write Now in Manchester
Penguin Random House UK is partnering with Common Word to deliver WriteNow in Manchester on 4 February 2017. The outreach event aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. If you want to be one of the 150 writers involved in this event, apply via www.write-now.live.
First Story's National Writing Competition Now Open!
Calling all state secondary schools: First Story’s National Writing Competition 2016 is now open. This year’s theme is ’Footprints’, and students (and teachers) have 850 words to let their imaginations soar. The prize for each key stage winner is a place on an Arvon creative writing residential course with three of their friends and a teacher. Schools are asked to send First Story their top three entries by 23 November.
The Rialto open pamphlet competition
The Rialto is inviting entries for their first ever pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published in their award-winning pamphlet series. First prize includes publication of the winning pamphlet and up to £200 travel expenses, while the 10 shortlisted poets will each get a paragraph of feedback. Go to The Rialto website for submission details. Deadline: 30 November.
International Rubery Book Award
The International Rubery Book Award has increased the prize for Book of the Year to £1500, and category winners will win £150 each. Please see website for more details: www.ruberybookaward.com. Closing date: 31 March 2017.
The Real Story—Creative Nonfiction
Submissions are open for original nonfiction writing, including personal essays, lyric essays, reportage, narrative journalism and short memoirs of under 3,000 words. For more information, see The Real Story's website.
Workshops and networking
Creative Writing Course in Manchester
An eight-week course focusing on change, uncertainty and metamorphosis is beginning on Monday 24 October at The Wonder Inn in Manchester. You are welcome to drop in to any of the sessions, which will run every Monday evening for 8 weeks until 12 December (6-8pm; £10 full price/£6 for students and unwaged). You can contact the course leader, Amy McCauley, directly by email, to express your interest.
Creative Writing Fair at Manchester Met
The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday 4 November. Attendees will have the chance to pitch their ideas to literary agents and hear authors, editors and publishing professionals’ guidance on succeeding as a writer. See www.ncwgradfair.weebly.com for tickets and info.
New Writing Courses at The Bowery, Leeds
Writer Clare Fisher is to start teaching two new courses at The Bowery in Headingley. ‘Writing Headingley’ (six weeks, commencing 10 November; £65) is open to adult writers of all levels and will include trips to other locations in the local area. ‘Make Me An Author’ is a chance for young people aged 11-16 to write their own young adult fiction as well as gaining insights into the life of an author (10 November onwards, £65).
Creative Writing Classes in Hexham and Ponteland
Beginners and experienced writers alike are invited to join these regular Northumberland classes, which will inspire and encourage you to write poetry, fiction or memoir. For more information on dates and meeting places, please contact claire@claire276.plus.com.
Northern Stage in Newcastle is seeking a participation co-ordinator who will be responsible for co-ordinating the resources needed for the safe delivery of projects. Download the application pack via the Northern Stage website. The closing date for applications is Monday 31 October 2016, 12 noon.
The Listening Post
GemArts at Trimfest, Durham
Our friends GemArts bring their signature culturally eclectic events to the brand new Trimfest in County Durham, 20-30 October. Offering something for everyone this October half term, GemArts’s programme includes; a Mini Mela family fun day, The Baghdaddies exuberant world music, Indian storytelling in Tongue Tied & Twisted, high energy ensemble Hannabiell & Midnight Blue plus workshops for all ages. Find out more at www.gemarts.org.
Harrogate History Festival
From 20-23 October, Harrogate History Festival takes place at the Old Swan Hotel, including talks from the likes of Antony Beevor, Paddy Ashdown and Phillipa Gregory. Click here to see the full event programme.
John Connolly at Bishop Auckland Town Hall
With accolades including the first non-American to win the Shamus Award, which honours the writers of private eye fiction, crime writer John Connolly visits Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Thursday 20 October, 7.30pm. Tickets priced £2, which also includes a glass of wine, are available via the venue’s website.
Mind the Gap! Hull
The dynamic and innovative new show from The Hull to Scarborough Line takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 2 November at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull. Tickets (£6) are available from Hull Box Office, 01482 221113. This will be followed at 8pm by the launch of Raw Material, Sue Wilsea’s latest collection of short stories from Valley Press (free entry).
Great Northern Slam
The performance poetry meets X Factor extravaganza returns to Northern Stage on Thursday 3 November at 7.30pm (tickets £9), with special guest performer and friend of New Writing North, Sky Hawkins. Order tickets online via the Northern Stage website.
Meet the writer at Live Theatre
Join Shelagh Stephenson as she discusses the writing of her new play, Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing, at Live Theatre on Saturday 12 November (after the 2pm show). The production runs Thursday 10 November to Saturday 3 December and is a witty and comic dramatised account of the leading radical thinker’s stay in Tynemouth in 1844.
Poetry and electronic music at Life Science Centre
The world premiere of SUN, a new half-hour poetry and electronic music collaboration by Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff will take place at the Life Centre’s Planetarium on Friday 18 November, with two performances: 7.30pm and 8.30pm. The event is part of Friday Night Life, and tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on door. Go to the Life Centre's website for more details.
Romance Really Rocks! Books on Tyne Festival
Six writers from the Romantic Novelists’ Association, North East branch, are performing at Newcastle City Library on Wednesday 23 November at 10.30am. For the full Books on Tyne programme, see www.booksontyne.co.uk.
Crime Fiction in Carlisle
The next Noir @ the Bar: Carlisle is taking place at 7pm on Thursday 24 November at McGrews Bar in The Old Fire Station. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/noiratthebarcarlisle
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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