Too often, working class writers find that the
hurdles they have to leap are higher and harder to cross than for writers
from more affluent backgrounds.
Inspired by a shared concern that working
class voices are increasingly absent from the pages of books and
newspapers, Kit de Waal has come together with crowd-funded publisher Unbound,
Writing North, Writing West Midlands and the other regional
writing development organisations, to do something about it.
Common Peoplewill be a collection of essays, poems and
pieces of personal memoir, bringing together sixteen well-known writers from working class
backgrounds with an equal number of brand new as-yet-unpublished
writers from all over the UK.
Contributors will include:Damian Barr,Malorie Blackman OBE, Lisa Blower,Jill Dawson,Louise Doughty,Stuart Maconie,Chris McCrudden,Lisa McInerney,Paul McVeigh,Daljit Nagra,Dr Dave O’Brien,Cathy Rentzenbrink,Anita Sethi,Adelle Stripe,Tony Walsh,and Alex Wheatle.
The new writers will be selected by the
regional writing development agencies, who will support and mentor them in
the run-up to publication. New Writing North will be identifying writers to
put forward for this project whose work has come to our attention through
our talent networks. These networks consist of writers who have entered
work for various open access talent schemes and programmes over recent
years, such as the Northern Writers’ Awards and Significant Ink.
Common People is now 47% crowdfundedand we need more support to make it a
reality. Please join us and pledge
your support now. There is a 10% discount available to New Writing North
subscribers until midnight on Monday 22 January using the
The poet Andrew McMillan made history in
2015 as his debut book physical
was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award.
We commissioned Andrew to write a poem for
Durham Book Festival. Click on the gift opposite to have a listen...
Vacancy at NWN: Finance
& Administration Assistant
Our Finance & Administration Assistant
has recently moved to another role within New Writing North, so we’re now
recruiting for her replacement.
The Finance & Administration Assistant
role supports financial
management and company
administration and would be suitable for those with some
experience of finance and administration or for someone wishing to take the
first step into a
career in arts administration. Find
out more and apply by 11.59pm on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Creative Writing for
Our popular Creative Writing for Teachers
programme is now
open for bookings. The course will start in January 2018, with
five meetings over the remainder of the academic year. Now in its sixth
year, the project allows teachers to work with professional writers to develop their own creative
writing, share ideas and reflect with their peers on their creative writing
The course costs £99 per academic
year and is suitable for teachers working at all stages of education.
This year, sessions will take place
at Durham University, St. Chad’s College, 18 North Bailey, Durham DH1
3RH. For more information including dates and how to book visit our
website or contact Lizzie Nixon on email@example.com / 0191 204
Writing for Television
The Bluecoat, School
Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Saturday 13 January
Our first excursion of the New Year is to
Liverpool, one of the planet’s great centres of creativity, for our Writing
for Television Roadshow. The Northumbria University/Channel 4 Writing
for Television Awards provide bursaries and placements within the
television industry at Bonafide Films and Lime Pictures. The free-to-attend
Roadshow will include discussions about how to find outlets for your work,
an introduction to how our awards programme can support you and
opportunities for you to ask questions and share your own experiences. Our
speakers at this event include: Matt
Anderson (TV producer on Hollyoaks and writer), former
award winners Nuzhat
Ali and Jayshree
Patel,and staff members from New Writing North. Reserve your
Royal Court Writers
Thanks to everyone who applied for a place
on our Royal Court Writers Group (North) programme, in partnership with the
Royal Court and Northern Stage. The standard of applications was extremely
high and we are delighted to welcome Karen
Laws, Laura Lindow, Olivia Hannah, Mhairi Ledgerwood, Lindsay Rodden, Chris
Salt, Jack Nicholls, Tamsin Rees and Zosia Wand to the
group. We began our sessions last week and over the six sessions the
writers will work with playwrights including Alistair McDowall, Simon
Stephens, Tom Wells, and Stacey Gregg.
Three Northern authors
selected for WriteNow
Earlier this year we partnered with
Penguin Random House on WriteNow, which aims to find, mentor and publish
new writers from communities currently under-represented on the UK’s
Our Newcastle event was one of three (with
London and Bristol), which between them hosted 150 writers. We’re delighted
for all 11 exceptional writers who have now been invited to join Penguin
Random House UK’s year-long mentoring programme, WriteNow, but especially
for Beth Lincoln,
Burhana Islam and Polly
Atkin, who are based in the North. We can’t wait to see
what you do next!
Congratulations to Gordon Parker, from
Newcastle. His short story ‘The Anniversary’ was short listed for the Fish Publishing short story
competition, as part of Cork Literary festival 2017.
Michael Brown, Elizabeth
Gibson, Jasmine Chatfield, Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer and Maria Isakova-Bennett,
the winners of the New
North Poets Awards at the 2017 Northern Writers'
Awards have been mentored by The Poetry School and Clare
Pollard. Along with special guest Caroline Bird, they will be
presenting a free
reading at the Poetry
Cafe, London on 13
January 2018, 3.30-5.30pm. Tickets are free but should be
booked in advance to avoid missing out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to the guest list.
Congratulations to Lydia
Kennaway, winner of the Flambard Poetry Prize 2017.
Her winning collection of poems are all connected by the theme of
travelling on foot.
The Papatango New Writing Prize
is now open for submissions of new
plays. All entries will receive personal feedback. The
winner will undergo a process of R&D culminating in a full production
by Papatango at Southwark Playhouse in autumn 2018 with publication by
Nick Hern Books. They will also receive 10% of the gross box office and a
£6000 commission to develop a new play. Deadline 28 February 2018.
Edinburgh International Television
writers to enter their awards. The Debbies New Voices Award
is looking for original
scripts with potential for development, particularly
those that tell stories that are underrepresented in TV. The Debut Writer Award
celebrates an emerging television writer; enter if you have made your broadcast debut in 2017.
Recommend a poetyou think deserves the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in
Poetry. If you are a member of The Poetry Society or
The Poetry Book Society, you can recommend a poet you feel has made the
most exciting contribution to poetry, published between 1 January and 31
December 2017. Deadline 4
The 2017/18 International Book &
Pamphlet Competition, judged by Liz berry and David
Constantine, is now open for entries. Prizes include publication by
Smith|Doorstop, a share of £2000 cash, a launch reading at The Wordsworth
Trust, publication in The
North, book vouchers and more. For eligibility requirements
and to enter, visit the website. Deadline 1 March 2018.
The British Counciland Word
Factory are branching the gap between writers of the UK and
Turkey. They invite you to submit short
stories to their new
writing competition for the chance to win prize money,
publication and translation of your story into Turkish. Deadline Sunday 31 December.
Bedtime Stories for the End of the
World is a new poetry podcast about fairy tales,
mythology, apocalypse and writing on the edge of crisis. Applications
are now open, so you can get involved too. They are looking for emerging poets to
join in, work collaboratively with one of their lead artists and to each
produce a 5-10 minute poem. Successful applicants will also receive a £300
fee for this commission. Deadline 12
Council's Community Arts Team have posted a call out for a Creative Writer to
be a part of a one-off event on Saturday
27 January 2018 in Weardale, Durham. This community
event is to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and they are looking for a creative
writer to deliver an afternoon workshop followed by a ‘sharing’ session
based on this year’s HMD theme of ‘The Power of Words’. Please contact
Debbie Connell, DCC Community Arts Team, Deborah.Connell@durham.gov.uk.
Plotstormers 2018: New
Year, New Novelis a special New Year run of
the 5-star Writer’s
HQ Plotstormers creative writing course. This six-week
course includes weekly tutor feedback, a comprehensive editorial review of
your plot, a private online student group for peer critique and support.
Book your place here.
Plus, sign up for The Writers’ HQ Fully Fledged membership before 31
December for 25% off with promo code WHQERSRULE25
Facilitated by North
East poet and educator Natalie Scott, Seasonal Space to Write brings writers
together, regardless of age, ability or discipline and
whether their interest may be in poetry or prose, report writing or
simply recording daily events and experience.
The next event will take place
at Hall Garth
Hotel and Country Club near Darlington, 20 January 2018 10.00 – 16.30, £38
per person including lunch and refreshments. Places are limited, so please
register your interest with Natalie in the first instance by email: email@example.com. Completed
booking form and payment in full are required to secure your place.
The War of the Worlds,
a new adaptation of the H.G. Wells story by Newcastle-based writer Laura
Lindow. This production relocates the sci-fi classic to the North East of
England following a band of survivors as they become forced to flee from
an unknown and unprovoked army. Showing from 31 January – 10 February 2018.
Acclaimed poet and Lancaster’s Visiting
Professor of Poetry, Paul
Muldoon and leading German publisher and poet, Michael Kruger
will be at The
Storey, Lancaster on 25 January 2018, 7.30pm for Translating Practices: Moving
Worlds Through Poetry. Register your place for free here.
The World is Never by David Napthine, is a
new play set in Durham City. Drawing on experience as writer in residence
for the exhibition Hearing
Voices: suffering, inspiration
and the everyday, David provides compelling insight into what
it is like to hear voices, with a play that takes its audience on a journey
through the streets of Durham and the lives of its residents. A rehearsed
reading will take place 26
January 2018, 7.30pm
Town Hall. A free event, reserve tickets here.
Festivalhas a vacancy for an Education Programme Manager
to develop the festival's schools programme.
Find out more here. Deadline
The Readeris seeking a Children and Young People
Programme Manager to lead the development and expansion
of the Families Programme. Based in the North West. Find out more here.
Deadline 8 January
DaDaFestis looking for an experienced Marketing and Communications
Manager with a passion for the arts to join their team.
Based in the North
West. Find out more here.
Deadline 8 January
If you have news that you would like to be
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deadline for receipt of information for the next newsletter is 22 January 2018.
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newsletter is correct at the time of going to press, things do change,
frequently at the last minute and very often without our knowledge.