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Podcast – Writers Toolkit

Welcome to the New Writing North podcast, where we’ll be showcasing some of the highlights of our programme, as well as commissioning and broadcasting new work from writers based in the North of England.

Crime Story 2018: Denise Mina in conversation with Professor Katy Shaw

For Crime Story 2018 award-winning writer Denise Mina was commissioned to write a thrilling crime story about murder, trafficking and the drug trade. The story was the focus of a series of panel events in which real police, lawyers and criminologists explored how they would have approached solving the crime in real life. Here she talks with Professor Katy Shaw of Northumbria University about her work and writing life, how to write a truly interesting victim and just how to solve her intriguing mystery.

Crime Story is a unique event for crime writers and readers, produced by New Writing North and Northumbria University. Find out more about Crime Story here:

How to Get Published with Northern Writers' Awards winners Yvonne Battle-Felton and Laura Steven

In this episode we join two former recipients of the Northern Writers’ Awards, Yvonne Battle-Felton and Laura Steven, in conversation with our Senior Programme Manager for Writing, Awards and Libraries, Will Mackie.

In this episode, we find out just how the Northern Writers’ Awards work, from tips on how best to apply to the impact of winning an award. Yvonne and Laura both explain how crucial the Northern Writers’ Awards were to their writing development and how winning helped to further their writing careers. We also cover the value of a good pen name, the importance of diversity in writing, dealing with rejection and how to get the best out of agent-author relationships when you’re about to publish your work.

There’s still time to submit to the 2019 Northern Writers’ Awards, which are open for submissions until midnight on Thursday 7 February. Apply and find out more at

Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Yvonne is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University. A writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, her writing has been published in riverSedge, Assisi, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, Welter, Slices, and The Chesapeake Reader Literary Journal. Yvonne was a recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017 for Remembered.
Remembered is published on 7 February 2019 by Little, Brown.

Laura Steven is an author, screenwriter and journalist from the northernmost town in England. The Exact Opposite of Okay, her ‘hilarious and poignant’ YA debut exploring slut shaming and sexuality, was published by Egmont in 2018. Laura’s journalism has been featured in The i Paper, Buzzfeed, The Guardian and Living North. She has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Creative Writing from Northumbria University. Laura Steven was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2018.

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