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Cuckoo Young Writers

Cuckoo Young Writers is New Writing North’s young people’s programme. If you’re aged 12-23 and love to write – songs, stories, poems, blogs, anything – there are loads of ways to get involved with Cuckoo.

At a glance

Who are Cuckoo Young Writers?

Cuckoo Young Writers are young people in the North of England who love to write. You don’t need any experience to take part in Cuckoo. No cash either – our young people’s activities are always free.

Am I a writer?

Some people have always had a passion for writing, but many others come to it through an interest in music, books, blogging or telling stories, when they find themselves thinking ‘maybe I could do that’.

You can do – and we want to help you find out how.

Why join Cuckoo Young Writers?

Participating in Cuckoo Young Writers has helped young people achieve many things: get into university, build their CVs and writing portfolios, develop their writing skills and get jobs. But there is more to it than just writing. Cuckoo has enabled young people to find their voices, express their identities, build friendships and grow their confidence.

The aim of all of Cuckoo Young Writers’ work is to support young writers to realise their potential

There is always loads going on at Cuckoo HQ, and you can find all of our current activities at Whatever we’re working on, Cuckoo Young Writers always gives you the chance to:

  • Work with brilliant writers and learn new skills
  • Make friends and meet likeminded people
  • Express yourself creatively
  • Share ideas and receive feedback in a friendly environment
  • Work towards your Arts Award

Our Amble Cuckoo Young Writers group has been working on screen writing and animating. They chose the Cuckoo group itself as their subject and came up with this lovely, moving film. Hope you enjoy it!

One of our Cuckoos talks about how working with us has helped.

Get involved

Join a Cuckoo Young Writers group

We run writing groups for 12-19 year olds in Newcastle, Sunderland, Amble/Warkworth, Cramlington, South Shields and Durham. The groups are small and friendly and are led by professional writers. They meet every Saturday in term-time and are free to attend.

Write for Cuckoo Review

Cuckoo Review is our online arts and culture magazine for the North of England, where young journalists aged 15-23 cast a critical eye on the latest cultural offerings in the region and take part in masterclasses with top journalists.

Write for Cuckoo Chronicle

Cuckoo Chronicle is our online bi-annual literary magazine, written and edited by young people aged 15-21. We accept poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, excerpts from longer fiction and creative non-fiction.

What our Cuckoos are saying...

It has helped me build confidence, make friends and realise that I can have a say in important matters, no matter how young I am or where I am from.

Amy Langdown, age 14

How Cuckoo has helped...

311 In 2014-15 311 young people attended our Cuckoo Young Writers groups

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