An engine for creative reading and writing

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the North of England.
We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, from where we have produced nationally significant work since 1996.

Gateshead Young Writers

Northern Writers’ Awards 2022

Durham Book Festival, Big Read 2021

Gordon Burn Prize

Creative Associates, Sharmin Islam and Adam Sharp

A Writing Chance

Young Writers’ City

Writing is powerful. It can change the way we explore the world, understand ourselves and connect with one another. Writers craft the stories that shape us.

We bring people together through books and writing. We create opportunities for writers and we find and support talented people from all backgrounds to achieve their creative ambitions.

We build the narrative power of young people and communities throughout the North. We platform the work of those whose voices are missing from the mainstream conversation.


Some of our recent highlights

Northern Writers' Awards 2022

Pupils from Kelvin Grove Primary School perform work at Shipley Art Gallery

Colm Tóibín wins David Cohen Prize 2021 and awards Padraig Regan the Clarissa Luard Award

Val McDermid event at Durham Book Festival 2021

Hanif Abdurraqib wins Gordon Burn Prize 2021

A Writing Chance writers' showcase at the Houses of Parliament

Linda France, Climate Writer in Residence

Newcastle Young Writers

Kayo Chingonyi performs at Durham Book Festival 2021