Waters and Harbours in the North
In partnership with literature organisations in Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, New Writing North was part of a European literature project that saw writers from each country undertake autumn and winter residencies in each country and create new work together around the idea of harbours and rivers.
How do waterways connect us, bring trade and prosperity, and form identities for towns and cities? How does travel across water bring people together?
Sharing perspectives from across Europe and forming new collaborations and partnerships, this project forms part of a long-running partnership between New Writing North and Writers’ Centre West in Gothenburg.
In each country the UK writers worked with local writers and artists to create new work and enjoyed spending time exploring new places and building relationships with fellow writers and literature organisations.
We were delighted to welcome three writers to Newcastle and Durham in October 2017. Our guests were hosted by Michael Chaplin who toured the coastlines and rivers of the North East to introduce his fellow writers to our wonderful North East waterways. The writers shared their work and talked about the experience of spending time together at a special event North Sea Writers at Durham Book Festival.
The project was supported by the Nordic Culture Point/Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordisk Kulturfond and Durham Book Festival.
Michael Chaplin: Newcastle and Waters and Harbours in the North
As part of the Waters and Harbours in the North project, three writers from Sweden, Iceland and the Faroes visited Newcastle with Michael Chaplin as their guide around the past and present of Northumberland. Here he writes about his experience of the project and a history shared across the North Sea.