2022 winners assemble on stage

New Writing North brings people together through writing, reading and engaging in ideas.

We find and support talented people from all backgrounds to access creative opportunities and to enable them to flourish.

We work with people in a wide range of ways, from young people’s programmes that reach thousands of people with year-round activities in their schools and local communities, to professional development programmes, mentoring, residencies and commissions for writers at key stages in their careers.

Meet some of our participants

  • Joshua Halm

    Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards

  • Ali Al-Jamri

    Arabic Translation Mentoring Programme

  • Tammie Ash

    A Writing Chance

  • Author Louise Powell signs copies of the Common People anthology

    Louise Powell

    Common People participant and commissioned writer for Durham Book Festival

  • Aldair Reis

    Aldair Reis

    Young Writers’ City

  • Lisette, a white woman with freckles and brown hair, looks off to the left. She is wearing a black dress covered in tigers, she is outdoors, leaning on a fence.

    Lisette Auton

    Commissioned writer for New Writing North and Durham Book Festival

  • Amy Langdown

    Amy Langdown

    New Writing North Young Writers

  • Jess de Beer

    Jess de Beer

    Young Northern Writers’ Awards

  • Eliza Clark

    Young Writers’ Talent Fund

  • Braydon

    Young Writers’ City

  • Jade Cuttle

    Northern Debut Award for Poetry

  • Yasmine Bridge

    New Writing North Young Writers

  • Hannah Durkan

    Hachette Children’s Novel Award

  • Corinne Monroe

    New Writing North Young Writers

  • Sam Lawrence

    Sky Writes

New Writing North Young Writers: Impact Report 2019-20

New Writing North Young Writers is our programme for young people, supporting them to express ideas, to work with professional writers and artists, to create and share new work and to meet other young writers.

We recognise that talent is everywhere but opportunity is not, and work to provide creative pathways for young people across the North East and beyond through our targeted programmes of support.

For more information on the aims and outcomes of the New Writing North Young Writers programme, read our Theory of Change document.


Download our Impact report 2019-20

New Writing North: A Year in Numbers

Figures taken from 2019-2020 Arts Council survey data



core staff


freelance and contractual staff





total turnover


funding from Arts Council England


earned income

Creative projects


creative project spend


attendances at ticketed events


online products created (including video, audio and podcast)

Talent development


writing residencies


writers received awards or prizes


original works commissioned

Young people


attendances by young people


educational sessions (formal and informal learning)


Arts Awards moderated

Supporting publishing


books distributed through our Read Regional and Big Read projects


author events and performances


library authority partners