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The Difference We Make

2022 winners assemble on stage

We bring people together through reading, writing, and engaging in ideas.

Since 1996, we’ve found and supported thousands of people – of all ages and backgrounds – to develop a love and talent for writing.

We’ve helped them to access creative opportunities and life-changing chances, to enable them to flourish.

But we can’t do it alone. Can you help us?

The Difference We Make: real life stories

  • 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: A Year in Numbers

Figures taken from 2019-2020 Arts Council survey data

Staff

14

core staff

204

freelance and contractual staff

43

volunteers

Funding

£1,037,603

total turnover

£349,623

funding from Arts Council England

£223,275

earned income

Creative projects

£537,434

creative project spend

6,959

attendances at ticketed events

93

online products created (including video, audio and podcast)

Talent development

7

writing residencies

29

writers received awards or prizes

13

original works commissioned

Young people

11,674

attendances by young people

1,016

educational sessions (formal and informal learning)

35

Arts Awards moderated

Supporting publishing

5,160

books distributed through our Read Regional and Big Read projects

155

author events and performances

23

library authority partners