Emerging Creative Associates

Applications for Emerging Creative Associates are now closed until late 2024.

Emerging Creative Associates is a 6-month development programme for early career freelance writers and creatives living in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. The programme is designed to guide and support the next generation of writers and artists in the region. 

Over 6-months, participants will be supported to develop their practice through training, mentoring and networking. The package of support, worth more than £1,500 includes: 

  • A £500 bursary grant 
  • Access to a £500 individual fund to put towards bespoke development needs 
  • Three sessions with an industry mentor 
  • Group craft sessions and business skills support

Meet our Emerging Creative Associates for 2024

  • Tahmina Ali

    Tahmina is an award winning British-Bangladeshi, Geordie spoken word poet, facilitator and creative practitioner. She has headlined poetry nights across the region and performed on large platforms such as the BBC and The Glasshouse. Tahmina uses her poetry as a means to encourage positive change, her writing is generally influenced by identity, culture, social events and life as a mother. As an Emerging Creative Associate, Tahmina will start her journey of discovering new creative ways to expand her writing practice, with a focus on writing poetry for the page and learning about the steps and skills required to becoming a published writer.

  • Mymona Bibi

    Mymona is a Bengali-British writer, workshop facilitator and ESOL teacher in Newcastle, and a core member of the collective Brown Girls Write. She has performed spoken word poetry at Northern festivals such as NOVUM and Newcastle Fringe Festival and her writing has been featured in Lumpen Press and Corridor8. As an Emerging Creative Associate, Mymona is experimenting with polylingual poetry, translating poetry and Bengali oral traditions to develop her writing practice. She is working on a poetry pamphlet whilst exploring identity, home and inequality in marginalised communities.

  • Georgia Conlon

    Georgia is currently studying her MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University. She was shortlisted in the 2024 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and her poetry has been published in journals including The North. She will be developing a series of poetry workshops and essayistic writings with the support of her mentor.

  • Joana Geronimo

    Joana is an Angolan actor, writer and theatre practitioner based in the North East. Acting credits include: From Home to Newcastle (Live Theatre); The Space Between Us (Open Clasp); HERE (Curious Monkey); The White Card (Northern Stage); OUT, OUT! (Alphabetti Theatre). Writing credits include OUT, OUT! (Alphabetti Theatre).

  • Samina Hamilton

    Sam Hamilton, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, is a woman of colour, scientist, daughter, wife, and mother to two mixed heritage adult children. She has recently rediscovered a love of creative writing – both prose and poetry – through her membership of the collective Brown Girls Write. Drawing on her family’s history, Sam will explore intergenerational stories, identity, and multiculturalism in modern Britain. By written story-telling through a multi-perspective lens, Sam hopes to add positive social commentary in what can sometimes feel like a racially fractured Britain.

  • Becky Howell

    Becky is an emerging writer of plays and short fiction and an alumni of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. She mainly writes in the quiet horror genre. Since attending New Writing North’s Sounds Good: Page to Podcast course Becky has turned her attention to writing for audio and her current project is a fiction podcast using the true crime format.

  • Hendrika Seguro-Bigg

    Hendrika is a comedy writer and performer, focusing on character, sketch, and improvisation. She is the creator and host of Newcastle’s all-female comedy cabaret night, The Girlie Show. Hendrika plans to write an episodic comedy about a job interview that goes awry, exploring the ridiculous lengths that a person will go to in order to secure a job these days.

  • Lauren Vevers

    Lauren Vevers is a writer and director from Newcastle upon Tyne. They devise and deliver creative workshops with youth and community groups across the North of England. For the Emerging Creative Associates programme, they are working with a mentor to develop the first draft of a play exploring queer love, alternative family structures, grief and dance music.

  • Danielle White

    Danni is from Newcastle, but has only been back since 2021 after spending 10 years in the south. She is a poet. She found out she was very neurodivergent in her 30s. She struggled with her sexuality late into her 20s, despite being firmly in the gay scene. She’s now working on a debut collection that explores northerness, queerness and neurodivergence. More specifically what it means when you move through life not knowing you’re any of these things.