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Clare Weze on winning a Northern Writers’ Award 2016

I haven’t yet come down from the ceiling since winning a Northern Writers’ Award. Hearing a lovely review of my stories at the awards ceremony felt like the pinnacle, but there was more. The following week I met leading literary agents at a talent party organised by New Writing North (NWN) in London. The evening was relaxed and fun, but might have been daunting if not for the preparatory pitching workshop NWN also organised. I now know how to weave my pitch into ordinary party small talk! This workshop was also huge fun and I made great friends there.

Posted on 09 December 2016 by Clare Weze

What we learned at the Writing for TV and Radio Roadshow

Despite the overhead lines in the Warrington area doing all they could to stop us, we made it to the Continental Pub in Preston only 10 minutes late. By that time Di Burrows who is currently a writer for Hollyoaks and screenwriter Lisa Holdsworth (Fat Friends, Emmerdale, New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Robin Hood and Midsomer Murders) were organising the chairs into a circle and generally making the audience of aspiring writers for TV and radio feel welcome.

Posted on 08 December 2016 by Anna Disley

Our poetry roadshow in Sheffield

Each year we take to the road to spread the word about the Northern Writers’ Awards, visit new places and meet writers. It was a genuine pleasure to head to Sheffield last weekend for a special poetry-themed Roadshow run in partnership with pioneering publisher, the Poetry Business. As our expert speakers arrived for the day, I was tempted to abandon the planned programme and rapidly instigate a series of poetry readings. Clare Pollard, Degna Stone, Anna Woodford, Suzannah Evans and Mark Pajak formed a striking gathering of poetic talent in a single room, but we kept to the script and stuck to prose.

Posted on 25 November 2016 by Will Mackie
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