Turn Up For The Books

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Turn Up For The Books is a partnership project between New Writing North and English PEN, designed to give young people aged 16-25 an insight into careers within literature.

We are looking for up to 15 young people currently living in the North to participate in the programme, which will involve:

  • Six online workshops from June-November 2022, focused on event planning, reviewing and developing industry-based knowledge. These will be led by diverse panels of professionals from across the publishing and literature sector, and will include practical exercises as well as real world insights.
  • The opportunity to programme an exclusive in-person event for Durham Book Festival on Friday 14 October 2022
  • The opportunity to review an event at Durham Book Festival 2022
  • Exclusive access to all digital and live events across the Festival (13-16 October 2022)

Places are limited so please apply via this form if you are interested. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 25 May. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 1 June.

If you have any questions regarding the programme please get in touch with New Writing North on [email protected].

Our partners

English PEN is one of the world’s oldest human rights organisations, championing the freedom to write and read. We are the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries. With the support of our members – a community of readers, writers and activists – we protect freedom of expression whenever it is under attack, support writers facing persecution around the world, and celebrate contemporary international writing with literary prizes, grants, events, and our online magazine PEN Transmissions. English PEN’s work is made possible through core funding from Arts Council England and the TS Eliot Foundation alongside the support of members, project partners and Silver PEN partners.



Turn Up For The Books is part of English PEN’s centenary programme Common Currency, which features events, residencies, campaigns and conversations across the UK and Ireland. Common Currency is supported by a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England, British Council, Cockayne Grants for the Arts – a donor advised fund of London Community Foundation, and PEN International.