Young Creative Associates 2023: next generation of North of Tyne creatives announced 

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New Writing North and North of Tyne Combined Authority have joined forces to support the next generation of creative industry entrepreneurs in the region. A group of ten Young Creative Associates has been named today. 

The Young Creative Associates programme is part of New Writing North’s Writing and Publishing Skills Hub, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.  

Each of the creative entrepreneurs is aged 18-30 and lives in the North of Tyne area. Over nine months, they will work with creative industry mentors and their peers as they are supported to explore sustainable routes of self-employment. They will learn business basics, financial management, fundraising, networking and project development skills, and receive a bursary grant of £1000 to support their projects.  

Today, the Writing and Publishing Skills Hub also opens applications for its Creative Associates programme, open to adults of any age living in the North of Tyne area. There are five positions available for the Creative Associates, who will work alongside New Writing North to develop their own creative projects. Applications are open until Monday 31 July 2023. 

The Young Creative Associates 2023 are:  

  • Caleb Carter (Acomb), the founder of, a website for new art writing. Caleb will be expanding The Big Ship by turning its weekly collection of experimental vignettes into a volumized zine.  
  • Hazel Atkinson (Jesmond), who will be designing creative writing workshops that engage with the collections in local museums and heritage sites.  
  • Hazel Soper, (Heaton), founder of Slop Projects, an arts organisation working to promote contemporary rural art, whilst challenging the inaccessibility of the arts sector in rural areas.  
  • Ilisha Thiru Purcell (Jesmond), a poet developing new work exploring trauma, sexuality and landscape, inspired by classical Tamil love poetry. 
  • Kym Deyn (Heaton) writer, and founder of The Braag CIC, which will launch a new press and publish a run of chapbooks and pamphlets, with a focus on underrepresented and marginalised writers. 
  • Lily Tibbitts (Amble), a writer who is developing Wild Stories, a project that combines nature and creative writing to teach young people about climate change.
  • Louise Page (Ponteland), a writer and artist who makes work about their experiences as a disabled, queer, genderfluid person, and is writing a graphic novel about Jane Austen, grief, and disability. 
  • Maud Webster (Newcastle), a multidisciplinary creative and researcher who is producing audio walking guides focusing on the urban history of Newcastle, including one on the rise and fall of Newcastle’s public toilets (1850s – today).
  • Oisín Liam Power (Gosforth), a writer, filmmaker, and software developer who explores the intersection of arts and healthcare. He is developing a series of comic strips offering reflections on children’s palliative care.
  • Rachel Dickenson (West Denton), a prison educator who is founding Acting Right Now to make meaningful art with people in prison, with a strong focus on scene-devising and script work. 

Find out more about all of the Young Creative Associates projects and their mentors here