About New Writing North

New Writing North has produced Durham Book Festival since 2011.

New Writing North is the development agency for creative writing and reading in the North of England. We work in partnership with regional and national partners to produce a range of literary and performance activities including flagship projects such as The Northern Writers’ Awards, the Gordon Burn Prize and Durham Book Festival.

We specialise in developing and investing in writers of all ages and act as a dynamic broker between writers, producers, publishers and broadcasters across the creative industries. Current partners include BBC Radio 3, Channel 4 Drama, Faber and Faber, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Northumbria University and Durham University. Our entrepreneurial approach to talent development has also seen us launch new writers via our publishing partnership Mayfly Press and work with Northumbria University to stage the innovative Crime Story festival event.

As a producer of new work we commission a wide range of writing from topical essays and publications to award-winning dance theatre productions, short films, live literature and broadcast projects. We use our festivals to profile work and regularly produce and tour productions across the north of England and nationally.

Our commitment to developing the creativity and skills of young people is demonstrated through our writing development work in schools with children and their teachers and through our award-winning programme of writing groups and projects with young people.

As a promoter and producer of festivals and literary events such as Durham Book Festival and through our partnerships with northern libraries, which supports the annual Read Regional promotion of new books by northern authors, we engage audiences familiar and new with creative reading experiences.


For Durham Book Festival enquiries, please contact Rebecca Wilkie, Senior Programme Manager (Festivals & Events) at rebecca@newwritingnorth.com or 07817020359 or Grace Keane, Programme Manager (Festivals, Events & Awards) at grace@newwritingnorth.com or 07514802869

For all media enquiries, please contact Laura Fraine, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at laurafraine@newwritingnorth.com or 07411164837


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