About us

New Writing North

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north of England, and opened in 1996. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne and originally working across the North East only, in 2012 New Writing North joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations and now works on selected projects across the Greater North.

New Writing North works with writers to develop career opportunities, new commissions, projects, residencies, publications and live events.

We work in partnership with a broad range of organisations, universities, local authorities, regional development agencies, sponsors and media producers to develop opportunities for writers and readers in our region.

New Writing North is a registered charity number 1062729 and a limited company incorporated in England and Wales under no: 3166037.

Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business focused university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Today, Northumbria is internationally renowned for its distinct combination of academic excellence, outstanding experience, and responsiveness. Based in the UK’s two best cities for students, Newcastle and London, Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK with more than 35,000 students from 136 countries. The University works with 560 employers and 60 professional bodies to help give its students and stakeholders a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace. Northumbria is among the top 10 universities in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment, with 94% in work or further study six months after graduation, and is 4th in the UK for graduate start-ups.The University puts students at the heart of an outstanding experience, with world-leading research and award-winning partnerships driving and informing academic excellence, to make Northumbria a new kind of excellent university.

Last year, Northumbria was named as a Centre for Doctoral Training by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, providing additional support to the University’s growing PhD community in the fields of arts and design research. In 2012, the University received the Times Higher Education award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, recognising its unique partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and BALTIC 39. In 2013, the University was also presented with the Journal Culture Award for Best Arts and Business Partnership, acknowledging its extensive work with the cultural sector including collaborations with New Writing North, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Live Theatre, Great North Run Culture, Tyneside Cinema and Tyne and Wear Museums.