Calling talented writers in the North

Verb New Voices is looking for three talented artists based in the North of England. Three artists will each receive a bursary of £2,500 with the potential for additional fees from any radio interviews and performances. This opportunity is about generating vibrant new writing which reflects something unique about Northern culture.

Broadcast standard work that is created will be showcased on BBC Radio 3, with a range of other live literature showcases at venues and festivals in the North.

Two artists aged 18 to 30 and one artist of any age will work alongside BBC voice coaches and producers as well as experienced talent developers at Arts Council England funded organisations in the North – New Writing North and ARC in the North East, Contact in the North West and The Writing Squad in Yorkshire – to develop their writing and performance skills.

Poets, spoken word practitioners, fiction writers and artists who use words and sound to create exciting work will be given a generous bursary to write a new eight-minute long piece suitable for broadcast on The Verb programme and a longer piece for performance at live events in the North. The opportunity also includes a fully funded place on an Arvon residential writing course at Lumb Bank in Yorkshire.

The Verb, headed up by renowned poet Ian McMillan, is BBC Radio 3’s regular Friday night cabaret of the spoken word. It delivers wordplay and feisty debate about creativity, and features a strong-line up of writers and commentators.

The diversity of the voices heard on the programme and in live recorded cabarets demonstrates what this Verb New Voices opportunity is about – creating bold and brave ideas which bring fresh experiences and perspectives to audiences in the North.

Alison Boyle, Relationship Manager, Literature, at Arts Council England said: “This fantastic opportunity for three artists to pen a new piece for performance in a range of showcases from MediaCity in Salford to ARC in Stockton-on-Tees, is important for many reasons. It has great potential to strengthen live literature across the North by partnering the BBC and Arts Council funded organisations in the three North regions with artists based here who have powerful things to express. We expect to see strong, distinct voices coming through.”

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 13 December 2013. Information about how to apply can be found here and information about The Verb can be found here.

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