Northern creatives needed – tell the story of the North

The creative team behind the Great Exhibition of the North has unveiled a unique opportunity to develop creative content that will be showcased to the world as part of one of England’s biggest events in 2018.

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Arts Award adviser training, North West – May

Develop young people’s creativity and reward achievement with Arts Award

Do you work with young people?  Support their creative development with Arts Award.  Train as an Arts Award adviser and learn everything you need to deliver these unique qualifications, enabling you to support children and young people aged up to 25.  Arts Award is open to young people of all interests and backgrounds, and can be delivered within a variety of settings and timescales through any arts, cultural or media activity.

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Submissions invited for new writing festival

Currently looking for scripts for new writing festival to be held in Blackburn 23-25 October 2015. On the look out for script submissions and the criteria is the script has to be an hour long and a maximum of five characters. If you’re interested please email    

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.

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Portico Prize for Literature celebrates northern talent

The Portico Prize, administered by The Portico Library in Manchester, is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the North of England as represented in its literature. It highlights the strong regional identity of the North and raises awareness about its cultural and literary heritage. It also promotes high-quality writing of all kinds.

At an award ceremony on 22 November Sarah Hall won the fiction prize for her short story collection The Beautiful Indifference while Jean Sprackland picked up the non-fiction award for her book Strands.

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Manchester is destination of choice for literature lovers

The 7th annual Manchester Literature Festival takes place in venues across the city between 8-23 October 2012. Building on the legacy of its successful predecessor Manchester Poetry Festival it provides North West audiences with access to high calibre live literature experiences, showcases emerging talent, commissions new writing and encourages readers to broaden their reading horizons.

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