How we support readers

New Writing North wants the world to read more widely and for northern readers to explore the best new books by authors from near and far. We also aspire to help those whose reading confidence is low to develop their creative reading through projects that support this specialist area of work.

Working with libraries
We run a large scale annual project Read Regional that connects regional authors to readers via promotions and events in libraries across the North of England. This project is currently supported by 20 library authorities that work in partnership with New Writing North to develop and host events. Every year we put out a call out for submissions of books for the campaign via our website and newsletters; we also call in books that we think would fit the promotion. We also work with individual libraries on time-limited projects and have a close working relationship with County Durham Libraries as part of our Durham Book Festival work.

Our network of book groups
We operate a network of book groups in the North East of England who read contemporary fiction. Check out the Book groups page of this website to find out about existing groups and watch out for news on how we intend to develop the book group network later this year. If you are a publisher who would like to submit books for consideration, please get in touch.

Festivals and events
Across the year New Writing North produces over 100 literary events, from occasional book launches, author events in libraries and literary nights in partnership with bookshops and venues, and as part of the annual Durham Book Festival. We also support the work of Hexham Book Festival and the Words Across Northumberland project.

Reading development projects
We are interested in projects that use reading to develop social and creative skills and to build confidence. We are inspired by the work of The Reader and have worked in partnership with them to undertake events in prisons. We have ourselves undertaken projects that promote bibliotherapy and reading with groups with drugs and alcohol problems and are currently supporting a project in a hospital in South East Northumberland where a reader in residence is working.