The QT

Wednesday 22 May 2024
22/05/2024

New Writing

A vote Wood be good

A leading North East author says he’s ‘thrilled’ to appear on the UK’s most prestigious crime writing long list for the second time. Trevor Wood, from Newcastle, joins Vera creator Anne Cleeves as a Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2024 nominee. And the playwright and journalist turned award-winning author is hoping to …

A novel way to enjoy the summer

Writers and readers are alerted to the summer programme of New Writing North (NWN), that engine of literary enterprise that has worked wonders for all who take pleasure in words. From the humblest of beginnings, the Newcastle-based writing development agency has grown to embrace the North as defined from coast to coast, helping writers in …

Laurels unveils another fine season to get into

When it comes to articulating the mission of Laurels Theatre, Jamie Eastlake is not messing about. “We want to make and develop stories and artists in our region and help get them on that rocket ship into the wider world.” And fresh from a week workshopping an under-the-radar project at the National Theatre (the National …

Conference brings writers together

A full house is expected for this year’s Newcastle Writing Conference for which tickets go on sale today (March 20). Writing may be a solitary activity but that doesn’t mean all writers are solitary people. Grace Keane, senior programme manager at New Writing North, says it’s been five years since the conference last took place. …

Live Theatre in Newcastle is a nationally-recognised centre for new writing

Talented writers take centre stage

A trio of North East writers can be found at the centre of Live Theatre’s 2024-25 season. The Bounds, a co-production with the Royal Court by Northumberland writer Stewart Pringle; the first stage adaptation of cult horror film Saint Maud by Sunderland writer Jessica Andrews; and Middlesbrough writer Ishy Din’s Champion about Muhammad Ali’s historic …

Unlucky break has a Silver lining

A slip on the ski slopes proved to be a lucky break for Teesside engineer-turned-author Fiona Erskine. After a career spanning 30 years at the forefront of chemical engineering, Fiona decided to put pen to paper and create a jet-setting explosives expert — and that expert would be a woman. It took a skiing accident …

Swift success for Beth

Success for a writer rarely arrives like an inter-city express. More often, if it arrives at all, it’s had a clunky journey beset by unscheduled stoppages, the literary equivalent of sheep on the line. The metaphor is appropriate for one who grew up in a former station master’s house beside the memory of a railway …

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