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Latest News

For the latest news on regional events clickhere. For the latest news of UK wide events and writing opportunities click here.Below follows the latest New Writing Partnership News.

New Writing Partnership Presents Martin Amis: Writing and Freedom

One of the most influential and innovative voices in contemporary British fiction is heading for Norwich. Click for more information

Poetry Workshops from New Writing Partnership

Offering workshops on form, comedy writing, modern media, and teaching, these workshops are a great opportunity for poets to refine their technique and expand their range. Poetry Workshop information

Escalator Showcase - The Next Stage

On Friday 8th of May, our five bright talents from the world of live literature will be presenting 20 minute extracts of their work in The Next Stage

Paperback Released by 2006 Ventures Winner...and 2005 Runner-Up!

2006 New Writing Ventures winner Patrick Brandon has released his first book of poems entitled A Republic of Linen (Bloodaxe Books 2009). Further success sees 2005 runner-up Elizabeth Diamond's novel An Accidental Light (Pan Macmillan 2009) released in paperback.

Latest News from Escalator Winners

Follow the successful progress of past and present Escalator Literature winners here

Free Editorial Advice from The Literary Consultancy

This opportunity is now closed. All successful applicants have been informed.

Escalator Winner Opens New Play

Fraser Grace's THE LIFESAVERS 'an exhilarating thriller' runs in London and Colchester this January. More

EDP Short Story Competition 2008

Find out about the competition winners here.

Escalator Live Literature

Click  here to see who has been selected for the Escalator scheme in 2008/9

The London Book Fair - Writers of Tomorrow

Speakers for the seminar include our Chief Executive, Chris Gribble. Click for more information

New Season of Writing Workshops and more

Another successful round of workshops, masterclasses and seminars finished on November 29th. We hope to announce next years programme in the Spring of 2009.

Ventures Runner-Up Published

Salt publishing spotted Mark Waldon's poetic talent on the NWP Ventures webpage in 2006, and as a result The Brand New Dark will be launched in October.

Shahrazad - Letters to Europe and Digital Stories

Delivering new, original and challenging stories from all over the world into Europe. More information

Escalator 2008 Live Literature

The deadline for entry was July 31st. Those selected for our talent scheme will be announced at the end of September.

Escalator Drama

Escalator 07 winner Caroline Gilfillan has written and recorded a 15-minute drama which can be heard on And Escalator writers Kathryn Skoyles, Claire Jarrett and Jacqueline Jacques all feature on short story radio this month, listen now at

Two Worlds Writers nominated for BBC National Short Story Award

Erin Soros and Adam Thorpe have both been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Winner announced July 14th.

Ventures 06 Publications

Eleanor Thom the Ventures 06 fiction winner is publishing her first novel, The Tin-Kin, with Duckworth General in London - UK hardback release is planned for March 2009. Ventures 06 poetry winner Linda Black has a collection of prose poems, Inventory, due out on 1st July from Shearsman Books.

New Writing Worlds Blog

Read commentary and comments from the New Writing Worlds Symposium and new creative writing from Norfolk  Reads and Writes workshops on the Worlds blog

Nobel Prize Winner J.M. Coetzee comes to Norwich

Coetzee will be reading at the UEA as part of New Writing Worlds 08 on Thursday June 19th. The Nobel Prize winning author has just been nominated as one of the six best Booker winners in the prize's history.

Escalator Winner Still Rising

Padrika Tarrant, Escalator winner 2005, has been longlisted for the Frank O'Connor international prize for short fiction.It was released in November 2007 by SALT Publishing.

Hogging the limelight

Canongate has just published inaugural New Writing Ventures fiction winner Nicholas Hogg's novel Show me the Sky on June 5th. "Show Me the Sky is a superb novel…an ambitious and accomplished work and a harbinger of further riches to come " - as reviewed in The Compulsive Reader. And Escalator 07 winner Susan Sellers novel Vanessa and Virginia will be launched by Two Ravens Press on June 18th.

Norwich's first exiled writer in residence

Jiao Guobiao is in exile from China, and is staying in Norwich as our first City of Refuge writer in residence. He's taking part in a preview screening of Independent Mind on Wednesday 7th May at the University of Essex and a journalist's workshop Free Speech and Human Rights in China at the Human Rights Action Centre in London on Thursday 8th May. More on Jiao

Escalator writers' success

Nicola Upson (Escalator 2005) and Aliya Whitely (Escalator 2006) have both had publications in the last month. For the Guardian review of An Expert in Murder by Nicola click here, and for a new Guardian review of Padrika Tarrant's (Escalator 2005) Broken Things, click here.

Details of Norfolk Reads and Writes 08, Human:Nature and an overview of Worlds 08 are available from the Worlds home page. Keep up to date by signing up for our newsletter, or email

Worldwide Ventures Publication

Ventures 05 winner Elizabeth Diamond's Accidental Light will be coming out with Picador this May, and is also to be published by 'Other Press' in the US and Canada and by Berlin Verlag in Germany.

Escalator Writers Glide Ahead

Escalator tutor and judge Katherine McMahon is on the spring/summer Richard and Judy book list, and hitting the top 20 lists.And 2007 Escalator writer Guy Saville is paving the way for innovative marketing by promoting his work on an interesting new website where you can sign up for all his latest news.

Ventures Success

Lorraine Mariner was commended in the 2007 poetry category of Ventures, and will be bringing out her first full poetry collection with Picador. Ventures 06 non-fiction shortlisted Joanna Guthrie has been awarded a grant from the Society of Authors to go to Florida to research her new book Hurricane Season.

Free Refugee Week Workshop

January 25th: Free workshop and networking event for Refugee Week. Read more.

Read All About It

2006 New Writing Ventures shortlisted Vinita Joseph has had a short story published in the January 2008 issue of Diva. Out now

2007 Escalator Winner Makes $20,000 deal.

Harcourt in New York have offered $20,000 dollars for the US rights to Susan Sellers'Vanessa and Virginia. They have also expressed an interest in her second novel, Minuet in B Sharp.

EDP Short Story Winners Announced.

Well done to all concerned. More.

New Writing Ventures Success Story

Nicolas Hogg, Ventures winner from 2005 is to have a short story broadcast, as part of BBC Radio 4's 'Ones to Watch' series. Tune in to  Naked, on Wednesday November 7th, 3.30pm GMT or use the 'listen again' device @

Escalator 2007 Winners Announced

The 10 writers to have made it through onto Escalator 2007 have been announced. Find out more here.

Read Exclusive New Writing from Worlds 07 Writers in Residence

The five writers in residence from New Writing Worlds 2007 have all written original pieces inspired by the theme of Exile and Imagination and by the salon debates that ensued that week. Read more.

New Writing Ventures Awards, winners announced!

The three winners were all female, and have been awarded £3000 each and a years professional development. The six runners up have been awarded £1000 each.Read more

Publication News

Two new writers who have benefited from New Writing Partnership projects see their work published this month. Billack's Bones , a first collection from Joanna Guthrie, shortlisted for New Writing Ventures 2006, is published by Rialto,and Padrika Tarrant, selected for Escalator Literature 2005 sees her first novel Broken Things published by Salt.

New Writing Season Sept-Nov

We are pleased to annouce that we are accepting bookings for the full programme of autumn events. For full details click here.

New Writing Ventures shortlist and commended writers announced

The writers who have made it to the next stage in our national writing prize, New Writing Ventures have now been announced.  Well done to all.  Click here to find out who got through, and read samples of their work.  Read an article in the Independent about the shortlisted candidates here, and from the Guardian here. And click here to read an account of the importance and effect of Ventures by past winner, Nicholas Hogg, whose novel is being published next year.

New Writing Season

We are planning a series of one and two day workshops and seminars in Norwich from September to November 2007. Details coming soon to this website, or sign up for our regular newsletter. New Writing Season will replace our New Writing Types programme.

New Writing Worlds 2007

Many thanks to all who participated in making New Writing Worlds 2007 such a successful and enjoyable programme of events. Particular thanks to Sheila Hancock and Margeret Drabble for their contributions to the night of readings at Norwich Cathedral. We are now planning New Writing Worlds 2008.

New Writing Worlds 2007 Salon Blog

The literary salon at the heart of New Writing Worlds 2007 was an extremely stimulating and enjoyable event.  A live blog caught the spirit of the occasion, and you can access the blog  here.

Refugee Week: Free Screening of Film Poems.

Made by young people as part of The New Writing Partnership’s City of Refuge community programme the films were launched as part of New Writing Worlds 07. For more information click here.

Success for New Writing Ventures winner!

Show me the Sky, the first novel by Nicholas Hogg, winner of the 2005 New Writing Ventures award for fiction, has been accepted for publication by Canongate. It will hit the bookshelves in 2008. To read about Nicholas click here.

New Writing Ventures 2007

New Writing Ventures, the awards offering creative support and help for writers in the tough world of publishing, closed to submissions on 19 April. Read the press release, and click here to read more.

NWP Awarded £250k Investment from Grants for the Arts

The New Writing Partnership has been awarded £250k of investment over the next three years from Arts Council England's lottery funding scheme. Read more . . .

Norfolk's Young Poets

The New Writing Partnership, Creative Arts East and Norwich City Football Club Study Centre kicked off a Young Poets Competition at Carrow Road. Read the press release and see the photo.

Novel Successes for Cambridgeshire Writers

Two Cambridgeshire-based novelists are having their exciting crime novels produced by large publishing houses. Aliya Whiteley’s book, Light Reading, will be published by Macmillan under their New Writing imprint. Nicola Upson’s detective novel, An Expert in Murder, will be published by Faber & Faber in May 2008. Read more ...

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