New Narratives for the North East11 June 2020
New Narratives for the North East: a partnership between New Writing North and the North East Culture Partnership
Fifteen new commissions reconsider the region’s past, present and future
Fifteen writers have been commissioned to create new work about the North East in an ambitious project from New Writing North and the North East Culture Partnership. David Almond, Andrew Hankinson and Carmen Marcus are among those writers selected for the project.
We’re incredibly pleased to see this project come to fruition. It was borne out of our Case for Culture consultations, in which we explored ‘distinctiveness’ as a theme.
We know the North East is a distinctive, vibrant and innovative region – we have a rich cultural heritage; a long history of radicalism, collective action and experimentation; our people are resilient and industrious, we have a proud heritage of self-improvement through creativity, and a strong and deeply felt sense of community.
In speaking to thousands across the region we learned that many of the old stories or representations of the North East didn’t resonate any longer. To see New Writing North take this learning and develop New Narratives for the North East is fantastic.
We hope that the writing and stories created from this New Narratives for the North East project will be able to present the North East in a brand-new light, as well as feed into some of the tourism messaging for the region.
New Narratives for the North East is created by New Writing North for the North East Culture Partnership and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Durham Book Festival, and Arts Council England.