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New North Poets Mentoring Programme Open for Applications

The New North Poets mentoring programme is part of the Northern Writers’ Awards organised by New Writing North. The programme, devised and delivered by the Poetry School, and judged by Don Paterson, is open to poets who are yet to publish a full-length collection. Four winning poets will receive a structured package of support on the programme.

This will include: a week-long writing residency at the Garsdale Retreat, one-to-one mentoring from the poet Clare Pollard, a workshop series with writers including Andrew McMillan and Rachael Allen, online workshops, and publication in a digital anthology.

To apply, head to the Northern Writers’ Awards application page.

Outline of programme:

26th June 2019: Winners Announced at Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony in Newcastle
July 2019: Introductory online workshop with Clare Pollard
21st September 2019: Day workshop with Andrew McMillan in Manchester
2nd November 2019: Day workshop with Rachael Allen in York
24-29th February 2020: Week-long residency at the Garsdale Retreat in Sedbergh, including four half-day workshops.
Spring 2020: Online editing workshop with Clare Pollard
Summer 2020: Publication of New North Poets digital anthology

Throughout the programme, the four winners will also receive three individual tutorials with lead tutor Clare Pollard: two written tutorials spread throughout the programme, and one face-to-face tutorial at the Garsdale Retreat.

The Garsdale Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat is a creative writing centre in the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It provides inspirational courses tutored by professional writers, enabling participants to develop their individual creativity in a place of peace and tranquillity, away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life. All meals are provided and there are no washing-up or domestic duties, enabling students to focus entirely on their writing, whilst enjoying excellent locally-sourced food in simple and comfortable surroundings. Accommodated in an attractive Edwardian house, with workshops held in its converted coach-house, students can enjoy the stunning landscape of The Yorkshire Dales and take walks directly from the house into the National Park.


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