Partners

Partners of National Writing Day.

We are proud to work with outstanding UK organisations who are dedicated to raising the profile of creative writing. These National Writing Day partners have come together to create leading educational resources, share knowledge and engage more communities across the UK. You can read more about their work by clicking the links below.
Apple and Snakes
Apple and Snakes

Apples and Snakes are England’s leading poetry and spoken word organisation, and have been producing engaging and transformative work since 1982. Alongside producing, curating and commissioning nationally and internationally, they regularly do outreach cross communities, nurturing and supporting the next generation of spoken word artists through artistic development opportunities

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Arkbound
Arkbound

Arkbound is a Bristol publisher that has social enterprise at its heart. The promotion of community development, social inclusion, sustainability and artistic talent forms an important part of our work. Founded in early 2015, Arkbound enables people to publish and promote books, as well as become Regional Editors of their own magazines. Arkbound bridges the gap between contemporary and ‘vanity’ publishers by offering fully sponsored publication to disadvantaged authors, or alternatively a range of services and discounted packages to those who can afford to self-publish. We are affiliated with a number of organisations that share our vision of a more inclusive, democratically vibrant and sustainable society and donate 15% of profits directly to charitable initiatives.

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Arts University Bournemouth
Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth is a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries. We relentlessly innovate, collaborate and connect in ways that turn creative talent into careers.

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Arvon
Arvon

Since 1968, Arvon has been offering people time and space to write, with an annual programme of residential courses and retreats at three rural writing houses – in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire. In beautiful countryside, with expert tuition from leading authors and the support of other like-minded writers, you can feed your imagination and let your stories flourish.

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Authorfy
Authorfy

Authorfy combines exciting author videos with award-winning teaching techniques to help schools around the world deliver engaging, accessible and interactive creative writing classes that improve literacy skills, boost confidence, and appeal to the YouTube generation.

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Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society
Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society

ALCS makes sure writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work. We collect money from all over the world, then pay it to our members. So far we’ve paid a total of £450 million. We also campaign to ensure writers’ rights are recognised and rewarded, and teach people what copyright is all about. We have around 90,000 members, and are a not-for-profit organisation. We were started by writers, for writers, and have been going since 1977.

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Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is where creative minds meet. We teach and research across art, sciences, education, social science, and business. The University employs outstanding creative professionals who support its aim to be a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise.

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BBC Writersroom
BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom works with writers at every stage of their career. 

Based in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, they discover, develop and champion new and experienced writing talent across the whole of the UK. 

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Belfast Inter-schools Creative Writing Network
Bishop Grosseteste University
Bishop Grosseteste University

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) provides first-class education, turning out graduates of the highest calibre who go out into the world and change people’s lives for the better. Founded in 1862, BGU offers an exciting range of subjects ranging from drama to psychology, from foundation degree level to PhD.

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English and Media Centre
English and Media Centre

The English and Media Centre is an independent educational charity with a national and international reputation as a Centre of Excellence. It is a development centre, serving the needs of secondary and FE teachers and students of English and Media Studies in the UK and beyond. We are unique in being a group of teachers, working in a voluntary sector organisation and able to draw on our close connections with colleagues in the classroom.

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Forward Arts Foundation
Forward Arts Foundation

Forward Arts Foundation is charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience by encouraging the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poems through National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Forward Book of Poetry, an indispensable annual anthology of the year’s best poems.

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Free Word
Free Word
Free Word is an arts venue that explores the power and politics of words. We bring together a rich variety of the most exciting writers and thinkers- the new and the established. We spark critical conversations about society, culture and politics, and amplify voices that often go unheard.
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Leeds Museums and Galleries
Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds Museums and Galleries is the largest local authority-run museum service in the country with 9 sites. We care for 1.3 million objects which we use to inspire, educate, entertain and challenge the people of Leeds and visitors to our city.

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Listening Books
Listening Books

Listening Books is a national charity providing an audiobook library service for anyone who struggles to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue. As well as individual and school memberships, we also provide free digital libraries for hospitals and children’s hospices.

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Literature Wales
Literature Wales

Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales. We believe that literature belongs to everybody and can be found everywhere. Our activities include, Wales Book of the Year, creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Services for Writers (including bursaries and mentoring), and the National Poet of Wales initiative.

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Literature Works
Literature Works

Literature Works is the strategic literature development charity for South West England. We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. We provide a central resource for literature in the South West region and support the wider literature sector through large scale research and evaluation.  

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Live Tales
Live Tales

Live Tales is Live Theatres fantastic brand new creative writing centre for children and young people opened in September 2016. Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing producing theatres on the international stage. It is deeply rooted in Newcastle/Gateshead where it is based. Live Theatre believes creativity and cultural engagement are central to the lives of individuals and that arts and culture should be recognised, supported and celebrated as significant contributors to the creative and economic wellbeing of our communities.

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Ministry of Stories
Ministry of Stories

The Ministry of Stories is a local writing and mentoring centre in east London, where anyone aged eight to 18 can come and discover their own gift for writing. Through a range of innovative writing programmes, and one-to-one mentoring, we help young people discover and realise their own creative potential.

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National Literacy Trust
National Literacy Trust

We are an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy. We run evidence-based projects in deprived communities, support schools and settings to deliver outstanding literacy provision, conduct research and campaigns to make literacy a priority. We equip disadvantaged young people with the literacy skills they need to succeed.

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New Writing North
New Writing North

New Writing North supports writing and reading in the North of England. We commission new work, create development opportunities, nurture talent and make connections.

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New Writing South
New Writing South

New Writing South (NWS) is the writing development agency for South East England. We support all kinds of creative writing, providing talent development opportunities for writers and commissioning new work. We are particularly interested in nurturing diverse talent, supporting writers who would not ordinarily have access to professional development opportunities.

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Non Such
Non Such
We’re a cultural studio producing amazing experiences for audiences, individuals and communities across Nottingham, the UK and beyond. DYT is a hero digital engagement platform which Nonsuch are developing as part of Nottingham’s Cultural Education Partnership; ChalleNGe for 13-25s in Nottingham.  To give young people the opportunities, support, and space they need to do their thing.
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Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature
Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Our mission is to Build a Better World with Words and aim to support, animate and develop the city’s designation as UNESCO City of Literature. We aim to bring significant benefits to our students, artists, and communities through strengthening skills in reading and writing for young people, developing new diverse audiences, and boosting the profile of literary Nottingham and its writers.

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Paper Nations
Paper Nations

Funded by Arts Council England’s strategic fund for Creative Writing in Schools, Paper Nations is the new creative writing hub for young people. By fostering creative writing in communities and schools for the benefit of children and young people everywhere, Paper Nations aims to change the landscape of creative writing education for good.

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Pobble
Pobble

Pobble makes writing ridiculously exciting! The company was founded by teachers in 2013. Ever since, teachers have used the Pobble platform to find the best teaching resources, connect with classes around the world, and assess writing.

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Rathbones Folio Prize
Rathbones Folio Prize

The Rathbones Folio Prize is a global literary initiative which through the awarding of its Prize celebrates the voices of today; through its Mentorships, in association with First Story, nurtures the voices of tomorrow; and through its Sessions generates excitement and debate about the ideas that great writing generates.

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Royal Society of Literature
Royal Society of Literature

The Royal Society of Literature is the UK’s senior literature society. It hosts the finest events of the literary calendar, awards generous grants to cultivate British cultural excellence,  and works with underprivileged state schools to encourage literacy and creative writing.

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Spread the Word
Spread the Word

Helping London’s writers make their mark on the page, the screen and in the world. We kick start the careers of London’s best new writers, and energetically campaign to ensure mainstream publishing truly reflects the diversity of the city.

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Teach First
Teach First

Millions of British children live in poverty. Only one in three is likely to achieve basic school grades. Teach First refuse to accept that disadvantage determines destiny.

Teach First is a charity working with thousands of schools, businesses, universities, and other not-for-profit organisations equally impatient to improve the life chances of children from low income backgrounds.

Together we are raising school and pupil performance,strengthening the teaching workforce and developing leaders across education and society.

Yet, to reach the day when no child’s educational success is limited by their background, there is much more to be done.

Join us and help power the change.

 

The Poetry School
The Poetry School

The Poetry School provides inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. With established teaching centres throughout England, as well as online courses and the world’s biggest social network dedicated to poetry – CAMPUS – the Poetry School is unique in its ability to reach aspiring poets wherever they may be.

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Women of Words
Women of Words

Formed in Hull in 2016 Women Of Words is a monthly event run by a collective of six,  female performers of spoken word, prose, song and drama, featuring open mic slots and special guests. During 2017 we wrote and performed Queens of the North for BBC Contains Strong Language.

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Word Up
Word Up

Word Up is a year long programme working within and from the surrounding community to celebrate words. We aim to re-engage young people with language and the art of writing supporting schools to host Authors-in-Residence, running Teachers as Writers masterclasses, inviting authors, poets and wordsmiths to share their passion.

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Wordsworth Trust
Wordsworth Trust

The Wordsworth Trust was founded in 1891, its founding Trustees described it as being “for those who love English poetry all over the world”. One of its purposes is to advance public knowledge and enjoyment of the works of Wordsworth through a wide range of accessible and creative activities.

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Writing East Midlands
Writing East Midlands

Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. We run creative writing events and projects and we develop opportunities for emerging and established writers. We work in partnership with a broad range of cultural organisations to encourage relationships between writers and their communities. For writers we run workshops, writing courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisals, and one-to-one career development sessions. We organise residencies over varying lengths of time in all sorts of settings. Some connect local writers to new local audiences, or support other arts activity. Others may help to uplift literacy and creativity in a school, contribute to feelings of well being in a group of elders, or offer an outlet for self-expression in a young offenders unit.

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Writing West Midlands
Writing West Midlands

Writing West Midlands evolved from the work of the Birmingham Book Festival, established in 1999. The organisation is now the literature development agency for the region. We achieved National Portfolio Organisation status from the Arts Council in 2012; an important step which confirmed our strategic role in building the sector’s diversity and resilience. The annual festival, recently renamed Birmingham Literature Festival, remains at the heart of our work and is now the biggest literature event in the region.

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