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.
Absolutely Cultured
Absolutely Cultured

Building on the success of Hull 2017, Absolutely Cultured has a mission to create ambitious, surprising, and compelling artistic work that brings people together and connects communities.

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Apples and Snakes
Apples 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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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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Back to Ours
Back to Ours

One of 21 CPP’s in the UK, Back to Ours brings high-quality arts to venues in the very heart of Hull communities. Transforming schools, church halls and shopping centres into theatre stages, live music venues and Big Tops, we want everyone to have the chance to enjoy incredible shows right on your doorstep.

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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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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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Bradford Literature Festival
Bradford Literature Festival

Bradford Literature Festival is a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. In 2018 over 450 events captured the imaginations of more than 70,000 attendees. The BLF schools’ programme  – focused on cross-curricular literacy boosting activity – is delivered free to thousands of students from across Bradford every year.

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Bristol Culture
Bristol Culture

Bristol Culture runs Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Blaise Castle House Museum, The Red Lodge Museum, The Georgian House Museum, Bristol Record Office and Kings Weston Roman Villa. Over 1.75 million artefacts, artworks, specimens and archive materials are cared for by the service.

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Cast Theatre
Cast Theatre

Cast is a purpose-built theatre venue in the centre of Doncaster which opened in September 2013. Since then, Cast has begun to play a key part in increasing the profile of Doncaster and aspiration within the town. We are working hard with partners to bring the world to Doncaster, and Doncaster to the World.

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Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

The CLPE is an independent UK charity with a global reputation for the quality of our research into literacy and teaching. Our work promotes high standards in the teaching of literacy. We particularly emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.

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City, University of London
City, University of London

City’s Short Courses, at City, University of London, is one of the leading providers of open-access evening and weekend courses in the capital. Taught by professional writers and editors, our writing courses cover everything from children’s writing to writing for the web. We have a thriving writing community which champions the many student successes and hosts regular events and competitions, all designed so that you can develop your writing. Follow us @writingmatters1

 

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Critical Fish
Critical Fish

Critical Fish are a new critical and research-led Arts Journal based in Hull that has been awarded developmental funding from Arts Council England and Hull City Arts. We have produced a printed publication and online journal (released 16.05.19) based on the goals outlined in our Mission Statement with the intention of creating a forum for discussion and debate; connecting organisations, artists and audiences.

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Dramatic Impact
Dramatic Impact

We’re passionate about finding entertaining ways to engage people in the arts, heritage and conservation. We do this through the power of language and drama, often drawing on our local environment for inspiration. We write and tell stories, bring characters to life and produce bespoke creative experiences for all ages.

Wild About Writing is our children’s writing competition for stories inspired by nature.

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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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Eskimo Soup
Eskimo Soup

Formed in 2005, eskimosoup is a multi award-winning team of marketers and communications with great depth and breadth of experience on a range of health and social issues.

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Fabled
Fabled

Kids have lots to say and not enough spaces to be heard. Fabled helps kids create and share their stories. Being a kid is like having a short-term superpower – don’t waste it! Tell your story, listen to our podcast, and follow @fabled_kids. The Future Is Make Believe!

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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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Freedom Festival
Freedom Festival

Freedom Festival Arts Trust produce Hull’s annual multi award-winning, free-to-access international arts festival, Freedom Festival, plus an expanding year-round programme of work rooted in audience engagement, talent development, socially engaged practice and multi-disciplinary arts, the Trust continues to evidence a significant impact upon the social, cultural and economic vitality of the city.

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Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London

Creativity has always been the hallmark of Goldsmiths. Academic excellence and imaginative course content combine to make a place where creative minds can thrive and ideas are allowed to grow.

Our courses and research activities span the arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, business and management across 18 academic departments.

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Granta
Granta

From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, badinage and literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town.

Granta’s Best of Young issues, released decade by decade, introduce the most important voices of each generation – in Britain, America, Brazil and Spain – and have been defining the contours of the literary landscape since 1983.

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Hachette
Hachette

Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group. The group is made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty imprints with a rich and diverse history.

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Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service
Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service

Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service is the easy-to-access centralised library organisation for the Hull area. Hull libraries offer access to books, music and video DVDs and CDs, newspapers and magazines, plus a wide range of other material.

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Koestler Arts
Koestler Arts

Koestler Arts is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity, inspiring prisoners, secure patients and detainees to benefit from the transformative power of art. Our unique Award Scheme generates over 7,000 entries each year from establishments across the UK in 52 artforms, including visual arts, music and writing.

Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Beckett University

The School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, is a school that is seeking to redefine the education and professional development of young people. We are researching and developing new approaches to improving pupils’ learning which has resulted in our new MA in Drama and Creative Writing in Education and Story Makers Company.

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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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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 Association of Writers in Education
National Association of Writers in Education

As Subject Association, NAWE promotes Creative Writing as both a distinct discipline and an essential element in education generally. Our membership includes those working in Higher Education, the many freelance writers working in schools and community contexts, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them

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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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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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Nottingham Writers Studio
Nottingham Writers Studio

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a unique writing-focused community, and a space where writing grows. Run by writers, for writers, at all stages of their careers, NWS is committed to the craft of writing. Offering workspaces, networking, workshops and more, NWS is a home for writers across the East Midlands.

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Novel Nights
Novel Nights

Literary events in Bristol and Bath with author and publishing talks with new writing from rising talent.

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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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The Book Edit
The Book Edit

The Book Edit is an editorial consultancy designed to help writers develop their work. From advice on how to submit to agents and publishers, to comprehensive developmental edits on full-length novel manuscripts, our team of friendly, professional editors are ready to help you become a better writer and tell a tougher tale.

 

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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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The Writing Squad
The Writing Squad

Creating the next generation of writers in the North.

We provide workshops, 1-1 support, projects and investment for writers aged 16-21 who live, work or study in the North of England. We continue to offer them professional and writer development through their twenties as they begin their careers.

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Vital Arts
Vital Arts

Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, charitably funded to deliver art projects that enhance the hospital environment and, in turn, improve the patient experience. With five hospitals in east London—The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s (Barts), Mile End, Whipps Cross, and Newham University Hospital—and over 2.5 million patients, we view these important civic spaces as ideal places to introduce new audiences to contemporary art. We offer patients, staff and visitors meaningful cultural encounters which they might not otherwise access. This engagement frequently proves inspiring and mind-opening,

thus making time within hospital more positive. Founded in 1996, Vital Arts has developed an international reputation for producing award-winning projects and pioneering art programmes that encourage interaction with contemporary art, support wellbeing, and transform the clinical experience.

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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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Wrecking Ball Press
Wrecking Ball Press

Wrecking Ball Press has an ethos and values that resonate with readership seeking literature which is original, cutting edge and has high production values. In publishing, it is vital to be able to identify new talent and be aware of new developments and initiatives to enable the press to maintain its relevance. Our growing reputation has resulted in the creation of partnerships with writers who are seeking to work with us because they identify with our philosophy.

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WriteClub
WriteClub

WriteClub supports new writing, providing opportunities for face-to-face and online workshops and mentoring. Our experienced facilitators host dynamic Ideas Generator workshops, supportive Work in Progress critique series and one-off all-day workshops that focus on the writer’s craft.

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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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