Writing residency: People's Landscape on the Durham Coast


24 May 2019
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Applications are invited for a writing residency as part of the Durham Book Festival


Applications are invited for a writing residency as part of the Durham Book Festival

The residency is offered by a partnership of New Writing North, The National Trust and Durham Book Festival as part of People's Landscapes, a national programme inviting people to look beyond the beauty of places in the UK to discover their hidden histories. The stretch of Durham coast involved in this residency was once one of Europe's biggest coal mines, and one of the most polluted sites in the world. Film and video collective Amber will be working with the local community to explore the area's mining heritage, and Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller will provide artistic advice to the project.

The selected writer in residence will spend time exploring the landscape and meeting members of the community over 5-10 days in July and August. They will produce a piece of work up to 2,000 words to be shared at the Durham Book Festival, produce a blog for the festival and take part in a podcast about their residency. They will be paid a fee of £2,500 and be able to claim up to £500 in travel and subsistence expenses. There is the opportunity for the writer to spend up to three nights at Souter Lighthouse.

Applicants must live and work in the North of England and have previously published at least one full-length work, eg novel, creative non-fiction or short story collection.

To apply, send a statement of up to 500 words explaining why you would like to undertake the residency and what you would like to achieve, and a recent CV.

The closing date to apply is 7 June.

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For full details see the website.


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