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New Trustees for New Writing North


New Writing North, the Newcastle-based development agency for creative writing and reading has appointed 4 new trustees to its Board.

It comes as the organisation moves forward with plans to create a Centre for Writing in the city.

Supported by Arts Council England, New Writing North, aims to develop and invest in writing talent of all ages and act as a “dynamic broker” between writers, producers, publishers and broadcasters across the creative industries.

Its current partners include BBC Radio 3, Channel 4 Drama, Faber and Faber, Hachette Children’s Group, Northumbria University and Durham University.

The new Board members are:

  • Gary Wright, Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Great Run Company, who becomes Treasurer;
  • Caroline Greenwood Dower, an independent psychotherapist, trainer and organisational consultant;
  • Ian Crow, a partner at Newcastle-headquartered Ryder Architecture and;
  • Matt Forster, an Associate Director and Senior Leader at brand communications agency Gardiner Richardson.

Founded in 1996 and led by Claire Malcolm MBE, New Writing North was the first regional writing development agency of its kind in the UK. It now turns over £1m+ each year and employs 20 staff and a number of freelancers.

“I’m delighted to welcome such illustrious new trustees to the New Writing North board,” said David Roche, Chair of the Board of Trustees, New Writing North.

“Each of them is a leader in their field and it is testament to how far the organisation has come in the last few years that we can attract such talented individuals. While NWN now has a major national profile, it’s also wonderful that we can identify and secure such talent locally from the North East – this will only help our drive and determination to work in partnership to benefit both the North East, where we are based, and the wider North region that we work across. We welcome our new trustees and are confident that they will be able to contribute massively to our future success.”

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