The ambition is for The Word to become a home for North East writers. Working in partnership with New Writing North we offer a range of writing courses and workshops to support writers as well as a writers in residence programme.

Writers in Residence

Tom Kelly

Writer in Residence 

Tom Kelly will be in residency from March 2018 until WRITE Festival, where he will culminate his residency at a special presentation event.

Tom will work with young people from South Tyneside to write a series of short stories inspired by ‘Our Town’, which he will showcase as part of his presentation.

He will also launch his own short story collection ‘Behind The Wall’ which features 12 stories set in North East England with titles including The Running Boy, Mother Teresa of Jarrow and Elsie Rides Again.

Tom will also be joined by Ian Ravenscroft and Ted Cuskin as part of his final presentation, as Men of the Tyne returns to The Word where they’ll be singing song about ‘our’ river and the men who built the ships of the Tyne.

Tom Kelly’s residency presentation will take place on Saturday 19 May, 11am-1pm.

Jenni Pascoe

Poet in Residence 

Jenni Pascoe will be our Poet in Residence from mid-March working with various groups to develop their poetry skills.

Jenni will be hosting four workshops for aspiring amateur poets to build upon their poetry slam skills, performance techniques and get them ready to compete in their very own poetry slam.

The amateur slammers will take to the stage at The Stags head, South Shields, to show off their skills and one will ultimately be  crowned the winner through an audience vote. Jenni will host this exciting slam event and also show off her own skills.

The poetry slam workshops with Jenni Pascoe will take place on Saturday 17 March, 7 April, 28 April and 19 May, between 11am-12.30pm. £3.50 per session. The final poetry slam will take place at The Stags Head on Thursday 24 May, 7.30-9.30pm. £3 per person. Please note: these events are suitable for ages 18+.