NCLA is proud to announce the last event of the spring season, the launch of Write Around the Toon 2012, next Thursday 7th June at 7pm, Northern Stage, tickets are free and can be booked in advance here.
Following the success of last year’s project, Write Around the Toon, now in its second year, is a creative writing initiative set up by Newcastle University that placed creative writing PhD students, alumni and associates from Newcastle University into the major cultural venues of NewcastleGateshead for short writing residencies.
During their time as writers-in-residence, the WATT writers have run workshops for schoolgroups on writing 6-word stories, led late-night poetry tours round portrait exhibitions, sat in on rehearsals of new productions, fished debris out of the Tyne, poked about in every nook and cranny they were allowed into, created UV displays of personal secrets, learnt how to change the lens of a cinema projector, written poetry about DNA, recorded the voices and experiences of dancers, played the piano and much, much more.
Each residency has been unique, tailored to fit the needs and interests of both the writer and the host venue. The writers blogged about their activities and experiences on the Write Around the Toon website, which also featured snippets of creative work inspired by their residency. Each writer also produced a ‘site-specific creative writing exercise’ for each of the venues involved, which have been edited into a self-guided creative writing tour of NewcastleGateshead, based around our wonderful host venues.
The writers that took part in this year’s Write Around the Toon were: Viccy Adams, Kris Anderson, Marianne Archbold, John Challis, Jill Clough, Sam Duda, Barbara Henderson, Helen Limon, Alex Lockwood, Azad Maudaressi, Juliana Mensah, Stevie Ronnie, and Jake Campbell, and the cultural venues included BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Bessie Surtees House, City Library, Dance City, ~Flow, Great North Museum, Hatton Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Life Science Centre, Live Theatre, The Lit & Phil, Northern Stage, Seven Stories, Shipley Art Gallery, The Sage Gateshead, and Tyneside Cinema.
At the launch on Thursday we’ll be revealing all sixteen of the 2012 writing exercises, displaying photographs and blog posts from the residencies, and presenting a series of short readings of new work inspired by the WATT residencies.
published on: 1st June 2012