photograph Write for East Africa

On Saturday 17th September the NCLA online creative writing magazine and journal, Friction, is running a day-long series of writing workshops to raise money for the East Africa famine. It will be held at the Settle Down Café in Newcastle from 9am to 6pm, with nine workshops throughout the day focusing on creative, imaginative and journalistic writing. There is a maximum of 15 people per workshop, all paying the criminally cheap price of £2 per person per workshop, with all the money going to charity.


Workshops are being run by Radio 4 Saturday Live poet-in-resident Kate Fox, poets Kath Kenny and Ali Robinson, as well as novelists Kitty Fitzgerald and Alex Pheby, and magazine editors Daneet Steffens and Lee Halpin. Some workshops are now full, but there are A FEW PLACES LEFT. For more information and booking please visit the Friction website.


Work produced from the day will form a special issue of Friction Magazine which we hope people will sponsor to raise more money. We would also like people to submit work for this special issue if it is on a related theme of Africa, people, food, charity, or hope. Please send all submissions by Sunday Sept 18th to


If you'd like to sponsor the event and the special issue of Friction magazine, with all money going to the DEC East Africa appeal, then visit


The Settle Down Cafe is just around the corner from Central Station, on Thornton Street on the pedestrianised square. They will be serving breakfast, soup, sandwiches, salads, coffee, cake and cold drinks throughout the day.

published on: 24th August 2011

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