Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts

About Us

Welcome to the NCLA, a world-class centre of excellence in the field of creative writing, which contributes to the cultural life of the North East via readings, projects, teaching and research.

Each semester, our events series showcases the best contemporary writing in all genres, from prose fiction to scriptwriting, while our annual Newcastle Poetry Festival offers a packed programme of readings, workshops, interdisciplinary performances and panel discussions by pre-eminent poets from around the world. 

Our research expertise is focused on Newcastle University’s significant – and growing – archival acquisitions in the field of contemporary poetry. These include the complete Bloodaxe archive, as well as the archive of three-times Forward Prize winner Sean O’Brien. Check out our new Contemporary Poetry Collections website for a comprehensive list of our current holdings.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Preti Taneja
Director, NCLA

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