Monday, 8 September 2008

New Writing Collective Yorkshire

Charlotte Morgan and Joanna Loveday were recently in Berlin participating in Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin at the New Life Berlin Festival. Since returning they have initiated the New Writing Collective Yorkshire in response to a lack of accessible critical writing on contemporary new media and live work in the Yorkshire region and the perceived need for improved performance writer networks in their area.


Yorkshire based regional writers for contemporary art and performance, Joanna Loveday and Charlotte Morgan, would like to invite fellow regional critical writers to join them at the first meeting of a 'new writing collective'. If you are a writer of art/theatre columns, reviews, essays or cultural commentator on performance, film, new media, installations, Live Art and contemporary exhibitions then we want to hear from you! This is the first of hopefully many meetings, where the collective can share information, offer writing support and potentially offer a space for publication.

Through opening up this new dialogue, the collective hopes to build new connections throughout the region between writers, share local knowledge of the contemporary art and performance regional programming, and become a strong collective who can encourage new writing and new networking opportunities across the regions.

First Meeting: Wednesday 10th September, Reliance Bar, Leeds 8pm

Aims of the meeting:
• Introductions - getting to know fellow writers, sharing brief biogs

• Yorkshire Focus - looking at the region, covering the geographical areas and homelands of the writers present. Sharing knowledge of current curators, venues and artistic programmes and whether they are reviewed or written about at present.

• Publications -discussion of all known regional (and if appropriate national) publications, including zines, journals, newspapers, websites and newsletters.

This will be an informal meeting over drinks, starting at 8pm in Reliance bar Leeds, and is a great opportunity to meet new people with a shared interest, talk, have fun and hopefully build something new together. For more information on how to find Reliance see their website:

For more information about the New Writing Collective Yorkshire, please email Joanna at: If you would like to add a topic to the agenda for discussion or talk to us beforehand, please do email.

We welcome all writers, curators, artists, editors and programmers to this first meeting, if you have an interest in new writing, we hope to see you there!

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