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Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in the UK.Education is at the core of Apples and Snakes, which organises over 670 participatory workshops and over 90 performance poetry events a year. With coordinators placed in different regions it aims to develop a national performance network encouraging development of new work and events.

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Arts Award

Arts Award is a national qualification with three levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) which allows people aged 11-25 to explore any art form in greater depth whilst gaining a Trinity College London qualification. The mission of Arts Award is to deepen the participants cultural engagement and leadership skills whilst increasing their confidence and employability.

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.

We support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.

Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves, and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

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Artswork is an independent youth arts development agency committed to developing creative opportunities for those aged between 12-25. Current programme of work includes: training, projects, youth arts consultancy, networking and advice services and Creating Futures a specialist project for people at risk.

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Arvon Foundation

Young people are at the heart of Arvon’s work with writers. Our very first course in 1968 was with a school group. We work with schools, colleges and youth groups to provide courses that ignite a lifelong love of imaginative writing and help to develop the creative voice of each participant in a uniquely collective environment, embedded in the British countryside. We work closely with teachers to tailor courses for each specific group, but all courses follow the same basic format as for all our adult courses. If you are over 16 you are welcome to join our adult programme of courses, and we have grants to help with course fees.

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BBC Blast

Blast caters for young people aged 13-18 and runs work experience workshops for people aged 13-25 who want to take their first steps in to creative industries. The site includes a newsletter, message boards, events.

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BBC Writers Room

BBC Writersroom champions new writing talent and runs a number of schemes in partnership with theatres, writer’s organisations, screen agencies and wider cultural industries.

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Cadaverine Magazine publishes the best new poetry, prose and non-fiction from under 30′s. We believe in showcasing contemporary, innovative and original new writing from the next genaration of literary talent.

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Channel 4 Talent

4talent supports those who are interested in careers within creative media, providing work experience, online mentoring and information on different career paths. By nurturing new talent and original ideas, we can inspire real change both in the industry itself and in people’s lives. By championing alternative voices and fresh perspectives, we can truly reflect the diversity of today’s Britain 4talent.

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Dylan Thomas Centre

This is the official website dedicated to Dylan Marlais Thomas, Wales’ greatest poet.

This site is intended to promote Dylan’s poetry and prose for both enjoyment and educational purposes. You’ll find a full chronology of Dylan’s life which is illustrated with quotes from his work, plus information on Dylan’s “craft or sullen art”, and literature written about him.

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ENYAN is a membership body designed to create connections throughout the diverse youth arts sector at national, regional and grass roots levels. ENYAN aims to raise the profile and support for youth arts within England, and by doing so create more opportunities for the creative and personal development of young people, especially young people at risk.

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First Story

First Story supports and inspires literacy talent in schools and their communities across the UK. First Story currently have 23 writers in schools residencies at schools in London, Oxford and Nottingham. First Story are developing hubs across the country that will ensure all secondary school students have access to the creative tools they need.

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Anthony Burgess Foundation

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess. Based in Manchester, England, we have an extensive library, archive and study centre containing Burgess’s books, music and papers. We also have a performance venue where we present new work by writers, artists and musicians.

Founded in 2003 by Liana Burgess (1929-2007), we are an entirely independent charity that welcomes all individuals and institutions interested in Burgess’s work.

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Literature Wales

Literature Wales (formerly Academi) represents the interests of Welsh writers andwriting both inside Wales and beyond. The organisation hosts a number of events,competitions, national projects and mentoring for writers.

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Little Green Pig

Little Green Pig Writing Project is a non-profit creative writing organisation for children and young people, based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. Our aim is to provide ‘a space to create for young writers’ where you can get support, encouragement, ideas and inspiration to help you write. If you are aged between 7 and 18 and want to have fun with words, write your own stories, poems, plays and much more then Little Green Pig is for you.

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MYAN aims to increase access to the arts for young people aged 11-25 in the greater Manchester area through providing knowledge of, and the means to develop new ideas or projects.

National Novel Writing Month. Youth Writers Programme

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month happens every November!

It is a fun, seat-of-your-pants novel writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but our Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.

The thing that matters most in NaNoWriMo is output. Our high-velocity approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

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The NAWE Young Writers’ Hub helps writers aged between 16 and 25 develop audiences, support their work and find out what’s going on across the UK. The Hub offers internships, advocacy, an enabling fund, advice and book review and blog opportunities.

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New Writing North

New Writing North is a development agency for creative writing in the North East region. They specialise in the development opportunities, acting as a point of contact across the creative industries and promoting new writing through events.

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New Writing South

If you are an author, playwright, poet, script-writer or any other kind of creative writer in the South East then New Writing South is for you. We seek out talent and encourage new writers to flourish, we support emerging and mid-career writers with workshops, feedback, mentoring, networking, bursaries, one to one advice and much more. We also work in innovative ways with professional writers offering regional Hub meets, promotion and employment.

We believe creative writing, in all of its forms, empowers people so an integral part of our programme involves engaging new audiences, inspiring imaginations and encouraging creative thinking.

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Poetry Library

The Poetry Library based in London’s Southbank Centre is the major centre for contemporary poetry since 1912 in the UK and holds 100,000 items. The library holds an exhibition space which hosts a number of events and projects with artists engaging with the library’s collection and poetry in general.

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Poetry Society

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote a greater appreciation of poetry. Today it represents British poetry nationally and internationally with nearly 4000 members world wide. The society publishes acclaimed magazine, Poetry Review.

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Young Writers Programme

The Royal Court Young Writers Programme offers year-round playwriting groups for writers aged 18 – 25 years old. It aims to find and develop young writers, giving them the tools to develop their writing and opportunities to meet and learn with and from other playwrights.

The support and skills that writers receive act as a crucial platform from which to launch their future careers; our alumni have had their plays performed in theatres across London, the UK and internationally.

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Skillset is an independent UK-wide organisation that is owned and managed by the creative media industries (Film, TV, Media, Radio, Advertising, Publishing, Fashion, Photo imaging, Animation and Games) which works to identify the skills and needs of these bodies throughout the UK. Skillset provide information for young people on the industry, training and qualifications, events and success stories.

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Soho Theatre Writers Centre

The Writers’ Centre discovers and nurtures playwrights through a broad range of activity, developing their work towards production. Our accessible range of resources offers writers across the UK vital support at any stage of their careers.

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Spaeda is the arts education development agency for Somerset.

Spaeda Creates opportunities for children and young people to get involved in high quality arts activities.

Provides a web of information and support for the arts and education sectors and advocates for best practice in arts education, placing the arts and creativity central to children and young people’s development.

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Spread the Word

Spread the Word supports the development of new writers in London, offering opportunities such as mentoring and advice sessions for all levels. Spread the Word works in partnership with the community, libraries and schools to introduce creative writing to young people and diverse communities.

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The Literateur

The Literateur is an online literary magazine featuring interviews with luminaries of the literary world, articles, reviews and exciting new creative works.

The Poetry Trust

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Poetry Trust

The Poetry Trust is one of the UK’s flagship poetry organisations, delivering a year-round live and digital programme, creative education opportunities, courses, prizes and publications.

The Poetry Trust is an organisation driven by the convictiont that poetry as an art form can make a significant contribution to the quality of our cultural life.

Andrew Motion

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The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency believes that reading changes lives and benefits wider civil society and that everyone has a right to the equal life chances that come with being a reader.

It aims to help children, young people and adults across the UK feel inspired and confident about reading. We particularly champion reading with children in their formative years, work with young people who find it difficult to develop reading skills and with adults who find reading a challenge.

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The Short Story Website

Welcome to Story, the campaign to celebrate the short story. We believe that the short story is one of the most exciting and important literary forms, that can and should reach the widest possible readership. We believe that the short story matters.

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Writing East Midlands

Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the East Midlands. They advocate writing in the region through creating events and opportunities that discover and support writing of quality.

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Young Poets Network

For all the latest information on poetry opportunities for young people, join the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network. Every week, you’ll find new tips and links to keep you inspired. Share your views with other young poets and aspiring artists.

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