Our work with publishers

Common People 

With partners: Kit de Waal, New Writing North, National Centre for Writing, Literature Works, Writing West Midlands, Writing East Midlands, Spread the Word


Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed.

Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser.

Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class .

Features original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.

Spotlight Books

With partners: Myriad Editions and Creative Future


Spotlight Books is a collaboration between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions to discover, guide and support writers who are under-represented due to mental or physical health issues, disability, race, class, gender identity or social circumstance.


Cora Vincent by Georgina Aboud

The Haunting of Strawberry Water by Tara Gould

Stroking Cerberus by Jacqueline Haskell

Summon by Elizabeth Ridout

Crumbsby Ana Tewson-Bozic

Memories of a Swedish Grandmother by Sarah Windebank

Queer in Brighton 

With partners: Pink Fringe and Photoworks

Queer in Brighton is now sold out, but remains available as a Kindle Edition.


Published in 2014 by New Writing South in association with Photoworks and Pink Fringe, Queer in Brighton is a culmination of intensive work by over 150 people who have come together to share stories, reminiscences, creative writing and photography. 

Through the themes of place, family, politics and language, Queer in Brighton explores the untold stories and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people in Brighton and Hove, past and present. The result is a glorious, complex and vibrant celebration of the vital contribution of this diverse community to our city’s cultural heritage.