Search is on for the write stuff

THE News Post Leader has teamed up with the Northumbrian Association to seek out north east writers worthy to follow in the footsteps of Catherine Cookson, pictured, or Robert Westall.

The organisers of the association’s annual writers’ competition, together with our entertainment editor, Tegan Chapman, will be judging entries from three areas: Wearside and South Tyneside, Northumberland and North Tyneside, and Durham and Teesside.

Each entry is to consist of 300 to 500 words of either poetry or prose and must feature a person, place or building in Northumberland.

Two winners will be picked – one aged 16 or under, and one over the age of 16 – and the better of the two will be crowned overall winner for their region.

Each area champion will win an iPad, and the runner-up will receive either vouchers or a cash prize.

Entries are to be in by Friday, July 8, ready for the winners to be notified in September and presented with their prizes at an awards night in October.

John Danby, of the Northumbrian Association, said: “It is a great project to make both young and old people aware of the rich heritage we have in our region.

“There are famous monasteries, fantastic countryside, a strong history in shipbuilding, railways and Hadrian’s Wall among countless other inspirational places.

“Local councils are happy to be involved in such a competition because not everywhere in the country could do it.”

Entries are to be e-mailed to or