The Next Page’s next twelve months

Hello, and Happy New Year – welcome to 2017!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and, more importantly, that all those lovely, ambitious Resolutions are still going strong. If they involved ‘start writing’ or ‘write more’ then we are here for you, with our diaries already filling up with plenty of great opportunities to get the ink and inspiration flowing, or, if necessary, get you back on track whether you’ve been away for the Christmas fortnight, or half a lifetime.

One thing we’re really excited to be bringing you, starting on Saturday 21st January, is the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Whether you’ve been writing for decades, or want to make your first tentative steps in any form or genre, come along to this FREE event at North Shields Library. We’re seeing this as a great chance for like-minded, ‘writerly’ folk to get together, chat about news, what they’re writing (or want to), and, hopefully, learn something in the process.


Each month (on the third Saturday, dates announced three months in advance), we’ll be having a good chat about the Tyneside / north-east writing scene, we’ll have prompts and, on a regular basis, we’ll have somebody to give you a brief introduction into an aspect of the writing life. We’re delighted to announce the Sue Miller will be our first speaker, talking about her experience of self-publishing and selling her books through Amazon. Sue’s book (20/20 Vision: They didn’t see it coming) has garnered excellent reviews on Amazon, and has recently been featured in Hello! magazine.


Hopefully we’ll see you there, 1100-1300 on the 21st!

Beyond NTWC, we also have our workshops and mentoring, with the next workshop being Teenage Kicks on Saturday 4th March, exploring musical inspiration, and mentoring places available to book for first Saturdays in February and March.

Tickets for all bookable events are, as always, available via our TicketSource page.

And don’t forget to keep following our blog for news items, and special guest bloggers from the writing world…


We’ll look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!


2016 – A good first year!

Sitting here in December, I cannot quite believe what we’ve managed to organise and achieve since the first ‘proper’ meeting of The Next Page, when Elaine and I took a wander through Jesmond Dene, had tea with Sandy, then hit the town centre to investigate potential workshop venues, and other ideas to look into.

ticketsourceOver a very productive panini and pot of tea in Mark Toney’s (other food-serving venues are available, but are they as lovely?), we decided on the name, and what we wanted to achieve – a series of workshops, a reading event, and mentoring. Six months down the line, we’ve managed to get going with all three.


We have now hosted two workshops, in July and December, and two Pure Fiction events, in July and November, as well as Elaine having hosted numerous one-to-one mentoring sessions.

We’ve had great feedback on our events, and especially enjoyed introducing new writers and their work to you via Pure Fiction. Selfishly, I personally really enjoyed the opportunity to give my first ever reading back in July, and hearing from Sandy, Kitty, Lisa and Carol has been fantastic.

But we don’t intend to rest on our laurels!

We already have our workshop plans in place for 2017, Elaine’s mentoring sessions are being set up, and we are discussing future line-ups for Pure Fiction. There’ll be plenty to keep us busy, and you both inspired and entertained. So keep in touch, and keep popping over to our Facebook and TicketSource pages for the latest information, and to snap up those tickets when they become available.

We look forward to the next year with The Next Page!

Finding Your Words

When do you give yourself a chance to explore your writing potential?  Hardly ever? Never?

And what excuses do you use to talk yourself out of attending workshops or exploring creative writing mentoring? You tell yourself you haven’t got time or that you can’t afford such luxuries.

This coming Saturday afternoon you can discover, rediscover or recover your creativity with us…and it won’t cost a penny!

The Next Page is hosting a free to attend session in North Shields library. Come along and have a go at writing exercises with Jennifer C Wilson or sign up for mini-mentoring sessions with Elaine Cusack.


Our Finding Your Words session runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 15th October in North Shields Library in Northumberland Square. It’s FREE…so you can’t make excuses!

Finding Your Words is part of North Tyneside’s Age Takes Centre Stage festival

Inspirational Saturday

Buzzzzzz! That’s the sound of my body and soul buzzing after yesterday’s Creative Writing Mentoring sessions at Whitley Bay Library.

I organised a day of one to one mentoring sessions and sliced the day into five hourly sessions. Four out of the five sessions were booked and resulted in a day of inspiration, surprises, insight, laughter and creative thinking.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to and talking with my visitors. I was struck by the wide range of writing styles, aims and expectations. We all came away with homework and plans of action.


I’ll be running more of these sessions at Whitley Bay Library on the first Saturday of every month. Future dates are 1st October, 5th November and 3rd December. For more information and booking visit

Feel free to ask questions via this blog or The Next Page’s facebook page


The Next Page’s First Page


Welcome to The Next Page’s very first blog post, fuelled, on this rainy Saturday afternoon, by red wine and chocolate crispie cakes. What better way to kick off a creative venture…


It’s been five weeks since our first workshops, and three since the first Pure Fiction, so it felt about right to finally launch our blog. We have plenty of things coming up in the next few months:

  • Saturdays 3rd September / 1st October – Mentoring sessions with Elaine;
  • Saturday 15th October – Age Takes Centre open workshop (more info to follow);
  • Saturday 5th November – Mentoring sessions with Elaine;
  • Saturday 12th November – Pure Fiction featuring Carol Clewlow and L.A. Craig; and
  • Saturday 3rd December – Mentoring sessions with Elaine and Ekphrasis Workshop.

More information, as it becomes available, will be posted here on our blog, on our Facebook page, and tickets will be available on our TicketSource page.