Northern Voices – Writing with a Northern Voice

Featuring writers who are either from, or are inspired by, the North. Northern Voices – Writing with a Northern Voice is an evening of poetry, prose and questions and answers. Join three acclaimed writers as they read from their work and talk about their relationships with the North and how it has shaped their work and careers. Then take the opportunity to ask them questions in the Q&A.

John Godber is a Yorkshire born dramatist, internationally renowned for his observational comedies. He has also been calculated as the third most performed playwright in the UK behind only Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. Helen Cross is a novelist as well as a dramatist with her plays and short stories frequently being performed on Radio 4. Her first novel My Summer of Love won the Betty Trask Award in 2002. It was subsequently made into a film starring Emily Blunt . Peter Sansom is a poet whose books include On the Pennine Way and Everything You’ve Heard is Trueand among other things his commissions have included writing for the Guardian, Radio Three and a billboard in the centre of Lancaster.

About the authors/artists

John Godber a dramatist, known mainly for his observational comedies. He was born in Upton, West Yorkshire, near Pontefract. He trained as a teacher of drama at Bretton Hall College, affiliated to the University of Leeds, wrote for TV series Brookside and Grange Hill and became artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre Company in 1984. In the Plays and Players Yearbook for 1993 he was calculated as the third most performed playwright in the UK behind William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. Godber has been Creative Director of Theatre Royal Wakefield since 2011. In 2005 he won 2 BAFTAs for 'Odd Squad', written and directed on location in Hull and screened by BBC children's television. His plays are performed across the world; Bouncers being the most popular.

http://www.johngodber.co.uk/

Peter Sansom is a poet. His publications include On the Pennine Way and Everything You've Heard is True, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His poem commissions include for The Guardian, The Observer, Radio Three, The Big Breakfast, a billboard in the centre of Lancaster and The Swedish Club (a Marine Insurers in Gothenburg). His new collection, Careful What You Wish For, will be published by Carcanet in Spring 2015. Over the last 25 years, Peter has led writing workshops in hundreds of schools and workplaces, been Writer in Residence for Marks & Spencer and The Prudential. He is a director of The Poetry Business in Huddersfield, and co-editor of The North Magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books.

Helen Cross is a novelist and dramatist, raised in East Yorkshire and educated at Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of East Anglia. Her first novel, My Summer of Love, was published in 2001 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award in 2002. It was made into an acclaimed film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and starring Emily Blunt and Nathalie Press. She also wrote The Secrets She Keeps, published in 2005. These two books are set in Yorkshire. Her third and latest novel, Spilt Milk, Black Coffee, was published in 2009. She also writes radio drama and short stories for BBC Radio 4.

http://www.helencross.net/

Tour Information

21st March 2015 7:30pm
Otley Courthouse
22nd March 2015 7:30pm
Georgian Theatre Royal
23rd April 2015 7:30pm
Selby Town Hall
24th April 2015 8:00pm
Seven Arts
7th February 2016 7:30pm
Helmsley Arts Centre
6th March 2016 7:30pm
The Ropewalk