‘Stories for children enrich our reading culture incalculably. I’m looking forward to experiencing work by writers in our region who not only have new stories to tell but also fresh and exciting ways of telling them.’
Will Mackie is Senior Programme Manager (Writing, Awards and Libraries) at New Writing North. He manages the Northern Writers’ Awards, the talent-development programme for writers in Northern England, and is the main contact for libraries, publishers and authors involved in the Read Regional campaign. He manages the Gordon Burn Prize and other prizes, and works with Northumbria University to deliver module content on Creative Writing programmes. He previously worked in publishing as a fiction and poetry editor, and was Head of Writer Development at Scottish Book Trust.