Grace Keane joined the New Writing North team in Spring 2017 as Festivals and Events Intern. She then worked as Administration and Finance Assistant, and latterly Projects and Finance Assistant. In Autumn 2019 Grace became Programme Manager (Festivals, Events and Awards). This role largely focuses on the organisation of events such as Durham Book Festival, the Gordon Burn Prize and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She also works closely on Read Regional and the Northern Writers’ Awards. Grace is a graduate of the University of Manchester where she gained a BA Hons in English Literature. In 2021 Grace was awarded a London Book Fair Trailblazer Award.