Please note – This competition has now closed, best of luck to everyone who has entered!
Since January 2022, we have been collaborating with the Open University to host creative writing workshops for Newcastle Hospitals staff, as part of our new Arts Programme. The online workshops have been facilitated by the Open University Creative Writing team, Sally Blackburn-Daniels and Siobhan Campbell, alongside Nurse Practitioner Mel McEvoy of NT&H NHS Trust.
We are now opening up the creative writing opportunity again for all Newcastle Hospitals staff, offering the chance for them to have their pieces of creative writing produced and displayed on our Trust sites.
We’re excited to explore the talent of our Trust staff and find ways to share with colleagues, patients and visitors. There are also prizes up for grabs, with 3 works selected and awarded book tokens of £25 or £50.
Writing is embedded in our Trust’s history, as the philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was once a laboratory assistant at the RVI, and the plaque that hangs in Peacock Hall was unveiled by eminent philosopher Dr Mary Midgley!
We know that our staff continue to be creative, and look forward to unearthing and giving visibility to your talents.
- Any current member of Trust staff can enter
- The pieces of writing must not exceed 250 word count, there is no minimum
- The writing can be a poem, prose, memoir, fiction or non-fiction on any subject you like – not just about work!
- The work can be funny, heartfelt, personal – whatever you’d like to share
- You don’t need to have taken part in the workshops to apply
- Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm, Monday 2 May 2022
- One submission per person please
Creative writing is proven to help our wellbeing, recognise thoughts and feelings that we might find difficult to explain, and the best thing about it… there are no rules!
How to Enter
Attach your entry as a word document via email to [email protected] by the deadline of 2 May.
Please only include the following in your email:
- Work email address
- Preferred Contact Telephone Number
- I confirm that I am a current employee of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
You can also apply by post, including the above details and your piece of writing to:
Attn. of Katie Hickman, Newcastle Hospitals Charity, Peacock Hall, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP
If you have any other questions, or would like to find out a bit more about the workshops, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Arts Programme Manager, Katie Hickman on [email protected]. Please also get in touch should you wish to participate but find barriers to accessing, or entering, the competition.
5pm: 2 May All entries must be submitted by this time
3 – 17 May Shortlisting (further Panel details to be announced)
18 May Successful entries contacted
Summer 2022 Works displayed across our sites. We will contact your for permission to do this if you are chosen.
Please note, we are unable to give individual feedback on entries but very much appreciate the time and effort every applicant has made in order to apply.
Supported by the Newcastle Arts Programme, part of Newcastle Hospitals Charity and the Open University