Writing East Midlands is working with organisations across the region on some brilliant projects and events for the first ever National Writing Day. People across the six counties will be buzzing with creativity on 21st June. Click on the links below to find out more.


Aurora Competition Prize Giving Event.  Help us celebrate National Writing Day with an evening of poetry and short story readings from all the winning and commended writers of this year’s Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Competition. We’ll also be joined by our acclaimed judges Penelope Shuttle and Jacob Ross, who’ll be reading from their newest titles.


Solstice Prize Winners Announcement. Join us ONLINE on National Writing Day as we announce the winners of our second WEM Solstice Prize for Young Writers. This year’s winners will see their stories and poems published in our online anthology Beacon 2, and receive a cash prize plus book tokens for their school libraries. Click HERE on National Writing Day to read the winning entries.


Story Cafe – Sharing ideas and shaping identities on being and belonging. Beaumont Leys writers group will work with renowned spoken word artist John Berkavitch to create a Story Cafe at the heart of Beaumont Leys Library.




Fleet Arts in Belper, Derbys. is delighted to be working with River Wolton, former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, who will be Writer in Residence for National Writing Day.



High Peak Community Arts  will hold 4 workshops with different groups, led by singer/songwriter Bella Hardy (BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014).



Derby City School Sport Partnership and Derby County Community Trust will run a series of workshops on writing, reading and football journalism, with Guest Speaker, the brilliant Andy Cope.


Hilton Primary School. 
Writer and Young Writers’ Group facilitator Sian Towers will be working with Y4 young writers from Hilton Primary School in Derbyshire.