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Literature links

Literature links

About Writing
A resource for writers of all abilities

Apples and Snakes
England's leading organisation for performance poetry.

BBC Writers Room
BBC Writersroom identifies and champions script writing talent and diversity across BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children's programmes.

The Book Trust
Encourages reading across the ages and cultures through various initiatives and offers all sorts of information and advice about books.

British Council
Facilitates cultural understanding and exchange through writing and reading projects. Website includes information about Contemporary Writers, listings for literature Festivals, publications and resources.

Derbyshire County Council: Library Service
Information about a wide-range of resources available through the library service including access to online information and the Library catalogue.  

Promote the benefits of writing for personal development, health and well-being.

The Literature Consultancy
The Literary Consultancy provides a specialist manuscript reading and assessment service providing developing writers with critical feedback. Information on training, jobs, conferences, magazines, competitions, residencies, commission and funding for writers. 

National Association of Writers in Education
NAWE is a membership organisation bridging the education and literature sectors by offering services and support for writers and teachers.

National Association of Writers Groups
Online resource for anyone interested in writers' events and groups 

The Poetry Archive  
The world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

The Poetry School
The nearest branch in Manchester offers evening classes and one day workshops with leading poets as tutors. It attracts students from the surrounding area including Derbyshire.   Poetry students are welcome regardless of qualifications or experience. A generous bursary scheme helps those with low incomes to participate fully.

The Poetry Society 
The Poetry Society aims to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. It provides advice and information for poets and those interested in poetry in Britain today and provides a range of resources.

The Poetry Translation Centre
The Poetry Translation Centre translates contemporary poetry from non-European languages into English through collaborations between leading international poets and poets based in the UK. 

The Society of Authors
The society acts as a Trade Union and offers a range of services to professional writers, illustrators and translators including meetings and seminars, a quarterly journal, a database of members' specialisations and advice.

Writers Circles
Directory of writers' circles

Writers Guild of Great Britain 
The union for all professional writers working in television, radio, film, theatre, books and multimedia

Writers in Prison Network
The Writers in Prison Network is part of PEN (a charity that works to promote literature and human rights)  co-ordinating support for writers  in prisons

Offers advice and support to writers.

Writers Workshop
The Writers’ Workshop offers editorial advice to novelists, whether published or unpublished, who need help with a manuscript.

Write Words
WriteWords is a source of inspiration and feedback to writers, offering support, advice, must-read interviews and articles from top writing names, as well as inside info on the latest writing jobs, opportunities, competitions and news.

Writing East Midlands
Writing East Midlands supports, promotes and champions writing from the region, creating opportunities for practicing writers and discovering new writers of quality.

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