Tyne to shine for aspiring authors

Aspiring writers can learn from an award-winning author as part of North Tyneside Council’s annual short story competition.

‘Story Tyne 2016’ invites residents to enter their best short stories, following this year’s theme of ‘unforeseen consequences’, to be judged by a panel of expert judges.

Running until the end of September, entries to the competition must be a maximum of 1,500 words, or 750 for entrants under the age of 16.

The winning participants will be presented with prizes at an event at Wallsend Customer First Centre on Thursday, November 24.

And this year, North Tyneside libraries will be holding a series of creative writing sessions with esteemed author, and former Story Tyne winner, Victoria Watson.     

Victoria will hold one session a month throughout the duration of the competition as she visits customer first centres in Whitley Bay, North Shields, Wallsend, as well as the White Swan John Willie Sams Centres.

The next session will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at North Shields Customer First Centre from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Each session is free but booking is essential. For more information on an individual session, or to book your place, email library.events@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Anyone interested in entering Story Tyne can apply within any North Tyneside library, or by searching for ‘Story Tyne’ at www.northtyneside.gov.uk.