A Place For Words: Links

Literature organisations and consultancies


UrbanWords is a literature consultancy specialising in projects which use creative writing as a way to explore and question our relationship to place.

Poet in the City

Poet in the City is a registered charity committed to attracting new audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry, and raising money to support poetry education, in particular the placing of poets in schools.

New Writing North

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the North East of England, working with writers and partners to produce events, publications and productions.

Jack Drum Arts

Jack Drum Arts is an award-winning arts co-operative based in South West Durham, running a wide range of performance and media projects.

Spread the Word

Spread the Word works with London writers at all stages of their careers to help them achieve their full potential.

Pen and Tonic

Pen and Tonic is a community organisation based in the North East that promotes the health benefits of creative, expressive and free flow writing. Pen and Tonic aims to reach the heart of communities and show that writing and story telling can be for everyone.


Encounters is a Sheffield based organisation, which delivers a programme of arts projects that involve participation with local residents and the collecting of urban histories. They use disused shop spaces, street based interventions, interactive media, text, performance and photography to create interaction with and in response to residents and the immediate urban environment. They map and collect evidence of everyday life and use creative methods which enable people of all ages and cultures to share their ideas, feelings, stories and memories.


National Bodies

Arts Council

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

National Association of Literature Development

A professional body for all involved in developing writers, readers and literature audiences.


A web resource highlighting training, professional development and work opportunities for writers and all those involved in creating or supporting new writing and literature.

National Association of Writers in Education

Supports the development of creative writing of all genres in educational and community settings throughout the UK.


Other consultancies and useful links


Sophie Hope is a art practitioner investigating the relationships between art and society.

The Manifesto of possibilities

A practical document exploring the commissioning of art in the public realm.