Northern Connections

The north east of  England has a vibrant art and writing scene. Below are a series of links which will help StepAway Magazine readers familiarise themselves with the area and its artistic and literary heritage.

Andy Siddens Photography
A Newcastle based photographer whose portfolio intimately captures the north east of England and its people.

Arts Council North East
‘Championing, developing and investing’ in the arts in north east England

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
International centre for the contemporary visual arts in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Bloodaxe Books
A major Northumberland based publishing house specialising in poetry

Flambard Press
An independent press that nourishes developing talent, particularly new and neglected writers

A short film produced by the talented Zaruhi Arzumanyan chronicling the arrival on campus of three iconic sculptures by artist and Newcastle graduate Joseph Hillier

‘Jazz Cafe: a documentary’
A short documentary about Newcastle’s magnificent Jazz Cafe and its enigmatic owner, Keith Crombie

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts
NCLA’s primary mission is to contribute to the cultural life of the North East region through the provision of events, education, projects and publications in the field of creative writing

New Writing North
A development agency for creative writing and creative reading based in the north east of England

The Sage, Gateshead
Purpose-built music and arts centre by the River Tyne in Gateshead

Seven Stories
The national home of Children’s books in Britain, based in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

The Side Cinema and Gallery
A Newcastle based film and photographic collective built around long term engagements with working class and marginalized communities in the North of England.

The Star and Shadow Cinema
A volunteer run, independent cinema with a belief in any film which is new, different, underground, or original.

Trashed Organ
A Newcastle based literature, music and events collective, established in 2010 by writers John Challis and Robert Haughton and theatre practitioner Melanie Rashbrooke. Trashed Organ produces live literature and music events, and a weekly music and poetry radio show.