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Glossary terms

--New Playwrights’ Networksearch for term
Set up in the 1970s to promote the best work from new writers. Highly successful plays from the likes of John Waterhouse, Jack Booth, Don Carroll and John Reason are popular at festivals and as staples of amateur productions throughout the year.
National Academy of Writingsearch for term
Major new initiative to establish a national academy in the UK. More than 100 established writer patrons support its aims and will be visiting the Academy to help deliver the programme. Applicants for the one year vocational course will have to submit a portfolio of writing.
National Association for Literature Developmentsearch for term

The professional body for all those involved in developing writers, readers and literature audiences in the UK. The organisation focuses on professional development and training and supports individuals involved in literature development.There's a mass of other useful information on the site at

National Association of Writers in Educationsearch for term

A professional association supporting creative writing of all genres and in all educational settings throughout the UK. They support writers in education, in universities and in the community, and have useful resources, training and job opportunities plus the Artscape directory.

National Extension Collegesearch for term

Non profit-making UK educational charity which is dedicated to widening access to education for adults through distance learning. Courses cover Creative Writing, Writing Short Stories and Writing for Money.

National Library of New Zealandsearch for term

A large collection, much of it digitised and therefore searchable, including some important sets of papers and images relating to NZ history.

National Literacy Trustsearch for term
UK-based organisation which has campaigned since 1993 to improve literacy standards across all age groups. Excellent research information and details of the many initiatives the charity is currently involved in. It also has a useful page of news stories on UK literacy, which links to newsletter
National Poetry Competitionsearch for term
Annual poetry prize run by the UK-based Poetry Society established in 1978; accepts entries from all over the world; over 10,000 poems submitted each year
National Reading Campaignsearch for term

SMOG reading level test online.

National Union of Journalistssearch for term
Represents British journalists and photographers. Has a useful list of links to media resources. site links to a NUJ freelance fees site
Natural History Photographic Agencysearch for term
This library represents more than 100 photographers specialising in wildlife and nature, with 250,00 images available.
New Theatre Publicationssearch for term

New concept in theatre publishing - a publishing company that is owned and managed by writers. The Playwrights’ Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation whose aims are to cut out the middle-men and profit-makers from the world of theatre publishing and give individual playwrights the opportunity to take greater control and responsibility in the marketing of their work with all the benefits that full publication brings.

On this site you'll find our full catalogue of theatre play scripts plus details of the playwrights and authors. If you're a member of a professional or amateur theatre group or dramatic society you can order acting editions of play scripts and if you decide to stage a production you can arrange performing licenses by email or regular mail.

New Writer's Guidesearch for term

Newly set up site offering new writing guides on writing poetry, stories, letters and books, which are emailed to you as e-books.

New Zealand Society of Authorssearch for term

Association working to improve the situation for New Zealand writers. Members' contracts service, bookselling and offers website services.

New Zealand Writers Websitesearch for term

With competitions, an email newsletter and book reviews this site supports writers in New Zealand.

Newspaper Press Fundsearch for term

Dickens House, 35 Wathen Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1JY

Phone 01306 887511

Fax 01306 888212

Director/Secretary: David Ilott

Aims to relieve distress among journalists and their dependants. Continuous and/or occasional financial grants; also retirement homes for eligible beneficiaries. Further information and subscription details available from the Secretary.


Niedieck Linder AGsearch for term
Nielsen Bookscansearch for term
UK bibliographic organisation, describing itself as 'the definitive retail monitoring service for books', which shows UK bestseller lists on its website. Nielsen BookScan UK
Northern East Literary Fellowshipsearch for term

Arts Council England, North East, Central Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PJ

Phone 0191 255 8500

Fax 0191 230 1020

Contact: Literature Officer

A competitive fellowship in association with the Universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne. Contact Arts Council England, North East, for details.


Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Awardsearch for term

Award £60,000 (£20,000 a year for three years).

New Writing North, 7--8 Trinity Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DF

Phone 0191 232 9991

Fax 0191 230 1883

Contact: Silvana Michelini

Annual award established in 2002 with the aim of liberating established writers who live in the region from work other than writing. Applicants must have at least two books published by a recognised publisher and must live in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham or Teesside. Closing date November. The first winner of the award in 2002 was poet, Anne Stevenson.