Newstead Abbey was closed on Sunday 3rd December due to adverse weather conditions. If you had pre-booked you will be able to come along another day when Newstead Abbey & Gardens are open or receive a refund.

If you booked Narnia at Newstead House Admission on Sunday, you can simply bring your ticket and we will honour it on an alternative day. If you instead booked a House Tour, Afternoon Tea or Christmas Dinner, please email us to we will be able to confirm your booking for an alternative day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Writing for Life

Creative Careers event for ages 14 – 25


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Writing for Life:

Creative Careers event for ages 14- 25 years.

Writing for Life:

Creative Careers event for ages 14-25 years

Newstead Abbey,

Wednesday 21st Feb, 4.00 – 6:30 pm




About the event:

This twilight event for students (Year 10-13) will bring together a range of professionals from various backgrounds to share their experience of using written and spoken language creatively in their jobs and careers.

A series of talks, interspersed with practical tasks, will give young people a chance for hands-on experience of using creative writing in different ways, and a chance to see the diversity of uses creative and descriptive writing can have in the workplace.

This will be followed with a chance to visit stalls of speakers and other local organisations to ask questions and find out more, ‘open day’ style.

This event aims to:

– Inspire young people to take creative writing forward into their adult lives

– Increase their awareness of the range of jobs and roles that use creative and descriptive writing on a day to day basis

–        Broaden understanding of what writing can be used for in the world of work

–        Create an interest in writing via awareness of how many different ways it can be done, and how many different uses it can have

–        Offer fun, hands-on activities with seminar style talks from guests

–     Create transferrable skills in CV writing, Personal Statement writing and confidence in composition and expression

Confirmed Guests include

  • Simon Brown, Newstead Abbey Curator: Simon will share how he uses writing at Newstead to share information and ideas in a way that connects the stories of historical objects and sites to visitors.
  • Writing East Midlands: Writing East Midlands is the literature development agency for the region. They support writers at all stages in their careers, connecting them with opportunities, and helping them to help themselves.
  • First Story: England’s leading creative writing charity for young people. First Story works with talented professional writers who equip students in underserved communities with the confidence and skills to tell their own stories.
  • Pippa Hennessy who has worked as a writer and publisher for Five Leaves bookshop. She is also a development director for Nottingham Writers studio. Pippa will be sharing her experiences of the writing industry from the point of view of a publisher.
  • Megan Dawes: Art Coordinator at Nottingham City Hospital, who will share her experience of using writing with hospital patients.
  • Clare Harvey: Published writer who will share her experiences of using found materials such as diaries as a starting point for story-telling.
  • Natalie Barber: Linguistics Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. Natalie will share her work on documenting and celebrating Nottingham Dialects and the importance and value of using our own voice in our writing.


This event takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Newstead Abbey, home of the poet Lord Byron; a space that inspires writing.

Schools/Education settings are welcome to bring groups of up to 15 pupils.

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