New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north. We commission new work, create development opportunities, identify and nurture talented writers and make connections to support writers. We run a wide-ranging young people's programme called the Cuckoo Young Writers, and songwriting forms a significant part of this programme. We run the Cuckoo Young Songwriters, an open access group for 12 - 18 years who meet weekly in Sunderland to write and perform their own songs working with professional musicians. We also run Young Writer's City in Newcastle and soon Sunderland. This is one of our targeted programmes, providing young people who face barriers to engaging in arts and culture with opportunities to have a go at creative self expression working with professional artists. The programme also provide pathways for young people who find they have a talent or interest, to continue to develop their practice.