Northern Broadsides have had 6 places become available for our creative writing residency in Hebden Bridge as part of our Life in a Northern Town playwriting programme. We are making these places available to young people living in Calderdale aged 14 – 17.

The residency is completely free. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

This will be an opportunity to work with Maria Ferguson, a leading playwright and Northern Broadsides’ Artistic Director,  Laurie Sansom. You will develop your writing in creative workshops and share your work with other young writers. 

The residency will bring together participants of the programme from Northern Broadsides and Barnsley Civic.
All participants are under 18. 

The residency will take place on Wednesday 3rd April – Friday 5th April 2024.
Arrival is between 3pm-4pm on Wednesday 3rd; departing after 12pm on Friday 5th April.
We ask that the young people are brought to the hostel by car, alternatively we can meet them at Hebden Bridge train station and walk them to the hostel. Travel costs will be covered.

Hebden Bridge Hostel in West Yorkshire:
Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG

Additional information
Accommodation and vegetarian food will be provided. Other dietary requirements will be accommodated.
Each person will have their own room with ensuite facilities.
There is no cost for participants.
Participants will be supported by staff from Northern Broadsides Theatre Company and Barnsley Civic.
All staff are DBS checked and have been approved for working with children. 
There will be a Designated Safeguarding Lead from Northern Broadsides on site at all times.
details will be provided closer to the time. 
Our Safeguarding policy and other relevant policies will be made available to you prior to the residency.

If you require any further information, please email:

We may request ID, and/or contact you for a short induction call in advance of the residency.