A ground-breaking anthology of the best contemporary northern writing, showcasing the wealth of literary talent in the North of England.


'Test Signal . . .  is testament to the fact that there is no singular prescription of what it means to be a northern writer and no such thing as a definitive northern voice; instead it celebrates a community of writers, each telling a different story in their own words'



bridges over the Tyne / crumbling coastlines / influencers' online worlds / asylum applications / packed train carriages / forgotten village social clubs / family in Nigeria / holidays in Greece / shining university campuses / ghosts in city cemeteries / jobs in London / teenage explorations / monstrous graffiti / suburban woodland


We are the North With ground-breaking new authors, a thriving independent publishing scene and vibrant grass-roots networks, the North is driving a revolution in new literature.

This anthology showcases the best of its talent, from every corner of the region and across all its vibrant genres.


Some contributors are well-known established names, others are newcomers; all of them are part of the new northern writing scene


. This is Test Signal


Adam Farrer / Amy Stewart / Andrew Michael Hurley / Carmen Marcus / Crista Ermiya / Desiree Reynolds / Jane Claire Bradley / Jenna Isherwood / J. A. Mensah / Kit Fan / Lara Williams / Laura Bui / Matt Wesolowski / Melissa Wan / Naomi Booth / Rebecca Hill / Robert Williams / Sammy Wright / Sara Sherwood / Sharon Telfer / Tawseef Khan / Tricia Cresswell

Test Signal : A Northern Anthology Of New Writing