We did it! On 23 April 2007, Tonto Press made a giant leap for writer-kind by taking a studio at the Brick Works, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Eager as ever, we even moved in before all the building work was complete and were the first to settle in. In the days that followed, all the other artists and makers moved in, establishing a thriving community.
As you can see on the website, the building caters for a variety of creative businesses, with 12 studios and conference room facilities.
Jamie, Hannah and actor Phil Hoffmann stopped by to offer support, eat our food and drink our beer
There was an opening event held on 3 May where press and funders attended to see what we were all up to before the building was officially opened up to all the riff raff – friends, family, and the like – for the first time. It was a great night of networking, with a trip to a local drinking establishment to round the night off perfectly.
What does this all mean for the future of Tonto Press? Well, we have a number of projects in development at the moment. We are poised to release More Tonto Short Stories and will be publicising it and the others in the very near future. We are also developing our educational work, running more creative writing workshops in-house, and are in discussion with various groups to widen the participation of workshops to those other than experienced writers.
Stay tuned for more news…
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