6 December 2020
The winner of the 2020 Wales Writer in Residence award has been announced as Faebian Averies. The Penarth-born scriptwriter will be given an unique opportunity to develop her craft under the guidance of the BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Writersroom Wales and National Theatre Wales over the course of a year.
As part of her prize, Faebian will be commissioned to write an original audio drama for BBC Radio 4, guaranteeing her a BBC broadcast credit as well as two bespoke placements; an initial 6 months with BBC Cymru Wales including working with BBC Studios, followed by 6 months with National Theatre Wales and a bursary to assist her year-long placement as Wales Writer in Residence.
Actor Rakie Ayola, who was a guest judge, said; “This award is a fantastic springboard for a writer and I congratulate the winner and indeed everyone who made the short list. Each voice was so distinct, but all were richly imaginative and hugely entertaining. It was a privilege to join my fellow judges reading, absorbing and then discussing the work.”
The award was announced on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show today (Sunday 6 December).
Faebian began writing in 2018, her highlights so far include creating sketches and writing for a podcast.
Wales Writer in Residence 2020 Faebian Averies said; “I am both shocked and over the moon to have won The Wales Writer in Residence 2020 and really can’t thank the panel enough for giving me this opportunity. Writing can be solitary and to have your work read and enjoyed by a panel such as the WRIR judges is such a lovely feeling and I can’t wait to get started on all the amazing opportunities I know the placements will bring.”
Director of BBC Cymru Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies said; “Many congratulations to Faebian on winning the 2020 Wales Writer in Residence. Supported by BBC Wales, BBC Writersroom Wales and National Theatre Wales I can’t wait to see her development over the next 12 months. We are really looking forward to welcoming Faebian into this unique initiative.”
Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales said; “It is so exciting to come across writing that makes you gasp. Faebian has an original dramatic and comic voice and everyone at NTW is looking forward to working with her during her residency. I hope we can help develop her true potential, nurture her incredible talent, and help her explore ideas to open up new opportunities for her work to be experienced nationally. Writers have been the beating heart of NTW from the very beginning. We are very excited for Faebian to join us next year where I hope she will embed herself in the company and many new extraordinary ideas will emerge.”
Rhiannon Boyle, Wales Writer in Residence 2019 said; “The award has helped me to get noticed. It’s given me validation and recognition. Aside from this the most invaluable thing it’s given me is confidence. The mentoring and the support I’ve received has made me believe in myself and my talent and for this I will be forever grateful to all at BBC Wales Writersroom.
Since winning I have had my play Safe From Harm commissioned by Radio 4. I’ve also received commissions from BBC Studios – Pobol y Cwm, Channel 4 – Bucket List and Theatr Genedlaethol – Anfamol. I have treatments in with BBC Studios and a six part docu-drama podcast in development with BBC Radio Wales. I’m also working with Dirty Protest on a digital theatre experience – Kill Me Now as well as writing a stage play, Crisis, with the dramaturgical support of National Theatre Wales.”