Wales Writer in Residence 2019 Longlist announced

We are delighted to announce the Longlist of the inaugural Wales Writer in Residence 2019.

It’s been a joy reading through the submissions and we’re excited about the wealth of writing talent the initiative has uncovered. All 17 of the final longlisted scripts are original, contemporary, memorable dramas that show real authorial flair.

  1. A Better Land – Catherine Dyson
  2. All the Small Things – Greg Glover
  3. Canceltown – Jesse Schwenk
  4. Eric Writes – Iestyn Jones
  5. Forget Her Not – Rhys Edwards
  6. Gaffer – Cameron Loxdale
  7. Heart full – Matthew Ingram
  8. Impacted – Rhiannon Boyle
  9. Incarnate – Matthew Trevannion
  10. Missing – Rebekah Harrison
  11. Moonlight Grey – Rick Allden
  12. My Sister’s Name – Kevin Jones
  13. No Words – Tess Berry-Hart
  14. Oh! You Pretty Things – Rachel Harper
  15. Pulse – Leila Navabi
  16. Relics – Sian Owen
  17. You, the Jury – Sarah Louise Madden

The final shortlist will be announced on the 18th September. Those final scripts will then be judged by screenwriter Matthew Hall, BBC Radio 4 Drama Commissioner Alison Hindell, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales Kully Thiarai, Development Executive, BBC Studios Wales Jenna Robins and BBC Writersroom Wales Development Producer Helen Perry.

The winning writer will be announced at an award ceremony on 2nd October at the Sherman Theatre. You can register for tickets to the ceremony here.

The winning writer will then be awarded a total bursary of £12,000 to assist their year-long placement as Wales Writer in Residence. Over the 12 months they’re in post they’ll be offered two consecutive residencies; an initial 6 months with BBC Cymru Wales including working with BBC Studios, followed by 6 months with NTW gaining bespoke mentoring and training, and access to expertise and contacts. In addition their winning script will be commissioned, developed and produced for BBC Radio 4 and/or BBC Sounds.

The Wales Writer in Residence is a prestigious new scheme, aimed at furthering a writer’s career across a portfolio of media and which includes a guaranteed broadcast credit.

It is a partnership between BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales, along with BBC Writersroom Wales, with the intention of supporting new writing talent.

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