This prestigious scheme, created in 2019, has been designed to develop and support Welsh writing talent.
The initiative offers the winning writer the opportunity to hone their craft over a portfolio of media, encompassing stage, sound and screen. During their yearlong residency they will spend six months working with the BBC, including BBC Studios, followed by six months with NTW, and receive financial support. They’re offered physical space to write in, access to industry expertise and support to develop their ideas and talent.
The Welsh Writer in Resident will be offered a BBC-broadcast credit in the form of a BBC Radio 4 drama commission.
This year writers are able to submit previously unproduced scripts in any medium alongside a pitch for an audio drama. Writers will be judged on both their writing flair alongside the compelling originality of their audio drama idea. The award is open to anyone over the age of 18 who can represent the culture of Wales with authenticity (for example you may be from, or have lived or worked in Wales).
The submission window for entrants is open from Monday 10 February until Monday 11 May. The scheme is for English language scripts and will be managed by the BBC Writersroom team in Wales.
For more details please see the website: bbc.co.uk/writersroom/wales
The inaugural Wales Writer in Residence award was won by Holyhead-born writer Rhiannon Boyle. Rhiannon said of her 2019 win:
“Winning Wales Writer in Residence 2019 has been amazing so far. It’s opened many doors and has led to lots of exciting meetings and opportunities. From developing TV drama ideas with BBC studios, to mentorship from established writer Matthew Hall, to some pretty immersive and thorough audio drama training. After years of writing it’s been the leg up I’ve needed to launch me into a successful career writing across all platforms here in Wales and beyond.”
Rhiannon’s award winning script, Safe From Harm will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2020.
BBC Cymru Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies says: “The Wales Writer in Residence offers aspiring scriptwriters an unique opportunity to develop their craft and get their work produced. It’s also an opportunity for BBC Wales, National Theatre Wales and BBC Writersroom and to celebrate the best in Welsh scriptwriting, and to seek out new talent. Now in its second year, we are looking for writers who can tell original and compelling stories about Wales.”
Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director at National Theatre Wales, says: “We were delighted by the sheer variety of great work submitted during last year’s inaugural Wales Writers in Residence initiative, so we are thrilled to see what emerges from this year’s call out.
“This year, we are looking for the same high standard. Original works written with passion, imagination and conviction that will draw in audiences to the writers intimate story-telling world. We want to encourage writers to be bold, ambitious, experimental! We can’t wait to read your scripts.
“National Theatre Wales is once again proud to collaborate with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Writersroom for the 2020 Writers in Residence venture, supporting, developing and nurturing the next generation of writers in Wales.”