You’re Through To The Next Round…

Posted on May 22, 2010 in Latest, Radio, TV & Film

I was utterly chuffed to make the BBC Writers Academy longlist. I almost keeled over when I made the Nick Darke Award shortlist too.

Much high-fiving has ensued and, as luck is supposed to come in threes, I’ve also bought a lottery ticket.

The BBC Writers Academy is an apprenticeship scheme producing the next generation of writers for EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors.  Of the 510 applicants, there are now 177 of us on the “longlist”.  Only eight make it onto the final scheme. Everything is crossed.

The Nick Darke Award is made each year in memory of writer Nick Darke and encourages writers to produce a stage play, radio play, screenplay or documentary on an environmental theme. The award is a sum of money, which gives the recipient the freedom to research and write their idea. The beginnings of my radio play God Save, about two elderly hoarders, has made the shortlist.

I’ll keep you posted on the outcome of tonight’s National Lottery…