Over the last few months, we've read hundreds of submissions for our Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios. At every stage, we've been struck not only by the wealth of talent here in the North but by the urgent need for a plurality of voices to be heard and diverse stories to be told. Representation matters.
It's time to meet our six finalists. Each of these writers has an electrifying story to tell and we can't wait to see what happens next. Read all about them - in their own words - as they prepare to pitch their ideas to our Panel at the end of the month...
I'm a Wakefield based writer and director who enjoys exploring and experimenting visually with my work, often concentrating on the younger generation of British Asians in contemporary Britain. My recent work includes 99% Halal (Kala Sangam) and Sweets & Chocolates (Kali & RADA).
I'm a writer and the Artistic Director of Stand & Be Counted, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary. My previous theatre work includes Where We Began (National tour 2018) ‘Tanja’ (National tours 2016 &17) and Inside (Edinburgh Fringe & National tour 2015).
Non-binary writer from Liverpool, here. I love the versatility of genre fiction, and I use fantasy, history, sci-fi and mysticism to create a fuller landscape of worlds and stories for weird working class queers to inhabit, and to speak truthfully about who we are. Sure I'm traumatized, but I'm also lots of fun.
Since an early age, I have performed to anyone who would listen or stand long enough to watch a tap dance. Maybe that's what being Blackpool born and bred does to you. Recently I have delved into the world of writing, slowly realising that we aspire to be what we see/hear and when we can’t find examples of that we start to believe our creativity is a luxury and that we should just be grateful.
I'm a writer from Ashington, Northumberland. Once the largest coal-mining village in the world, Ashington is now one of the most deprived areas in the country. My work documents life in the region and often calls for social and political change. In 2020, I was Highly Commended for the Sid Chaplin Award (part of the Northern Writers’ Awards), and had two short plays produced by Live Theatre.
My 2018 debut play, Build A Rocket, was Richard Jordan’s pick as ‘the best new British play of the year' in The Stage. It ran at Stephen Joseph Theatre and toured the UK in 2019. The Stephen Joseph Theatre also commissioned my play All Delighted People which celebrated forty years of youth theatre in Scarborough.