LONDON WRITERS’ WEEK ANNOUNCES PROGRAMME FOR 2016
London Writers’ Week has announced its 2016 programme.
This year London Writers’ Week will take place during the week of July 4th 2016.
In addition to the programme, the week has announced a series of new partnerships to advise on and help develop the week, including a continuing partnership with Central Saint Martins, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and Writers at Work Productions, three of the original founding partners of the week, plus new partnerships with BBC Writersroom, NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education) and the London Playwrights Blog in terms of emerging writers.
The partners will work with the British Writers Council to advise on and develop the week. The British Writers Council is an advisory board made up of those who have led the way in writing training in the industry including John Yorke, founder of the BBC Writers Academy, Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme, Fin Kennedy, Artistic Director of Tamasha, Caroline Jester, former Dramaturg at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Philip Shelley, instigator of the Channel Four screenwriting course, Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre and Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins and Director of Writers at Work Productions.
London Writers’ Week’s theme for 2016 will be to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on particularly in terms of theatre writing in the UK.
The 2016 programme will include:
- A Central Saint Martins day on the future of dramatic writing training, the Central Saint Martins MA Dramatic Writing showcase and an exclusive event with Oscar winner and Theatre Design Central Saint Martins’ graduate Jenny Beavan
- A Writers’ Guild of Great Britain day with panel discussions on Fact Based Theatre chaired by David Edgar and including panelists Alecky Blythe, Gilliam Slovo and Richard Norton Taylor and Book Writing for Musical Theatre chaired by Jenifer Toksvig and including panelists Gurinder Chadha and Catherine Johnson
- A showcase of Tamasha theatre company’s new project “New Families” to accompany their forthcoming tour of Mother India
- A showcase of the Dark Horse Festival, a new festival for unproduced plays being developed by the London Playwrights Blog and targeted at emerging writers
- A day with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books on The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting and providing access to and increasing diversity in the theatre
- A workshop for young writers run by NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education
- A workshop with Tim Crouch on his recent residency at Central Saint Martins, The Complete Deaths and his work with students at Central Saint Martins and his methods to develop new work
- An In Conversation event with the Arts Council on Grants for the Arts and the Arts Council’s priorities in terms of theatre funding
- A Masterclass with BBC Writersroom Head Anne Edyvean on how theatre writers can make the transition to other forms of dramatic writing
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week and the Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins said: “London Writers’ Week was founded last year with the aim of providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in terms of writing in the UK. We’re delighted that this year’s focus is theatre writing and we hope the week provides access, in one week, to some of the most interesting theatre writing and theatre writing ideas going on in the UK. There should be something for everyone – from students to the public to writers and the industry.”
Ellie Peers, WGGB Acting General Secretary said: “WGGB is proud to support London Writers’ Week once again, with its focus this year on theatre writing, and we are delighted that our Theatre Committee will be hosting a full day and two panel events.”
Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom said: “BBC Writersroom is delighted to be supporting London Writers Week in celebrating new writing talent in the UK.”
For more information and to book tickets please go to: www.londonwritersweek.com
Notes to editors
Central Saint Martins:
Central Saint Martins is internationally renowned for the creative energy of its students, staff and graduates with an exceptional reputation for educating foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in arts, design and performance. CSM’s award-winning campus at Kings Cross opens opportunities for creative collaboration and has provided an outstanding social scene for students.
Drama Centre London is one of the UK’s leading drama schools and is part of Central Saint Martins.
Alumni from Central Saint Martins and Drama Centre London include Sarah Burton, Hussein Chalayan, Jarvis Cocker, Matthew Collings, Terence Conran, James Dyson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Tom Hardy, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Sandy Powell, Raqib Shaw, Yinka Shonibare, Joe Wright.
CSM is part of University of the Arts London, an international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.
The MA Dramatic Writing is run by Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett alongside Masters Ola Animashawun, David Edgar, Stephen Jeffreys, Caroline Jester, Fin Kennedy, Lucy Kerbel, Kate Rowland, Philip Shelley, Nina Steiger, Steve Winter and John Yorke.
For more information, please see: http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/postgraduate/ma-dramatic-writing-drama-centre-london/
The Writers Guild of Great Britain:
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, animation and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund. Members include professional and emerging writers and membership starts at £9 per month.
Website (including online joining): www.writersguild.org.uk
Writers at Work Productions:
Writers at Work Productions is a writers development organisation which aims to explore new ways of working with and training writers and to work with the industry to increase access and diversity in the writing industry. The company is run by Jennifer Tuckett, who is also the Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. Past projects include London Writers’ Week, The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting run in partnership with the Bush Theatre, Central Saint Martins and Oberon Books and University Women in the Arts run in partnership with The Women of the Future Programme, Central Saint Martins and in association with Tonic Theatre.
For more information please see: www.writersatworkproductions.com
BBC Writersroom is a cross-genre department. We work with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online – and others. We work with both new and experienced writers.
For more information please see: www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom
NAWE’s mission is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.
As Subject Association, NAWE promotes Creative Writing as both a distinct discipline and an essential element in education generally. Our membership includes those working in Higher Education, the many freelance writers working in schools and community contexts, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.
For more information, please see: www.nawe.co.uk
The London Playwrights Blog:
London Playwrights Blog was started in 2013 as a resource for emerging playwrights. We aim to bring together the latest opportunities, best resources, and good advice in one place.
The London Playwrights Blog advises London Writers Week particularly on events targeted at emerging writers.
For more information, please see www.londonplaywrightsblog.com
For further information, photos or to arrange interviews please contact Jennifer Tuckett at firstname.lastname@example.org