This year’s theme for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK. With the growth of Netflix, Amazon, BBC Three going online and theatre productions use of digital media, we hope the week provides an insight into and advice on some of the best new ideas in the UK.
Just announced: This year’s London Writers’ Week is also a benefit for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, with 100% of profits from the week going to help victims, supported by The Tabernacle, Notting’s Hill theatre and arts centre at the heart of the community – previous events at The Tabernacle include events with Adele, Lily Allen and others. If you are not able to attend the week in person, you can purchase a Donation ticket and receive email highlights from the week.
Overview The Pervasive Media Studio hosts a community of over 100 artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology. The company is widely regarded as being one of the UK companies leading the way in terms of digital media and this is chance for writers to find out about their work and get new ideas on how to write for digital media. In this In Conversation event, Pervasive Media Studio Managing Producer Verity…Find out more »
Overview Gabriel Bisset-Smith is a BAFTA nominated writer/actor/director/comedian from London. He's had plays produced at the Hampstead Theatre, York Theatre Royal and for BBC Radio Four. He's been on attachment at the Soho Theatre, the Royal Court and has been nominated for the Off West End Most Promising Playwright award. His short film "Thrush" won the 2010 Vimeo Best Narrative award. He was a regular story contributor on the acclaimed TV series SKINS. He was named one of Dazed &…Find out more »
Overview Join Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre Company Rob Drummer for a workshop on writing for young people. Between 2011 and 2013, Rob was the principal Dramaturg and Literary Manager for HighTide Festival Theatre and from 2013 to 2016 he was Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre. Boundless Theatre Company is a leading company for young people, which has recently launched The Commissioners programme for young people and whose most recent production Natives achieved 4 star reviews. This…Find out more »
Overview In this In Conversation event, lawyer Sophie Khan will discuss ways writers and those interested in new writing can help following the Grenfell Tower fire. Sophie Khan represented families of the Lakanal House fire and has recently argued that there needs to be an inquest rather than an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. Sophie will discuss her reasons for this argument, the power of words in law, and how writers can practically help. The…Find out more »
Overview John Yorke is the former Head of Channel 4 Drama, Controller of BBC Drama Production, Managing Director of Company Pictures, current Managing Director of Angel Station Productions, author of the number one bestselling book on storytelling Into the Woods and is widely regarded as being the UK's leading expert on and teacher of storytelling. Recently John was challenged to create a soap opera. The result was Red Rock - Ireland's new soap opera, which has…Find out more »
Overview Liberty Martin is a young writer who currently writes for "Red Rock" (BBC One and Amazon) and recently completed the BBC Continuing Drama Scheme. Join Liberty for a panel discussion with leading industry guests including Lee Anderson from Hidden City, Will Drew from Coney, Harriet Evans from "I'm Tired" (Glamour’s Top Fifty Instagram Power Players in August 2017) and John Robertson from The Dark Room, the world’s only live-action videogame, on innovations in digital media and how…Find out more »
Overview John is Chief Executive of The Creative Industries Federation, actively engaging with Government and Opposition parties in the shaping of post-Brexit policies that directly impact the creative industries in the UK. John will discuss what his concerns are for the future and what he sees to be hopeful about, the threats and opportunities for post-Brexit Britain’s writers and related industries. John will also discuss the shift to digital and what that means to writers (threats and opportunities);…Find out more »
In Conversation with writer, director and producer David Evan Giles – how to direct and produce your own work
Overview This In Conversation event with Australian Academy Award nominee David Evan Giles will explore how writers can also work as directors and producers, and offer advice on this model. David Evan Giles’s professional focus has been on writing in many forms, including Feature Films and Television Series. Turning to directing, David wrote and directed the award-winning short film, Waiting For The Turning of the Earth. The film stars Barry Otto (Bliss, and all of Baz Luhrmann’s…Find out more »
In Conversation with BAFTA nominated writer Olivia Hetreed, President of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
Overview Oscar and BAFTA-nominated writer Olivia Hetreed is the President of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. Olivia will discuss the current state of writing in the UK. She will talk about the outlook for writers in the UK, and especially about the need to protect the royalty streams due to writers with the shift to digital and what a vital role The Writers’ Guild has to play in any professional writer’s life. She will also tell…Find out more »
Overview Join Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, for advice on how writers can get involved in the BBC and what is going on at the BBC in terms of digital media. Anne will also offer general advice for writers and take questions from the audience. With BBC Three going online, writing for digital media is becoming an increasingly important form and Anne will offer an insight into what is happening at the BBC and how to get…Find out more »