In 2022, I submitted a short piece of writing to Scotland's Stories. To my surprise and delight, the story, "Everybody's Auntie" was selected for inclusion in the free printed book that the Scottish Book Trust distribute during Book Week Scotland.
This year I was invited to submit a piece to help launch the annual call for submissions. All I can say right now is watch this space for further news!
To find out more about Scotland's Stories and the Scottish Book Trust, click the link below.
One day in 2020, when I'd finished draft three of The Visitor, I decided to try my hand at writing a one act play, just to freshen my mind. The result was a script called Time to Dance. I'd no plans to do anything with it until I saw the BBC were running their Writer's Room competition, and asking for submissions of any type of writing. Winners would be enrolled on a one-year mentoring scheme in writing for television, with the aim being to polish your skills and prepare a script that would be considered for production. Competition would be fierce I knew, but I submitted it anyway.
Fast forward to May 2021 and the results were in. Unfortunately I wasn't among the winners but there was good news. The BBC received 5167 entries and my script got through to the 30 page read sift. This meant it caught their attention as something worthy of further consideration, and apparently put me in the top ten percent. To put it in a football context, it's like Partick Thistle playing in the Champions League and reaching the quarter finals!
Although I didn't win a place, for a first time playwright up against professionals, I think I did rather well and I'll keep an eye out now for the next submission window. In the meantime, I'll pop the script up here soon.
...it's like Partick Thistle playing in the Champions League and reaching the quarter finals!