Our next five meetings will take place in the Garden Suite on the first floor at the Theatre Royal, King Street, Bristol 1. This is because the Cooper’s Loft is being used for rehearsals. Ask at the bar on the first floor for directions. Everyone attending pays £1 to help cover costs.

Please put these dates in your diary now:

Tuesday, 2 April at 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, 9 April at 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, 16 April at 7.30pm: A talk by Tim Massey on Radio Comedy
Tim will be following up his recent article on radio comedy in the April edition of Comedy Review.

Tuesday, 23 April: No meeting (no room available).

Tuesday, 30 April at 7.30pm-9.30pm
Catherine Johnson will be joining us and will give us the latest news on Bristol Old Vic’s policy on new writing.

Tuesday, 7 May at 7.30pm-9.30pm


Catherine Johnson, writer-in-residence at the Bristol Old Vic, has agreed to become our Honorary President. This is great news for us, and we look forward to a long and happy relationship with her.


Southwest Scriptwriters committee
It’s been decided that one of the prerequisites of our being eligible for any kind of funding sometime in the future is that we should have a more formal committee structure. At the moment nominations are as follows:

Chairman — Mike Grant
Mike has been one of our longest-serving members and has been acting informally as Chairman for the last couple of years.

Secretary/Treasurer — John Colborn
John has been doing these jobs informally since June 1994.

Artistic Director — Tim Massey
Tim, who recently completed an MA in Creative Writing, joined us a year or so ago and is keen to do more to help writers in the group promote their work, as well as to try and obtain funding that would enable us to arrange rehearsed readings.

Committee members — Joyce Pearce, Pat Dallimore


Writers West hosts Story workshop
Writers West is hosting a workshop by former BBC drama producer, Brian Miller, entitled What is a Story? on Saturday, 20 April. The fee is £13.50. The venue is Bristol Folk House in Park Street. The times are 10.30am to 4.30pm.


Wolff’s Sitcom Workshop in London
Kent Enterprises is hosting Jürgen Wolff’s Sitcom Workshop in London on 26-28 April. Designed for writers, script editors and producers. The workshop is a nuts-and-bolts session that will provide you with a wealth of techniques to apply immediately.


Scripting Skills in Swindon
Media Arts in Swindon is offering an intermediate level Scripting Skills course, which will explore the essential skills and tools used by practising screenwriters. The date is 1-2 June 1996 and the cost is £100 (£60 concessions).