Following the successful talk in January given by Catherine Johnson, writer-in-residence at the Bristol Old Vic, she has agreed to attend one of our regular meetings on Tuesday, 27 February.

On this occasion we plan to read out scripts from as many people as possible, with priority going to those who attend our meetings regularly. Final arrangements will be made at the meeting a week earlier on Tuesday, 20 February — so please come then as well.


Bath MA students stage short piece show
On Wednesday, 20 March, students on the MA Creative Writing course at Bath College are staging a performance of short pieces they have written. Our own Val Lorraine will hopefully be one of the actresses and Southwest Scriptwriter, Steve Hennessy, is one of the writers. Steve has recently had a radio play accepted by the BBC for broadcast next June (we hope to let you know the exact date later). The performance of short pieces will be in the Newton Building at Bath College and will start at 7.30pm. A small admission charge of £1.50 will help raise funds for Amnesty International.


Peter’s poetic success
Congratulations to Southwest Scriptwriter Peter Gillott who won four poetry prizes in 1995, as well as a ‘shortlisted’ and a ‘commendation’. His biggest success was joint first prize in the ninth Ouse Valley Open Poetry Prize, adjudicated amongst others by Ted Hughes. Peter has now been commended, highly commended or placed in the top three in 43 literary prizes.


Pub Theatre Network guide
London’s Pub Theatre Network is planning a guide for writers who hope to get their play produced on the fringe and for companies who are producing new work.


Stage One seeks scripts for 20- and 30-somethings
Stage One Theatre Company is looking for new plays with an emphasis on theatricality and for a cast of up to six, preferably in their 20s and 30s.