Time to take a breather from your hectic summer writing activities and come to our new series of meetings, all of which take place in the Cooper’s Loft at the Bristol Old Vic. Everyone attending pays £1.

Tuesday, 5 September at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 12 September at 7.30pm: Mother Me Daughter by Ann-Marie McCormack
A reading of the new draft of Ann-Marie McCormack’s screenplay which has been shortlisted for this year’s Western Lights. It’s the story of the secret life of a mother — and her daughter’s quest for the truth.

Tuesday, 19 September at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 26 September at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 3 October at 7.30pm: Meet Melanie Lawman
Since joining Southwest Scriptwriters, Melanie has become one of the principal writers on the Radio Wales soap Station Road. She’ll talk to us about how she got the job, how she turns four pages of storyline into a week’s episodes, and also about technical constraints, storylining and other writers.

Tuesday, 10 October at 7.30pm: Puppet Love by Jeremy Risdon
A reading of Jeremy Risdon’s latest play — in which a doctor’s peculiar hobby leads to obsession and tragedy when his friends attempt to steer him back onto the path of normality.


Competition latest
We trust you’ve been spending the summer break writing your entry for our annual competition that closes on 30 November. We’re now applying for another grant and, if successful, hope to present the winners in the New Vic for a fourth season of rehearsed readings. Final details of how to submit your entry will be given in the next newsletter, but   just in case you haven’t started yet — it needs to be a one-act or full-length script for film, radio, TV or theatre. Judging will be conducted anonymously by independent readers.


Jessica to pen new play at the National
Congratulations to Jessica Townsend who, following the successful revival of her play Angels and Saints by the Soho Theatre, has been awarded a grant (and an office) by the National Theatre to work on a new play.


Have-a-Go Hero acclaimed in Edinburgh
Congratulations, too, to Tim Massey whose play Have-a-Go Hero was performed to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. The normally hard-to-please Scotsman gave it a three-star rating.


Calling the Shots seeks writer
Calling the Shots is a semi-professional, Bristol-based production company that is looking for a writer to collaborate with on the type of devised scenario seen recently in TV drama such as Nice Girl and Tina Goes Shopping. The company has already had success with its 16mm short drama Stray.

Calling the Shots