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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Frapetsus, etc

An unusually writerly few days.

Firstly, there was the kind invitation by Tim Rhys and Richard Gwyn to spend a day as a Visiting Writer, on Cardiff University’s postgraduate Creative Writing course. Thus, I showed the students (all female, interestingly) one of my episodes of “Tati’s Hotel”, and discussed the process of going from outline to final draft; set up an exercise in which they had to devise a TV series, giving only a list of hypothetically available actors as a starting-point; and made some (doubtless ill-informed) contributions to the workshop in which they appraised extracts of one another’s work. In the evening, there was an open-mic session at the Promised Land pub-restaurant – more readings, in a slightly more public forum. Very enjoyable, and an encouraging first experience of Creative Writing in academia.

Then, having entered my play “Hunkydory” in Frapetsus Theatre Company’s inaugural “Writer’s Block” play competition (taking place in the Arts Wing of Swansea’s Grand Theatre), I actually won, against stiff opposition in the final (from Rebecca Hill, Anna Poole and Eifion Jenkins). Delighted, but surprised, given the commercial slant of the contest; not that my piece is avant-garde in any way, simply a bit “niche”, its main protagonists being former punk musicians in their fifties. Still, if all goes well, there’ll be a production in 2012, and the script will be published by Stagescripts Ltd. Which will be nice.

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