I’ve played with words ever since I was a small child. I started with short stories, quickly moved into playwriting and theatre journalism, and then wrote and helped make short fiction videos.

After a long sabbatical I started to ghost blog, write and sub-edit copy and content for quirky dating websites, honing my copy writing skills in the process. I’ve since guest blogged and written opinion pieces for The Independent online.

My previous writing and production history includes;

Finalist for:

  • Channel 4/Tango’s 2001 Unleash the Talent Inside competition with short film Teabreak (co-writer/producer/director)
  • BBC’s Double Exposure scriptwriting competition (3rd/150+) 1994

Short-listed for:

  • ScreenEast’s Digital Shorts 2004 competition (reaching and attending their week-long talent camp)
  • BBC’s 2001 Talent ‘Drama Writer’ Competition
  • The Guardian’s Student Critic placements at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1995, 1997)
  • The Lloyds Bank Channel Four’s 1995/6 Film Challenge
  • BBC Wales’ 1996 Shot in a Shoebox series with short film Brilliant Mistake (writer/director/editor)
  • The Questor’s Theatre 1993 International Student Playwriting Competition

Won places on and attended:

  • ScreenEast’s Digital Shorts week-long talent camp
  • Scriptcity’s The Reading Room script-reading workshop
  • The advanced Lancashire Film and Video Summer School (with Peter Wollen)

Published journalism:

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival reviewer for The Scotsman
  • Winner of the Sunday Times Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award at the National Student Drama Festival
  • Freelance arts journalist for What’s On, The Sticks and What If?
  • Cartoonist and writer for Charlottes Mag/The Zine
  • Runner-up in the BFI’s 1988 One Day in the Life of Television competition, with inclusion in subsequent anthology and 5-year study project

Video work:

  • Hair, make-up and lighting for the Poet Dogs’ Betting Shop Murder music video
  • Filmed, edited and produced promo video for the Watford Schools Trust
  • Video youth worker for Hertsmere Borough Council’s summer holiday activity Pop Icons
  • Video youth worker and editor for EHDC’s youth project Buntingford
  • Director of video content for Hertfordshire Youth Service theatre production Smashed
  • Production Assistant on Outlaw Productions’ Henry V
  • Assistant Producer on Raindance-screened RLFF Turner Classic Movies Short Film Award finalist 16mm short Hero
  • Writer/director/producer/editor of Firecracker Productions’ festival-screened short A Good Bet
  • Assistant Director of Spindly Productions’ zombie short End Times
  • Screenwriter/assistant Director of Shadows of Reality short Tainted
  • Writer/director of pilot video for Clwyd County Council’s Social Services Dept, Big Step

Work produced by others:

  • Short play It All Depends On You staged by The Palace Theatre, Watford and by a local amateur company
  • Guest lecturer at Northumberland College and writer of student-produced short video The Bystander
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