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London Writers' Week announces programme for 2016
London Writers’ Week has announced its 2016 programme. This year London Writers’ Week will take place during the week of July 4th 2016

In addition to the programme, the week has announced a series of new partnerships to advise on and help develop the week, including a continuing partnership with Central Saint Martins, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and Writers at Work Productions, three of the original founding partners of the week, plus new partnerships with BBC Writersroom, NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education), the London Playwrights Blog, Tamasha Theatre Company and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.

The partners will work with the British Writers Council to advise on and develop the week. The British Writers Council is an advisory board made up of those who have led the way in writing training in the industry including John Yorke, founder of the BBC Writers Academy, Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme, Fin Kennedy, Artistic Director of Tamasha, Caroline Jester, former Dramaturg at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Philip Shelley, instigator of the Channel Four screenwriting course, Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre and Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins and Director of Writers at Work Productions.

London Writers’ Week’s theme for 2016 will be to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on particularly in terms of theatre writing in the UK.

The 2016 programme will include:

A Central Saint Martins day on the future of dramatic writing training, the Central Saint Martins MA Dramatic Writing showcase and an exclusive event with Oscar winner and Theatre Design Central Saint Martins’ graduate Jenny Beavan

A Writers’ Guild of Great Britain day with panel discussions on Fact Based Theatre chaired by David Edgar and including panelists Alecky Blythe, Gilliam Slovo and Richard Norton Taylor and Book Writing for Musical Theatre chaired by Jenifer Toksvig and including panelists Gurinder Chadha and Catherine Johnson

A showcase of Tamasha theatre company’s new project “New Families” to accompany their forthcoming tour of Mother India

A showcase of the Dark Horse Festival, a new festival for unproduced plays being developed by the London Playwrights Blog and targeted at emerging writers

A day with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books on The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting and providing access to and increasing diversity in the theatre

A workshop for young writers run by NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education

A workshop with Tim Crouch on his recent residency at Central Saint Martins, The Complete Deaths and his work with students at Central Saint Martins and his methods to develop new work

An In Conversation event with the Arts Council on Grants for the Arts and the Arts Council’s priorities in terms of theatre funding

A Masterclass with BBC Writersroom Head Anne Edyvean on how theatre writers can make the transition to other forms of dramatic writing

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week and the Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins said: “London Writers’ Week was founded last year with the aim of providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in terms of writing in the UK. We’re delighted that this year’s focus is theatre writing and we hope the week provides access, in one week, to some of the most interesting theatre writing and theatre writing ideas going on in the UK. There should be something for everyone – from students to the public to writers and the industry.”

Ellie Peers, WGGB Acting General Secretary said: “WGGB is proud to support London Writers’ Week once again, with its focus this year on theatre writing, and we are delighted that our Theatre Committee will be hosting a full day and two panel events.” 

Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom said: "BBC Writersroom is delighted to be supporting London Writers Week in celebrating new writing talent in the UK."

For more information and to book tickets please go to: www.londonwritersweek.com

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