Sunday, 13 April 2014

Blood - research and development week

I've just come to the end of a week of research and development with Bare Fiction on my play Blood. The week, funded by Arts Council Wales, was extremely useful. We went through the play act by act, received a visit from a professor of health psychology, and then worked towards a showing allowing us to gather feedback from industry people. 
As ever with these things, I learnt heaps from being in the rehearsal room with actors - seeing how what's on the page does (or does not) translate to the stage, and working through motivations. 
Now I'm letting the dust settle before gearing up for another draft and we're gearing up for a tour in 2015. 
In the meantime, here are some pictures from the week taken by Brian Carroll.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Bare Fiction Number Two

Just a quick note to say Bare Fiction Magazine, issue two, is now available to pre-order. It's packed with prose, poetry, theatre and also contains my interview with Samantha Ellis about her book How To Be A Heroine and how writing non-dramatic prose impacted on her playwriting process. It can be pre-ordered by clicking here.


Fabulous news to round off the week: Arts Council Wales has given us an award to spend a week developing my piece Blood in April. I can't wait to be in the rehearsal room, knocking the script about, exploring it and seeing what opportunities it opens up. You can read more about the play and team involved by clicking here. 

Monday, 17 March 2014

International Women's Day

I spent International Women's Day at the XX Women's Writing Festival at Chapter in Cardiff. It was the last of three days heaving with readings, discussions and workshops. I had a truly fabulous time. I went to a session on publishing, one on performance poetry led by Mab Jones, and listened to four poets read their work:
  • Kathryn Simmonds
  • Jemma L. King
  • Cath Drake
  • Kim Moore
I'm now working my way through their poems.

I find events like these good for the soul. To talk about private writing battles with people who are fighting them too lifts the spirits. The workshop leaders were inspiring, but so were the participants. It was fabulous to be sat amongst women of all ages discussing structure, computer programs - the real nitty gritty, as well as more abstract concepts.

I stumbled across a review of the event here, which is worth a read. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed it's on again next year.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bare Fiction Review

Just a short note to link to a review for the Bare Fiction launch party that was held in Cardiff last month. Time just seems to be flying at the moment! The second edition of the magazine is with the printer - can't wait to read it.