I'm thrilled to share wonderful news. I nominated Alison Watt, my writing mentor, for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards - and she's one of six winners.
These annual awards celebrate people who give exceptional encouragement for theatre writing.
Ali is co-founder and Artistic Director of Beach Hut theatre company. She gives so much time, energy, and expertise to help new writers grow. During 2016, Ali has commissioned, developed, and directed full productions of 14 new plays. She tutored the Write Stuff course at the Stephen Joseph Theatre for seven years, and led the creation of Springboard Scriptwriters, a Yorkshire collective of writers who produce and direct their own rehearsed readings. She also runs a small advanced scriptwriters’ group I’m glad to be part of. Every success I've achieved with my writing has only been possible because of Ali's support.
I'm thrilled her work is being recognised by the Writers' Guild. It's wonderful to have their help to say a massive thank you to Ali.
We both attended an awards lunch at the Royal Court theatre in London yesterday. The six winners and the writers who nominated them raised a glass of bubbly together; it was a joy to meet everyone and hear their inspiring stories.
I caught the train home with a full, happy heart. I feel deep appreciation for the wonderful people who give so much to encourage writers, and I'm moved by how beautiful it was to hear those writers express their gratitude.
Here's a link to the WGGB press release.
Huge congratulations Ali, with heartfelt thanks from all the writers you support.