Participants Announced for The Writers Lab UK & Ireland

Friday, May 28th, 2021

Four Irish writers among those selected for The Lab, which is supported by Screen Skills Ireland.

The Writers Lab UK and Ireland, the first script development programme of its kind for woman and non-binary writers aged 40 and over, has announced its first cohort of screenwriters and projects. Screen Skills Ireland is incredibly proud to support the Lab and thrilled that four Irish writers are among those selected.

Due to the volume and high quality of submissions, in addition to the 12 participants a further 12 finalists have been selected to receive a scaled-back version of the programme, including one-to-one sessions with the high-profile mentors who have volunteered to take part. The selections in full are:

The Writers Lab UK & Ireland 2021 participants

Claire Barclay, Return Her (½-hour drama, England)

Alice Clark, The Munitionettes (1-hour drama, Scotland)

Angela Franklyn, Mozart’s Don Jane (feature, drama, England)

Kit Hui, Black Dust (feature, drama, England)

Rachel Mars, Slacks (½-hour comedy, England)

Catherine McGrotty, Off Season (½-hour fantasy, N. Ireland)

Anna Merritt & Deborah Wiseman, Is This It? (½-hour comedy, Ireland)

Lydia Mulvey, Solas (½-hour sci-fi, Ireland)

Sylvia-Anne Parker, 600 Steps (feature, drama, England)

Leyla Pope, One Last Holiday (feature, drama, Wales)

Dorothy Jane Stewart, The Story of Me and You (feature, drama, Scotland)

Ali Taylor, My Boy (1-hour drama, Scotland)

The Writers Lab UK & Ireland 2021 finalists

Litza Bixler, Blood, Water, Dust (1-hour horror, England)

Lai Davies, Prime (1-hour drama, Wales)

Liz Gill, English Rose (1-hour drama, Ireland)

Simone Glover, Dirt (feature, historical, England)

Vanessa Haynes, McIntyre (1-hour dramedy, N. Ireland)

Marie James, Great Swingford (feature, drama, England)

Kerena Marchant, Ben Johnson Day (½-hour drama, England)

Niamh O’Connor, A Murder of Crows (1-hour drama, Ireland)

Stella Papamichael, Green Lanes (1-hour thriller, England)

Jenny Roche, Dysphoria (feature, dramedy, Ireland)

Carolyn Saunders & Shelagh McLeod, Invisible (1-hour sci-fi, England)

Jaye L. Swift, The Lost Beacon (feature, horror, Wales)

The mentors involved in The Lab include UK filmmaker Lynne Ramsay, who won the best screenplay award at Cannes with You Were Never Really Here in 2017, and has newly joined the initiative. Previously announced mentors include Tanya Qureshi, producer of I May Destroy You and now commissioning editor for BBC Comedy; How To Get Away With Murder screenwriter Abby Ajayi; actor and producer Ruth Wilson; and Captain Marvel screenwriter Meg LeFauve.

The Writers Lab UK & Ireland is produced with Untamed Stories; in association with Birds’ Eye View. In addition to Screen Skills Ireland, The Lab is supported by Dirty Films, the independent film and television production company headed by Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini with development producer Georgie Pym, as well as Screen Scotland, Northern Ireland Screen and Ffilm Cymru Wales & BFI NETWORK with funding from the National Lottery.