The Brothers.

Jan 12th, 2012

 Wilfred Tattersall. Born 1906. Served as Private in 7th  Motor Brigade Group  Ordnance coy 7th Armoured Division. Educated at Rossall School, Fleetwood Lancashire.






A Poem by Christopher Morgan.

Jan 5th, 2012

This is a poem by Christopher Morgan. I first saw it in a publication called ‘The Gadfly’ of February 1982. This ‘Quarterly Review of English Letters’ was published by The Brynmill Press Ltd, 15 Cobwell Road, Retford, Notts.  The man behind this was Ian Robinson- author of ‘The survival of English’ first published by Cambridge University Press in 1973. I was born in Retford and had the pleasure of meeting Ian.

Text avaiable on the Poems page.


Shelagh Delaney – an inspiration for youngsters.

Nov 22nd, 2011

Sadly the Salford born plywright and writer has died aged 71 but she leaves a huge legacy and inspiration for have a go young screenwriters. She wrote ” A Taste of Honey” aged just 18 and it became an overnight success. The story goes that she went to see Terence Rattigan’s Variations on a Theme and thought she could do better, and proved that an 18 year old Salford girl could have a go in what in 1958 wad very much a middle class, male dominated British theatre.

I’ll see if I can find the text for you – watch this space.



Making it in screenwriting.

Nov 21st, 2011

So you’ve always felt that, deep down, you really were more of a ‘creative’ person. Maybe you also thought that while the boring job or career that you picked for yourself all those years ago was just fine for paying the mortgage and putting food on the table, it just wasn’t, you know, fulfilling.

Then along comes a major recession and you find yourself redundant, and with a lot of free time on your hands. Perhaps you might be tempted to take up painting or write that novel you always felt you had in you. Or maybe you think you can have a go at screenwriting. After all, we’ve all had that feeling on leaving a cinema or switching off the TV that what we’ve just watched wasn’t very good, and that we could do a lot better ourselves. You might get to wondering: how hard can it be? 

Here is a great article to help you on your way. It is by Grham Kinnburgh and is in the Articles section of this website. Please have a look.





Find an agent

Oct 30th, 2011

I found this useful article on the pitfalls of finding an agent. Seems like excellent advice to me.






Sep 14th, 2011

I was reading The King’s Speech and wondered what POV meant.  I looked it up. It means Point of View and is a camera direction . You can use it after a characters name in a Script. For example if Julian was outside looking through a window into a room you would put JULIAN (POV) and then whatever he says to the character in the room.



Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh

Aug 15th, 2011

This is a must read book for all you haveago writers. Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh. Born into a Romany family, and almost illiterate when he leaves his roots, Mikey does what is alien to his culture and writes a book about his childhood.  A unique personal struggle , both painfull and inspiring. It made me think again about my own development at that age and really how easy it was in comparison. I hear rumours of a Screenplay – if you are out there Mikey – keep me posted.


Hefted – the snow

Jul 27th, 2011

Yes, you are right, it’s the snow. Imagine you are in charge of the production company. You have all the stars – Daniel Craig et al – camera crews, a catering company, but no snow – or there was snow and you all raced up North and it melted. What now?



Jul 26th, 2011

I was thinking about Bill Grundy’s comments about the cost of producing his screenplay ‘Hefted’. There are some scenes in and outside the farm, some scenes in a car, and some in London, all possible.

But can you see what the main cost and potential problem would be for the production team?  See the next post.



Hefted by Bill Grundy

Jul 21st, 2011

I was looking at the BBCwriters page and came across Bill’s Screenplay because he was winner of the 2011 BBC Future Talent Award. I got in touch and he quickly repyed with this email:

“Hi Simon, Yes, I’m perfectly happy for you to put ‘Hefted’ on your website. I’m attaching the pdf version of it.  

I’m very flattered you asked. I knew when I wrote it that the chances of it every being produced were miniscule, given the considerable budget it would entail, but if it gets read by a few people, at least, that’ll be something – as long as they don’t expect it to be in the same league as ‘The King’s Speech’!   Good luck with the website – great idea: I’ll add it to my Favourites.
PS I didn’t notice a link to on your site, but then maybe the scripts of Hollywood blockbusters (which tend to predominate there) might not be the best starting point for your students.”
My advice is read read read so here’s the link to IMSB
And thanks Bill, Hefted is now available in pdf on the Screenplays page.