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IMISON AWARD

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IMISON AWARD WINNER, 2008


for plays broadcast during 2007

The Society of Authors and the Writers' Guild are pleased to announce the winner of the 2008 Imison Award:

Adam Beeson for his play ĎThe Magicianís Daughterí.

>>pictures from this year's Imison & Tinniswood awards (2008)<<

The judges said of the play:

ďA lovely, entertaining, amusing, and taut play with a mystery at its heart and wonderfully light characterisation. It travels skilfully in time, making excellent use of radio in its storytelling and plays, as stage magic often does, with notions of what is real and what we choose to believe.Ē †

The Imison Award is judged by the Society of Authorsí Broadcasting Committee. Adam was awarded a prize of £1500, which was kindly donated by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

All the shortlisted plays will be repeated on BBC Radio 4, starting 27 Oct 08, and then again on BBC7 nearer to Christmas.

SHORTLIST:

The Imison Award encourages new talent by rewarding the best original radio drama by a writer new to radio and transmitted within the UK during the period 1 January - 31 December 2007.†

The shortlist for the Imison Award 2008 was: †

THE MAGICIANíS DAUGHTER by Adam Beeson
CHAMELEON by Vicky Meer
THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF DAYLIGHT by Stephen Riley
EXCLUDED by Michael Stewart
LEFT AT THE ANGEL by Jack Thorne
TIN MAN by Laurence Wilson


Notes on these plays are shown lower down the page. †

The Imison Award is judged by the Society of Authorsí Broadcasting Committee. A prize of £1500 is awarded to the winner (the prize money for this award is kindly donated by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation). Last year's Imison Award was given to Not Talking by Mike Bartlett.

This award, along with the Tinniswood Award, was presented at a ceremony at the British Academy in London on 21st October 2008.

For further information about the Imison or Tinniswood Awards, please contact Naomi MacDonald at the Writersí Guild on 020 7833 0777 or at naomi@writersguild.org.uk. We would also be grateful if the producers of the plays listed and the agents of those shortlisted writers would contact us.

The Imison Award honours the best original radio drama script by a writer new to radio, broadcast over a calendar year. The prize of £1,500 is donated by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and judges are members of the Society of Authorís Broadcasting Committee.

pictures from last year's Imison & Tinniswood awards (2007)

Submissions and Eligibility - see below.

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Submissions will be accepted from any party (production, broadcasting organisation, producer or independent production company, editor, writer, writer's agent, etc.). The submission must be accompanied by an entry form setting out the date and time of transmission, the broadcasting body concerned, who produced the piece, and a statement to the effect that the piece was the first radio drama to be broadcast by the writer or writers.

Submissions for the award must consist of a completed nomination form as well as three copies of the writer's original script and recording of the broadcast. Further copies will be requested if the work is short-listed. Please email a 250 word synopsis and 250 word author biography to Jo McCrum. Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Jo McCrum, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB.

Click to print an application form. Please note this is the old form; the 2009 version will probably be similar but is not yet available on the Society of Authors website. Go there to check!

Old Imison Application Form (pdf format)

Submissions for the award must be received by 1 Jan 2009.

Eligibility: Any radio drama first transmitted within the United Kingdom between 1st January and 31st December 2008 by a writer or writers new to radio. The work must be an original piece for radio, and it must be the first dramatic work by the writer or writers that has been broadcast. It may also include the first episode from an original series or serial.

An adaptation for radio of a piece originally written for stage, television or film is not eligible. Please check the Society of Authors website for the small print.

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NOTES ON THE IMISON AWARD

This award was established in 1994 to perpetuate the memory of Richard Imison, to acknowledge the encouragement he gave to radio writers, and in memory of the support and friendship he gave them.

The Imison Award is administered by the Society of Authors. The Society is grateful to the Peggy Ramsay Foundation for funding this year's award.

The aim is to encourage new talent and high standards in radio writing, by selecting the radio drama by a writer new to radio which, in the opinion of the judges, is the best of those submitted. The award for 2008 is a cheque for £1,500.

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NOTES ON THE 2007 PLAYS


THE MAGICIANíS DAUGHTER by Adam Beeson 6,Apr,2007,Friday,Radio 4,14:15:00,Afternoon Play: Comedy drama by Adam Beeson; set in 19th-century Europe A celebrated magician is shot on stage. With his dying breaths; he passes on the secrets of his spectacular act to his daughter. Fearing pursuit by jealous rivals, she disappears. Kronos ...... James Bryce Great Visado ...... Paul Young Katya ...... Lucy Paterson Richardson ...... Richard Conlon Cameron ...... Nick Underwood Chisnok ...... Mark McDonnell Zontik ..... Simon Donaldson . Directed by Bruce Young.


CHAMELEON by Vicky Meer
10,Dec,2007,Monday,Radio 4,14:15:00, Afternoon Play Chameleon Comedy thriller by Vicky Meer. Mo is being relocated under a witness protection scheme; his previous identity totally eradicated. How will a Porsche-driving London drug dealer adapt to life as a vegetarian postman living in a former council semi in Gretna? Mo ...... Navin Chowdhry Vadim Andreyev ...... Serge Soric Charles ...... James Quinn Shahanah ...... Thushani Weerasekera Donna Marie ...... Hilary MacLean Jimmy ...... Glenn Cunningham Svetlana/MrsC ...... Christine Brennan Directed by Sue Roberts.


THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF DAYLIGHT by Stephen Riley
1 Feb 07, rpt. 22 Sep 07. Stephen Riley's vivid and atmospheric play about three disaffected teenagers. Janine and Ian discover they share a favourite poem about life's destruction of beauty. Their spiritual connection and teenage lust leads them on a heady emotional adventure as Janine is compelled to follow Ian's interpretation of the poem, no matter what the consequences.

directed by Katherine Beacon
ian duffy....Oliver Lee
ian's dad....Jeff Hordley
ian's mum....Siobhan Finneran
janine dworski....Carla Henry
janine's dad....Jeff Hordley
keith cullen....Adam Paulden
keith's mum....Siobhan Finneran
mr patten....Steve Edge


EXCLUDED by Michael Stewart
29,May,2007,Tuesday,Radio 4,14:15:00,Afternoon Play Excluded By Michael Stewart The headmaster of a failing comprehensive is flapping during inspection week. He comes up with a great idea to hide the problem by getting all the bad pupils out of school and into the dales. Unfortunately; the teacher he asks to lead the expedition has enough problems of his own. Nick ...... Leigh Symonds Ashley ...... Mikey North Khalid ...... Sascha Dhawan Becky ...... Lucy-Jo Hudson David ...... Howard Chadwick. Directed by Gary Brown.


LEFT AT THE ANGEL by Jack Thorne
29,Aug,2007,Wednesday,Radio 4,14:15:00, Afternoon Play Looking for Angels: Left at the Angel Jack Thorne's touching story of how three young boys cope with the death of their friend. They steal his ashes and take them on foot from their South London home to the Angel of the North. Mike ...... Ryan Haywood Aubrey ...... Joslyn Gayle Tobs ...... Myles Taylor Will ...... Gregg Sulkin Pete ...... Perry Millward DI ...... Rachel Bavidge Mary ...... Susan Engel Teacher ...... Jack Thorne .


TIN MAN by Laurence Wilson

4 Jan 07, rpt. 18 Aug 07. Jessica has snuffed out all emotion in a bid to survive, but when the Tin Man she builds comes to life and takes her on an extraordinary journey forcing her to look within, can she cope with what she finds?

Jessica....Jodie Comer
Tin Man....Ian Puleston-Davies
Grandfather/Tinker....David Hargreaves
Grandmother/Washerwoman....Eileen O'Brien
Father/Big Issue Seller....Jeff Hordley
Mother/Big Lady....Lisa Parry
Ronnie/Mourner....Paul Duckworth
Music by Olly Fox
Director Nadia Molinari.

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Submissions will be accepted from any party (production, broadcasting organisation, producer or independent production company, editor, writer, writer's agent, etc.). The submission must be accompanied by an entry form setting out the date and time of transmission, the broadcasting body concerned, who produced the piece, and a statement to the effect that the piece was the first radio drama to be broadcast by the writer or writers.

Submissions for the award must consist of a completed nomination form as well as three copies of the writer's original script and recording of the broadcast. Further copies will be requested if the work is short-listed. Please email a 250 word synopsis and 250 word author biography to Jo Hodder. Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Jo Hodder, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB.

Click to print an application form. Imison Application Form 2008 (pdf format)

Submissions for the award must be received by 8 Feb 2008.

Eligibility: Any radio drama first transmitted within the United Kingdom between 1st January and 31st December 2007 by a writer or writers new to radio. The work must be an original piece for radio, and it must be the first dramatic work by the writer or writers that has been broadcast. It may also include the first episode from an original series or serial.

An adaptation for radio of a piece originally written for stage, television or film is not eligible. Please check the Society of Authors website for the small print.

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