Newsflash, 25 Jan: - Winner of the 2013 Imison Award:
IMISON RADIO DRAMA AWARD SHORTLIST 2013
The Imison Award honours the best original script by a writer new to radio broadcast in the UK over 1 July 2012-31 October 2013.
The Award is administered by the Society of Authors, and judged by members of its Broadcasting Committee - see foot of page.
The judges said: Fresh Berries is a brave and unflinching exploration of the ‘grooming’ and subsequent sexual abuse of vulnerable young teenage girls by older men. The writer deals with such sobering subject matter with great compassion, sensitivity and wit: the play has obviously been very carefully researched, and yet it wears its research very lightly, knowing that it has to work first and foremost as a drama. What most impressed the judges about this radio play was the impeccable characterisation and sparky dialogue of the teenage protagonists, Natalie and Georgia. Never gratuitous, never patronising, and never offering an easy way out, this play is a must-listen for teenage girls, their parents, teachers and carers. Catherine Johnson is an accomplished young adult novelist and screenwriter, and with Fresh Berries proves herself adept at another medium.
Catherine Johnson has written nearly 20 novels for young readers. She also writes for film and TV including Bullet Boy, Holby City and Rough Crossings. Last year she was part of the BBC Writers’ Academy. She is currently working on a film set in London in 1971 and a book set in Paris in 1793.
The judges said: Hangdog was an accomplished first radio play that demonstrated a very clear understanding of the craft necessary to bring the imagined world to life. The prison setting was convincingly constructed, allowing for the listener to be fully immersed in the unfolding story. This was a claustrophobic drama that combined elements of the traditional whodunit to keep us questioning the motivation for a prison suicide, drawing in prison staff as well as fellow inmates. The characters were well-drawn and believable and the dialogue had the authentic ring of truth, the use of prison jargon adding richness to the play and helping to define the divide between the ‘guilty’ and the ‘innocent’. Ultimately, there was a pleasing ambiguity about the play, leaving the listener to act as arbiter and pass judgement on the actions and culpability of the central characters.
Cat Jones won the BBC’s 2011 Alfred Bradley Bursary for Glory Dazed staged at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2012.
THE LOVING BALLAD OF CAPTAIN BATEMAN
The judges said: This strikingly accomplished play weaves together two war stories - one ancient, one modern - with great flair and daring. Both tell of a British soldier going to war in a far-off land, being near-mortally wounded, then rescued by his captor’s daughter, who dangerously compromises herself and her father in doing so. The old tale is embodied in a ballad (with haunting new score), the new in gripping and entirely convincing war scenes in Afghanistan. Moral dilemmas – the girlfriend back home, an accidental shooting in Sanghin, the Pashtunwali code of honour – come to life in spare, witty dialogue. A virtuoso use of sound, from malfunctioning Bowmans to tinnitus, brilliantly dramatizes conflicting wavelengths. At the end, love seems to conquer war and geography... though the lovers’ ridiculing of each others’ fairytales has suggested we shouldn’t take fairytale endings too seriously.
Joseph Wilde's first play Famous Last Words was performed at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. Tim van Eyken won the BBC Young Folk Award in 1998.
The winner will be announced at the BBC Audio Drama Awards on Sunday 26 January 2014.
Submission deadline:Wed 10 July 2013; transmission period 31 Jul 2012-31 Oct 2013
Imison entries for the following year (31 Oct 13 - 31 Oct 14, I think....ND) should be sent to Jo McCrum, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB. Tinniswood entries should be sent to Anne Hogben, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RX.
For further information and entry forms please see www.societyofauthors.org
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