Northern Ireland Writers Day: Writing for Stage and Screen – IN-PERSON
Bonnie Greer leads a panel discussion on writing for stage and screen, featuring acclaimed Northern Irish writers Fionnuala Kennedy and Stacey Gregg.
The panel will explore their reasons for writing for stage and screen; the similarities and differences, scope and limitations of the two. They will also consider how where they are from has influenced what they write.
Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
Bonnie Greer OBE was born in Chicago Illinois and grew up on the Southside. She studied playwriting with David Mamet and with Elia Kazan. She has had several plays produced and was awarded The Verity Bargate Award. Bonnie also taught Shakespeare as a literacy tool. Her novels include Hanging by Her Teeth and Entropy as well as a biography of Langston Hughes. She was Deputy Chair of the British Museum and awarded the OBE in 2010. Bonnie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.
Fionnuala Kennedy is a writer from Belfast. Her play Removed, produced by Prime Cut Productions, in partnership with Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC), won the 2020 Zebbie award for Best Play and will be touring internationally in 2023. Most recently, she has written Thaw for Replay Theatre Company, and Hunt, for the National Theatre’s Connections Programme 21/22. She is currently under commission for NI Opera writing a libretto for young people on housing rights. Fionnuala is one of the writers of BBC Drama Room 21/22.
Stacey Gregg is a writer, director and performer for stage and screen. Most recently they directed a block of The Baby (Sky/HBO), wrote and directed feature film Here Before which premiered at SXSW; co-directed Inside Bitch for the Royal Court Theatre and Clean Break working with women in the criminal justice system, and wrote and performed Hatchet Jinny at Outburst Queer Arts Festival. Gregg has written extensively for television and her plays are published by Nick Hern Books and Bloomsbury. Her work has toured internationally.
Paul McVeigh's debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. It was shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, the Prix du Roman Cezam in France and a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. The Good Son was chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and was given out as part of World Book Night 2017. Paul has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, a novel, plays and short stories, and his work has been performed on radio, stage and television, and published in seven languages.
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