Last updated: 15 march, 2011 - 10:00 GMT

Roy Williams' top tips

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Bafta Award winning playwright Roy Williams, is an authority on writing for radio drama.

He was a regular scriptwriter for the BBC World Service drama series Westway. More recently, Roy's play, Vultures was recorded live as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival.

Roy grew up in Notting Hill in West London, in a single parent family with his mother and three siblings.

He left school at 16, and almost joined the army at 18. But, he says, "I saw the light at the last minute. I was an unsuccessful actor for a while, drifted from job to job until I decided to go back to college and take my writing seriously."

Roy's writing career began when he sent a play he wrote for his degree at Rose Bruford drama school to Stratford East Theatre.

The play was produced and Roy went on to win both the 31st John Whiting Award and the EMMA for best play for Starstruck.

He's had plays produced across London including at the National Theatre, and also wrote episodes of the major TV drama, Babyfather.

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