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Last updated: 3 april, 2013 - 10:59 GMT

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012: Meet the winners

The two winners of the click BBC World Service and click British Council - in partnership with the click Commonwealth Writers - International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012 are Angella Emwuron from Uganda and Janet Morrison from Jamaica.

International Playwriting Competition 2012 winners Angella Emwuron and Janet Morrison

Angella Emwuron and Janet Morrison

Angella Emwuron from Uganda won the English as a second language category with her play click Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence.

The judges thought this was "a touching, purposeful adventure, in which the characters jumped straight off the page".

click click Listen to a clip of Angella Emwuron on winning the competition

click Listen to Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence

Janet Morrison from Jamaica won the English as a first language category with her play click The Fisherman, which the judges described as "an ambitious story, which came to life instantly - a real thriller".

click Listen to a preview of The Fisherman

click Listen to The Fisherman

Reflecting on the competition, Angella said, "This prize is such a huge opportunity for people in Uganda and the rest of Africa especially, who would never have the opportunity to be heard on a world stage".

Janet said later, "Winning the competition is - at my age - like a validation of who I see myself as... this really says to me you are a writer".

As well as £2000 prize money, both winners came to London to see their plays being recorded at the BBC Drama Studios.

They also attended a click special award ceremony in their honour at the prestigious Marlborough House.

Members of the BBC World Service, British Council, Commonwealth Writers, actors, writers, directors and producers, as well as the High Commissioners of Jamaica and Uganda were present.

An click expert panel of judges included actress Nina Wadia and award-winning playwright, Bola Agbaje.

You can listen to the winning plays on-air and online; click Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence from the 30 March 2013 and click The Fisherman from the 13 April 2013 (the plays will only be aviable to listen to online for two weeks from the date of the first broadcast).

Regional Winners

We are pleased to announce the regional winners of the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012:


click Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence by Angella Emurwon, Uganda
On a mission to recreate his grandfather's lost photograph of a sunflower garden, young Yakobo must journey to Kampala city and tackle the many perils that he meets along the way. Angella was also first prize winner of the English as a second language category.

The Caribbean

click The Fisherman by Janet Veronica Morrison, Jamaica
In a sleepy Jamaican fishing village an elderly couple try to shelter their grandchildren from the increasing threats that are coming in from the sea. Their innocence however, can only be secured for so long. Janet was also first prize winner of the English as a first language category.


And The Sun Went On Shining Cynically by Seda Stepanyan, Armenia
Stephanie is devastated when the love of her life disappears. Her desperate hunt to find him takes her straight into the heart of a raging war.

The Americas

Before We Leave by Jose Eduardo Alcazar, Paraguay
An elderly couple sit in a remote house and wait to be taken away. Where they have to go is unclear, what will happen to them when they get there is unknown, but they refuse to be parted.


A Holy Man by David Price, Hong Kong
Two children find a man living in the hills above their village. It connects them to a dark wartime secret and to an atrocity that took place at the well ten years earlier.

The Middle East

Tunnel Vision by Ray Dolphin, East Jerusalem
The Gaza Strip has hundreds of tunnels connecting the blockaded land to the outside world via Egypt. Confined underground are two young workers who hope, dream and act out the futures they can only fantasise about living.

The Pacific

Lucky Bird by Neva Grant, Australia
Lorraine is driven to share her dark secret with a stranger. She obsessively calls people around the world, but the search for a sympathetic ear is easier than the search for redemption.


  • Control by Marjan Alcevski, Croatia
  • Regarding Angela by Joshua Lim So, The Philippines
  • The Fiance by Andrianabelina Rakotobe, Madagascar
  • Two Men On A Tree by Manjima Chaterjee, India
  • I Am Here To Ask You A Series Of Questions by Laura Jacqmin, USA
  • Berlin To Balaton by Kristina Jilly and Sue Healy, Hungary

Highly Commended

  • The Discussion Group by Ogochukwu Nwokedi, Nigeria
  • Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball by Steven Snell, Australia
  • Mesh Of Identities by Yenji Njiwake, Cameroon
  • Going For Gold by Hwei-Ming Boey, Finland
  • Our Landlord Is A Sinner by Samm Richardson, Ghana


  • The Housekeeper's Daughter by Joel Fishbane, Canada
  • Possession by Carlos Lwanga, Uganda
  • God: One Night Only by Robert Zeigler, USA
  • Yours Sincerely, Robert Roth by Talya Zax, USA
  • Tricks Of The Trade by David Eliet, USA
  • Without Home by Lindl Du Preez, South Africa
  • The Source by Ahmed Khalifa, Egypt
  • Sacrifice by Charles Fourie, South Africa
  • The Con by Pablo Toledofrom, Argentina
  • We Are All Foreigners Here by Helen Valenta, USA

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