Who we are

Find truth in what you're writingAshley Pharaoh

BBC Writersroom is a very small department working across the whole of BBC drama, comedy and children's departments.  We are split between two sites, with six staff working out of London and two from Salford

Anne Edyvean is the Head of BBC Writersroom, since April 2015. Find out more about Anne on our Blog

(Kate Rowland who set up BBC Writersroom has now left the BBC, read her final blog for us)

Abigail Gonda is the Development Producer based in London, overseeing writer development, script calls and talent searches, development schemes, partnerships and production projects.  Some of Abigail's projects include Writersroom 10 and a London Voices group. Read blogs by Abigail (Abigail is currently on maternity leave)

Simon Nelson is the Development Producer in London covering for Abigail Gonda's maternity leave. (Read a blog by Simon

Henry R. Swindell is the Development Producer working out of Salford and across the UK.  Henry looks after writer development, talent partnerships and development projects. He is also responsible for training Script Editors across the BBC. Henry is currently on attachment to BBC Drama Northern Ireland

Joanna Blake is the Development Producer based in Salford during Henry's attachment. Jo's across writer development, producing schemes and opportunities for writers and working with partners on new and ongoing projects such as the Salford Sitcom Showcase 2015.

Rachelle Constant is the Development Editor based in London, overseeing writer development and shadow schemes for the Continuing Drama shows (EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors). Rachelle is also across the BBC Drama Writers’ Scheme with in-house Series and Serials.

Philip Mattison is the Digital Content Manager with responsibility for the website, blog, social media and newsletter, and for representing, promoting and developing the work of the BBC Writersroom in digital spaces.

Michelle Brooks is the London-based Development Coordinator, coordinating events, schemes, workshops and talent searches including Script Room.

Usman Mullan is the Salford-based Development Co-ordinator, planning and co-ordinating events in the Midlands and north and also assisting with online production. Usman is currently on attachment to the BBC Academy

Louis Bleazard is the Salford-based Development Co-ordinator during Usman's attachment.

Amanda Farley is Development Assistant for BBC Writersroom.

Alongside us is a team of freelance professional script readers who work on the script calls, talent searches and competitions.

Latest opportunities

  • The Progressive Playwright Award 2016 at The Tron Theatre

    The Progressive Playwright Award 2016 at The Tron Theatre

    Deadline: 23 October 2015. A £2000 bursary to develop your work up to seventy minutes and support to stage a ‘work in progress’ rehearsed reading at the Tron Theatre in June 2016


  • Script Lab from Luton Library Theatre

    Script Lab from Luton Library Theatre

    Deadline: 15 November 2015. Luton Library Theatre with a brand new competition to uncover exciting new playwriting talent across the Three Counties region (Herts, Beds, Bucks).


  • Film London

    Film London

    Deadlines: 21 October 2015 & 3 November 2015. Three opportunities via Film London - London Calling & London Calling Plus for short films and Shakespeare's Sister for female filmmakers.


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