Who we are

I tell lies on paper.Lisa Holdsworth

BBC Writersroom is a small department working across the whole of BBC drama, comedy and children's departments.  We are split between two sites, with eight 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

Simon Nelson is the Development Producer in London (covering for Abigail Gonda's maternity leave). Simon looks after writer development and talent searches, development schemes, partnerships and production projects including the Continuing Drama Directors' scheme. (Read a blog by Simon

Joanna Blake is the Development Producer based in Salford (during Henry Swindell'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.

Rosalynd Ward is the Development Executive for the Continuing Drama shadow schemes and the TV Drama Writers' programme.

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’ Programme with in-house Series and Serials.

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

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

Louis Bleazard is the Salford-based Development Co-ordinator, planning and co-ordinating events in the midlands and north and assisting with online production.

Amanda Farley is Development Assistant for BBC Writersroom.

Kiren Dhadwal is the Development Assistant working across the Continuing Drama Shadow schemes, the TV Drama Writers' Programme and the Continuing Drama Directors scheme.

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

Abigail Gonda, Development Producer in London is currently on maternity leave.

Henry Swindell, Development Producer in Salford is currently on attachment to BBC Drama Northern Ireland.

Usman Mullan, Development Co-ordinator in Salford is currently on attachment to BBC Learning.

Latest opportunities

  • Nick Darke Award - Falmouth University

    Nick Darke Award - Falmouth University

    Deadline: 30 May 2016. The Nick Darke Writers' Award 2016 is now open for submissions of stage plays from UK and international writers aged 16 and over. The winner will receive a £6000 award.


  • The Progressive Playwright at The Tron Theatre

    The Progressive Playwright at The Tron Theatre

    Deadlines: 22nd February, 28th March, 2nd May. The monthly themed Progressive Playwright returns for the spring at Tron Theatre in Glasgow with public readings of extracts and a vote for which play the audience want to hear more from.


  • Papatango Prize - Southwark Playhouse

    Papatango Prize - Southwark Playhouse

    Deadline: 31 March 2016. The 2016 Papatango Prize for new writing in association with Southwark Playhouse. The winner gets a 4 week production, publication, a 10% royalty and £6000 commission for a new play.


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