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Success at the First BBC Scottish Writers’ Festival

Gavin Collinson

BBC Writersroom

Speakers Bryan Elsley and Jess Brittain

The inaugural BBC Scottish Writers’ Festival took place in the heart of Glasgow on Saturday, 19 March.

Presented by BBC Writersroom and BBC Scotland, the one day event brought together some of Scotland’s most respected writers, executives and producers from TV Drama, Radio Drama, Comedy and Children’s to offer practical insights into the development and production process.

Speakers included Bryan Elsley, Jess Brittain, David Kane, Louise Ironside, Paul Logue, Sara Harkins, Jack Docherty, Clara Glynn, David Ian Neville, Anne Edyvean and Gaynor Holmes.

The festival aimed to inspire, share a fund of real-world experience and to bring together writers who might effectively collaborate in future projects. It provided networking opportunities and delivered a big, bold reminder that Scotland has a fund of eager and talented writers who want to get their voices and their stories heard across the world.

Keynote speaker Bryan Elsley told delegates that Scottish drama had underachieved, before adding, ‘It’s time to change that!’ We hope that the first BBC Scottish Writers’ Festival will in some way help towards that ambition.

BBC Writersroom would like to thank everyone who participated in the festival: the brilliant speakers, the tireless volunteers, everyone from BBC Scotland who assisted in making it happen and, of course, the delegates who created such a positive vibe throughout the day. Special thanks to everyone who joined in via social media… Your enthusiastic and informative tweets were fantastic and helped ensure that the festival was shared by thousands of people across the UK and beyond. Here’s to the next one!

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