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Scottish Writers' Festival - Watch Interviews

Angela Galvin

Development Producer, BBC Writersroom Scotland

The Scottish Writers’ Festival is now done and dusted for another year and based on the feedback, everyone had a great day. A phew and woo hoo! We had set the bar high at our previous festival with the fantastic Steven Moffat headlining, but we cracked it once again with a brilliant opening conversation with Nicole Taylor who was honest, funny and inspiring. In fact, all our guests were. We can’t thank them enough.

Several weeks later, and the slalom-like office obstacle course made out of hundreds of attendees’ goody bags and nice, fancy snacks (that we were too busy to eat on the day) are long gone but we’ve not been lolling around, we’ve been busy pulling together post-festival content for this very website. We know not everyone can get a ticket for the festival, or can travel to Glasgow, so alongside our tweets and posts on the day’s events, we strong armed/gently encouraged… our panellists and guests to answer some more questions on writing and development.

You can catch up with all the interviews below, packed with advice and inspiration, and with all of these and many more in the Be Inspired section of our website

Watch an interview with Neil Webster

Neil Webster is a writer and experienced Executive Producer, Producer and Script Editor. Neil co-founded the comedy production company Happy Tramp which has produced a range of scripted series for the BBC, and a number of half hour films for Sky Arts’ URBAN MYTHS series.

Prior to Happy Tramp, Neil co-founded the comedy production company Zeppotron, working as Creative Director until 2012. Before Zeppotron, Neil’s credits included script editor and writer on THE 11 O'CLOCK SHOW, writer on THE SKETCH SHOW, GAS, ATTACHMENTS, and SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND. Neil has also worked as a writer for various stand ups including Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Mickey Flanagan and Jason Manford.

We asked Neil about how he got started in Comedy writing, his favourite comedy characters and tips for new writers.

Watch an interview with Lizzie Gray

Lizzie Gray has recently joined Glasgow based indie Blazing Griffin as Head of TV. Prior to that, Lizzie was Executive Producer at SKY on award winning series PATRICK MELROSE and SAVE ME, as well as YOU, ME & THE APOCALYPSE. She oversaw the return of Sky Atlantic’s ground breaking series FORTITUDE. Lizzie’s background is in long running, popular drama series having produced both WATERLOO ROAD and RIVER CITY.

We spoke to Lizzie about the Producer-Writer relationship, the Producer's role in the writing process and pitching tips.

Watch an interview with Philip Shelley

Philip Shelley initiated and runs the Channel 4 screenwriting course and works as both a Producer and Script Editor. His speciality is identifying and working with new screenwriting talent and helping them find opportunities in the UK TV and film industries. He also runs independent screenwriting courses.

We spoke to Philip about identifying a Writer's voice, common pitfalls and his latest TV favourites.

Watch an interview with Amy Roberts and Loren McLaughlan

Amy Roberts and Loren McLaughlan are a writing-duo. They have written for various shows together, including SHAMELESS, CALL THE MIDWIFE, OUR GIRL and COLD FEET and have several projects in development. Prior to writing, Amy was in Drama development and production at BBC Scotland. She co-produced FIELD OF BLOOD, script edited WATERLOO ROAD and was Story Producer on a Scottish BAFTA nominated series of RIVER CITY. After working in production for several years, Loren moved into script editing on various shows including CORONATION STREET and SHAMELESS. 

We spoke to them about how they met and got their first writing break, what they think is currently missing from TV and what it's like to write in a partnership.

Watch an interview with Rab Christie

Rab Christie is the MD of the Comedy Unit, creator of BAFTA and RTS Award winning comedy programmes and currently producing TOURIST TRAP (BBC Wales), SCOT SQUAD (BBC Scotland) and SOFT BORDER PATROL (BBC Northern Ireland). Other comedy credits include BURNISTOUN, LIMMY’S SHOW!, GARY: TANK COMMANDER, THE STATE OF IT, ONLY AN EXCUSE? RAB C NESBITT, STILL GAME, BADULTS, BLOWOUT, RORY GOES TO HOLYROOD, SCOTLAND IN A DAY, OFFSIDE, CHEWIN THE FAT, SKETCHORAMA and FAGS, MAGS AND BAGS.

We asked Rab about how he got started in Comedy, the biggest struggles in making Comedy and his favourite characters.

Watch an interview with Rob Williams

Rob Williams began his writing career in 2008 after attending The Writers Academy with John Yorke and gaining his first script commission on DOCTORS. Rob went on to create the ITV crime drama series CHASING SHADOWS as well as writing episodically on KILLING EVE, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, DCI BANKS, HOLBY CITY, CASUALTY, EASTENDERS & DOCTORS. Most recently, Rob created and wrote the original series THE VICTIM with STV Productions for BBC One and currently has several pilots in development.

We asked Rob about how he got his first break in writing, how he deals with receiving notes and the development process.

Read an interview with Rob Williams about creating THE VICTIM

Download and read the complete scripts for THE VICTIM

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