Alfred Bradley Bursary Award

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is a £5,000 writing bursary to Northern writers new to radio and the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission.

It's not the first time that the BBC Writersroom have been an instrumental part in changing my career for the better. That's not an understatement.
— Furquan Akhtar, winner of the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award in 2013

The Award was established in 1992 to commemorate the life and work of Alfred Bradley, the distinguished BBC Radio Drama Producer and is run by Radio Drama North in conjunction with BBC Writersroom.

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award - An Introduction by Jez Bradley

Previous winners include Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, War Horse), Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt), Cat Jones (Doctors, Waterloo Road) and Furquan Akhar (The Bay series 3, Wolfe) who have all gone on to have huge success across radio, TV and film. 

Latest News

Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2021 - Winner Announced - Full details 

Hear from the writer of Patterdale, Paul Jones, over on our blog

Listen to the 2021 Award winner 'Patterdale' by Paul Jones on BBC Sounds - first broadcast 14th February 2022 on BBC Radio 4

Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2021 - Shortlist Announced

Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2021 - Longlist Announced

Entries for the 2020/21 Alfred Bradley Bursary Award closed at 5pm on Friday 6th November 2020

Read Jill O'Halloran's blog post about hearing her script produced for BBC Radio 4 

Read more blog posts about the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award

Previous Winners

2021 - Paul Jones with "Patterdale"

2018/19 - Alex Clarke with "Poundshop Vanilla Princess"

2015/2016 - Piers Black with "Hand to Mouth", recorded as "Human Resources" 

2013 - Furquan Akhtar with "Shamed" 

2011 - Cat Jones with "Glory Dazed" 

2009 - Chris Wilson with "Playing The Game" recorded as "Lump-Boy Logan"

2006 - Mark Shand with "Abigail Adams' 

2004 - Anthony Cropper with "I'll Tell You About Love"

2002 - Julia Copus with "Eeenie Meenie Macka Racka"

2000 - Pam Leeson with "There’s Me, David, Chelsea, Charlene, Scott and Bianca"

1998 - Peter Straughan with "The Ghost Of Federico Garcia Lorca Which Can Also Be Used As A Table"

1996 - Mandy Precious with "Patty & Chips with Scraps"

1994 - Lee Hall with "I Luv You Jimmy Spud"

1992 - Donal Thompson

Read Scripts

Script-writing help and advice from the team at BBC Radio Drama North.
Watch advice from Furquan Akhtar
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