Category: Cross Platform

We are delighted to introduce the 34 writers who make up our Scottish Voices development groups for 2018/19. These are writers we have identified through open submission opportunities, talent scouting and by recommendation.


Our Scottish Voices are:



Brian McIver

Agent: None

Brian is an experienced newspaper journalist. His football themed comedy short for the GFT earned a distinction at Screen Academy Scotland and he is currently developing several TV comedy ideas. He made it to the final stages of three BBC Writersroom Scotland opportunities over the last year – The Break, Series III, the River City Shadow Writers’ Scheme and The Biggest Weekend monologues 2018.



Colin McLaren

Agent: Emily Hickman, The Agency.

Colin is a BAFTA winning screenwriter. He wrote the film The Legend of Barney Thomson directed by Robert Carlyle and the film DONKEYS starring James Cosmo, Martin Compston & Kate Dickie and both films won Scottish BAFTAs for best film. He wrote HOME, winning the BAFTA for best short. He is currently developing a number of films and TV projects.  Colin was also shortlisted for the Comedy Writer’s Programme 2018.


Fiona Connor

Agent: None

A BA graduate, Fiona is an award winning playwright whose work has been performed at The Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow. She has written a range of fantasy books and her first piece for screen won The Biggest Weekend Monologue opportunity in 2018. Her monologue, Something Blue, was produced by the BBC Writersroom and well received across social media. Fiona is currently working on new screenplay with a focus on strong female characters and unique comical stories and has recently been commissioned for a Children’s Digital Audio Story opportunity.


Gillian McCormack

Agent: None

Gillian has spent the past 15 years working within the creative and entertainment sector as a marketing and communications specialist. She earned her first BBC writing credit earlier this year for Poo Girl a short comedy monologue for BBC Writersroom and BBC Scotland in 2018. She also recently completed a Post Grad Diploma in Script development at the National Film and TV School in London and is currently developing several projects for both stage and screen. 


Juliet Cavanagh Anderson & Justin Lee Anderson

Agent: None

Justin and Juliet met when they both entered the BBC's Last Laugh competition in 2005, in which Justin was a runner-up. They began writing sketches together, moving on to sitcom, drama and film scripts. Their biggest project to date was adapting Julian May's epic novel, The Many-Coloured Land, into a film script for an independent producer. Justin is also an author. His first book, Carpet Diem, was published in 2015.  Most recently Juliet and Justin have been commissioned for a Children’s Digital Audio Story opportunity.


Taqi Nazeer & Kawser Quamer

Agent: None

Taqi is an accomplished stage actor and has a BA in Acting from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Taqi began writing after being frustrated with the lack of diverse Scottish stories being told and was accepted on to the National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘Breakthrough Writer’s Scheme’. His first play, ‘Rishta’, a comedy about two 30-somethings trying to navigate the unpredictable world of an arranged marriage was a sold-out success garnering Taqi with 4* reviews in 2017.He is currently developing an idea for a new Scottish sitcom, a screenplay for a feature film and is writing his next stage play.

Kawser is an award-winning journalist and reporter, as well as an accomplished television and radio presenter most often seen presenting the weather for BBC Scotland. Kawser is a keen comedy writer and is currently finishing her debut fictional novel and is working on ideas for a sitcom and a feature film. 

Both Taqi and Kawser have been commissioned by The BBC Asian Network for their podcast 'Scotistan' which they are developing at the moment and most recently wrote a sketch for Scots Squad.


Kevin Gilday

Agent: None

Kevin is an award winning writer, poet and spoken word artist from Glasgow who was named the National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Artist for 2018. He has performed at major festivals such as BBC 6Music Festival, Belladrum, Glastonbury and Edinburgh and toured in Germany and the US while supporting artists such as Akala, Saul Williams and George the Poet. His videos for BBC The Social have been viewed by over a quarter of a million people and he has had his theatre work on at Oran Mor, The Tron, Assembly Roxy, Lemon Tree Eden Court amongst others and has twice been shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play of the Year Award.  Kevin’s most recent play Suffering from Scottishness is at Edinburgh Festival this year.


Kevin Walls

Agent: None

Kevin attended the Glasgow School of Art where he wrote and directed his first short film, Identical. The science fiction film was awarded the British Academy Scotland New Talent Award for Sound in 2015 and screened at the Grosvenor Cinema in Glasgow. He has just graduated as ‘student of the year’ on the MA TV Fiction Writing programme at Glasgow Caledonian University with a scholarship from Warner Bros. Creative Talent. Kevin recently wrote and directed a short comedy monologue, When Pish Comes to Shove, for BBC Writersroom and BBC Scotland and has been commissioned to script for a new Digital Drama pilot for BBC Scotland in 2018.


Liam Hollywood

Agent: None

Liam graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a BA(Hons) in Filmmaking and Screen Writing. His feature length screenplay ‘Sweet Nothing’, a thriller described as “The Graduate meets Fatal Attraction”, was selected by writer-director Eleanor Yule for the Best Screenplay Award at the 2014 UWS Showcase Awards. His latest short film 'Living Arrangement', a relationship drama about a father and daughter, is currently being considered by film festivals around the UK & Europe. He was shortlisted by BBC Writersroom for The Biggest Weekend 2018 and has recently received credit for material featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack. He is currently writing a television drama pilot and developing an idea for a sitcom.


Maryam Hamidi

Agent: None

Maryam’s a Scottish based writer and an experienced actor working across stage, screen and radio. Her first short film, ’Bloody Love’, a zombie romantic drama, was developed through SFTN’s inaugural Five@5 scheme and her second short ‘Bahar’ was part of theSFTN’sScottish Shorts programme 2017. She was awarded Fire Exit’s Pyromania award for her play ‘End of.exploring sex addiction which had a rehearsed reading at The Tron Theatre as did her sitcom pilot, ‘Slipping’ for Sky TV. She is developing a Virtual Reality play, ‘Nervous and is a recipient of the Playwright’s Studio Scotland’s ‘New Playwright’s Award 2018.  Her first radio sitcom pilot ‘Drivetime’ was developed for Radio Scotland with the BBC Writersroom and transmitted in Spring 2018. She has recently written sketches for Gusman Production’s ‘Sketchtopia’ radio sketch show and has written two episodes for CBeebies show ‘Molly’s and Mack’ currently airing. Maryam was also one of 12 writers shortlisted for the Comedy Writers’ Programme 2018.


Morna Pearson

Agent: Charlotte Knight, Knighthall Agency

Morna Pearson is an Elgin-born Edinburgh-based playwright and screenwriter. She has been a recipient of the Channel 4 Playwright Scheme and the Meyer-Whitworth Award. Her first short film I Was Here (SFTN) was a BAFTA Scotland and an EIFF nominee for Best Short Film. Current projects include a pilot sitcom script for BBC Studios, and a play for the National Theatre of Scotland. Past theatre productions include plays for Traverse Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Connections, Catherine Wheels, Lung Ha Theatre Company, Grid Iron, Dogstar, Frozen Charlotte, and A Play, A Pie & A Pint. She has written two radio plays for BBC. Morna was also shortlisted for the Comedy Writers’ Programme 2018 and one of eight writers shortlisted for the Digital Drama scheme for BBC Scotland.


Niki Rooney

Agent: Hannah Porter, United Agents (Christian Ogunbanjo covering Maternity)

Niki began her career as a script assistant on Hollyoaks before becoming head of the Story Department. She wrote on Hollyoaks for two years before moving into writing on YA and Children’s series. She has worked across a range of platforms and content including radio drama, online YA drama and script edited Rabbit Punch, which won Best Short Film at the Scottish BAFTA New Talent Awards.

Niki has worked in development for and with Buccaneer Media, Brown Bag Films, Sky One, Bend It Networks, Disney and Nickelodeon.  In March 2018 Niki was announced as a winner of the Kudos North/BBC Writers Award. Her original comedy drama Spoonies is now in development with Kudos North.  In May 2018, her original drama script Finn optioned by Ecosse Films and she was also shortlisted for the Comedy Writers’ Programme 2018 and a Drama Pilot opportunity for BBC Scotland and most recently commissioned for a Children’s Audio Story opportunity.


Steven Lawrence

Agent: None

Steve is a Jersey born, Edinburgh based screenwriter. He was on the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room 2017/18 and is a graduate of the Screen Academy Scotland. Steve specialises in TV comedy but has also developed a feature for the ENGAGE media scheme and written and produced short films that have played at festivals around the world. He has credits on topical sketch show Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra and for BBC Comedy’s online platforms. In September 2017 he had his first professional comic work published by Mark Millar for his Millarworld Annual. Most recently he took part in a writersroom for Class Dismissed (CBBC),commissioned for Scot Squad (The Comedy Unit) and was also shortlisted for the Comedy Writers’ Programme 2018. He is currently developing a sitcom and has new comic will be released late 2018 and recently one of 8 writers shortlisted for a Children’s Podcast opportunity.


Tom Worsley

Agent: None

Tom is a 33 year old writer based in Glasgow, having moved from Cheltenham over 2 years ago aiming to be at least as well known in his home town as Eddie the Eagle.

He gained his first credits in 2008 on a Channel 4 Comedy Lab sketch pilot and subsequent series called ‘School of Comedy’. Since moving to Scotland he has been a contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking the News’ and was a finalist In the Nickelodeon Writing Program. He was recently commissioned for the latest series of Scot Squad and shortlisted for the Comedy Writers’ Programme and Children’s Podcast opporunity.  Tom's 15 minute radio comedy Sue & John was produced for Radio Scotland through a Writersroom Comedy opportunity.



Ali Taylor

Agent: None

Ali is on 2018/19 BBC Writersroom Casualty Shadow Writers’ Scheme.  She has been a finalist, twice, for the BBC’s Writers’ Prize for drama; in 2013 with Anich and then in 2015 with Hello Madam I Love You Troollee. She has had two original radio dramas produced by BBC Scotland and three short stories commissioned and produced for BBC Learning earlier this year. She was recently the BBC Scholar on the UK’s only MA in TV Fiction and, prior to that, was a finalist for the River City Shadow Writers’ Scheme 2017. She was shortlisted for The Biggest Weekend Festival monologue and was one of thirteen writers selected for a story-lining day at Emmerdale 2018.  Prior to her writing career, Ali worked in creative advertising for more than 20 years as a copywriter. 

Ali has been commissioned for a Children’s Digital Podcast and her 15 minute radio comedy Sunday Roast was produced for Radio Scotland through a Writersroom Comedy opportunity.  Her most recent achievements are being awarded a place on the Young Films Foundation Residency in the Isle of Skye, her first Radio 4 drama commission – The Apple, The Tree, to be produced by Kirsty Williams and her first commission with CBeebies called Something Special. 


Apphia Campbell

Agent: None

Apphia is originally from Florida and after graduating from college moved to New York where she performed Off-Broadway.  In 2012 she formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company. In 2013 she wrote her critically acclaimed piece, ‘Black Is The Colour Of My Voice’ and opened in Shanghai before performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 where it sold out and has been touring the UK ever since. In 2017, her new show with Meredith Yarbrough, ‘Woke’, was presented as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, won a Scotsman Fringe First, a Highly Commended award from Amnesty International and was shortlisted for The Filipa Bragança Award and Scottish Art Club Theatre Award. 

Charlie Ward

Agent: None

Charlie is a Glasgow-based writer. He is currently writing a television pilot, ‘An Evening With…’ for 1A Productions and developing a radio play, ‘The Book of Jamie’ for BBC Radio Scotland and was invited to join the BBC Writersroom Drama Group for 2018/19. In 2017 he completed his feature, ‘Out There’ and his play ‘AlphaMail’ was included in the Tron 100 Festival at the Tron Theatre. He graduated from the MA Television Writing course in Glasgow courtesy of a scholarship from Shed Productions.

Declan Dineen

Agent : Jennifer Thomas, United Agents

Originally from Newport in South Wales, Declan is now based in Glasgow. He was a freelance writer for various publications including Edge, The Skinny, Gafencu and Eurogamer before receiving a Masters Degree in TV Writing in 2014. His play The Muse was a finalist in the 2016 Progressive Playwright at the Tron Theatre and his radio debut, Finding Love at the End of the World, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018. He was one of 6 writers selected for Bellrock 2017 and is currently developing various TV & Radio projects including an animated series with Cub Animation. Declan creates and hosts Checkpoints a weekly video games podcast and his experiments with social media led to Foursquare Tales (a 2014 New Media Writing Finalist) and #meetandtweet, which became international news in 2014 and the basis for his sell out show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015. He is also a magician and is developing a one man show about magic, Lies for Money, with support from Creative Scotland and National Theatre of Scotland.


Jane Livingstone

Agent: None

Jane won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Best Writer in 1996 for her screenplay Roses of Picardy before moving into a career in corporate communications. In 2014 her play, Thieves of Dunfermline, sold out its run in Dunfermline and she went on to gain a Masters in Creative Writing. She has had three commissions for A Play, A Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor: Miss Veitch’s Roses, Witches of West Fife and Jocky Wilson Said in 2017. In 2018 Jane, has had two scripts optioned and a play commissioned. She is also a director of Outwith Festival.


Jaimini Jethwa

Agent: None

Jaimini has worked as a writer, independent filmmaker for over twenty years after graduating from film-school in London. She wrote and directed several short films including ‘No Dowry No Date’ and ’Careless’ which screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and international screenings. Her documentary ‘Stigmadies’ won the best short Documentary Film at the SEE ME Mental Health Film Festival 2007 while her documentary ‘Teen Mum’, gained over a million views on You Tube. Her theatre writing includes ‘Last Queen of Scotland’ with National Theatre Scotland, Stellar Quines and Dundee Rep hich sold out Edinburgh Fringe 2017.   She has been short-listed for Hollyoaks, River City, and Casualty and mentored by BBC Films for first feature film ’Dancing Shiva’. In 2018 she has been working on Radio drama ideas, the R4 sketch series, Sketchtopia and on a new play at The Royal Lyceum.  Jaimini was recently shortlisted for the Radio Scotland Comedy Opportunity.


Kate Bowen

Agent : None

Kate is the 2012 winner of the annual New Writer's Award (Playwright's Studio Scotland) and participant in the 2013 Traverse 50 programme at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. She was awarded a place on the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme in 2016 and a Starter for Ten residency from the National Theatre of Scotland in 2017. Her short plays have been performed at The Traverse Theatre (The Prize Fighter, audio play), Glasgow's Play, Pie and a Pint (The Lawyers) and on STV (Super Sunday; a Five Minute Theatre piece for National Theatre of Scotland.) Her first full length play Close Quarters was put on by Out of Joint in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres in 2018, directed by Kate Wasserberg; and was named by The Observer as one of their top ten theatre productions of 2018. Most recently, Kate has been funded to write a 60’ drama script.

Mariem Omari

Agent: None

Mariem is an Arab-Scots writer who lived and worked in conflict zones across the Middle East and North Africa for five years, and during that time worked with refugees and survivors of violence. She has since committed to promoting the stories of ‘voices’ that are not often heard to advocate for greater human rights and equality. Her first play, ‘If I Had A Girl...’, on honour violence in Asian communities in Scotland, sold-out in Glasgow in 2016, and toured nationally in 2017. She was one of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Starter for 10, selected to develop her play, ‘One Mississippi’ which showcased at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) 2017. She has had three plays produced in 2019 – ‘The Trojans’, performed by Syrian Refugees; her first children’s play, ‘Paper Memories’, which toured Scotland as part of the 2019 National Puppetry and Animation Festival; and ‘Walkin’ the Line’ as part of the SMHAF 2019. She is currently working on her new play, ‘Revolution Days’, about her experiences as an Aid Worker, which was developed with renowned Scottish Director, Cora Bissett, in 2018, and has just received her first BBC commission for ‘The Nine’. She is Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Bijli, Company in Residence at the National Theatre of Scotland.



Marcus McPeake

Agent: None

Marcus’s first feature-length screenplay, Oh, Danny Boyd is currently in development with producer, Wendy Griffin, and the Scottish Film Talent Network.  Marcus’s first short film, Your Picture Gets Mine (featuring Kate Dickie), was acquired by Channel 4 and screened as part of The Shooting Gallery, which lead to the channel commissioning a second short, For Gracie (featuring Gary Lewis).  He was selected for the EIFF Talent Lab 2016, where he won 'Best Pitch'.  He has a third short film in the pipeline, and is currently working on the pilot script of a spec TV show and was recently shortlisted for the Radio Scotland Comedy opportunity.


Michael Lee Richardson

Agent: None

Michael is a writer, producer and community organiser based in Glasgow. In 2015, he received the Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award. His original drama writing has been shortlisted for BBC Scotland’s Frank Deasy Award and BBC Writersroom Drama Room, as well as the Trans Comedy Award, BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Award, the David Nobbs Memorial Trust Award for comedy. In 2018, he was one of 8 writers shortlisted for the Digital Drama Pilot Scheme for BBC Scotland and was invited to join the BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices Drama group. His short film, My Loneliness is Killing Me - about queer men, loneliness and hook-up culture, directed by Tim Courtney - debuted at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2018 and has just won the BAFTA Scotland Award (Best Short Film) November 2018. His short story ‘The Other Team’ appears in PROUD (Stripes Publishing, March 2019).  He edited We Were Always Here, an anthology of queer Scottish writing, published by 404 Ink in January 2019. As a youth worker he set up and ran Trans Youth Glasgow, and is a passionate advocate for queer and transgender young people.  Michael's most recent achievement is being awared a place on the Young Films Foundation residency in the Isle of Skye.



Anita Vettesse

Agent : Georgina Ruffhead, David Higham

Anita writes for BBC Scotland’s continuing drama River City. Other work includes: Falling for BBC Radio Drama and You Really Got Me as part of The Break, Series III for BBC Three. She has recently begun writing sketches for a new The Comedy Unit’s, The State of It. Her theatre work includes: Ringroad which was nominated for best new play at The Critics Theatre Awards. Happy Hour and From The Air for Oran Mor. Melvin Bragg Made Me Do It for Paines Plough Theatre Company; News Just In/HostageTaker for Random Accomplice; Eddie and The Slumber Sisters for Catherine Wheels/National Theatre of Scotland and a new musical, Bingo, for Stellar Quines /Grid Iron theatre Company which toured in Spring 2018. Anita is about to become writer in residence at National Theatre of Scotland as part of the John Mather Trust award.  She was recently shortlisted for a Digital Audio Story opportunity and commissioned for a new Radio 4 Drama & Podcast which will be produced late 2019.


Bryce Hart

Agent: Simon Blakey, The Agency

Bryce was on the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room 2016 and listed on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. He was a Writer in Residence with the Comedy Unit in Glasgow, where he wrote and developed ideas for Scot Squad as Assistant Story Producer. He has written on Only an Excuse, the BBC N.I series Soft Border Patrol, the Brexit sitcom set along the Irish border and on Wow Wales! a comedy about the Welsh tourism industry.  He was one of eight writers shortlisted for The Break, Series III for BBC Three. He has had sketches commissioned for FUNC a Gaelic sketch show, BBC Alba and on the CBBC series, Class Dismissed. His teen drama Unfiltered, has also been commissioned to treatment by CBBC. Radio work includes sketches for Pam Ayre’s Radio 4 show Ayres on the Air and he was shortlisted for BBC 3’s Valentine themed sketch for FaceBook. He is one of four writers on the BBC Writersroom Comedy Writers’ Programme and is currently developing ideas with Happy Tramp North and his 15 minute comedy, Winging It was produced for Radio Scotland through a Writersroom Comedy opportunity.


Grace Knight

Agent : Hannah Boulton, The Agency

Grace is a Glasgow-based writer who works across TV, theatre, radio and VR work. She is one of eight recipients of the High-end Television Levy Writers’ Bursary Scheme under the mentorship of Kay Mellor. Her episode of BBC Three’s The Break, Gloss (2018), is currently available on iPlayer, and is nominated for a Brodcast Digital Award 2019 in the short form drama category.  Grace's VR film is due to be released on the BBC’s new VR app. She has two Big Finish audio dramas due for release this year: a 60 minute play for their Dark Shadows range, and a 30 minute episode for their Doctor Who: Short Trips range and was recently commissioned for the Torchwood series. She has had two BBC Radio commissionsincluding After Exile, for Radio 3 starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (2017). Her first professional stage credit was How to Cheat, and Be a Winner! at Cambridge Junction Theatre (2015) and extracts from her work have been performed at the Tron Theatre and London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. She was one of ten writers on a BBC Writersroom Children’s Residential in 2017 and was a member of the Scottish Book Trust’s highly competitive BBC Radio Lab.  Grace is currently in production with a Digtal Drama with the Comedy unit for BBC Scotland.


James Pearson

Agent : Georgina Carrigan, United Agents

James is as an actor and writer whose acting credits include Lip Service (BBC/Kudos) and Control (Anton Corbijn) and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland for his role in New Town Killers.His first writing commission was for Stan and Mae, a story about Stan Laurel and his toxic relationship with his first comedy partner and wife, Mae Laurel. In 2016 he was on the EIFF Talent lab and commissioned for two original features: Jack, produced by Foxcub Films about a gay couple trying to start a family and Evelyn, produced by Nicky Bentham and James Brown based on the lifework of Dame Evelyn Glennie. He’s currently on the BBC Writersroom TV Drama Writers Programme, working with LA Productions on his pilot, THE GIFT and his radio play, Jack was aired in January 2018 on Radio Scotland. 


Omar Raza

Agent : None

Omar is a multi award-winning actor and writer.  He was titled by Scots Magazine as ‘Funny Five Scot’ comedian alongside Kevin Bridges and Susan Calman. He won the CEMVO ‘Impact in Arts’ award for his work strengthening communities and tackling inequalities. Omar’s screenwriting debut, Soul Journey, was for The Break Series III for BBC Three. It was nominated for ‘MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards’ under the category of ‘Representation of LGBT, Scripted’. Omar was the runner-up of the ‘Edinburgh TV Festival: New Voice Awards 2019’ for ‘Debut Writer Award’. He co-wrote CBBC’s sketch ‘Burn Down The House’ for Annoying Things Adults Say and has completed a short course at the National Film & TV School, mentored by Ex-Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Drama, Peter Ansorge. Omar was shortlisted for a Children’s Podcast opportunity and most recently awarded a place on the Young Films Foundation Residency in the Isle of Skye and he is nominated for an RTS Award in the Writer Category for The Break - Soul Jouney.


Samara MacLaren

Agent : Lovett Logan

Samara is an actress and writer and is part of the BBC’s 2018 Drama Room Scheme with BBC Writersroom. Her debut play, Ailsa Benson is Missing premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival and was nominated for the Scottish Theatre Awards and a Filipa Braganca Award and is due to tour in 2019. Her other writing work includes; a short film script Adulting, which was shortlisted and commissioned in 2017 as part of The Break for BBC Three; Bun, a short play which was performed by Stellar Quines as part of an event for 2017 International Day of the Girl; and Female Extreme Cunning, produced in conjunction with Stellar Quines as part of "Untaught to Shine". Samara is one of 8 writers shortlisted for the Digital Drama Pilot Scheme for BBC Scotland.


Sophie Wu

Agent :  Jessica Cooper, Curtis Brown

Sophie is an actress and talented writer for screen and stage. Her debut play, Sophie Wu Is Minging, and Looks Like She's Dead, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and transferred to the Soho Theatre.  She is working with the Bush Theatre as part of their new writing programme and is developing an original TV project with Charlie Brooker's company, House of Tomorrow.  Sophie’s short film, Franny Wong, was one of the 5 films made for The Break, Series III for BBC Three.


Stewart Thomson

Agent : Matthew Dench,  Dench Arnold Agency

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Stewart is a graduate of the National Film and Television School and his film, Bill's Visitors, was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA and a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award as part of Channel 4’s Coming Up strand. His debut feature, Rocket Surgery, is set for production in early 2020 with director Nicky Lianos, Blazing Griffin (Anna and the Apocalypse) and Vico Films (Animals). Beating the Drum, his second feature has been developed by BBC Films and Creative Scotland with director Lynsey Miller (The Boy with the Topknot). In September 2016, Stewart’s sitcom pilot, Pumped, was transmitted on BBC Three and BBC2. Stewart's comedy pilot SKWIBS was a previous winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Award and was performed on stage at the New York Television Festival. Stewart was part of BBC Writersroom Comedy Room 2017/18. His short film, A Vocal Minority, was produced for The Break, Series III, for BBC Three and was nominated for a Celtic Media Award 2019. He is developing a new sitcom for The Comedy Unit in Glasgow and a comedy project for CBBC. Stewart has also written for theatre, with his debut Frank's Dead premiering at Oran Mor in Glasgow where it later won their audience award for best comedy that year.  His script Dash is being produced with Blazing Griffin for the Digital Drama Scheme for BBC Scotland. His project Elastic has been developed by Big Talk and has recently be commissioned to script by BBC Drama.

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