Alfred Bradley Award
It's not the first time that the Writersroom have been an instrumental part in changing my career for the better. That's not an understatement.Furquan Akhtar
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.
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.
Previous winners include Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, War Horse), Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt) and Cat Jones (Doctors, Waterloo Road) who have all gone on to have huge success across radio, TV and film.
See the shortlisted writers for the 2015/16 Award who received development support from BBC Radio Drama North before the overall winner was announced as Piers Black Hawkins for his script 'Hand to Mouth'. This was subsequently reworked and retitled 'Human Resources' before being recorded by BBC Radio Drama North in June 2017 for July broadcast.
Furquan Akhtar was the winner of the 2013 Award and developed his winning script 'Shamed' with BBC Radio Drama north. It was broadcast as an Afternoon Drama on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 19 February 2015 at 2.15pm and was available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days. 'Shamed' was subsequently long-listed for the Imison Award for the best original script by a writer new to radio.
2015/2016 - Piers Black Hawkins
2013 - Furquan Akhtar
2011 - Cat Jones
2009 - Chris Wilson
2006 - Mark Shand
2004 - Anthony Cropper
2002 - Julia Copus
2000 - Pam Leeson
1998 - Peter Straughan
1996 - Mandy Precious
1994 - Lee Hall
1992 - Donal Thompson
Piers Black-Hawkins on winning the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2016.
Watch script-writing help and advice from the team at BBC Radio Drama North
Watch advice from the team at BBC Radio Drama North on how to write for Radio
Deadline: 5th June 2019 at 6pm. The Prize is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays to be judged by a panel of industry experts for a chance to win part of a prize fund totalling £40,000.
Deadline: 9pm, 7th April 2019. A new award for young playwrights (18 and under) based in the East of England. There are 4 different categories prize-winning categories and an overall winner.
Deadline: 31st March 2019. Following a very successful series of short films shot in 2017/18 RBCA are once again accepting script submissions for next year’s short films. Successful scripts will be filmed to professional standards in autumn 2019.
Read this script from the BBC Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC Drama archive.