2012 International Radio Playwriting Competition
Australian playwrights shortlisted and highly commended
The BBC World Service recently announced its shortlist for the 2012 International Radio Playwriting Competition. Featured amongst the list of 13 radio plays, drawn from over 1000 submissions worldwide, we are very happy to see the work of Australian playwright, Neva Grant.
Grant's play The Lucky Bird tells the story of Lorraine, who is driven to share her dark secret with a stranger. "She obsessively calls people around the world, but the search for a sympathetic ear is easier than the search for redemption."
Winners from two categories (English as a first language and English as a second language) will be announced later this year, receiving a cash prize and a production of their work, to be broadcast on the BBC World Service.
Fellow Australian playwright, Steven Snell, was also acknowledged for his play, Just a Friendly Game of Baseball, which was one of five to be highly commended by the judges.
The International Radio Playwriting Competition, now in its 23rd year, is open to anyone who resides outside of Britain and calls for previously unpublished and unproduced radio plays of up to 53 minutes and six characters.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of the ABC's decision to cut its radio drama program, which has caused much upset within Australia's community of writers and performers.
For full details on the International Radio Playwriting Competition visit www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/, and of course, congratulations to Neva and Steven!
UPDATE: We were also pleased to hear that Kristina Jilly, an Australian writer based in Hungary, has also been shortlisted for Berlin to Balaton, alongside her Irish co-writer Sue Healy.