View over the top of my book #16

On Friday, BBC Cymru Wales held a writers’ forum in Cardiff to launch this year’s Wales Drama Award. In the past, I’ve tried my hand at writing sketches for the BBC Radio satirical sketch show Newsjack . It was immense fun, and I clocked up a few writing credits in the process, but now I’d like to try my hand at scripting something longer, so this event looked like the perfect opportunity to go along and find out more.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Cymru Wales chaired the event from BBC Broadcasting House, Cardiff, which was also streamed live on the web, and introduced the panel who would be answering questions from both the floor and from twitter. The panel comprised Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom), Bethan Jones (Acting Head of Drama, BBC Wales) and Kully Thiarai (Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales), who all gave clear insights into what the industry is looking for.

For anyone hoping to submit unsolicited material to the Beeb, the BBC Writersroom should be their first port of call.. As well as setting out clear guidelines on how and when to submit work, there is a wealth of useful information on how to get started, and a large archive of scripts to peruse. Also, this is where new writer events and opportunities are advertised, so it’s good to keep an eye on what’s going on regionally as well as across the whole of the UK.

The trip to the big smoke was a great opportunity to chat to the panel, meet fellow writers and to have a nose inside Cardiff’s  BBC Broadcasting House. I had such an inspiring time, I didn’t care about embarrassing myself by taking this picture on my way home!