Friends and more

Writing can be a solitary, hard path to tread (OK, it’s just typing, I get it). Here are some of my friends, contacts and online resources I consult often to help my writing and keep me sane.

A hugely comprehensive ‘how to’ guide for everything screenwriting and fiction writing, compiled by the incredibly prolific and helpful Lucy V. Hay.

Bush Theatre
Great venue for new writing and networking. Also sports a theatrical library you can lose yourself in for days.

Finger In The Pie
Great theatre, cabaret, workshops, events and much more. Will bring out the performer in you, no matter how hard you’ve tried to hide it.

Ellie Irving
Author of hilarious books for over 8s about record breakers, elective mutes, sheep rustlers and more. All her books are autobiographical.

London Screenwriters’ Festival
A must-attend event in London which gets bigger and better every year.

Off The Wall Players
Off The Wall Players are an emerging theatre company based in Shoreditch performing unique and eclectic pieces by new writers.

Pegasus Opera
A multi-racial touring opera company that produces amazing operas that are accessible to all.

Martin Percy
An award-winning filmmaker who dedicates himself to understanding and demonstrating what can be done by combining film and interactivity. See some of his work at Unit 9.

Pick Up Your Pen
Katy Segrove is a writing coach and runs the monthly London Writers’ Meet-up group, open to all.

Polari Literary Salon
Author and journalist Paul Burston is the ringmaster at this regular LGBTQ+ literary extravaganza taking place on the South Bank in London, and now all over the UK.

Riccardo Sai
Riccardo is a passionate and charismatic award-winning director with a very characteristic sense for aesthetics and style.

Team Angelica
Run by forces of nature Rikki Beadle-Blair and John Russell Gordon, Team Angelica produce groundbreaking plays, prose collections, novels, performances and much more.

This Itch of Writing by Emma Darwin
Amazing resource for writers. All Emma’s previous articles are over at her Typepad site.

SJ Watson
Author of edge-of-your-seat thrillers including Final Cut and the phenomenally successful Before I Go To Sleep.