Edinburgh writers – comic novelist and UNESCO City of Literature story shopper, Rosy Barnes, and screenwriter Laura Anne Anderson – are two of ten women selected as part of the new UK-wide flagship programme She Writes 2010.
Co-presented by The Script Factory together with Birds Eye View Film Festival in London, She Writes was prompted by the remarkable statistic that only 12% of British films are currently written by women and aims to nurture emerging screenwriting talent to ensure the production of high quality, commercially viable films driven from a female perspective.
Catering for ten emerging women writers, the participants enjoy a residential retreat, attend specialist workshops, meet with mentors, gain a better understanding of the film industry, have exclusive access to the industry and training events at the Birds Eye View Film Festival and have the opportunity to workshop a feature screenplay project with actors.
Laura Anne Anderson
Laura completed a postgraduate Screenwriting Masters at Screen Academy Scotland in November 2007, and has several scripts in production, including her dark comedy short Ladies Who Lunch. For She Writes, Laura will concentrate on her feature screenplay Light Me a Candle, a gothic horror set in Victorian Scotland. She says, "I've been a keen supporter of both Birds Eye View and The Script Factory for years now, and am delighted to have been selected as a participant in this fantastic scheme. I can't wait to start the programme, get to know my fellow She-Writers, and further develop my project."
Rosy will be working on a screenplay adaptation of her popular comedy novel Sadomasochism for Accountants (published by Marion Boyars in Feb 2009), about which The Scotsman wrote, “Echoing PG Wodehouse, Tom Sharpe and even Douglas Adams, Sadomasochism for Accountants is a fine comic novel”. "I'm always boring people to death about the lack of interesting women in film – What Birds Eye View is doing in terms of encouraging women’s viewpoints and characters is just the sort of thing I want to be part of."
Emerging Writers in Edinburgh
Rosy took part in Story Shop organised by the Unesco City of Literature at last year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival and is a regular at the monthly salon events. “It’s really great to have an organisation that supports and helps Edinburgh writers. I first turned up at one of the Unesco City of Literature salon events as a nervous unpublished author back in the day, not really knowing what to expect and feeling like I shouldn’t really be there, but everyone were so nice to me that I soon forgot about that and just joined in. Both Ali and Anna are really terrific in terms of making people feel welcome and encouraging writers to have the confidence to get out there, meet people, apply for stuff and all those aspects that can seem very daunting when you’re a new writer who doesn’t really know what you’re doing. Story Shop was a brilliant experience – once you’ve bawled out a story in the middle of a crowded tent in front of chattering café goers, bookbuyers and screaming kids…reading out loud can never seem that scary again!”
Rosy also writes for the ecclectic book blog Vulpes Libris and is presently working on her second novel, Basketweaving for Psychopaths