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In which the Author is commissioned to write the script for an animation film…

Well chuffed to note that I’ve been commissioned by The Lives of the Dissidents project to write the script for a 10-minute animation about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Protestant pastor who resisted Adolf Hitler and after a

long imprisonment was eventually executed by the Nazis  in 1945. Other films in the series will highlight others who resisted state power, such as Martin Luther King, Victor Jara and Sophie Scholl.

This is the first time I’ve scripted an entirely animated film. Once the script is complete, the animation is scheduled to go into production in 2015.

Now I’m going to celebrate with a nice cup of tea.

In which the author confesses he is writing some film scripts…



This weekend (19th/20th November) I’ll be attending the ‘360 Narratives’ two-day event in Stirling, a session designed to bring together writers from different disciplines to forge partnerships and collaborations. There will be children’s authors, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, graphic novelists and games developers.

And me. I’m going to have to come out of my non-fiction shell and reveal that I’ve been working on two spec screenplays. The first draft of one is complete, while the second is stalled somewhere in the middle of Act Two. So far I’ve been keeping this new area a secret, largely because – well, actually my motives are a tad obscure on this point. Self-confidence issues? Fear of rejection? Lack of an agent? A mild dislike of the script formatting software? I’m not really sure. But such uncertainty, such self-questioning, is undoubtedly part of the writer’s journey. Oooh, deep.

What are the scripts about? Well, given the subject of my books, you’re not expecting a romantic comedy, are you?

See http://www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk/360narratives.htm for more. If you are one of the writers and other creative types attending the weekend, I look forward to seeing you there. I’ll be the one toting around the horned skull…