MA TV Fiction Writing programme to celebrate with industry

09 November 2015

Eileen Gallagher of Larkhall Films addressing last year's event

Eileen Gallagher of Larkhall Films addressing last year's event

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) will host its annual celebration of its flagship MA TV Fiction Writing programme on Thursday, November 12.

Students, staff and alumni will be joined by leading figures within the industry at a ceremony, which will be held at STV’s Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.

This year MA TV Fiction Writing graduate Chrisella Ross will address the audience and share her experiences of writing and getting into the industry. Chrisella was recently named as ‘one to watch’ by the Edinburgh International TV Festival and has successfully written for ground-breaking Gaelic drama Bannan, working alongside another former graduate Seumas MacMillan.

Now in their sixth year, the awards ceremony has attracted more than £500,000 in scholarship funding from, among others, Warner Bros, Shed Media and MG ALBA. Four scholarships will be presented to students from the 2015 cohort, including a scholarship in honour of late David MacLennan, one of Scotland’s leading thespians and an enthusiastic supporter of GCU. This year’s industry scholarship providers are: BBC Scotland, Larkhall Films and Warner Bros.

MA TV Fiction Writing Programme leader Dr Catriona Miller said: “The success of the programme is due to the close working relationship our students and alumni enjoy with industry. We work collaboratively with writers, producers and guest speakers to give students the best possible chance of breaking into the industry. That, and the input from lecturers Ann Marie di Mambro and Chris Dolan, who are themselves practising writers, adds invaluable credibility to the programme.”

Previous success stories include graduate Mark Stevenson, who writes for EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City; and Hollyoaks writer Philip Wright. The students have enjoyed guest lecturers this semester from EastEnders actor Ann Mitchell, who plays matriarchal character Cora Cross, and scriptwriter Mark Stevenson.

The MA TV Fiction Writing programme is the only dedicated full-time postgraduate programme of its type in the UK.
The event is organised by the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation in partnership with its hosts STV, which is supporting this year’s prizes for the Best Student and Best Script awards. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 12 from 6pm.