And those already on the horizon…

Doing some ‘book’ keeping… Since January, I’ve sent out 15 ships.

Four came back with one win (the Molly Keane) a ‘commendation’ (The New Writer) a short list (Meridian) and a long list (The Jane Austen Award).

Four ‘academic ships’ half-returned – I applied for a funded PhD study at four universities (UEA, Queens, Bangor and Exeter). All offered me places but Queens and Exeter turned me down for funding. Bangor doesn’t have funding and I’m still waiting to hear from UEA… (though at this stage…)

Four other ships (competitions entered) sunk without trace…

That’s not a bad tally, actually – two years ago I sent out ten ships and every single one sunk. I’m doing something right. Improving perhaps…

And there are STILL a three ships on the horizon:

Firstly that UEA funding that I haven’t had denied yet : )

And a lectureship interview with the Open University on July 14th – again, two years ago I applied for the same position and didn’t get to interview stage. Something on my CV is looking up!

And Amelia is going to design me a website, ain’t ya buddie?


About suehealy

Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre and associate lecturer in playwriting at the universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, Irish playwright Sue Healy has a PhD in modern theatre history. Her most recent stage play Imaginationship (2018) recently enjoyed a sell-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre and is headed to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in August. Cow (2017) was staged at the Etcetera Theatre and Brazen (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Her work has been performed at the Criterion, Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre and has been developed by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and support by the Peggy Ramsay Award. Her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards and the Escalator Prize. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. Sue also tutors Creative Writing at CityLit. View all posts by suehealy

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