Sending out Ships

I’ve landed back on earth post winning the National Molly Keane Award for Creative Writing. And I realised that I need to get more ships out there. Spent this week launching said vessels. Oh please come back to Mama laden with kudos and baying agents and publishers…

Ships launched:

1) Applied for a funded PhD at Newcastle University.

2) Submitted ‘Snailsock’ to an up and coming literary magazine.

3) Applied for a Creative Writing Teaching gig in Liverpool

4) Invited the author of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ to talk to the inmates in my prison class.

5) Asked Stephen Fry to write them a letter of encouragement (he’s a former inmate of the prison, who knew?)

6) Sent ‘The Pretender’ to the Writers’ Bureau competition.

7) Sent ‘Ha Ha’ to the Meridian competition.

8 ) Sent ‘Snailwoman’ to the Light Ship First Chapter Competition.

9) Submitted ‘Name in a Cave’ to People’s Friend

10) Submitted ‘Twin Trees’ to Doris Gooderson Competition.

11) Submitted an application for funding to the Irish Arts Council.

I like the number 12. Twelve months of the year, twelve steps, twelve apostles, twelve labours of Hercules, the twelve dancing princesses etc… So I shall send another ship out today to round off the grand total of ships. Then it is back to the book….


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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