Cornwall Ahoy!

A little ship has come home to port, fittingly a Cornish one.

If you follow my blog, you’ll be aware that I liken my speculative writing send-outs to ships. I keep a ‘ship’s log’ of the short stories, plays and other texts that I’ve sent off and their fate. The idea of surrendering my ships to the waves, where I am no longer responsible for them, appeals to me. Once it’s gone, it will either sink or come home to port laden with the encouragement provided by a publication acceptance, an award or recognition in some form. And a ship home to port is cause for celebration, no matter how little the vessel.

Yesterday, I received news that a one act play I wrote, ‘The Angel of Szepfalu’, was runner up in the annual play-writing prize run by STERTS Theatre, Cornwall. As runner up, I receive a small cheque and a rehearsed reading of my play at the theatre. I’m travelling to Cornwall for the same. It might seem like quite a trip (from Norwich) just for a rehearsed reading but any recognition of a writer’s work needs to be embraced. I’m flattered that they like my play and want to support any organisation which does the same.

This will be the third rehearsed reading of my work. Previously, my rehearsed readings have taken place in Brighton and Norfolk. So, if nothing else, my plays are taking me on a tour of coastal England – rather fitting for ships.

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About suehealy

Award-winning Irish writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. January 2018 sees her play Imaginationship run for three weeks at the Finborough Theatre. Previous productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Finborough, Arcola, Hackney Attic and Sterts theatres, and at festivals including the Claremorris Fringe (New Writing Award winner), the Brighton (Sussex Playwrights’ Award winner), the UEA Contemporary European Drama Festival, Norwich. Her work will also be showcased at the Criterion theatre on Dec. 4th. Radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and the Old Vic 12 New Voices. Sue's prose has won the the Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award and has been published widely. Sue has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from juried artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. Sue is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She is currently London-based, completing a Ph.D. on the Royal Court Theatre. Sue is an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the Universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, and tutors Creative Writing at City Lit. She is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre. View all posts by suehealy

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