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Eliza Clark has relocated from her native Newcastle back to London, where she previously attended Chelsea College of Art.
She currently works in social media marketing for an arts charity.
In 2018, she received a grant from New Writing North’s ‘Young Writers’ Talent Fund’ and her first novel Boy Parts was released by Influx Press in 2020.
She hosts podcast You Just Don’t Get It, Do You? with her partner, where they discuss film and television which squanders its potential.
Her next novel and short story collection (both with Faber and Faber) will be out in 2023.
Eliza is represented by the Jo Unwin Literary Agency for her novels whilst we represent her for her screenwriting work.
- BOY PARTS- adaptation for television of her critically acclaimed novel of the same title. 6 x 60' series in development with Studio Lambert. A pitch-black comedy both shocking and hilarious, fearlessly exploring the taboo regions of sexuality and gender roles in the twenty-first century.
- BLIND SCRIPT COMMISSION - TV script commission with Bad Wolf. Details to follow soon.
Conor Montague is an Irish writer working in London. He grew up in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. Conor was coordinator for the creative writing programme at The City Literary Institute (City LIt), Covent Garden, from September 2013 to September 2017, at which stage he resigned to focus on his own work.
Previous to this Conor worked as a nightclub manager, bin man, music promoter, builder, adventure travel coordinator, academic, bare knuckle boxer, dive master, marijuana grower, magazine editor, sports coach, security consultant, researcher and DJ, spending time in East Africa, North Africa, South East Asia, India, Nepal, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, the US and mainland Europe in the process.
- GRACE: a 10 X 1HR drama series inspired by the remarkable true story of Grace O’Malley (Grainne Mhaol), a 16th Century Irish Chieftain who fought clan and crown for forty years to protect her people and preserve their way of life.
- WHO NEEDS ENEMIES: a series of comedic plays from 2009-2012 which sold out at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival and led to the formation of Vagabond Productions. Conor adapted Who Needs Enemies for television, a 6 X 1Hr comic drama series. The pilot episode, ‘Houdini’s Great Escape’ was shot on location in Galway in January 2012. Who Needs Enemies: Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIiaNST4EGc
- STARKERS: Feature length screen biopic. Commissioned by Hot Cod Productions. A feature-length biopic of prolific Liverpudlian streaker, Mark Roberts.
- CORONAMONA: from April to November 2020, Conor wrote and created Coronamona, the world’s first drama series shot entirely on Zoom. The series, produced and directed by John O’Dowd, has been widely acclaimed and is available to view on the Vagabond Productions YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNrymZCD76otPyJXjWjNEcf7ZvAjyZM7K
Benet Brandreth is a scriptwriter based in London. He has written for radio and for television and is currently developing a comedy-drama series about a very drunk detective with an amazing sense of smell, a film-script for a sci-fi thriller and the dramatization of his first novel, The Spy of Venice.
Benet’s writing career began with his 2011 award-winning one-man show, The Brandreth Papers, which was a five-star sell out at the Edinburgh Festival and on its London run. Since then he has written two novels that take William Shakespeare as their hero. They were critically lauded with particular praise for his dialogue and use of language. His novels draw on his deep knowledge of Shakespeare’s use of language. Benet is an expert on classical rhetoric, he is the rhetoric coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the author of Shakespearean Rhetoric – a guide for actors and directors, published by Arden. He is a co-director of Khebra Productions, a theatre company that puts rhetoric at the heart of its rehearsal process.
He continues to write and perform his one-man shows. His most recent Edinburgh Fringe show was another five-star sell out hit: “Nothing Brandreth does or says is down to chance, with every word precisely chosen and devastatingly deployed and every anecdote holding its place in the bigger picture, exposing the clumsiness of any stand-up who thinks a couple of callbacks is all you need to show structure. They could learn a lot from this stylish and funny show; the rest of us can just enjoy a brilliant, witty man at his peak.”- Chortle.
Award-winning author Jody Sabral’s story-telling achieved the tightly contested best-selling orange ticket on the Amazon digital crime novel chart for her psychological thriller I NEVER LIE, June 2018. Filmmaking followed in the shape of three drama shorts as writer-director; WE(lockdown 2020) featuring Amanda Abbington screened at the Pan African Film Festival (THE ACADEMY qualifying) in LA 2021, HELPLINE featuring Sinead Matthews (Black Mirror, Jellyfish, The Crown) was made in June 2019 and screened at the Beverley Hills Festival and Carmarthen Bay (BAFTA qualifying) in 2020, THE WRONG CAR featuring Bill Fellows (Broadchurch, Alan Partridge, Vera, Coronation Street) was made in Oct 2018 and debuted at LIFT OFF Festival at Pinewood Studios, it went on to win second prize at the Los Angeles Television, Film and Script Festival in 2019.
Jody has made a career in broadcast both in front of the camera as a foreign correspondent and behind it as a producer and camera operator/video-editor. After returning to the UK from her last foreign post in Istanbul she undertook an MA at City University in creative writing where she was awarded the Crime Writer’s Association Debut Dagger and recognised as a promising new author in the crime writing world. Jody also completed a screenwriting course at City Lit London and a directing course at Raindance Film School, London. She has a number of pilots and feature scripts that have secured meetings with ITV studios, Island Productions, Warp Films, Universal Pictures LA, Dreamworks LA. Her pilot THE NATION set in north London’s Kurdish community reached the semi-finals of Screencraft, US.
- THE NATION - a thrilling and gritty 6 x 60' returning series about a journalist going deep undercover to find out the truth about the drug gangs that rule the area and the rumours of human trafficking which keep leaking out.
Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of Young Adult novels and non-fiction, including the bestselling CLEAN and THIS BOOK IS GAY. Her novel MEAT MARKET was the winner of the YA Book Prize 2020. Her adult debut novel HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL COVEN is released globally in 2022. Juno’s titles have been translated into twenty-five languages around the world and several are in development for television.
Juno is developing a number of projects for television with companies including Tiger Aspect, Bad Wolf and The Forge Entertainment. In 2019, she had a pilot script commissioned for The CW network in the USA. Working with The Lighthouse Film & Television, Juno is showrunner on her adaptation of WONDERLAND, which is in advanced development with Sky TV. In 2022, she will also oversee the first official DOCTOR WHO scripted podcast for BBC Sounds. Her debut short film, THE BIRTH OF VENUS was part of the BBC series SPARKS (2020).
An occasional actress, Juno appeared in I MAY DESTROY YOU (BBC 2021) and had a recurring role on HOLBY CITY (BBC 2021). She was also a contestant on POINTLESS CELEBRITIES (BBC 2020). She is part of the cabaret collective CLUB SILENCIO and cohosts the smash hit Sex and the City podcast SO I GOT TO THINKING.
Formerly, Juno was a columnist at Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Pool and The Metro. She has appeared on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, Lorraine, Good Morning Britain, This Morning, Newsnight, Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and the official Love Island podcast. She is able to discuss sex, gender, sexuality, education, feminism and politics. She has modeled for Warehouse UK and MAC Cosmetics. She has appeared in fashion spreads for Glamour UK, Attitude, Happyful and Alright Darlin Magazine.
Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who and training at Stage 84 School of Performing Arts. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. In 2015, Juno underwent gender transition.
Juno writes full time and lives in Sussex. In her spare time, she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. In 2014, Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.
- WONDERLAND - television adaptation of Juno's critically acclaimed novel of the same title. 8-10 x 60' series developed by The Lighthouse in conjunction with Sky. Juno will be Lead Writer and Executive Producer on the series. A searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege, from the most addictive YA novelist in the UK today.
- THE GENDER GAMES - television adaptation of Juno's memoir, developed by SunnyMarch. A powerful exploration of gender and a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world in which everyone can truly be themselves.
- THAT DEVIL BITCH - original television pilot for a 8 x 60' series, developed by The Forge.
- WEIRD SISTER - 8 part DR WHO podcast for the BBC. Juno is Lead Writer and Script Editor for the series.
Lisa McInerney was born in Galway in 1981. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. It has since been optioned by Fifty Fathoms, for which she is writing the all six episodes. The project is green lit and will shoot early in 2020.
In 2006 she started a blog about working class life in a Galway council estate, ‘Arse End of Ireland’, through which she documented Irish life with a kind of gleeful cynicism. In the same year, The Irish Times called her ‘. . . the most talentedwriter at work today in Ireland’, and author Belinda McKeon said that ‘she takes the Celtic Tiger by the scruff, and gives it a soundkicking in prose that sears’.
Lisa’s short stories have been published in Faber’s Town and Country anthology, in The Long Gaze Back, New Island’s anthologyof Irish women writers, in The Stinging Fly, on BBC Radio 4 and Granta.
Lisa’s scriptwriting success has continued to sore with the recent signing of a major Hollywood project for Stephen Levinson/David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg, which she will deliver in 2019.
- THE GLORIOUS HERESIES - television adaptation of critically acclaimed book series for ITV Studios. Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.
- UNTITLED SCRIPT COMMISSION - crimes series being developed with ITV Studios. Details to follow.
- UNTITLED FATHER STUART LONG PROJECT - feature film based on the life story of boxer-turned-priest Father Stuart Long. Commissioned by Mark Wahlberg.