People Bristol 20 Writers - Waiting

Tracy Alexandra

Tracy Alexandra spends much of her writing life masquerading as a small child, often a ten year old boy, although there’s a little girl who sometimes gets let out if she promises to be nice. Tracy likes short words better than long ones and celeriac more than spinach. She’s happiest when her favourite grey and brown stripy socks are clean. Her favourite treat is tea in bed.
She won the Momaya Annual Short Story competition in 2005.

Charlotte Beedell

Charlotte Beedell grew up in Bristol and despite attempts at living in America, Portugal and Holland, she keeps returning to her hometown, mainly for the sound of the seagulls. She studied English and Film at the University of East Anglia and worked in community arts, at festivals and in schools, encouraging other people’s creative urges, before finally admitting she had some of her own. She has a Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and has run writing workshops. She finds time for writing by ignoring everyone. Her hobbies include finding socks and washing up porridge saucepans. She recently did a comedy spot in L.A (Long Ashton) and would really like to be a stand up chameleon.

Pameli Benham

Pameli Benham is an actor, director, writer and teacher. Her most recent plays as director were The Memory of Rain at the Alma Tavern and Last Train at the Tobacco Factory. Latest acting roles include Lucy in Afterlife for ITV, Babushka in Rasputin and the Mad Hatters of Minsk, Maria Josefa in The House of Bernarda Alba and a selection of old ladies for Radish Films and Radio 4. She is currently rehearsing in Steve Hennessy’s Shirley Holmes and the Body in B Ward, preparing some poems for publication and polishing her latest play, The Witching Hour, for performance.

Lesley Bown and Ann Gawthorpe

Ann and Lesley have been writing together for more than ten years. Amongst their many successes, Over Exposure was a sell-out at the Alma in 2004, Ashes To Ashes received a standing ovation at the 2005 Windsor Fringe Festival, Don’t Get Your Vicars In A Twist won the Derek Lomas writing competition and Living Doll was given a script-in-hand at the Tobacco Factory.

Many of Ann and Lesley’s stage plays are available to am/dram groups under license. For further details ring 01275 856127 or check their website

Mary Corner

Mary Corner has a background in teaching and acting, as well as some directing experience. She belongs to a writers’ workshop and writes short stories and some scripts. When she was fourteen she won an international children’s story writing competition, and this year was shortlisted for the Ilkley Literature Festival. She loves modern jazz, good food and good friends.

Laura Jayne Dixon

Laura Jayne Dixon is a 27-year-old Bristol-based journalist and her play Waiting Room is inspired by her experiences as a twin, along with the thoughts of a pregnant friend. It was nearly called Waiting Womb.

Laura writes a regular travel page in Now magazine, as well as the creative page of The Spark magazine. She’s also written travel books about Reykjavik, Bath, England and Scotland. Waiting Room is her first play.

Laura’s currently working on ideas for longer plays. Let her know if you think she should at

Chris Down

Chris Down is part of the great, flexible labour market and a seasoned expert at casual work with low pay and no security. He has worked in call centres and currently temps for Bristol City Council. He has never written before and Waiting is his first piece. He may be contacted via Show Of Strength.

Katie Dunn

A self-confessed pusher, Katie can be regularly spotted on street corners in St. Pauls trying to push theatre to kids. While studying English and Drama at university many of her contemporaries branched off into the darker waters of media and its various forms of production, but Katie knew the stage was her home. She would inevitably like to become a playwright because she believes there is no better sound to be heard than a room laughing, or the silence of a room empathising, but for now is quite content being a ‘professional’ waitress.

Bruce Fellows

Many years ago Bruce won 3rd prize in The Daily Telegraph Young Writer of the Year competition and was later runner up in the TSB Peninsula Prize novel competition. In 2003 his play Honeysuckle Cottage came 4th in Southwest Scriptwriters’ competition, and was given a rehearsed reading at the Tobacco Factory. In 2004 Wingless Victor won Southwest Scriptwriters’ competition and had a rehearsed reading at The Alma Tavern Theatre. The long gaps between Bruce’s literary achievements reflect life getting in the way of fiction. And theatre. That’s his story anyway.

Tom Henry

Tom Henry was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1967. He won an award for playwriting at the age of 11, but then retired from the stage for the next 27 years. He has been a journalist since his early 20s, working around the country in the regional press, and up until last month he was features writer for the Bristol Evening Post. Now he has set up Ten Four, a Bristol-based publishing company, and is currently working on a play about football hooliganism in the city during the 1970s.

Gareth Lloyd

Gareth was born in North Wales where he spent the subsequent nineteen years before moving to Swansea in 1999 to attend university. After completing his degree he came to Bristol find work. Roles in retail and admin followed, which resulted in a cat-and-mouse game with apathy, but were very useful for studying people. Although he’s always been interested in writing, it was only recently he decided to do something about it. Shortly after this epiphany he discovered the Waiting competition, and Launderette is the result. He hopes you like it.

Andrew May

Andrew began writing about five years ago. He studied an MA in Creative Writing full time in 2003 and was awarded a North West Arts grant to complete a book later that year. This is unpublished to date. His main interest is in fiction so the dramatic nature of a monologue is a new departure. The piece performed here, Walking in Camden started life as a chapter in a book (since shelved!) about Ireland and England, and was developed into a monologue for Waiting. Themes in his writing include identity and memory, particularly those of the twentieth century.

Andrew has lived in south Bristol for over twenty years. He has a background in political work and university teaching (UWE) both of which he no longer does.

Shiona Morton

Shiona was born in Glasgow and brought up in Ayrshire. After studying at Glasgow University she headed south to train as a Drama teacher. She has lived in the south-west of England for twenty years. In 2004 her play Baby Bank was produced at The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. Since then she has written Rulate for an Everyman schools tour, At the Hop for Forest Forge Theatre Company and The Rain Has Voices for Flax 303. In October 2006 Celeb toured railway stations in the south-west as part of the Brunel 200 celebrations. Shiona is currently working with Hall for Cornwall on their exciting Responses project, and is devising Littletown with Plymouth University Students. Her most recent play Bailey Bridge, for NTC Touring Theatre, tours the North East in March 2007.

Hattie Naylor

Hattie Naylor is an award winning writer for BBC Radio and has written for Film, Theatre, Opera and Radio. Dusty’s Story was shown in the 1998 London Film Festival and on Channel 4. Recent productions include Shiver for Platform 4 and Mother Savage for Travelling Light, currently showing at The Old Vic Studio Bristol. Her libretto of The Odyssey will be performed in London this year and She will be broadcast on Radio 4 in June. Ivan and the Dogs, a co-production for Trestle Theatre and The Unicorn, directed by Emily Gray with music by Paul Dodgson will be premiered in the Unicorns’ new theatre in London in 2007.

Catharine Stott

Catharine Stott started keeping a diary when she was 11 to cope with living with a bunch of mad alkies. She also sat on the stairs for hours with her nose stuck in a book, oblivious of the chaos around her. She skived and drank her way through her education and early career as a journalist before moving to Bristol, stopping abusing her liver and starting to write for The Spark magazine. Always a complete fantasist, she recently left her other, serious, job and now larks about writing, performing and playing computer games. This is her first attempt at writing drama.

Commissions welcome!

Rina Vergano

Rina Vergano was born 1953 and grew up in the south London suburbs. She worked at the Round House Theatre, fell in love with an all-male Dutch theatre company and moved to Amsterdam for 20 years. She started translating films and plays from Dutch, several of which have been published and produced in the UK. More recently she started writing for the stage herself – her first children’s play, The Tower, was developed at Polka Theatre last year, and her second play is a work-in-progress. She does most of her writing in blocks, on writing retreats, and would like to set up a Theatre Kitchen in Bristol as a meeting place for writers and theatre-makers.

Bob Walton

Out the Back is his first piece for theatre. Bob usually writes poetry. He won the Welsh Arts Council’s New Poet Award many years ago, his first collection Workings is being published by Gomer Press. Despite a number of the poems being anthologised, he stopped writing for the next 15 years. In recent years, he has collaborated with other artists to write poetry for cross-art-form events: Doves with Medea Madhavi Dance Company, Nomad 64 and other pieces with Mopti (Millennium Artists in Residence at The Create Centre ) and the forthcoming Triangulation Project with Artic in the Brunel 200 celebrations.

Claire Williamson

Claire Williamson is embarking on her third National literary tour (Exposure with Apples & Snakes) having toured with The Truth is Optional (poetry) in 1995 and Words Allowed (short stories) in 2001.

Claire’s latest book Ride On is a confessional narrative written in poems, tracing steps from childhood and culminating in the aftermath of her brother’s suicide in 1993.

Claire is also an essayist and poet in residence with a Masters degree in Literary Studies from University of the West of England and lectures at University of Bristol, UWE and Sussex University on Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.

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