A Writer’s Life: The Joy of Research

For me, one of the great priviledges of being a writer is time spent doing research. In most walks of life if you rocked up on someone’s doorstep and asked to nose around, they’d most likely tell you where to go. Explain you’re a writer, however, and they’ll happily share their life story! What followsContinue reading “A Writer’s Life: The Joy of Research”

Description prescription

I write prose as well as drama.  Writing is difficult.  Going from writing drama to prose is difficult in its own peculiar way.  For years I’ve been receiving feedback on my (lack of) description from other prose writers.  I’ve been writing for long enough to know how vital it is to get input from gifted, experienced writers.  I’m lucky toContinue reading “Description prescription”

This doesn’t happen every day…

Liz John and Tim Stimpson don’t just write for BOLDtext. They also pen the ‘everyday story of country folk’ that is The Archers. Liz and Tim joined the rest of the cast and crew at Clarence House to celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary with the Duchess of Cornwall. Below Tim reflects on an unusual day.Continue reading “This doesn’t happen every day…”

Bolder, Better, Brilliant

We’ve come a long way since we started in 2014. Beginning in The DOOR at the Birmingham Rep, we’ve burst out onto the streets of Digbeth, into the garden of a mansion, and even taken over a jail. We figured it’s about time we wrote down what it is we do. Read our manifesto below.Continue reading “Bolder, Better, Brilliant”

Academically Speaking

This article recently appeared on BOLDtext member Tim Stimpson’s website. Thanks to the now ubiquitous Zoom, my office has recently become a classroom. Over the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to almost 1,000 people about the practicalities of writing for continuing drama series, as part of BBC Academy’s ‘Production Unlocked’ festival. On the other extreme, I’ve givenContinue reading “Academically Speaking”

The show that almost went wrong

What could possibly go wrong, quipped our unflappable producer Julia as she signed up to her duties on Power of Invention back in 2019. Turns out, pretty much anything. The original plan was for a promenade show inside Soho House where the audience would meander through the house and encounter the industrial giants of theContinue reading “The show that almost went wrong”

Theatre is back!

Postponed from last year due to the pandemic, rehearsals are now underway for BOLDtext Playwright’s latest site-specific show, Power of Invention, celebrating Birmingham’s Lunar Society – with a wonderful all-female cast, stage manager and director.   The RSC’s Katy Stephens is joined by Adaya Henry, Itasha James and Simran Kular, with direction from Janet Steel, stageContinue reading “Theatre is back!”

Minted

Birmingham was riddled with forgers in the late eighteenth century. Some were so cocky that they even advertised on street signs.   Copper coins were in short supply. They were made by hand presses and so easy to forge that The Royal Mint didn’t bother making them. Its own study revealed that 92% of halfpennies wereContinue reading “Minted”

Life is complicated

Like life, writing is about decisions and dilemmas. Especially when writing about characters from history. What do we know? Who were they really? Do the characters have to speak in ye olde worlde language…? James Watt undoubtedly is remembered for his extraordinary inventions. Mainly his steam engine, which he came to invent after trying toContinue reading “Life is complicated”