Nick Darke Award 2013 shortlisted writers announced

Wednesday 4 September 2013
Nick Darke Award 2013

The Nick Darke Award would like to announce that after the first two judging stages, the eight shortlisted finalists of the 2013 award have been chosen from over 300 applications to win £6,000.

The Nick Darke Award 2013 shortlisted finalists are:

Sarah Palferman - ‘Blackbirds Song’ (radio play)

Jay Taylor - ‘Lawless Are They’ (stage play)

Nicholas Horwood - ‘Llandfill’ (screen play)

Hannah Rodger - ‘The Spill’ (radio play)

Amanda Lane - ‘On The Edge’ (radio play)

Helen East - ‘Exit’ (screen play)

Lucy Gough - ‘Edgeland’ (screen play)

Carla Grauls - ‘Made for Him’ (stage play)

These finalists will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony, which will be held at Falmouth University at the end of the year, where the overall winner will be announced and awarded a prize of £6,000 to develop their script to a first draft.

The Nick Darke Award commemorates Cornish writer Nick Darke who contributed greatly to Cornwall’s writing community as a writer for stage, screen and radio.

The award started in 2006 and was conceived by Nick’s wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, and has been presented each year since to contribute financially to the life of a writer. The award has increased to £6,000 and is funded by Falmouth University. This prize is designed to offer a writer the opportunity to focus on their work without financial stress, which is something that most writers struggle with during their careers.

The scripts, having been judged by a panel of readers, will now be passed to a panel of judges internationally recognised for their achievements in writing for film, television, radio and theatre.


About The Judges:

Jeremy Howe, Drama Commissioning Editor for Radio 4, UK

Molly Dineen, BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning UK television documentary director, cinematographer and producer

Roger Michell, theatre, television and film director whose work includes the films Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Morning Glory

Sebastian Born, Associate Director (Literary), National Theatre London, UK

Joe Penhall, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, best known for his play Blue/Orange and his big screen adaptations of novels such as The Road and Enduring Love

Peter Thompson, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter and General Editor of the three-volume Cambridge History of British Theatre

Carl Grose, the first winner of the Nick Darke Award, is as well as being a writer, also a director and an actor. Apart from the acclaimed theatre company Kneehigh, Carl has also written for organisations such as Told By An Idiot, The National Theatre, Soho Theatre and BBC TV and Radio.


About Nick Darke

Born and educated in the county of Cornwall, England the playwright Nick Darke left Cornwall to study acting at Rose Bruford College, Kent before learning his craft at The Victoria Theatre, Stoke on Trent. Here Nick performed in over 80 plays and in 1978 wrote his first play, Never Say Rabbit in a Boat. Its success led him to give up acting and in the following year he won the George Devine Award.

His work attracted further commissions and everything he wrote for the theatre was produced. This included twenty-four plays that were staged at The National Theatre, London; The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon; The Bush, London; by Kneehigh Theatre and at The Royal Court, London.

He wrote several radio plays and made documentaries for radio and also successfully wrote for television and film.

He moved back to Cornwall in 1990 and enjoyed the life of his childhood, fishing and wrecking (beachcombing). In 2001 he had a stroke which affected his speech and reading and writing. He and his wife Jane made the film, The Wrecking Season about the contacts he made tracing fishing gear back to the east coast of America. (Broadcast by BBC Four in 2005 and 2010)

 Nick died of cancer in 2005, aged 56 with his funeral held on the beach. He and Jane filmed the last few months of his life. She made the film The Art of Catching Lobsters (BBC Four 2007) about their life together and grief. They have two sons; Jim is a marine scientist, Henry a filmmaker and writer.