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April 19, 2014

Anne Boleyn Book Cover

Anne Boleyn Book Cover

Walsingham book was a difficult read. The format read very list-y so found ir difficult to get through, as I did Alison Weir’s book on Anne Boleyn.

Read a number of her books and I think with this one the short three week, pretty much, structure didn’t work for me.
Now reading her book on Elizabeth first.

Elizabeth The Queen Alison Weir Book Cover

Elizabeth The Queen Alison Weir Book Cover


Moving on to Napoleon next


The Queen’s Agent By John Cooper

April 10, 2014

After reading Pig Iron by Ben Myers I’m now reading The Queen’s Agent by John Cooper.

The Queen's Agent Book Cover Image

The Queen’s Agent By John Cooper

Story of Sir Francis Walsingham, courtier and spy chief. Don’t know alot about him other than through Geoffrey’s Rush’s portrayal of him in Kapur’s two Elizabeth films. Not read much about Elizabeth. Read much more about Henry VIII, his wives and various courtiers including Thomas Cromwell (after reading Hilary Mantel’s books about this period). Suddenly my longstanding vague interest in this period is showing itself as I work my way through the tons of books on this period.

Pig Iron was good by the way. Lead character John John Wisdom in particular. Check it out.


Pig iron by Ben Myers

April 6, 2014

After my David Peace marathon of reading all of his work (just finished Tokyo Year Zero the last one of his works that I had yet to read) and finishing off the latest draft of my play 57 Images Of My Father (in readiness for the Inside Out festival, taking place at the Curve Leicester from Thursday this week) I’m now reading Ben Myer’s Pig Iron.

Pig Iron Book Cover

Pig Iron Book Cover

Just started reading it but it’s shaping up to be a good read from the few pages into it that I am.


57 Images latest draft

March 28, 2014

80-odd pages into my latest draft of 57 Images Of My Father. Working on it for the Inside Out competition I’ve posted about earlier.

The festival wil show a ten minute extract of all 7 selected writer’s work.  I’ve decided my extract section I think but reserving judgement until I get to the end of the draft. Chosen a section that has high energy and has the comic aspects that are an important element of what is quite an esoteric idea. The set-up’ll need some explanation though. I was going to go from the first ten minutes as that is also comic and would have provided some of the exposition but think the new extract selection will be better for the audience to enjoy. Whatever section will be out of context so might as well go with one that pushes the actors and will be fun to play with for all involved in setting up the extracts.

I’m at the stage where I need to print the draft out as I’m struggling to see the shape now. I’ve got a beats treatment and am working to that but need to get the shape of the entire thing so I can then have some time next week working to the Friday delivery and I need to to do that on paper. There is no requirement of the scheme to have an entire new draft but that’s what i’m doing. Spent most of my time trying to focus the ‘journey’ of the two main characters and feel there’s a definite improvement.


Inside Out Festival at Curve Theatre, Leicester

March 22, 2014

Saw some of the Inside Out Festival publicity yesterday.

Inside Out Logo Festival

Inside Out Festival

My play 57 Images of My Father is one of the seven extracts playing on 12th so check out the details on the link above for details of the entire festival.
If you’ve looked at the link you’ll see the festival is supported by Ideas Tap and BBC Writers Room.

Here is a link to the casting details so if you are an actor or know them then send them along to the link, Curve are looking for eight actors in total.

Check out Ideas Tap if you’ve not heard of them.

Ideas Tap Logo

Ideas Tap Logo

Sign up here for lots of creative opportunities.


Finished ‘Into the Woods’ story structure book

March 14, 2014

Finished Into the Woods by John Yorke.

IntoTheWoodsCover

Into The Woods by John Yorke

Good read. Felt that I’d understood alot after reading it. It has the advantage of specifically referencing other screenwriting books and at times I felt that the authors of some of these books might want the right of reply but it is a very comprehensive look at storytelling.
Not sure if this chimed more as a result of me currently rewriting ’57 Images of My Father’ and I also can’t remember if I feel this way after reading any screenplay books but I certainly enjoyed the read. It’s not really a ‘how to’ book which I think is to its advantage.
Check it out. I got it from my local library and am considering buying it as I sped read it a little.


Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story

March 7, 2014

Reading John Yorke’s Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story. Yorke set up the BBC Writers’ Academy so has tons of experience. He then went on to Company Pictures I believe.
Only just started book and it’s reading really well so far. Appendices material in particular looks good.
It’s a library book so having to read it now while my 3 weeks are ticking but handy as I’m also re-writing 57 Images of My Father and ideas and more usefully questions are sparking up.


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