Writers from Wales

Synopsis
Writers working in the English language in Wales talk about influences on their work and show examples of their writing, providing inspiration for students to create their own work in each of the featured genres.
Series
English Programme, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Notes
Broadcast on Channel 4 in 5 weekly parts from 15/5/99
Documentation
Accompanying notes available free online at www.channel4.com/secondary
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
drama in English; poetry; prose in English; Wales; writing skills; Television drama; Welsh writers

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£19.99 together
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
5 x 20 minutes
Year
2004

Sections

Title
Film and Television: Lucy Gough and Ed Thomas
Synopsis
Television: Lucy Gough discusses writing the soap Hollyoaks as part of a team, and the writer’s responsibility to the teenage audience.
Film: Ed Thomas discusses his film House of America, and Welsh identity.
Duration
20 mins

Title
Prose: Mike Jenkins and Catherine Fisher
Synopsis
The short story: Mike Jenkins discusses his book of interconnected stories ‘Wanting to Belong’ and his use of Merthyr dialect.
The novel: Catherine Fisher discusses ‘Belin’s Hill’ and her use of myth and landscape
Duration
20 mins

Title
Poetry: Gillian Clarke and Labbi Siffre
Synopsis
Labi Siffre reads and discusses his ‘confrontational’ poems and the courage needed to write honestly.
Gillian Clarke talks about the genesis of her poems and their relationship to nature and the Welsh tradition.
Duration
20 mins

Title
Factual writing: Peter Morgan and Robert Minhinick
Synopsis
Television journalism: Peter Morgan examines how writing for a television news programme differs from writing for a newspaper, the role of the war correspondent, and the ‘impartiality’ of journalism.
The essay: Robert Minhinnick discusses the partiality of his essays, his writing methods, and the environmental issues which concern him in ‘Watching the Fire Eater’.
Duration
20 mins

Title
Theatre: Frank Vickery and Ian Rowlands
Synopsis
Frank Vickery discusses his play ‘A Night on the Tiles’, the nature of his ‘tragicomedy’, and the special relationship he has with his valley audience.
Ian Rowlands discusses his monologue ‘Marriage of Convenience’, the importance for him of being brought up with the Welsh language, and the power of the live theatre.
Duration
20 mins

Distributor

Name

4 Learning

Notes
Channel 4 Learning has now closed. This used to be the educational broadcasting arm of Channel 4. The online shop sold educational DVDs and CD-ROMs for use in primary and secondary schools.

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