2017 Winning Entry
A Horse with A Green Tail - opens in a Nursing Home and then moves back in time to the 1930s.  It is based on a series of real events – a rape, an abortion and a trial. Three of the characters – Bourne, Malleson and Mary- are based on real characters. The rest are fictional    

Pete’s plays have won or been shortlisted in 17 competitions in recent years. He has had seven professional productions at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and published two children’s books. He writes short stories for the Interact Reading Service which sends professional actors into hospitals to read to groups of stroke patients. A collection of these stories Out Loud: 36 Twisted Tales are available on Kindle.  www.petebarrett.co.uk
    
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2017 Winning Entry

Buttermilk Channel - ​​​Two colleagues chat as they take the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island.
   

James English has published short fiction in a number of literary journals and teaches at a community college in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. He and his wife have three children. 
    
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Flatpack -  ​​​Alan Key is lost. Literally and metaphorically. He’s shopping in a flat pack furniture store and can’t find the way out. Alan needs to shop because his wife has left him, taking the furniture. And he’s lost without her. Fortunately for Alan the staff are on hand to help!
   

Fiona Parker - biography to come

Deckchairs - a comedy looking at how we behave when disaster looms! Inspired by the financial meltdown in Washington in recent years.  (25 minutes)

Bill Arnold is a self-loathing American writer and composer living in a small town in Connecticut. He writes musicals, comedies, and adaptations of Shakespeare. When not writing, he can be found designing and building sets for the Hole in the Wall Theater (www.hitw.org) Bill can be reached at BillArnoldPlaywright@gmail.com or via www.infinitedealofnothing.com.

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Hideout - two soldiers, one badly wounded, await rescue...
Drama (15 minutes)

Helen Foster lives in the north of England and was delighted to have her first play 'Hideout' performed at the Festival. Her new play ‘Free Time’ has recently been published by Lazy Bee Scripts , and her fiction includes a novel ‘Burning Ashes’ and a number of short stories written as H. Lewis-Foster.

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A Void in Time - A man seeks enlightenment in the cold and dark, who is it who comes to his side? Drama (45 minutes)

Michael Sharp's work for theatre has been seen on the London Fringe, the Edinburgh Festival and in Paris. Several of his plays have also been produced on radio, both for the BBC and overseas.   His monologue WATER TORTURE was included in the recent 11th Annual Writefest at Reading's Progress Theatre.   A VOID IN TIME is the author's second play to receive a rehearsed reading in the Southend Play Festival, the first being STAR PASSING in 2013. 
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Skeleton – Gill desperately tries to understand why her daughter Claire refuses to eat. Heartbreaking drama about a very 21st century problem (20 minutes)

David Payne is a graduate of the Birmingham Rep Write Away and core writer for the award winning Laughlines Comedy Entertainment before landing story-lining opportunities with Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and EastEnders. He is contactable on daveyjpayne@hotmail.co.uk or through his agent Jean Kitson of Kitson Press Associates: jean@kitsonpress.co.uk
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