The most important people at A Word In Your Ear are the writers and musicians and you can read more about them here. For more info about the company:
I set up A Word In Your Ear because of a long love-affair with stories and with performance. I like listening to stories, either as readings or as drama. I love radio. I like the worlds that voices can create in the imagination. I love the intimacy of sound.
So I want to make a place to listen. Either live – at our Story Fridays – or online, with our listen again feature and with our audio drama.
As for me, in the past I worked for the BBC and Granada Television as a script editor and drama development executive and for independent production companies as a documentary researcher and producer. I have worked in a College of Engineering in Zhengzhou in central China, at a radio station in Hong Kong and in a homeless hostel in Bath amongst many other places.
As a writer, I have had short stories broadcast on local radio, published in magazines (Vintage Magazine, Yellow Magazine, My Weekly), on the web (eastoftheweb, etherbooks, smashwords, writersreadersdirect) and in anthologies (Leaf Books, Bridge House, Watermark). In 2012 I won the Wells Short Story prize and I have won, been shortlisted and had honourable mentions in many others (Fish Short Story Prize, Five Stop Story Competition, Momaya Press, Exeter Short Story Competition, Myslexia, Frances Lincoln Diverse Voice Award, Academy of Children’s Writers Competition). I have written a number of site-specific short stories through arts company Heads and Tales. I have performed short stories at many events (Heads and Tales, Telltales, White Rabbit, National Flash Fiction Day, Salisbury Arts Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath Literary Festival, St Ives Arts Festival, Cyprus Wells, Sparks Dartington Radio, Coleford Festival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man Festival, Feast of Stories, Cheltenham, Small Stories, Bristol). I have an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.
My plays have been performed on stage (The Space, London; Rondo Theatre, Bath; Bierkeller, Bristol; Write On and MAD festival, Cambridge; various Welsh pubs and Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard as a winner of the Pint Sized Plays competition) and recorded as audio dramas (Wireless Theatre Company, Radio Theatre Company, Crystal Clear Creators, Somer Valley Voice, Backwell Playhouse). I have had plays shortlisted for the Open Session at the Bristol Old Vic, longlisted for Scriptspace at the Tobacco Factory, shortlisted for Bristol Shorts and performed as script-in-hand at the Salisbury Playhouse. I was honoured to be the recipient of the first Rondo Scriptwriting Award in 2012.
2015/2016: my script Maggie’s War, part of War 100, which was originally staged at the Bierkeller, Bristol, in November 2014, toured Bath, Herefordshire and London. I had a monologue produced at the One Festival at The Space, Canary Wharf; a rehearsed reading at the Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol (MakeshiftWings Theatre); and at the Yard, Bristol (Theatrelab). My play The Experiment had a script-in-hand performance at the Zion Chapel in Bristol (BS13 Company). I wrote another piece, Sanctuary, for BS13 which was performed as a script-in-hand in the autumn, and was honoured when they asked me to write their Christmas show A Brave Tin Solider. I Don’t Want To Be Yoko Ono got a standing ovation at the Bath Fringe and the company want to take it on tour. My monologue The Benevolent Influence of Monsieur Brillat-Savarin was enjoyed as part of an evening of new writing Infinite Stars at the Rondo last May. Reputation was recorded by the Backwell Playhouse. Love and Pleasure, a script that was originally staged at St James’s Wine Vaults (Rapscillion Theatre), was part of the Swindon Fringe in April. Freefall was performed at the Bierkeller in Bristol. Cutting Corners was one of the winners of new theatre company Juno’s Circling The Square competition, which selected ‘the best new playwrights in the south-west’. It was performed in Salisbury in February. Angel of Peckham, my play about Camila Batmanghelidgh and the Kids Company, was performed in February by the Old Bag Theatre company at the Rondo in Bath and then went on to win the McConnell New Writing Fund award and was produced in Camden, London (Duelling Productions). My first short film I Know You Of Old was filmed for Shakespeare Unplugged, Theatre Royal Bath’s Shakespeare Festival. My first full length play I Said No, commissioned by the Bath Quaker Meeting, will be on at the Rondo at the end of October (Rapscallion Theatre). It is about consicentious objectors in the First World War.
I was thrilled to be one of the writers working with The Engine House and Limbic Cinema on their Sentient City project in Bristol, and as such I was a writer-in-residence at Horizon House in September 2015.
I was very excited in 2014 to produce and direct The Fourth Dog with Emma London. Our first home grown audio drama!
My interest in story telling began as a small child watching my father, the late Peter Copley, acting on stage, screen and radio. Unsurprisingly, I went to drama school and began working as a stage manager in theatres around the country such as Plymouth Theatre Royal, Greenwich Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic.
A brief change of career followed when I became an assistant literary agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. I was in the television department for two years working with writers and directors.
It was after I got my English degree at UWE that I began to write my own stories. Then I went on to get an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. I finished my first novel If The Shoe Fits soon after. At the moment I have three children’s picture books being illustrated by the talented Lara Hawthorne and I am half way through a novel for teenagers. I also edit for other people; Sally M Gander’s The Big Deep and Matthew Cooper’s An Innocent Killing.
Last year I started running writing workshops for people who think they can’t write. I also returned to the theatre unexpectedly and helped produce The Dug Out at the Tobacco Factory.
In 2014, I was delighted to be producing and directing alongside Clare Reddaway AWIYE’s first audio play, The Fourth Dog. We are also in the process of recording twenty stories to go onto our website.
Other people involved in A Word In Your Ear
Most of the photographs on this site were taken by Lisa Fryer, who has also written and performed at a number of Story Fridays. (Sadly, there are no photos of her as none of the rest of us appear to be able to work a camera….).
The illustration for our Mars event was created by the talented Caitlin Ashton. Click here to see more of her work.
The photo in the banner above was taken at the Not the Olympics Story Friday by Olly Langdon of Kilter Theatre.
Our logo was designed by local illustrator James Nunn. You can see more of his work here.