Lucy Flannery is the University of Plymouth 2020 writer-in-residence, a role supported by Literature Works. The residency runs until May and every month there will be an event open to the public. More details of these events will be released on our website soon.

Lucy is an award-winning writer with credits in radio, theatre, film, TV, fiction and non-fiction.  Screen and radio credits include A Business Affair [with Christopher Walken] Like a Daughter [with Alison Steadman] The Story of Tracy Beaker and Rent, which won a Best Radio Comedy Award. Her play Bear Hunt will be performed at Ink Festival in April 2020; her short fiction has won several prizes and she was a finalist in the Exeter Novel Prize.

Lucy leads the Get Playwriting! and Script Lab courses at Chichester Festival Theatre and is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Radio Committee. She was the creator of Havant Literary Festival and a core writer for You, Me & Everyone, which has been confirmed by Arts Council England as the biggest crowd-sourced literary art event in the UK.

Throughout the residency at the university, Lucy will be working with students in the English and Creative Writing department and writers from the broader community. She plans to share her expertise and knowledge of the industry, especially in an event on Wednesday, 11th March — Pitch and Punt: How To Sell Your Work. This workshop will include practical exercises on how to structure your proposal, construct a synopsis and deliver a professional pitch.

Plymouth was completely unknown to Lucy before her first visit in January; she is as impressed by the city as she is by the students. At the introductory Q & A event, undergraduates displayed keen knowledge and insight and she looks forward to reading their work in the months to come. A native of Hampshire, Lucy is used to beautiful and scenic shorelines but she was bowled over by the power and grandeur of the natural Devon seascape. Even the sun came out!

Speaking about the residency, Lucy said:

“I have so many impressions to process already and I hope to learn much more about both the historical and modern aspects of the city. I take inspiration from the people, the landscape and the heritage and in particular I look forward to the Mayflower 400 celebrations and reflecting upon how the themes of emigration, freedom from persecution and ‘homeland’ resonate today.”