Archive for June, 2015

2015 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony Video

24th June 2015

2015 ZeBBie Awards Ceremeony from Writers Guild of Ireland on Vimeo.

Highlights from the 2015 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony, which took place on 20 May 2015, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin. Hosted by Senator David Norris, with pre-award entertainment by poet Martin Dyar.

The winners were:

  • Best Television Script: Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate, Series 5, Episode 4
  • Best Radio Script: Louise Lewis & Simon Manahan for The Churching of Happy Cullen
  • Best Theatre Script: Mark O’Rowe for Our Few And Evil Days
  • Best Feature Film Script: John Michael McDonagh for Calvary
  • Best Short Film Script: Ronan Blaney for Boogaloo and Graham
  • Best Game Script: Llaura McGee for Curtain
  • Honorary Services to Writers Award: Michael Judge & James Douglas (co-founders of the Society of Irish Playwrights)

Video Credits:
Richie O’Keeffe – Camera
Anne Hughes – Edit

July Lucky Dozen Talk

10th June 2015

Due to the regular requests the office has received to repeat one of our recent ‘Lucky Dozen’ talks, we’re delighted to announce that playwright and screenwriter Gary Duggan will give a talk on Writing Amber and Creating a TV Drama Series, at 7pm on Thursday, 2 July at the Writers’ Guild office.

Gary will discuss his work on RTÉ’s four-part TV drama series Amber and will cover areas such as:

  • Developing a new idea
  • Creating a series bible
  • How to tackle structure
  • Creating credible characters
  • The challenges of making the transition from writing for theatre to TV

If you’d like to attend, please email: info (a) by Thursday, 25 June with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget: Lucky Dozen means the first twelve members to apply get the seats!

This is a WGI member-only event.

Wash Your Eyes talks

5th June 2015

Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talk heroes.

The first talk in the SDGI’s Wash Your Eyes series of discussions, in association with the WGI, took place last night. The three evenings will focus on harnessing the success of Irish writers and screenwriters, and connecting them with directors with the hope of future collaborations.

Last night Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talked about ‘Adaptation: The Hero’s Journey’.

The topic for the next meeting is The Secret Life of Contracts: Everything creatives need to know about legal issues, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, 18 June in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

It will feature Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox), Birch Hamilton (SDGI), and David Kavanagh (Writers Guild), and the panel intends to empower directors to formalise creative agreements to get that project pitch ready.

This session is valuable for both novice and veteran directors as it explores the complex legal process that directors should understand when embarking on their film projects. Colin Kavanagh will guide you through the steps and challenges necessary to take your project from a creative relationship to a formal legal arrangement.

The theme of the final session will be The Creative Mind: How I tell stories, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 1 July in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

The panelists will be: Lenny Abrahamson, John Banville, Brendan & Niall Heery, Lisa McInerney, Terry McMahon, Paul Murray, Christian O’Reilly, and Carmel Winters.

The discussion will explore why they choose their medium of film/TV making, literary fiction, and/or novel writing. They will also examine the evolving relationship between the narrator and the audience and how this impacts storytelling. Is the medium the message and does the artist pick the medium or the medium pick the artist?

Please RSVP to or contact SDGI at 01-6337433 – this event is open to SDGI and WGI members only.

Photos from the 2015 ZeBBies

3rd June 2015

A selection of photos from the 2015 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony are now online.