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2021 Writers’ Guild of Ireland Zebbie Awards Nominations Open

18th August 2021

Now in their 14th year, the Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards are always the high point of the year, celebrating the best in writing talent across stage and screen. Named in honour of O.Z (Zebby) Whitehead, and presented each year by Senator David Norris, the awards are voted for by members of the Guild. The 2021 awards recognise the best scripts that were produced in 2020.

WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson says “This year’s shortlist represents the brilliance of Irish writers across stage, screen and radio. It’s a shortlist packed with talent and a mixture of new voices and seasoned hands. It’s particularly impressive to reflect that all these scripts found audiences in 2020, given the massive impact the pandemic has had on our industry. We are thrilled to once again be able to celebrate Irish writers through the Zebbie Awards.”

Voting is now open exclusively for WGI members and will remain open until September 7th.

The WGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

This year’s nominations include:


To Be A Machine – Mark O’Connell, Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd

What I (don’t) Know About Autism – Jody O’Neill

Embargo – Deirdre Kinahan

Radio Drama

Leaba an Bháis – Darach Mac Con Iomaire

The Seven Pomegranate Seeds – Colin Teevan

Stuck – Sharon Mannion

Feature Film

Wolfwalkers – Will Collins

The Bright Side – Jean Pasley, Ruth Meehan

Herself – Clare Dunne, Malcolm Campbell

Short Film

Ballast – Jesse Gilbert

Changing Dates – Femi Falana

4 x 4 – Ayla Amano

Television Drama

Normal People Episode 3 – Sally Rooney (and Alice Birch)

Malory Towers Ep 110  – Richie Conroy, Mark Hodkinson

The Deceived Ep 4 – Lisa McGee, Tobias Beer

Continuing Drama

Ros na Rún S25 Ep 26 – Eimear Ní Choisdealbha

Red Rock C59 Ep 196 – Paul Walker

Fair City S31 Ep 22 – Senta Rich


Angela’s Christmas Wish – Damien O’Connor

Ollie Ep 141 – Kristina Yee

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese Ep 150 – Emma Hogan

WGI Welcomes Tracy Martin

30th June 2021

We’re delighted that Tracy Martin is joining our team as ZeBBies Co-ordinator.

A previous ZeBBie nominee for Best Short Film Script herself, Tracy has worked in various production roles in theatre for the past twenty years from production manager to producer and writer. She was producer with Tall Tales theatre company from 2008 – 2012 in the Solstice Arts Centre and then formed her own production company Red Bear Company.

Tracy will be working closely with the ZeBBies Committee to organise this year’s event – whatever that turns out to be be with all the Covid uncertainty that still lingers.

Welcome on board!

WGI ZeBBie Awards – Project Co-Ordinator

19th May 2021

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland are looking to hire a freelance Project Co-ordinator to successfully manage and deliver the 2021 ZeBBie Awards.

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland is the representative body for writers for stage, screen and radio in Ireland.  The WGI ZeBBie Awards celebrate the best scripts written by scriptwriters in Ireland each year.

The role includes:

  • Working with a small team to successfully manage and deliver the 2021 ZeBBie Awards

  • Managing the nominations and voting process

  • Liaising with the ZeBBie Committee, the Nominees and related production companies to ensure the delivery of the 2021 awards

  • Clearing rights and permissions to allow nominated scripts to be read for the voting process

  • Creating detailed schedules and timetables to be followed in the run up to the awards

  • Assisting in the planning and management of the awards ceremony – subject to government regulations these may include – venue hire, managing guest list and invitations, attaching presenters, booking entertainment and managing audio-visual requirements

  • Publicity for the awards via social and traditional media

  • Delivering the awards within budget

  • Reporting and resolving any issues as they arise

  • Tracking project performance and providing regular updates

Skills & Requirements:

Prior experience of awards/events/arts project management
A strong track record of successful project delivery
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong initiative and ideas generation skills
Strong attention to detail
Ability to work without supervision
Good time management skills

    Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV and covering letter detailing their experience to before 5pm on Thursday 27th May. Please include ‘ZeBBie Co-Ordinator’ in the subject line of your email.

    This freelance contract will run over a period of 4 months between June and October with a total fee of €4000 for the project. Contact hours are at the discretion of the successful candidate subject to meeting all project requirements. The successful candidate will not be exclusive to WGI and will provide their services on a self-employed basis. The work will be on a remote basis, though (government guidelines permitting) we envisage some Dublin location-based duties in the weeks prior to the awards ceremony, and on the day of the event itself.

    Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards Winners Announced

    27th November 2020

    The 13th Annual Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards were held online on 25th November. Named in honour of O.Z (Zebby) Whitehead, and presented each year by Senator David Norris, the awards are voted for by members of the Guild. The 2020 ZeBBie Awards recognise  the best scripts for radio, stage and screen that were written and produced in 2019.

    The Writers’ Guild warmly congratulates all the winners on their fantastic scripts. In an incredibly competitive year for scriptwriting talent, the winners were

    Theatre – Removed by Fionnuala Kennedy

    A young man called Adam shares his funny, moving and shocking story of social workers, foster homes and his baby brother, Joe.

    Radio Drama – You’d Better Sit Down by Nyree Yergainharsian

    You’d Better Sit Down illustrates with poignancy and humour how different people within the one family attempt to cope with a diagnosis of cancer and how this challenging event brings the family dynamic sharply into focus.

    Feature Film – Extra Ordinary by Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman, Maeve Higgins, Demian Fox

    Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his career.

    Short Film – Ciúnas by Tristan Heanue

    A couple drive to the city to collect their daughter. It’s clear they are in the middle of a family crisis. But what exactly is wrong…. and how do they cope with the unfolding situation?

    Television Drama – Derry Girls Series 2 Episode 6 by Lisa McGee

    As Christmas nears, excitement in Derry is at fever pitch for President Bill Clinton’s visit. Having written to Chelsea Clinton, the friends naïvely plan to spend the day with her, while James gets a surprise, and Granda Joe embarks on a mysterious plan.

    Continuing Drama – Fair City Series 30 Ep 195 by Thomas McLaughlin

    Will imprisons and violently attacks Cristiano and flees the scene, promising to call an ambulance.  But he is knocked down on the street and stretchered off to hospital himself.

    You can watch the ceremony in full here:

    O.Z. “Zebby” Whitehead Remembered by Stephen Bradley

    25th November 2020

    I met wonderful Zebby Whitehead in 1991 and we became unlikely friends. He was in his 80’s and I was in my mid 20’s. I was working with producer Noel Pearson who lived and had his office in a house on Harcourt Terrace and was then at the height of his Oscar-winning powers shortly after productions of My Left Foot and The Field, both directed by Jim Sheridan. The house had previously been lived in by Michael MacLiammoir and Hilton Edwards. Theatrical and Cinematic history was thick in the air in Dublin 2. I had left my student theatre days behind and wanted to make films. Serendipitous times.

    I went to visit Zebby for many cups of tea in his ground floor flat on Leeson Street. It was frugal, sparse, clean and welcoming. I became enamoured by Zebby’s tales of old Hollywood in the Roaring Twenties followed by the distant, unimaginable Thirties and Forties. He told me that he had accompanied Katherine Hepburn to a New England cinema to see a public screening of her first film Bill of Divorcement in 1928 because Zebby had gone to Harvard with her brother and he stayed with the Hepburn family on many occasions. Katherine encouraged Zebby to pursue his acting dreams. Perhaps it was she who introduced him to the iconic director John Ford who cast him in several films?

    I loved the stories of his cameo parts in some very famous films. I wanted to pay tribute to my generous friend and mentor. But I didn’t want to make a hagiography, a sop, an emotional mess. So I made a film about the grim reaper coming to kill Zebby in the middle of a wild storm.With unexpected results. After many applications and rejections it was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival 1995. Ed Guiney, my friend and housemate produced the film, and apparently he’s gone on to make some other films since then.

    For anyone who wants to watch Reaper there’s a link below. It’s 12 minutes long, filmed by Cian de Buitléar on black and white 35mm negative to match the clips from The Grapes of Wrath. Introducing the premiere in the old Screen Cinema near Trinity College (piggy-backing on the premiere of Paddy Breathnach’s first film Ailsa, written by Joseph O’Connor), Ed Guiney described Reaper as ”out there where the buses don’t run”.

    RIP O.Z. ”Zebby” Whitehead.
    Good luck to all those nominated for a ZeBBie in his memory during this crazy year of 2020.

    Stephen Bradley
    Watch Stephen’s short film Reaper here