Selection time…

Old yellow typewriter in shadowWell it’s that time of year again!  The Christmas tree has been taken down and the decorations have been put away.  I’ve made my New Year’s resolutions and only broken half of them already; look, I managed a few days without alcohol, cake and chocolate but I’m only human.  I’m running again in preparation for the madness of Tough Mudder in May and my whole body aches from the gym.  But that’s not the most important thing.  No.  The most important thing is we are in the run up to StageWrite 2015!!!  That means we have been busy over the Christmas period frantically reading the submissions and we are now in the depths of considering the programme for the festival in March.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this time of year.  I know… the days are dark, gloomy, the weather’s crap and it seems like Spring is never going to come.  But inevitably it will, and it will be here before we know it and then I’ll be wishing I just had a few more weeks to prepare but I get to have the best fun preparing for StageWrite over the coming weeks.  It’s an amazing privilege to be able to be part of StageWrite. As a writer you bare your soul on the page, and then put it out there to face judgement, potentially harsh criticism and that’s only if it’s picked up by someone and read.  Writing is, whilst one of the things I love to do most, is also one of the times when I feel most vulnerable.  It’s scary, I’m under confident and I really, really want people to like what I write.  This year we have had a record number of submissions and we have loved reading them all.  It’s a difficult thing to tell someone they haven’t made the cut and that, of course, is the least enjoyable aspect of StageWrite.  The flip side however, is the joy of telling someone that we love their work and we would like to include it as part of the festival.  Over the coming days we will announce who has been successful and we will devote a post to telling you a little bit about each of our chosen writers.  So check back regularly for updates.  Oh, and we have also applied for Arts Council funding this year which we are really hoping we get, so keep your fingers crossed…