Amanda’s TV writing award hope

Amanda Webster, former jingle writer from St Annes in running for Bafta children's writing award
Amanda Webster, former jingle writer from St Annes in running for Bafta children's writing award
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A former jingle composer has been shortlisted for a prestigious children’s TV writing competition.

Amanda Webster (pictured) from St Annes will have her children’s TV script for paranormal detective tale Hex Tecs showcased at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum in September.

She will be one of three writers in with a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the MIP Junior international children’s programming market in Cannes.

Hex Tecs will be performed for a public audience and a panel of industry judges, including BAFTA-nominated writer Diane Whitley and CBBC executive producer Lucy Martin, at BAFTA headquarters on Saturday, September 12.

Amanda studied screenwriting at the University of Central Lancashire before going back to teach there and write promos and jingles for local radio.

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum is a long-running initiative which aims to give a platform to undiscovered screenwriters and help them to develop their careers in the industry.

This is the second year that BAFTA and Rocliffe have worked with the London Book Fair to support writers for children.

Helen Blakeman, BAFTA-winning writer (Dustbin Baby) and chair of the BAFTA children’s committee, said: “We are delighted that, for a second year, we are introducing three talented emerging writers of children’s film and television to a wider audience.

“We hope that, through the support of BAFTA, Rocliffe and the London Book Fair, they gain the insights, contacts and commissions to bring exciting new stories to the screen.”