The Characters Are In Charge
Screenwriter and playwright, Theresa Ikoko, joins our host for ep 10, S2. Theresa shares her journey from winning awards for her first theatre play to writing for the screen.
“I've tried to do in all my work, just spending time with the characters and letting the characters' voices lead. I get to know them first before the story unveils. I write for very much from a place of character. The characters are in charge. There are things that I would like my characters to do. There are easier decisions or better decisions that I would like my characters to make that they just won't and they can't. I couldn't force my characters to say or do anything that they wouldn't say or do. I think it would break the world. I think it would rip the seams of it if I started doing that.”
Theresa is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her awards include the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play and the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. With Clare Wilson, she co-wrote the screenplay for Rocks, which won the Best British Independent Film Award in 2020 and was shortlisted for a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.
The greatest gift bestowed upon us is the ability to tell and share a story
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by poet Nick Makoha.
Finding my voice
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by novelist and journalist Diana Evans.
Reading became my saviour
For this episode writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by award-winning author Alex Wheatle who shares with us how reading became his saviour.
Juliet Gilkes Romero
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by Juliet Gilkes Romero who speaks about how her identity as a Black woman is integral to her writing.
I've been a ventriloquist
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by memoirist and biographer Colin Grant. He tells us about writing his memoir Bageye at the Wheel and how he was inspired to write about Jamaican greats Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.
It's Been a Wild Ride
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by debut novelist Hafsa Zayyan, winner of the #Merky Books New Writer’s Prize.
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by poet Rachel Long. She tells us about being inspired by Jean “Binta” Breeze, wanting to write poems that sound and feel real and why she set up Octavia Poetry Collective.
Infiltrating The Canon
For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by award winning Caribbean poet, novelist, musician, and creative writing lecturer Anthony Joseph.
My Caribbean Heart
In this episode writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by children’s writer and writer for theatre, TV, Radio and film, actress Trish Cooke
The Unapologetic Writer
In this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by playwright and academic Oladipo Agboluaje.
Pat Cumper & Pauline Walker
The Amplify Project Series 1 wrap-up
The hosts of The Amplify Project, Pauline Walker and Patricia Cumper, passionately believe that the Black British canon is fragmented and rarely recognised particularly in the UK. In this episode, they reflect on the first series of The Amplify Project in which they interviewed 10 esteemed Black British writers for the page, screen and stage.
Common Threads: Black and Asian British Women’s Writing International Conference 2022
The Amplify Project at the Common Threads Conference 2022
In this special podcast we speak to writers and academics attending the conference at Brighton University in July 2022.
The Malleable Storyteller
Introducing the first episode in this, the second series of The Amplify Project. Our podcast hosts Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by award-winning Nigerian British writer, Yomi Sode.
Climbing The Racial Mountain
In this second episode in the series, our hosts are joined by one of the country's leading dramatists Roy Williams OBE FRSL
Claiming His Tick Box
For the third episode of this series, our hosts are joined by YA writer Dean Atta.
The Pragmatic Optimist
BAFTA nominated writer Ben Tagoe joins our hosts Pauline Walker and Patricia Cumper for episode 4 of The Amplify Project.
Dreda Say Mitchell
Crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell MBE, joins hosts Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker for episode 5 in Series 2 of The Amplify Project.
Our guest for Episode 6, S2 of The Amplify Project is award-winning poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer, Inua Ellams.
For Ep 7, S2 our hosts are joined by author, screenwriter, playwright, creative writing tutor and literary activist Courttia Newland. In this episode we learn about Courttia's drive for diversifying his writing using different genres and formats.
Titans of Black British Publishing
Titans of Black British Publishing
In this special podcast we meet three women - Verna Wilkins, Susheila Nasta and Margaret Busby - who, over the last half a century, wrote, published, edited, curated and blazed a trail for today's writers.
Joining us for Ep 8, S2 is writer and journalist, Patrice Lawrence. She is the author of the award-winning children and YA books, Orangeboy, Indigo Donut and Eight Pieces of Silver.
Strangeness as Metaphor
Novelist, short story writer, editor and educator Leone Ross join our hosts for ep 9, S2. In this episode we learn that being a writer comes from the impulse to tell stories to try to make sense of things with sentences.