OUR WRITING TEAM

Our 16-strong writing team represents some of Wales' brightest voices in poetry, screenwriting and theatre. GALWAD has brought together a ‘writers’ room’ to script the multiple storylines which includes:

Catherine Linstrum – a writer and director based in Wales. Catherine has several short films under her belt including the BAFTA Cymru winner, NADGER. 
 
Ciaran Fitzgerald – an emerging disabled writer from Port Talbot. Ciaran is currently developing his first TV commission, The Special Ones, with Tiger Aspect Productions. 

Darragh Mortell – a writer and director from Newport, whose work includes the BBC Radio 4 Play I am Kanye West the five-part BBC Radio 4 series SIEGE, and Peep Dish – which which won an award at the London Independent Film Festival. 

Edward Lee – is a multidisciplinary writer, performer and creative based in Cardiff. Edward’s work includes writing an award-nominated short film and a play as part of The Other Room Theatre’s Emerging Writers Scheme. 

 

Emily Burnett – a writer and BAFTA-winning actress from Cardiff. Emily’s recent H Is For Hair radio drama was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Eric Ngalle Charles – a Cameroonian writer, poet, playwright and human rights activist based in Wales. Eric was awarded the Creative Wales Award 2017/18 for his work on the topics of migration, trauma and memory.

 

Fiona Maher – a write a director who published her first novel The Last Changeling in 2013. Fiona has written and directed several short films including two-minute Lego epic The Wicca Man.

 

Greg Glover – an award-winning writer from Newport. Greg is one of The Sherman’s Unheard Voices and his radio drama S*** Story was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
 
Hanna Jarman – a writer-director and actor from Cardiff. Hanna created and co-wrote Merched Parchus for S4C, also starring in the series, which is now being distributed to Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. 
 
Jamie Jones – a writer and director from Swansea. Jamie’s first feature film, Obey, was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival 2018, winning ‘best cinematography’ and for which he won a BAFTA Cymru award for ‘breakthrough director'. 

 

Katie Elin-Salt – an actor and writer from Bridgend. Katie’s debut play Sprinkles is currently showing at Theatre Clwyd. Katie is a member of Bridgend Youth Theatre, Soho Theatre Writers Lab and Chippy Lane female writers’ group.


Marvin Thompson – a London-born poet who now lives in South Wales. In 2021 he won the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, the first poet of colour to win since 1981. 

 

Matthew Evans – an award-winning filmmaker from Anglesey. Matthew is currently producing his first feature-length documentary, HAWFC: The Gym of Champions, to be released later this year.

 

Megan Angharad Hunter – a writer originally from Penygroes, Dyffryn Nantle. Megan won the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2021 for her first novel, tu ôl i’r awyr (Y Lolfa, 2020) before publishing her second novel, Cat (Y Lolfa, 2021).
 
Owen Sheers – a multi-award winning poet, author, playwright and presenter based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Owen’s theatrical work includes National Theatre Wales’ 72 hour The Passion, directed by and starring Michael Sheen. 
 
Steven Kavuma – writer, director, and advocate for diversity within the theatre industry. Steven is co-founder of the Diversity School Initiative, a campaign addressing under-representation in UK drama schools, and in 2020 was featured in The Stage 100 list as one of the most influential people in theatre. 

This writing team has been supported by Owen Sheers and Kaite O'Reilly, two established Welsh writers for theatre and screen who are part of the GALWAD Creative Executive and are closely working on the story development.

 

The writers’ room has been immersed in the 2052 world imagined through a co-creation process with 120 community ‘world-builders’ who worked over six weeks in autumn 2021 to envisage Wales in 2052.