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Audio Play Competition Winners 2016

It has been decided that there are two winners of the competition:
'A Patterned Cushion' by Rob Nisbet
'Jealousy' by David Butler
Congratulations to both.
Rob Nisbet writes:-

Rob Nisbet has had many stories printed in women's magazines under his own name, and as Trixie Nisbet for any story particularly from a woman's point of view. He has won two national short story competitions, and is particularly looking forward to hearing 'A Patterned Cushion' from soundwork-uk. Rob has written two short Doctor Who audio stories for Big Finish, and a longer story, half narrated, half acted, which will be released as a CD or download at the end of June. 'A Patterned Cushion' was written for fun, then changed and added to, and finally honed for this competition. He has written a sequel but would like to hear the reaction to this first story before inflicting it on the world.

David Butler writes:-

​​​​​​​David Butler is a poet, novelist and playwright. His most recent novel 'City of Dis' (New Island) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2015 while his one-act play Blue Love, which won a Cork arts Theatre Writers Award 2015 and which garnered five awards at the Bray One Act Festival 2016, was recently shortlisted for RTE's lucrative P J O'Connor Award. He has just got married.

Here is the shortlist for the competition, which attracted a variety of styles and themes.

'Help' by Lorraine Coverley
'Visiting Hours' by Jane Lockyer Willis
'A Patterned Cushion' by Rob Nisbet
'Sleep Diary' by Tracy Fells
'Jealousy' by David Butler
'The Foley Department' by Helen Peatfield, Mawan Rizwan and Max Levine

2016 Short Story Competition Shortlist

Hugo's Return by Jenny Roman
Uncle Mick by Patsy Collins
Stupid QPID by Sam Davey
That Bright September Day by Jenny Lewis
Mrs. Drew by Abigail Shepherd
An Unquiet World by Sarah Evans

Highly Commended:-
The Forgotten Man by Aoife O'Reilly
Shattered Windows by James Rae
The Door by Ilona Klein
The Purple Cloak by Carolyn Ward
The Fawn by Anna Argiros
Cheque Mate by Jenny Roman

Congratulations to all who have made it so far. Entries were received from many countries, subjects and styles varying greatly, and it was difficult to choose from so many excellent stories.

Final Results

It has been decided that there will be two winners, both of which have been recorded and produced.The two winners are:-

Uncle Mick by Patsy Collins
That Bright September Day by Jenny Lewis

Congratulations to both winners. The two stories have very different styles and themes. Commiserations to those who so nearly made it - unfortunately, we have to limit the recording we do. Below are photos and a few details of the winners.

Patsy Collins writes:-
Patsy Collins is the author of four novels; three contemporary romances and one coming of age story with a difference. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa. To find out more please visit

Jenny Lewis writes:-
My professional background is in social work and charity management in Wales, notably BBC Children in Need. After early retirement, I retrained in hypnotherapy and various other talking therapies and work freelance from home. The common theme is an endless fascination with people and what makes them tick. An enthusiastic member of the Caerphilly Scribes writing group, I write about people in extraordinary circumstances, often set against real-life historical events - from the Middle Ages to the present day. 'That Bright September Day' is a prime example of ordinary Welsh Valleys lads caught up in a world-changing event.

2016 Monologue Competition Winners

It has been decided that there will be three winners and that all three will have their work recorded and produced. Congratulations to all three and commiserations to those who nearly made it. The winners are:-

Guido by Kay Shacklock
Dear Peter by Jan Moran Neil
Ageing, Algorithms and Achievement by Phil Taylor

Kay writes:-
Kay Shacklock has always made stories in her head but only recently started writing them down. A professional musician, Kay wrote a family musical ('Stout Heart') which was performed at the Harlequin Theatre, Auckland in May 2015. She has another show ('Patch') being produced in March 2017. She has recently had three short stories published in separate publications and is thrilled to add the recording of 'Guido' to the list. Kay enjoys mixing it up and is currently working on several novels and more short stories, thankful that her work as a freelance accompanist/piano teacher allows some time to write.

Jan writes:-
Jan Moran Neil has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. Her poetry collection: Red Lipstick & Revelations is to be published by Indigo Dreams later this year and she can be heard reading her widely published performance poetry on the home page of her website. She was trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the National Youth Theatre, spending years as an actress in repertory and short films with Mike Leigh. Jan’s plays have been performed on the London Fringe: Blackberry Promises, Brave Hearts & Baggage, The Deadly Factor (New Theatre Publishing) and Guga S’Thebe Theatre, Langa and Masambe Baxter Theatre, Cape Town: A President in Waiting …. She has just won Bloomsbury Publishing’s international sonnet competition 2016 judged by Ruth Padel and her sonnet will be published in the Royal Society of Literature Review in December. Jan runs Creative Ink for Writers and Actors, established in 2000.

Phil writes:-
​​​​​​​My writing has grown from my abject failure to improve my golf handicap since retiring. This is due mainly to the Lancashire weather (understandable), lack of ability (very understandable) and back pain (very psychological). Previous forays into creative writing were limited to the annual Christmas round robin, so I am delighted to take up the opportunity presented by Soundwork. More work is in the pipeline.

2016 Monologue Competition Shortlist
The following monologues made it to the shortlist. Congratulations to all. The shortlist reflects the variety of styles and subjects sent from many countries.
Dear Peter by Jan Moran Neil
Guido by Kay Shacklock
Storm in a B Cup by Judy Upton
A Statement by a Former PM by Michael Noonan
Ageing, Algorithms and Achievement by Phil Taylor
Civic Architecture of the Heart by Simon Jackson