Northern Irish Writer Wins $150,000 International Literary Award:
Newry writer, Abbie Spallen, announced as one of the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize winners
Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce that Irish playwright, Abbie Spallen, is one of 2016’s recipients of Yale University’s Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes – a major literary award recognising literary achievement and financially nurturing talent.
This prize is also great recognition for Tinderbox Theatre Company, its programming and tireless support of talent in Northern Ireland. In spring 2015, Tinderbox and Belfast’s the MAC co-produced prize winner Abbie Spallen’s Lally the Scut with a cast of 12 leading local actors. The production was the culmination of a 6 year programme dedicated to presenting new writing of the highest quality on the main stages in Northern Ireland.
It is with regret that Tinderbox has to suspend its free script reading service until further notice. We know how valuable this resource was to writers across Northern Ireland and beyond, but due to the recent funding cuts we currently do not have the resources to read and provide professional written feedback on all the scripts submitted.
We will be exploring new models of working and supporting writers and theatremakers from and living in Northern Ireland, so we still want to hear from you as we embark on many exciting upcoming projects. The Tinderbox Dramaturg Hanna Slattne will continue to be an integral part of all our processes and can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.