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Women Writing Television

Gaby Chiappe, Ann Cleeves & Elaine Collins in discussion with Stacy Gillis

Date/Time: Thursday 8th November, 7.15pm

Venue: Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Ann CleevesElaine Collins and Gaby Chiappe will be discussing their work as writers and producers of the hugely successful crime fiction hit series Vera (ITV) and Shetland (BBC), both based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. They will also be talking about the role women have to play in the world of contemporary television production, here in the UK and beyond.

Gabby Chiappe has written for EastEnders, Casualty and Survivors as well as Vera and Shetland. Her first feature film, Their Finest, premiered at the London Film Festival in 2016.

Ann Cleeves received the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger in 2017, the highest honour in crime writing, and is the author of over 30 bestselling novels.

Elaine Collins was Creative Director at BBC Drama, and previously Executive Producer at ITV Studios where she developed and produced Vera. She is currently developing and co-producing TV drama projects at STV Productions.

Stacy Gillis is a Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University.

Events are FREE to attend but ticketed – please register in advance

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Ann Cleeves