BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, have announced the winners of the 23rd International Playwriting Competition.
Ugandan playwright Angella Emurwon has been awarded first prize in the English as a Second Language category for her play Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence. Representing Jamaica, Janet Morrison triumphed with her play The Fisherman, which won first prize for English as a First Language.
The competition, now in its 23rd year, invites anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 53-minute radio drama for up to six characters. This year’s competition attracted more than 1,000 entries from the widest range of countries ever received. These included plays about Gorgons in Australia, art forgery in India, men stuck in holes in Greece and cockroach races in Qatar. The breadth of imagination was limitless.
As part of their prize the two winners will visit the UK later this month, where they will attend a prize-giving ceremony and witness their winning plays being recorded. The plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service in March and April 2013.
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