Soulla left her job as a secondary school teacher when she accidentally discovered screenwriting. She quickly realised that writing for the screen was the perfect marriage (storm!) of her two biggest passions (writing & photography) and she’s never looked back. Soulla is a second generation Liverpudlian Greek Cypriot
Julian has held a variety of jobs from boy soldier, to movie animal trainer, before studying at Bournemouth Film School and pursuing a career in screenwriting.
He’s the writer and creator of Acorn TV’s Emmy™ nominated QUEENS OF MYSTERY, an off-beat, Amélie-esque style take on the traditional world of cosy crime, the second season of which was released on Acorn’s US and Global platforms in January 2022 before going on to be sold to dozens of international territories including Channel 5 in the UK.
A five season veteran of ITV’s worldwide hit DOC MARTIN, Julian is currently writing Season 2 of SUSPECT for Eagle Eye Productions and Channel 4 as well as developing and adapting several television shows for the UK and US, two of which already have international distributors attached, as well as developing his own feature script UNKNOWN FEMALE with US production company 87North and director David ‘Bullet Train’ Leitch.
He is the writer of the multi-award winning Oscar™ short-listed short LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT starring John Hurt, as well as being the writer of the zero award winning, 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, medieval slasher-fest SWORD OF VENGEANCE starring no one in particular.
Julian’s CV can be found here
Jake is a screenwriter and story consultant with over twenty years’ experience. Before turning to writing full time, he worked as a story producer for THE BILL, during which time the show was nominated for a BAFTA. He subsequently went on to write 12 episodes and rewrote many more. He also wrote most of the first series of MURDER INVESTIGATION TEAM (ITV) and was the story consultant for the second series.
Recent credits include SUPSECTS, DEATH IN PARADISE and GRANTCHESTER. He also wrote 3 episodes of LONDON KILLS, for Acorn TV. He served both as a story consultant and writer on REYKA, an eight-part crime drama about a mixed-race criminal profiler for M-Net / Fremantle International, starring Kim Englebrecht and Iain Glen. It sold all over the world, including All4, culminating in an international Emmy nomination for best drama series in 2022. He has also acted as a story consultant on several dramas both in Europe and around the world.
Recently, Jake has written all six episodes for ENDANGERED, a thriller for M-net / Forlan Films based on a best-selling novel. It will go into preproduction in 2023 with an international cast. He’s about to adapt WEEPING WATERS, the first in the Inspector Albertus Beeslaar series of books by Karin Brynard, for Forlan Films / M-net.
Jake’s CV can be found here
Veronica is particularly keen on historical projects, having worked with archives and found footage. Past projects include shorts ‘THE LAST SUPPER’ (2011), ITSY (2017), feature documentary ‘UNDER YOUR NOSE’ (2016) about UK Black LGBTQ+ history, screened at the V&A, Tate Modern and universities worldwide. ‘MONICA LOOSE ON A CRUISE’ screened at BFI Flare 2019.
Veronica’s feature ‘NINE NIGHTS’ won the Pan African Film Festival Narrative Feature Director Award 2019, and was nominated for an African Academy Movie Award.
Veronica’s CV can be found here
Samuel Palmer has always had a love for literature, the silver screen and whatever metonym describes television. He’s inspired by these works, the places he’s lived and the people around him, especially his three children, who, despite being the bane of his existence, can be okay sometimes.
It was in California, living out his twenties after a purposefully botched work visa, that Samuel first pursued his dream career as a writer. Naturally drawn to dark comedy with plans to explore a wide variety of styles and genres, he took a more serious approach to his craft when he was forced to leave California and move to Manchester by the powers that be. Samuel isn’t completely blaming his wife for the move but it was her that took the job.
Samuel Palmer’s writing has been described, amongst other things, as “really, really, really good” by his mother. It is from her he inherited his love for writing, but thankfully not his vocabulary, which he describes as “really, really, really good”.
Samuel’s CV can be found here
Michelle wrote her first script on spec for a producer who wanted to turn her first novel, Pride and Premiership, into a drama. And while the drama didn’t get made, the script did open many doors for her.
Michelle likes to hold a mirror up to society through her writing, telling stories that resonate with her audience. Much of her original work gives a voice to those who traditionally have been ignored or undervalued, such as women, children, ethnic minorities and the working classes and she has continued to emphasise human moments even when writing for historical fantasy drama – A Discovery of Witches.
Contemporary, sometimes challenging but, as in life, ‘never without humour’ is her motto. Not one to venture far from the kettle, she has been known to write in the kitchen, but at the first glimpse of sunshine she is drawn straight outside to write in the garden!
Stephen Wyatt is an award-winning writer for radio, theatre and television.
His television credits include Casualty and two Classic Doctor Who stories, Paradise Towers and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
He is the only writer to have won the Tinniswood Award for best original radio script twice – for Memorials to the Missing and Gerontius. His other original radio plays include Double Jeopardy and Strangers on a Film, two plays about Raymond Chandler in Hollywood with Patrick Stewart. He’s written monologues for Bernard Cribbins, Sian Philips and Dora Bryan while his many radio dramatisations include Vanity Fair, Sketches by Boz, Patricia Highsmith’s Complete Ripley and Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
His recent theatre work includes The Standard Bearer directed by Julian Sands (U.K., U.S., and European tour); Told Look Younger (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Loves of Venus and Mars and The Loves of Pygmalion (U.K., European tour) and Look Up at the Stars (Waterloo East Theatre).
Publications include: The World and His Wife, a historical novel about the long-running marital battle between the best-selling Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton and his wife Rosina, a book of short stories, The Wallscrawler and Brian Desmond Hurst on Film (with Caitlin Smith).
After writing As You Like It, it might have been hard for Jeff to live up to his own genius but, thankfully, he realised he had the greatest gift of all: he didn’t have to do any real work to earn a living. This unique insight led him to write mainstream TV dramas, films and a novel.
Jeff can be found scribbling anywhere from a lay-by on the A1 to in his neighbour’s garden shed (without their prior knowledge).
Jeff’s CV can be found here
After being asked at work “what do you really want to do?”, Emma’s answer was to quit her job and enrol on the TV Scriptwriting MA at De Montfort University where she graduated with a Distinction. Her final script was awarded the Media Film and Journalism Prize for Best Project and picked up for development by Red Productions. She was mentored on another project by Jed Mercurio which led to her successfully pitching for series 2 of Critical but the show was axed before her script could reach the screen.
Liam’s desire to be a writer can be traced back to the moment that, aged five, his parents explained to him that Thunderbirds wasn’t a factual documentary but was actually a made-up story written by clever people from the 1960s. From that day on, watching countless films and TV shows has been his “research” to work out how to tell a good story, and not just an excuse to get out of the washing up.
Liam now creates TV and movie scripts full of lovable characters, witty dialogue and fast-paced, entertaining stories. He writes in a room where Luke Skywalker, Batman and every incarnation of The Doctor keep an eye on him.