Speaker and Facilitators

Keynote Speaker

David Greig

David Greig International work has been at the core of my writing for over 20 years. I have worked as a dramaturg and mentor on projects with emergent and established writers in Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Spain, Greece, Australia and the USA. I have collaborated on making plays with theatre companies in Palestine (Not About Pomegranites), Spain (Airport) and Australia (Solaris). My theatre company Suspect Culture was set up to do international work and, throughout the 1990s and 2000s, our shows toured to Spain (Airport), Bulgaria, Greece (Mainstream) Brazil and Italy (The Golden Ass). My plays have been translated and performed in numerous countries and languages around the world including Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, Argentina, Russia, Slovenia and Germany.


Bone Nicholas Bone is Artistic Director of Magnetic North. Productions include Lost in Music (co-creator with Kim Moore), Our Fathers(co-writer and performer with Rob Drummond), A Walk at the Edge of the World (co-creator with Sans façon & Ian Cameron), and Pass the Spoon (co-creator with David Fennessy & David Shrigley). International projects include a multi-year playwright exchange programme with Playmarket New Zealand, an artist exchange programme with Maison Internationale des arts de la Marionnette in Montreal, and a multi-artform residency in Auckland.
Linda Crooks Headshot Linda Crooks  has over 25 years' experience working with individual artists, creative teams, producers and cultural organisations helping them achieve their creative goals. She is passionate in her belief that we are greater than the sum of our parts organisationally and sectorially, and for the need to search beyond our immediate horizon to realise our full potential. Her work has encompassed national arts organisations, remote rural communities, and site specific productions on small, medium and large scale. She has expertise in commissioning, programming and producing new work within Scotland, UK and internationally, touring, festival and event management, change management and fundraising.
Anniegeorge Annie George is an Edinburgh-based writer, director and occasional filmmaker. She was awarded the 2019 Scottish Book Trust's Ignite Fellowship, and her recent plays include TwaHome is Not the Place, and The Bridge (a Glasgow 2014 commission).  She directed I Knew A Man Called Livingstone, and Nzinga: Warrior Queen - both by Mara Menzies. In short film she directed Real To Reel Award-winner Curry and Irn-Bru, and was actor/development producer of Daddy's Girl (Prix Spécial De Jury, Cannes 2001).
Kieran Hurley Kieran Hurley is a writer, performer, and theatre maker based in Glasgow whose work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally. Theatre credits include Mouthpiece  (Traverse); Square Go, co-written with Gary McNair (Francesca Moody Productions); Heads Up (Show and Tell); Rantin (National Theatre of Scotland); Chalk Farm, co-written with AJ Taudevin (Òran Mór, ThickSkin), Beats  (Arches). Beats was subsequently adapted into a feature film which was released in the UK this year.
Rosie Rosie Kellagher is Dramaturg at National Theatre of Scotland and has previously worked as Literary Associate at the Traverse, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Live Theatre in Newcastle. As a freelance dramaturg and director she has made work for both theatre and radio with companies including the Traverse, Soho Theatre, the BBC, Vanishing Point, Dance City, Live Theatre, the Arcola and Riksteatern, Sweden and collaborated on projects theatrical, aural and academic with writers from Iran, Canada and across the EU.
Amy -S-4 Amy Saunders  has worked in the arts for the last 25 years, supporting and advocating for artists across all genres and the industries that support them. Currently Amy is the Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe helping connect industry with artists and each other. Prior to working with the Fringe she spent five years as the international adviser for Creative New Zealand, NZ's national arts funding agency, developing partnerships, exchanges and opportunities for NZ artists to collaborate and present internationally. And prior to this Amy worked for Festivals Edinburgh working alongside Edinburgh's 12 pre-eminent festivals year-round as the international project manager. It is through building valuable and honest relationships, challenging the status quo and maintaining the will to make positive change that drive Amy forward on a daily basis.
Sewell Photo Dr Stephen Sewell is well-known for his film and theatre work, including his AFI Award winning script of The Boys(1989) as well as plays such as The Blind Giant is DancingIt Just Stopped   and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany, and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scenes. Sewell is one of the most celebrated and experienced writers in Australia whose work has been performed throughout the world, from London to Hanoi. He is currently Head of Writing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, in Sydney.
Sara Shaarawi Sara Shaarawi is a playwright from Cairo, now based in Glasgow. Her work has been performed in the UK, South Africa, Uganda, Belgium and Germany. She was project manager of the Arab Arts Focus showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. Her play Niqabi Ninja is part of an anthology on new African writing by women. She has also had work translated into German. Much of her work as a writer and producer is about international collaboration, cross-cultural production and multilingualism.
Hanna +Slattne Hanna Slättne is a freelance dramaturg, researcher and facilitator working across the UK, Ireland and beyond for over 20 years. One of her areas of expertise is cross art form collaboration projects and processes. She is currently exploring dramaturgy and work flows in digital performance and storytelling. Being based in Northern Ireland means any cross-border projects are international collaborations and partnerships. As a founding member of the Dramaturgs Network she is leading on the networks international strategy for new work practitioners.
Stef Smith Stef Smith (Enough) is an multi award-winning writer working for both stage and screen to international acclaim. Stef has visited and worked in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Korea, Mexico, Turkey and the USA. Her critically acclaimed play Roadkill won numerous awards, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Stef's Traverse Theatre Commission Swallow opened to widespread critical acclaim, and won a Scotsman's Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award, as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Swallow has been translated into multiple languages.

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