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Stephen Mollett

Senior Lecturer | +44 (0) 1243 816187

I came to Chichester in 1997, after teaching at Bath Spa University, where I created and ran a number of MA and BA modules in stage, radio and TV writing. Earlier in my career, I was a British Council scholar in Budapest for a year, where I wrote and directed a 20 minute film The Paprika File, worked for a film company in central London and was co-centre director of the Arvon Foundation in Devon,  a renowned centre of creative writing. From 2004 -2008, and again in 2010, I was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

At Chichester, I have taught a wide variety of modules, mainly in the creative writing branch of the department, and have a particular interest in stage, television and radio scriptwriting. This reflects my own writing interests – I have had eight plays broadcast on Radio 4 and five television drama credits for BBC1. I am also interested in children’s fiction and am completing my first novel for 10-13 year olds.

My radio plays span a variety of subjects and genres. Three of the plays are set in Hungary: Running West, The Joke (“an unusual offering to the Hungarian season” said Hilary Mantel in The Observer), and A White Velvet Nightcap in Florida which is based on the letters of writer Tibor Dery  and was chosen for Radio 4’s Pick of the Week. The Etiquette of Friendship is a two-hander, of which Helen Dunmore said: “It’s very quick-moving, always slightly wrong-footing expectations and has a very attractive blend of humour and poignancy”. The Visitors’ Book is a romantic comedy, while Leo Adrift is a semi-autobiographical rites-of-passage drama and  A House Halfway to Africa is about Vincent Van Gogh’s final year at the Saint Remy asylum, starring the late Pete Postlethwaite.

I have also written five episodes for the popular and award winning drama series Doctors on BBC1, including ‘Mystery Tour’ (2011) and ‘Sentence’ (2012). The Oxford Stage Company (now named Headlong) commissioned me to write a play for young people; In a Strange City was given staged readings in Bristol, Liverpool, Taunton and Oxford. Recently, through Lighthouse in Brighton, funded by the Skills Council, I collaborated with 5 other writers to create a TV series called Occupation.

My screenplay, In Care of Strangers, concerning evacuees from London, won 2nd prize in the Lloyds Bank National Screenwriting competition.  I have also had articles published in Time Out magazine, The Sunday Times and The New Hungarian Quarterly.