Inspiring Scotland Bursary 2016: Annie George
Discovering a New Voice: Saltire Bursary 2016
Annie began writing ten years ago, in response to the lack of writers, and roles for actors, from minority ethnic backgrounds in the Scottish theatre sector, in which she had worked for many years.
Her solo play The Bridge, described as “an elegiac multi-media tone-poem” by The Herald, and “a finely wrought piece” by All Edinburgh Theatre, was commissioned for Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme and toured in Scotland. Her other plays have also been performed in Manchester, London, at the Festival of Politics, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
While writing mainly for theatre, more recently Annie has been exploring other forms, such as spoken word and poetry, writing and producing the short film poem At Rana Plaza. She also wrote and directed the short film Hope which was screened at the Cameo.
Her work often touches on themes around identity, belonging and displacement.
Annie was born in Kerala in India, grew up in London, and is based in Edinburgh. She is also a theatre director, dramaturg, performer and award-winning filmmaker.
"When you share your writing and people like it, it’s already a reward for the time and thought, and (sometimes even) pain spent in creating it. So to be given an award for it is beyond thrilling, and will drive me to keep using my voice, to tell my stories!"
From the Judging Panel, Chitra Ramaswamy, journalist and author, says:
"It was a great privilege to be on the judging panel and I was impressed by the number and quality of the entries and the diverse range of voices representing communities all over Scotland. Congratulations to our selected awardee, Annie George, whose assured voice and flair for storytelling particularly impressed the panel, but also to the shortlist, and everyone who entered!”
Photo Credit: From The Bridge, credit to Lunaria