Just got an email from fellow MA classmate Ronnie. As previously mentioned, he'd got through to the first stage of the BBC Writers Room 'Sharps' competition, swished off to a workshop in London and then had to draft a quick short piece for consideration. He's just found out that he's through to the final 8 - so a residential week in the Big Smoke beckons, along with a £500 bursary, mentoring from in-house development teams at the BBC, and a showcase rehearsed reading with professional actors - wtg! More info on the process once I've quizzed him.
On a related note (I'm not on commission or related to him I promise), he's currently one of the fine and varied reviewers on www.thereelshow.biz so worth a look if you fancy having a gander at a "truly International Film Student and Film School Graduate website".