May 26, 2022

Rachel Wilkinson is one of only five youngsters from across the UK to be included in the series.

Her comedy-themed eight-minute radio drama ‘Colerian’ is sung by a young police officer as she looks at the highlights of her career.

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The United Kingdom draws modern life across the UK with bitcoin dramas, monolingualities, poetry and song. Each episode (currently on BBC Sound) features five short creations by five authors from across the UK, with each episode responding to a different theme, such as ‘survival’ or ‘reflection’.

Young Porch writer Rachel Wilkinson

Rachel, who contributed to the creative writing charity, Fighting Words Northern Ireland’s Young Play Rights Project, was selected by BBC4 to write ‘Colrin’ based on her previous work.

He was given a three-week turnaround time (during his GCSEs training) to finalize the play by working with a team of professional actors, sound engineers and producers.

Talking about the experience, Rachel, a student at Dalriada School, said: “I participated in the Fighting Words Radio: 2020 program just over a year ago, which gave me a great insight into what radio play is all about. Can be done – from the idea to the actors – recording.

“This experience worked with Radio 4 to reduce the nervous breakdown a bit and it was great to have everyone involved behave like a professional writer.”

Hillary Copeland, director of Fighting Words NI, said: “We are thrilled to have this recognition from Rachel and Radio 4, which we are certainly pleased to be associated with.

“Every year we provide creative writing opportunities for young people aged 6-18 through dedicated programs such as our school workshops, Wright Club and Radio 2020.

“The ability to express oneself through writing empowers young people, builds their confidence and allows them access to growth and development opportunities, as with Radio 4.”

Visit the ‘Right Club’ (prose and poetry, or playwriting) to participate in one of the free Fighting Words after school https://www.fightingwords.co.uk/write-club

Fighting Words NI has been a force for creativity in Belfast and beyond since 2015, providing more than 9,000 creative writing opportunities for schools and young writers aged 6-18, all of them volunteer mentors. Are in collaboration.

Patrons of the charity include well-known authors Glenn Peterson, Rudy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Lucy Caldwell, Paul Mildon and Dave Eggers.

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