Olwen Wymark Awards 2016

WGGB presents its annual awards for the encouragement of new writing at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in November or December each year.

The Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards, the brainchild of playwright Mark Ravenhill, were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over the previous year.

They are named in honour of playwright Olwen Wymark, passionate supporter of WGGB and former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who died in 2013.

Previous winners range from audio drama producers and artistic directors to a retired businessman and development consultants.

David James, former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who has organised the awards since 2005, said: “The awards were set up to make a statement of how important encouragement is, and are based on the simple premise of saying ‘thank you’. They are a bright spot on the Writers’ Guild’s annual calendar.”

Nominations for the 13th annual awards are now open.

Read the report on the 2016 winners (pictured above).

Download the full list of winners since 2005.