Executive Council Officers

William Gallagher

William Gallagher

Deputy Chair

“My meandering hotchpotch working life – wait, I mean my dynamic portmanteau career – has meant I could have joined many different unions in my time, but it wasn’t until my 40s and the Writers’ Guild that I ever did. I am pro-union through and through, but I just carried on, worked alone getting the next gig, writing the next piece, changing the next career. Yet it was at the single greatest time of changing when I was suddenly working across books, magazines, stage and radio drama that I realised the bit I liked the best was collaborating with other writers.

“There is also so much I want to do for myself that I realise the Guild is best placed to achieve – and if you want something, if you can contribute some skills toward it, and especially if it’s going to benefit all writers, then it is surely your duty to join Guild.

“I then became a committee member, chiefly because I didn’t know what that entailed. I became West Midlands Secretary because I was absent from that one crucial meeting. And then I became Regional Representative because everybody else took that one crucial step back before me. And now I’m proud to be Deputy Co-Chair.  You try taking any of it away from me now.”

Listen to a podcast of William talking about writing for TV and film and why writers should join WGGB.