My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
My first experience of writing was when I received my writing award at the Bridport young writers’ competition. I won the Dorset area trophy for my Somerset dialect short story entitled Them Darn Checkens. The Judge was author Lynne Reid Banks and after the awards she told me this was something I needed to pursue. I was 15 years old.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
Clive Barker, Stephen King, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Robin Jarvis, Ian Graham, Ramsey Campbell.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
Them Darn Checkens was published in First Edition magazine.
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
My feature screenplay Glow was recently a finalist in the Philadelphia screenplay competition. A huge step for me.
Who or what inspires you to write?
Books and films with strong, dark and dramatic content drive me. I love brave daring writing about taboo subjects.
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
I love reading, travel, food and outings with my kids.
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Dare to dream and tell your story your own way.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
I love writing and I want to be a part of a large body of people who also have a passion for stories.
Lee Burgess attended film school in Newport, South Wales. After his degree he set up a small production company called Maggie Dog Films, built primarily to aid the inclusion of people with disabilities in film and TV. It held seminars for BBC Wales and also abroad in Canada and America, and short films were shown all over Europe. Lee went freelance in 2008 and in 2009 produced an award-winning short film entitled Glow. This caught the attention of producer David Marlow and Lee has been working with him since 2012 on various projects.