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Renowned author is UCLan guest of honour

11 May 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Famous author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce opened Great Northern Creative Festival  

A leading author and screenwriter has told a group of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students that they are the future of the industry.

Frank Cottrell Boyce was the guest of honour at the Great Northern Creative Festival where he spoke to budding writers in a question and answer session. He officially opened the festival before a screening of his classic 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.

He is one of the most respected screenwriters working in the English film industry. His career has seen him work alongside the likes of Danny Boyle on the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He has been the screenwriter on films and has written for some of the most classic shows on our screens today, in the likes of Doctor Who and Coronation Street.

 

"The students here are ‘tomorrow’; this is the hatchery and the nursery where talent is born, hatched and nurtured. Coming here and meeting them is like looking into the future."

Frank

Caption: UCLan scriptwriting lecturer Bill McCoid in conversation with renowned children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce to launch the Great North Creative Festival.

Speaking to the audience Frank said: “The reason I am excited to be here at UCLan is that the students here are ‘tomorrow’; this is the hatchery and the nursery where talent is born, hatched and nurtured. Coming here and meeting them is like looking into the future, it’s a fantastic privilege to be here. If they can gain anything from me, from this old scarred body, then that’s fine with me.”

His visit kick-started the free four day media extravaganza. The event brought together some of the biggest creative talents in the north and from across the UK, while showcasing the outstanding creative talents of UCLan students in media, film, photography and journalism.

Over the four days students and members of the public attended a mixture of workshops, pitching sessions, industry talks and specialist lectures.