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Peaky Blinders Creator and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Launches University Award

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One of Britain’s most decorated screenwriters visited the University of Worcester last week, to both answer students’ questions and to launch a new award in his own name.

Steven Knight, creator of the Oscar-nominated screenplay Dirty Pretty Things and the recent, acclaimed television series Peaky Blinders, spoke to around 80 Screenwriting and Film students at the University last Wednesday.

The Midlands-born writer and director discussed his prolific career – his previous credits also include ground-breaking film Locke, the Golden Globe-nominated Eastern Promises, and BBC comedy series The Detectives – as well as answering questions from students.

The event also included the launch of the University of Worcester Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay.

The inaugural award will be presented at November’s graduation ceremonies, and will be awarded to the Screenwriting graduate who writes the most original screenplay as part of their degree. The prize includes script feedback from Steven himself.

Steven says: “I am really pleased to be able to launch this award, especially in this area. I don’t routinely do this sort of thing, but in this area – the West Midlands – I want to encourage it, because I think that the creative potential here is enormous.

“I’m very happy to be involved with the University and this award.”

Sarah Evans, Course Leader in Screenwriting, explains: “It was a great experience for our students to be able to listen to, and interact with, Steven last week and we are grateful, proud and honoured that Steven has offered his support in the form of the new award.

“There is so much writing and filmmaking talent in the Midlands; this is a great way to encourage students and to give them a priceless opportunity to engage with a passionate and successful screenwriter such as Steven.

“Steven’s long list of critically acclaimed work will be a great inspiration to the screenwriters of the future who are developing their skills as part of the Screenwriting programme here at Worcester.”