Writer in Residence | Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Writer in Residence


Given the current cirumstances, the Writer in Residence programme will not be ‘in residence’ at the theatre itself. However, if you’re looking for a creative outlet or a chance to share some local history, our Writer in Residence programme has NOT been postponed: it’s moved online!
Martin, our Writer in Residence, would be happy to engage with the local community by email or Skype. If you have a story to tell that relates to the history of the Gatehouse, Stafford or surrounding area, would like advice on writing, or you’ve got something you’d like to see published on the Gatehouse website, you can contact Martin at msketchley67@gmail.com
Please note though, that the associated workshops with local writers that we had scheduled in April will now be postponed.

Over March to May 2020 the Gatehouse Theatre will have its very own Writer in Residence: Martin Sketchley.

Through the residency Martin will seek stories from local people about the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford and the surrounding area. Perhaps you’re a creative writer yourself and have written something inspired by or set in the area, or maybe you have a story to tell but aren’t quite sure how to start.

From 7 March to 4 May Martin will be on site one day a week to listen to and write up your stories, or offer advice on your own creative writing in one-to-one writing surgeries. It’s possible your work may even be published on the Gatehouse website. There will also be workshops from local writers William Gallagher, Fiona Joseph and Maria Whatton. So make a date, visit the Gatehouse, and unlock your storytelling potential.

Martin Who?

Martin Sketchley grew up in Tamworth and now lives in Birmingham. He is a published writer of novels, short stories and drama scripts, the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Aston University, and the West Midlands’ Representative for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. He was writer/producer/director on the recent My Beating Heart showcase in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and an experienced workshop lead. 2020 will also see the publication of his most recent short story – Your Lovin’ Arms – an alternate history loosely based on the life of Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns. He also has over 2o years’ experience working on business analysis destined for blue-chip multinationals and organisations such as The British Council and World Bank.

Find out more at www.martinsketchley.com, or on Twitter @MartinSketchley

Get Involved

To arrange a meet-up with Martin at the Gatehouse to share your stories, or get some writing advice, please contact him at msketchley67@gmail.com

Bookings are not yet open to attend the writing workshops – we will update this page when booking is available.