Gill WILLIAMS

gillGill’s writing career follows a 20 year span as a senior business executive preceded by a stage and television acting career during which she featured in several prime time period dramas.

Her screenplays include Late Position, Owing, The Beneficiaries, A Loss of Perspective, Beyond the Lights – examining such topics as addiction, agoraphobia, friendship corroded by money, the farcical love-life of a film cast and the varying fortunes of some drama students. She has also adapted Michael Arlen’s iconic 1920s novel, The Green Hat.

A background in acting and poetry has resulted in her acute ear for dialogue. Her stories are often dark and always feature strong female protagonists. Her speciality is posing uncomfortable questions in original settings, as she travels down a bumpy road towards some unsettling answers.

Gill trained at Arts Educational and found her first job on a tour of Present Laughter with Peter Wyngarde. TV work included Flambards, Sister Dora, Clayhanger and the television movie Birth of a Nation, directed by Mike Newell. Theatre work included periods with Plymouth Rep and a Birmingham fringe company established and directed by Adrian Noble. She also wrote and performed poetry with a north London group.

Whilst temping between acting jobs, she was introduced to computing and accepted an offer to train as a programmer. She quickly moved via systems analysis into management. During 10 years with the US giant EDS, she was responsible for winning a succession of multi-million £ contracts and in her role as UK account manager for public sector business, managed substantial revenues and several hundred staff.

At this point, Gill and her husband put their careers on hold to take a sabbatical. They set off on a trip which began in Japan and ended in South Africa, via Fiji, New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia.

On her return, she left computing to pursue a life-long desire to write. At a creative writing summer school, she was immediately hooked by screenwriting. A number of accredited courses followed: Screenwriting 1 & 2 at the City Lit, Writing Television Drama at City University and invitation only workshops with the director Dictynna Hood.