Writer Wednesday – Bumpy Favell

Writer Wednesday’s back, and this week we chatted with She Writes Associate Artist, Bumpy Favell about her past, her work and her time with Theatre Works. 📃🖊

How would you describe your writing?

I won some writing competitions and wrote children’s book reviews for the local paper as a kid, and I have worked consistently as a freelance proof-reader and editor since my early 20s. But instead of becoming the fantastic fiction writer my mum wanted me to be, I branched off into poetry readings, song writing and playing in bands – and producing queer showbiz in Sydney, London and Melbourne. Then a few years ago, when I did a writing course I discovered I actually like to construct a plot and I love inventing characters and imagining their conversations. These parallel worlds swirling around in my head have been helpful lately. All I can hope is that anything I produce is entertaining, whilst exploring things like environmental destruction and sexual abuse.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on the first play I wrote but have never shared before, which is in a workplace setting – a BDSM parlour. It explores the relationships between the workers on a hot day, when not a lot of clients are coming in.

What have you gained from the She Writes experience?

So many insights… The regular meetups with She Writes have been a haven of interest and encouragement during this COVID isolation. Each guest has been illuminating – all very intense and generous with their ideas and knowledge. The Theatre Works organisers have been fabulous – thorough, thoughtful and caring about us writers and dramaturgs. I am loving hearing everyone’s work, what a treat! It’s an honour to be part of She Writes and Theatre Works. Thanks everyone.


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