John Hickman

John is a screenwriter based in North Shields. He’s written for a number of TV series including EastEnders, Doctors, The Dumping Ground and the upcoming Silverwood, and he’s currently developing several film and TV projects, including work with Clerkenwell Films and the BFI. He has been selected for several high profile mentoring schemes including programmes with Guiding Lights and BAFTA, as well as the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room. His TV script, The Things, was a winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe writing competition.

He collaborates with a group of North East-based filmmakers, with whom he has written and directed several shorts, which have played and won numerous awards at worldwide film festivals. Formerly a social worker, John has an MA in Creative Writing as well as a PhD, with a focus on the onscreen fictional depiction of looked-after children.