04 Aug 2011, Posted by Nick in Broadcasting, Features, General, Journalism, 0 Comments

How life became radio drama


  BBC link to This Solitary Bird Not long after my friend Will McMillan passed away in 2005 (see The Saving Grace), I began to consider writing about him. His angry public outbursts were no secret, but I knew a much deeper, more generous man too and wanted to commemorate his short but vigorous life. I remembered many conversations, often surprising to both of us, which lent themselves to drama - particularly the intimate, intense medium of radio drama. But I had no prior experience Read more [...]
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03 Aug 2011, Posted by Nick in Broadcasting, Features, General, Journalism, 0 Comments Tagged , , , ,

The Saving Grace


Journalist Nick Thorpe tells of the inspiration for his new play - an unexpected friendship formed at the margins of society. When I first saw Will McMillan, he was wearing a battered overcoat, a silk cravat and a frown which hung like forked lightning above the storm cloud of his beard. He struck me as just the kind of man I would instinctively avoid in the street. As a cub reporter, newly arrived in Edinburgh from London, it fell to me as a kind of rite of passage to field the latest “story Read more [...]
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02 Aug 2011, Posted by Nick in Broadcasting, General, 0 Comments

My Radio Play – This Solitary Bird


This Solitary Bird, my first radio play went out today on BBC Radio Scotland. It's a fictionalised story of an unusual friendship formed at the margins of society, based loosely on my late friend Will McMillan. I met him soon after I arrived in Edinburgh 18 years ago to work as a cub reporter on the Edinburgh Evening News. I'll be blogging shortly about the experience of writing and recording the play. But here's my article in today's Herald about the friendship that lay behind it. Read more [...]
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