ITEM: School visit from television writer Furquan Akhtar
DETAILS: Happy to talk to children about writing for TV and my experience at CBBC and CBeebies.
BIO: Furquan Akhtar is the winner of the BBC’s prestigious Alfred Bradley Bursary Award (2013-14) as well as a Broadcast “Hot Shot” (2014) and a Guardian Newspaper “One to Watch” (2012). Furquan is also part of Channel 4’s “Commissioning Network” (2016-17) and Prolific North named Furquan as one of the top writers in the North (2017).
After developing his editorial skills at Coronation Street and Hollyoaks; Furquan took the leap to pursue his own writing. Furquan has recently written an episode for series 5 of CBBC’s The Dumping Ground and is currently developing series 6; as well as working on a new show for CBeebies. He has also written two episodes for series four of CBBC’s hit teen drama Wolfblood.
Furquan is developing a comedy drama with Hat Trick Productions and a sitcom for Retort. He also has a passion for Radio Drama and has written two well received afternoon plays; Shamed and most recently Brotherhood. Furquan is also developing a stage play for the Bolton Octagon as well as being a “Writer in attachment” for the Box of Tricks Theatre Company.
WHO CAN BID: London and North West England