National accolade for local writer

Vicky Foster at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.
Vicky Foster at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. Photo: Tricia Yourkevich/BBC.

Huge congratulations to Vicky Foster, who won The Imison Award at Sunday evening’s BBC Audio Drama Awards for her radio drama Bathwater.

Bathwater was produced by Susan Roberts and aired on Radio 4 in 2019. The award is presented annually to an audio drama script by a writer new to the medium and which, in the opinion of the judges, is the best of those submitted.

Vicky was announced as the winner at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in London, hosted by Meera Syal. Previous winners include Adam Usden, Mike Bartlett, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Murray Gold and Nell Leyshon.  The prize was established in 1994 in memory of Richard Imison, a BBC script editor and producer.

The BBC Audio Drama Awards – presented by the BBC together with the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – celebrate the range, originality and cut-through quality of audio drama on air and online and give recognition to creatives working in this genre.

Vicky Foster performs Bathwater at BBC Contains Strong Language, October 2018.
Vicky Foster performed Bathwater at BBC Contains Strong Language, October 2018. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments

Bathwater is Vicky’s first full-length play, and is performed by herself and Finlay McGuigan with a sound score by The Broken Orchestra.  Vicky was one of the BBC’s selected poets for Contains Strong Language in 2017 and 2018. She continued her involvement with the festival, co-directed by Wrecking Ball Press, in 2019, with Fair Winds & Following Seas, jointly commissioned by CSL and Freedom Festival, and featuring on Radio 3’s The Verb with musical collaborators The Broken Orchestra.

Bathwater is published by Hull-based publisher Wrecking Ball Press.

Website: Wrecking Ball Press

[Dave Windass – Wrecking Ball Press]