Terence Bailey

Terence graduated from Aber in 2015 with a PhD in Theatre, Film and Television Studies. He is now a Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Bournemouth University and has just published Dead in Time, a novel set in Aberystwyth.

What do you remember most about your time at Aber?

I was on staff at the Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies at the same time as doing my PhD. What I remember most is the eclectic range of students I taught over the years. I ran an MA in Scriptwriting, and also taught the subject to undergrads. My students had so much energy and commitment to their writing. The diversity and cleverness of their ideas was always inspiring.

What are you doing now career-wise and how has your Aberystwyth Degree helped?

I'm now a Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Bournemouth University. I'm also still writing professionally. At the moment I'm adapting a novel for a Canadian television production company, and I have just had a crime novel of my own published by Accent Press. It's set in Aberystwyth, and is the first in a series. When I started teaching at Aberystwyth many years ago, I was a full-time writer. What my PhD - and my PhD supervisors, Glen Creeber and Kate Egan - helped me to do was develop some academic rigour in the way I thought about screenwriting and Screenwriting Studies. That's been invaluable in my university career.

What advice would you have for a student doing your course now?

I am best-qualified to talk to those interested in scriptwriting. Remember that the assignments you are given in your degree are a starting point. A writer needs a number of calling-card scripts, and you should be working in your own time to develop a range of material. Use what you learn in your lectures, but don't rely on the assignments alone to display your talent. You have time in university to do more than that. Also, think about producing some of what you write and putting it online. Turn your friends into actors. Film it on your phone if you have to. Start your own YouTube channel!