Tralee Man Wins BBC International Playwriting Competition

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Neil Flynn.

A TRALEE man has won a prestigious international playwrighting competition run by the BBC.

The BBC World Service and the British Council announced the winning entries for the 2020 International Radio Playwriting Competition and Neil Flynn’s ‘The Snowman’ won the top prize in the English As a First Language  category.

Inspired in part by Irish polar explorer Tom Crean’s efforts to save a sick crew member during his first Antarctic expedition, ‘The Snowman’ tells of an Antarctic explorer’s desperate attempts to make it back to base camp with two colleagues.

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Neil is a writer-director for radio, stage and screen and also a published poet from Tralee. His play Gravity (A Love Story) will world premiere in Siamsa Tire in 2021 with acclaimed director Conall Morrison at the helm.

His first screenplay has just been optioned for production in 2022. He’s patron/director of Free Radicals Youth Theatre.

It comes just over a fortnight after another Tralee playwright, Rory Kirby, made the top three in the RTÉ PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Awards with his play ‘The Gypsy Girl’.

The BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition is a global competition which offers a unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience. The judges  make their final selection from entries spread across 15 different countries and all 7 regions.


  1. Well done the BBC .. Just a shame RTE never seem to give any awards to British people or never give presenting jobs on RTE to British people …. it’s always Seems to be a one. Way street…